Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

L.A. Writers Day 2020 Pre-Event Masterclass

Date(s) - 03/27/2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA 90049

Finding the Words Worth Keeping: A Revision Workshop

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone this event due to the Coronavirus. We are hoping to reschedule for later in the year. If you are signed up to attend the event, check your email for a notice about refunds. Any questions, email

When: Friday, March 27, 2020. 1pm-4pm followed by a one-hour social.
Where: Skirball Center, Classroom 161

Join us on the Friday before Writers Day for a Masterclass with Harold Underdown. Only 25 spaces are available so sign up early! The information taught in the Masterclass will be different from Mr. Underdown’s presentations at Writers Day.

Much of writing is revising, but how can writers get from that initial rough draft to polished (and submittable) prose? Reading and re-reading a manuscript can carry one only so far. Over years of work as an in-house and independent editor, I’ve learned a variety of revision tools that can help.

In this hands-on workshop, I’ll present a selection of these tools for use in working on big-picture problems and with final polishing. Attendees will try these out, and be pointed to resources where they can learn even more. For writers of picture books, novels, and narrative nonfiction. Bring a manuscript to use with the hands-on segments.

Harold Underdown

Harold Underdown is an independent editor and publishing consultant; he does critiques, helps to develop manuscripts, does strategic consulting, and provides other services for individuals and publishers.

Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs “The Purple Crayon,” a respected web site with information about the children’s publishing world at He speaks and gives workshops through the Highlights Foundation, SCBWI’s national and regional conferences, and Kid’s Book Revisions (offering online and on-site tutorials, webinars, retreats, and workshops in partnership with Eileen Robinson:

As an in-house editor, he has worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing.

Price: $65

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages are included.

Register below beginning December 29th at 8am to join us in the Masterclass.

To also attend Writers Day on March 28, separate registration is required. Click here to register for Writers Day.

Refunds will be available until January 31, 2020 and are subject to a $35 administration fee.
There will be no refunds after January 31, 2020.
Email to request a refund.