Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: Writing for the Christian Market

Date(s) - 06/06/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SCBWI Dakotas is pleased to offer the following webinar:

Writing for the Christian Market

Author Amy Houts and Editor Kris Weipert are teaming up to co-host this webinar.

Author Amy Houts will share what she’s learned over the years writing for Christian magazines and book publishers. Her presentation will answer questions such as, What is Christian publishing and how is it different than other publishing? Who can write for Christian publications? What are Christian publishers looking for? She will also cover practical topics like how to distinguish between reputable publishers and scams, how to submit your work, and how much you can earn.

Kris Weipert, editor at St. Mary’s Messenger, will discuss what “Christian” means in children’s publishing.  What are we trying to teach our children and what messages of faith, hope, and charity is God trying to share with those little ones trying to learn their Christian faith?  It is one of the primary reasons she formed her magazine, St. Mary’s Messenger, in 2010, which is designed to be a Catholic version of Highlights for Children geared toward children ages 7-12. Kris will share her experience and knowledge working in the field of Christian children’s magazine publishing and outline the specific needs of St. Mary’s Messenger, which is a paying market.

Meet Amy and Kris

Amy Houts’ first picture book, An A*B*C Christmas, was published in 1993 by Christian publisher, Standard. She is the author of more than 70 books for children including, The Giant Book of Bible Fingerplays for Preschoolers (Group Publishing) and God’s Protection Covers Me (Beaming Books). Amy had been published with various Protestant magazines and publishers. To learn more about her work, visit:

Kris Weipert is the founder and editor of St. Mary’s Messenger. She graduated from the University of North Texas. She is married and lives in Green River, Wyoming, with her husband. She has nine children (5 girls and 4 boys) and 1 grandson. Teaching at a small, independent Catholic school in Oregon and homeschooling with a focus on classical
curriculum inspired her to publish St. Mary’s Messenger, a Catholic version of “Highlights.” St. Mary’s Messenger has been independently published through St. Martin de Porres Lay Dominican Community since 2010.To learn more about this Catholic magazine for children, visit:   

TIME AND DATE: June 6, 2018 at 7:30 P.M. (CST)

The fee for the webinar is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. (Non-members, if you would like to become a member prior to registering, go to

Members: Login to get the discounted rate.

The fee includes access to a recording of the webinar, so if you can’t participate live, register in order to view the recording. Registered attendees will be emailed a link for the webinar prior to the live event. The recording will be accessible at that same link 24 hours after the live webinar for a period of one week. There will be NO refunds for this event.

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Getting to the Webinar:

You will receive a link to the webinar two to three days prior to the event. This will come as an email from Dakotas@SCBWI.ORG and will be addressed to Dakotas@SCBWI.ORG (to protect your personal email address). Please check your junk mail if you do not receive the link by the day prior to the event. The night of the webinar, simply click on the link. You may be asked to download the ZOOM program. This is perfectly safe to do and allows you access to the presentation.