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SCBWI Japan Writers’ Craft Workout

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Date(s) - 03/14/2015
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tokyo Women's Plaza
東京都渋谷区神宮前5-53-67 - Tokyo, 150-0001


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SCBWI Japan Writers’ Craft Workout

A half-day craft focused event for writers, translators and author-illustrators of children’s literature


Time:  Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Place:  Tokyo Women’s Plaza, AV Rooms A & B

5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

(by the United Nations University; map)

Fee:  800 yen SCBWI members; 1,200 yen nonmembers

RSVP:  To reserve a place, email japan (at) by Thursday March 12.

What to bring:  Notebook and pen/pencil (or computer); book for Speed Book Talks on Craft


This event will be in English.




Join us for the first ever SCBWI Japan Writers’ Craft Workout, a half-day writing workout with a focus on craft. Writers, translators and author-illustrators of all categories and genres of literature for children and young adults are welcome to participate. Bring your energy, writing implements and paper or your computer. This event will be led by members of the SCBWI Japan Regional Team: Co-Regional Advisors Holly Thompson and Mariko Nagai, and Illustrator Coordinator, Naomi Kojima.




1:00 – 1:30 Reflections and Goals

Participants will be given a set of writing reflection questions and writing goal questions. After responding to these privately in writing, selected reflections and goals will be shared with other participants.


1:30 – 2:10 Speed Book Talks on Craft

Participants will each bring one book (Picture Book, Early Reader, Middle Grade, Young Adult) to this event—Please bring a book that was published within the last ten years, that you have read and recommend, and that you find to be notable for its craft. Be prepared to give a super brief summary of the book and to share what was craft noteworthy in just 3-5 minutes!


2:15 – 3:00 Circuit Prompts (45 minutes)

Like a circuit workout at the gym but with words! Prompts and exercises will be arranged at stations around the room, and participants will move from station to station and follow the instructions for silent timed writing in response to each prompt or exercise.


3:00 – 4:00 Three Craft Focused Lectures by the SCBWI Regional Team 

Storytelling for Picture Books by Naomi Kojima

Writing Journals to Improve Craft by Mariko Nagai

Compression—The Art of Wringing Out our Writing by Holly Thompson


4:00 – 4:45 Craft Q&A

Do you have a writer’s craft question? A craft obstacle? What do you struggle with as you write, translate or revise? During the day participants will jot down specific questions to share during this Q&A session. Related questions may be grouped together.  All questions will be addressed as a group.


4:45 – 5:00 Closing Comments and Wrap-Up