Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

How to Establish Your Voice: A Workshop with Carter Hasegawa

Date(s) - 09/29/2020 - 10/21/2020
12:00 am


SCBWI PA West is pleased to present a unique fall workshop featuring editor Carter Hasegawa, Candlewick Press.

September 29, 2020 through October 21, 2020

SCBWI members: $35 for the workshop and peer critique session

Non-SCBWI members: $45 for the workshop and peer critique session

$50 for a critique with Carter Hasegawa


Carter Hasegawa, Candlewick, presents How to Establish Your Voice: Using examples from published works, we will look at how authors establish “voice” in varying yet successful ways. This will be hands-on and interactive, so please be prepared to talk.


How the workshop series works:

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 6:00-7:30pm ET, Carter will each a one hour workshop and Q&A session.

On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, from 6:00-8:00pm participants are then invited to a peer critique session to share their work and how they have revised it based on the workshops. Attendees will be placed in small groups on Zoom to share work and discuss revisions. After this peer critique session, participants who have purchased a critique can submit their work to Carter.

  • For this workshop, Carter will critique picture book manuscripts up to 10 pages or the first 5 pages of a novel. Picture books are preferred.
  • All manuscripts will be due by Friday, Oct 9 at noon. 
  • Critique participants will receive instructions after September 29,2020 about submitting their manuscripts via Dropbox. 


On Tuesday, October 20  and Wednesday, October 21, from 6:00-8:00pm, Carter will meet with participants who purchased critiques. Each critique will be 10 minutes long and will happen over Zoom. Carter will offer 10 critiques each on Tuesday and Wednesday.


These sessions will NOT be recorded!



Carter Hasegawa just celebrated his 10th anniversary at Candlewick Press. He also works part-time as a photographer with Long River Photo. Some of his favorite, non-Candlewick books include: The Notorious Benedict Arnold; Jellicoe Road; Clementine; Ender’s Game; Three Times Lucky; Imogene’s Antlers; the Elephant & Piggie books; George and Martha; Good Night, Gorilla; Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes; and many, MANY others. Basically anything that has a great voice, is a good story, and is “unputdownable.” He lives in Boston with his wife and their newborn son.