Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

HAVE A LITTLE HEART: WRITING THAT SPEAKS TO THE SOUL with New York Times Bestselling Author Pat Zietlow Miller

Date(s) - 06/14/2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm




Sunday, June 14th, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Central Time

$10 for Members, $20 for Non-members


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Webinar Summary:

Have a Little Heart. Writing a Story that Speaks to the Soul

Some picture books are read once and forgotten. Others are read again and again and again. Lots of factors make a good picture books, but the ones that get remembered with love are those that tap into universal human emotions. The ones that have heart. We’ll talk about how to find heart and how to add it to manuscripts.

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Pat Zietlow Miller, New York Times Bestselling Author

Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)

Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine.

Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Her first picture book, SOPHIE’S SQUASH, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf was released in 2013 from Schwartz & Wade. It won the Golden Kite Award for picture book text from the SCBWI and was named a Charlotte Zolotow and an Ezra Jack Keats honor book.

Her second picture book, WHEREVER YOU GO, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, was released by Little, Brown in 2015. That was followed by SHARING THE BREAD, illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Schwartz & Wade); THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE, illustrated by Frank Morrison (Chronicle) and SOPHIE’S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf (Schwartz & Wade).

New York Times bestselling BE KIND, illustrated by Jen Hill (Roaring Brook), WIDE-AWAKE BEAR illustrated by Jean Kim (HarperCollins) and LORETTA’S GIFT, illustrated by Alea Marley (Little Bee) were published in 2018. Coming in 2019 are: REMARKABLY YOU, illustrated by Patrice Barton (HarperCollins); and WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (Little, Brown). Further on the Horizon are MY BROTHER, THE DUCK, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (Chronicle) and several other titles.

Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. She doesn’t watch much TV, but she does love “Chopped.” Pat lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

You can follow Pat on Twitter (@PatZMiller). You can also visit her website at or stop by, a blog she’s part of.