Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: A Drone’s-Eye-View of Your Manuscript

Date(s) - 05/11/2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Webinar: A Drone’s-Eye-View of Your Manuscript

By Darcy Pattison

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time


Learn to see the overall structure of your novel with simple tools. Author and writing teacher Darcy Pattison helps you confirm that the major plot points fall in the right places and events lead to a dramatic climax. A single chapter is easy to write. But to make a novel work, you must sequence the chapters in the right order and with the right events to make reader refuse to put the book down. Come and learn simple exercises to help you see your novel from a drone's eye view.

Register at the SCBWI Montana Website. A few days before the event, you will receive an email with login details.

Webinar will be recorded and available for registrants to view anytime for two weeks after the event.

Darcy Pattison

Storyteller, writing teacher, Queen of Revisions, and founder of Mims House ( publisher, Darcy Pattison has been published in nine languages. Always active, before her tenth birthday, she (almost) climbed the Continental Divide, turning back at the last 20 yards because it was too steep and great climbing shoes hadn’t been invented yet. Recently, she has biked in Bali, Indonesia and hiked the Rockies. On her bucket list is kayaking the Nepali Coast and eating curry in Bombay.

Her books, published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House have received recognition for excellence with starred reviews in Kirkus, BCCB and PW. Twice her books have been honored as National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade books. The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt) received an Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature Honor Book award, and has been published in a Houghton Mifflin textbook.

Her books have been on state award reading lists in South Dakota, South Carolina, Georgia, and Arkansas. Wisdom, the Midway Albatross was on the 2014-15 reading list for the Sakura Award, a children’s literature award given by the English speaking schools in Japan. Darcy is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.

Darcy’s blog, Fiction Notes at is her online home base with over 350,000 readers a year. She tweets @FictionNotes, and her Pinterest boards reach over 450,000 viewers a month.

Darcy Pattison established the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators, and served as Regional Advisor for six years. In 2008, Darcy established Mims House to publish the workbook for her highly regarded Novel Revision Retreat; alumni of that retreat include Kirby Larson with Hattie Big Sky and Caroline Starr Rose with May B. As a hybrid author, Darcy publishes with traditional publishers and with Mims House.