Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Digging Deeper #2: Fresh Stories for a New World

Date(s) - 04/10/2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SCBWI Canada East Digging Deeper Series image

This workshop is part of our DIGGING DEEPER series.



Our world has been going through extraordinary changes, and so have we as writers. Who are you now? What stories are currently simmering within you, waiting to be told?

In this hands-on workshop, Karen Krossing will explore how to tap into ourselves and our stories through the practice of side-writing, which refers to stepping away from the story on the page to explore the raw heart of it through creative exercises. You’ll explore how side-writing can help us to write true to ourselves, plumb the emotional depths of our characters to better connect to readers, and spark joy and play in our writing.



Photo of Karen Krossingis the author of seven successful novels for kids and teens, and she conducts writing workshops to empower emerging writers. Her recent titles include Punch Like a Girl, which was runner-up for the Kaywell Books Save Lives Award; Bog, which won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award; and Cut the Lights, which received a starred review in ALA Booklist. Her debut picture book will be published by Owlkids Books in the fall of 2021.

Karen graduated with an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2020. You can visit her at or find her on Twitter.

Cost for members: $15.


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. Attendees will receive a link and a password by email on the following Monday.