Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Visits & Writing Workshops




You Can Be a Writer

Years: 1-3

Where do writers get their ideas and how do they turn them into published books? Teena Raffa-Mulligan shows how easy it is to create some characters and write a story about them.

Teena Raffa-Mulligan




James Foley’s YouTube

Ages: 5-12

James Foley has a YouTube channel with behind-the-scenes videos, timelapses and tutorials. Learn more about writing and illustrating processes from a published professional.

James Foley


Story Tracks

Years: 3-5

Meet Blue the bouncing red kangaroo and her little mate Pedro the chihuahua from True Blue Amigos, written by Teena Raffa-Mulligan and illustrated by Barrie Smith. Follow the story’s journey from idea to published picture book.

Teena Raffa-Mulligan


Are You a Super Story Sleuth?

Years: 3-5

Put your story sleuth skills to the test with Teena Raffa-Mulligan. Do you have what it takes to snoop out story ideas, find the clues to create interesting characters, investigate writing crimes and solve the mystery of what makes a great story?

Teena Raffa-Mulligan


Hooked on Books

Years: 3-5

Find out how reading made Teena Raffa-Mulligan a writer.

Teena Raffa-Mulligan


Grow your Writing Wings

Ages: 9-12

Steve Heron’s mini workshop and resources provide an emotional literary escapade based on the book ‘MAXIMUS’. Helping middle-grade children not be alone with their feelings. Exploring emotions through descriptive writing (Show don’t tell). Sometimes you need a special friend to give you wings…

Steve Heron


About a Book – Mad Dad For Sale

Years: 4-6

Find out the back story of Mad Dad For Sale as Teena Raffa-Mulligan shares how a rhyming picture book manuscript evolved into a Middle Grade novel.

Teena Raffa-Mulligan




How to Write Killer Dialogue

Ages: 14+

Teach your students to polish their fiction dialogue with the full set of teaching materials from Denis Knight’s writing workshop, How to Write Killer Dialogue. Includes teacher’s notes, handouts, exercises and sample answers. Which is better: Hoodwinked or Twilight? You be the judge.

Denis Knight




James Foley – Talks and Interviews

Ages: All

A YouTube playlist of interviews and talks featuring children’s author and illustrator James Foley.

James Foley


Ask Me Anything

Ages: All

Cristy Burne has set up an ASK ME ANYTHING page to encourage your students to ask her anything about her books, writing, science writing and more. She’ll do her very best to respond to all messages.

Cristy Burne