Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Character Workshop: The Protagonist On the Page with agent Jennie Dunham

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Date(s) - 06/30/2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Writing Barn
10202 Wommack Road - Austin, Texas 78748


Join literary agent Jennie Dunham for a workshop on character:

The Protagonist on the Page –
For Readers of All Ages

June 30, 5pm – 6:30pm

Agent Jennie Dunham

Agent Jennie Dunham

Who is that character on the page? How do you describe him? How do you get her to explain her life? Stories need fully realized, believable characters, but it’s not easy to capture the essence of that person on the page. Come find out how to make sure that your character will be relatable, realistic, and worth remembering. We’ll go beyond strengths and weaknesses to figure out why your character truly belongs in your story.

This workshops is designed for writers of books for all ages.

Cost is $45 for SCBWI members, $60 for non-members. If you are not a member, click here to learn more. You may join before you register.

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Critique Opportunity

A limited number of critique opportunities are available. Critiques are for the first 10 pages of your manuscript or full picture book manuscript as long as it’s less than 10 pages. Cost is $45. Notes will be written only. Deadline for critique manuscripts are June 21, but attendees should submit their manuscript as soon as they sign up.

Click for critique submission instructions, PLUS please include a short bio and synopsis with your submission (max one page, to make your total submission 11 pages). Send your submission to ARA Gayleen Rabakukk at as soon as you’ve registrated.

To get a pre-workshop critique, choose that option in the registration form. Post-workshop critiques will be available at the workshop.

There is also the chance to purchase post-workshop critiques.

Jennie Dunham (AAR and SCBWI member) has been a literary agent in New York City since 1992. In August 2000 she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. Her clients have been New York Times bestsellers and have won awards such as Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and ALA’s Schneider Family Award. Her agency represents children’s books for all ages from novelty and picture book through middle grade and young adult as well as literary fiction and nonfiction for adults. Books she represented include ADELE & SIMON by Barbara McClintock and BAD KITTY by Nick Bruel. Read more about Jennie Dunham and what she’s seeking on her website.

Jennie Dunham will also be presenting at the Writers League of Texas 2019 Agents and Editors Conference June 28-30.