Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Digging Deeper #12: Making it in Kidlit Without an Agent

Date(s) - 05/14/2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This workshop is part of our DIGGING DEEPER series. SCBWI Canada East Digging Deeper Series image



Don’t have an agent?  Are you looking for one?  There is quite a lot you can do without one or before you get one.

Please join me to learn how you can have more agency in your kidlit career. Before I got an agent, I negotiated the contracts for my first nine books myself.  I will share from my own observations and personal experience in kidlit.



Nadia is an award-winning author, educator, and “artivist” who advocates for diversity in children and young adult literature. Nadia is the author of the Malaika Series: Forest of Reading-nominated Malaika’s Surprise (2021), Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017), and the award-winning Malaika’s Costume (2016) published by Groundwood Books, which was selected as the 2021 TD Book Giveaway title and featured in a float for the 117th Original Santa Claus Parade. The fourth book in the Malaika series and an anthology will be released in 2023.

Nadia is also the author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter (HarperKids, 2018), A Likkle Miss Lou (Owlkids, 2019), and Music and Media, published by Rubicon Publishing, 2015).

Nadia is in her final year of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph.

Nadia teaches writing in local elementary schools and post-secondary institutions.


Cost for members: $15.

Registration deadline: midnight on May 13

Attendees will receive two emails upon registration — a Booking Pending email followed by a Booking Confirmed email. The Booking Confirmation email is issued when payment has been successful. The Booking Confirmed email will contain a link to the workshop, so please hold onto this email and use the link provided to join the meeting on the date of the event. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of registering for the event, please check your SPAM folder first. If you find the Booking Confirmed email in your SPAM, you may wish to consult our FAQ page to avoid this issue in the future. If you have not received your confirmation, please contact Alma Fullerton.

A recording of each Digging Deeper workshop will be available for a month after the event (unless the presenter prefers not to be recorded). Attendees will receive a link and a password by email on the following Monday.

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