Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Octobr 12, 2019 Picture Book Text Intensive and Mentorship with Melissa Manlove & Stephanie Von Borstel

Date(s) - 10/12/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

University of California San Diego - Extension
6256 Greenwich Dr., Rm 116 - San Diego, CA 92122


New Venue University of California San Diego – Extension, 6256 Greenwich Dr., Rm 116, San Diego, CA 92122.

PLEASE NOTE: Ms. Manlove and Ms. Von Borstel will give separate Intensive presentations in two different rooms (this is subject to change by the mentors).  Those who participated in the Picture Book Test Mentorship will go to the room with his/her Mentor, where a seat is reserved for each mentee.  Those who did not participate in the mentorship will select either Ms. Manlove’s or Ms. Von Borstel’s intensive. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Picture Book Text Mentorship and Intensive – with Melissa Manlove, Editor at Chronicle Books and Stephanie Von Borstel, Co-Founder of Full Circle Literary

PB Mentorship is closed, but the timeline is listed below for those participating in the mentorship portion of this event. The mentees will send your rewritten manuscripts by September 1, 2019 to your mentor via a Dropbox you will be given access to closer to the date. Participates are encouraged to form mini-critique groups.

Picture Book Text Mentorship – November 2, 2018-October 12, 2019**

The Picture Book Text Mentorship was open to sixteen participants (per each mentor) who are unpublished in the picture book genre. This mentorship provides writers with the opportunity to work directly with Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle books or Stephanie Von Borstel, Co-Founder of Full Circle  Literary. Mentees submit a picture book manuscript (fiction or non-fiction) up to 1,000 words to Ms. Manlove or Ms. Von Borstel. They will send written comments, which mentees use to revise their manuscript. Mentees submit a revised text, which will be discussed as part of the full Mentorship Intensive and will include a second written critique. In addition, mentees have the option of working on a monthly basis with a small mentee critique group, which will meet online or in person.


The specific tasks and timeline are as follows:
November 2, 2018– Open registration for Mentorship and Intensive
November 26, 2018 – Send manuscripts to editor via Dropbox
January 1, 2019  Receive 1st written critique
January 1, 2019-Aug 1 – Revise manuscript with optional monthly critique group. Receive 1st
September 1, 2019 – Send revised manuscript to editor via Dropbox
**October 12, 2019 – Receive 2nd written critique and attend Picture Book Intensive



Registration for the Intensive without the mentorship is open.

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PB Text Intensive for Non-member without a Season Ticket - $85.00

PB Text Intensive for Non-member with a Season Ticket - $75.00

PB Text Intensive for Member without a Season Ticket - $65.00

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PB Text Intensive for Member with Season Ticket - $55.00

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