Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

From Outrage to Outlet: Writing a Better Future for Children and Adolescents with Pamela Harris and Emma Kress

Date(s) - 09/21/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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A global pandemic. Social and racial injustices. Acts of treason. This last year has made many of us angry and outraged, but often unsure of how to turn that anger into activism. Authors Pamela Harris and Emma Kress propose this powerful outlet for our anger: create social justice stories. We will begin our session by engaging in a short free writing to access the participants’ anger. We’ll follow this with offering some words of wisdom from DeRay McKesson, activist and author of On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope. He posits that since we have never seen a fair and just world, we cannot create one without imagination and hope. That’s how SCBWI authors can be activist authors. We’ll then offer a step-by-step guide for moving from anger to activism, or spark to finished story. This presentation will be co-facilitated with Emma Kress, author of the debut YA novel, Dangerous Play and Pamela Harris, debut author of When you Look Like Us.

Meet your speakers:

Pamela N. Harris was born and somewhat raised in Newport News, VA—also affectionately known as “Bad News.” A former school counselor by day, she received her BA in English and a Master’s in school counseling at Old Dominion University, her MFA in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a PhD in counselor education and supervision at William and Mary. When she isn’t writing, Pam is re-watching Leonardo DiCaprio movies, playing with her two kiddos, and pretending to enjoy exercising. When You Look Like Us is her debut novel. 
Find her on Instagram and Twitter at @pamharriswrites, and at 









Emma Kress is a long-time educator and 2014 finalist for NY State Teacher of the Year. She’s a graduate of Vassar College, Columbia University’s Teachers College, and the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Saratoga Springs, NY. Dangerous Play is her debut novel.
Find her on Instagram at @kress.emma, on TikTok at @emma_kress, and at








$15, members

$30, non members

The link to attend this event will be emailed to participants the evening before the event. If you don’t receive an email with the link to attend, make sure to check your junk mail. This webinar will be recorded. The replay will be available 24 hours after the live event and viewable for 30 days.