Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Full Novel Workshop

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Date(s) - 08/27/2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St - Round Rock, Texas 78664


Master the nuts and bolts of novels at our


At this one-day event, you'll learn about the main aspects of novel writing plus have guided writing time during which you can work on your own manuscripts with our acclaimed faculty. (Register below. SCBWI members login to get the lowest rate.) The covered topics include:

  • * Character Development/POV
  • * Setting/World-building
  • * Character Arcs/Structure

Our faculty includes three amazing authors and teachers: Anne Bustard (ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE), P.J. Hoover (TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE) and Greg Leitich Smith (LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN). Read their bios below. 


8:30 – 9: Registration

9 – 9:50: Getting Inside Our Characters with Anne Bustard

As writers, we make zillions of decisions (okay, maybe not quite that many) as we craft our characters. Vivid characters with emotional depth are irresistible. How can we discover and show their complicated interiors on the page? Let’s dig deep and make our work soar! Using POV, desire line, and more, we will open up the craft toolbox and get to work.

10 – 11:20: Real is Not the Same as Realistic: World Building in Contemporary and Fantastical Fiction with Greg Leitich Smith

Greg Leitich Smith will discuss techniques for ensuring that your fictional world is well-realized, whether your manuscript is contemporary realism or fantastical.

11:20 – 12:30: Lunch

12:30  – 1:50: Character Arc and Building the Structure of your Story with P.J. Hoover

Without a proper skeleton, your novel will have a hard time holding together. In this session, P. J. Hoover will discuss the elements of Character Arc and Structure in a story. Come prepared to learn hands on how to shape the structure of your story, and how the character arc is an integral part to that structure.

2 – 2:50: Guided writing time 

3 – 3:45: Revision tips discussion & Q&A

Attendance costs $65 for SCBWI members, $95 for non-members, including a light lunch. Come learn, network and write with wonderful published kidlit authors.


Born in Hawaii, Anne Bustard is still a beach girl at heart. If she could, she would walk in the sand every day, wear flip-flops, and eat nothing but fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts and chocolate. Anne is the author of three non-fiction works for young readers including the award-winning BUDDY: THE STORY OF BUDDY HOLLY. Her middle grade debut, ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE, was a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Best Children’s Book Award. Anne lives in Austin, where she is part of the vibrant writing community.You can find her online at 

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn’t work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to start creating worlds of her own. She’s the author of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who’s stuck in middle school, and Solstice, a super-hot twist on the Hades/Persephone myth. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, watching Star Trek, and playing too many video games. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website

Greg Leitich Smith is the award-winning author of middle grade novels including Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn; Chronal Engine; Borrowed Time; Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo; and Tofu and T.Rex.  His novels are characterized by their humor, adventure, and reflect his background in science and engineering. He is of German and Japanese descent, and many of his characters are similarly mixed-race. Greg holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin.  In addition, he holds a degree in law from The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor. Find more about Greg on his website

Register for the Austin SCBWI Fall Novel Workshop below. SCBWI members login to get the lowest rate.