25 and Still We R(ev)ise Annual SCBWI MD/DE/WV Conference Announcements and Reminders!

Happy Friday, everyone! Our lovely co-regional advisor, Kathy MacMillan, has already sent out the following information via email, but I’m sharing it here as well so our 25 and Still We R(ev)ise Annual Conference attendees don’t miss a thing! Haven’t registered yet? No worries, head on over to our website to register. Also, be on the lookout for many Coffee & Conversation interviews with presenters and faculty!

We are so glad that you are planning to join us for our 2018 Annual Conference on March 17-18 at the Maritime Conference Center! …We have compiled several important announcements and reminders about additional opportunities available to conference attendees.  Continue reading

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Upcoming Regional Events

Seems like I’m often posting upcoming regional events here. That’s because our awesome region offers so many great events for our members! 2018 is shaping up to be quite an epic year so get out your calendars once more and let’s get ready to have some fun!

Upcoming MD/DE/WV Events

MD/DE/WV 2018 Annual Conference: 25 and Still We R(ev)ise 

When? Saturday, March 17 to Sunday, March 18, 2018, with social activities scheduled for Friday evening.  Featuring an opening keynote by James Ransome and closing keynote by Hena Khan.

Where? Maritime Conference Center at 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, Maryland

To register and see the complete schedule and faculty information, head on over to our website! Critique slots are filling up fast and please be aware that you are not guaranteed a critique slot until you have completed ALL the steps in the submission process.

Write-in/Sketch-In

When? January 28 from 1-4pm

Where? Savage, Maryland

Work on your latest project surrounded by fellow authors and illustrators, with refreshments, door prizes, and lots of moral support!  Published and Listed Members of SCBWI will be on hand offering 10-minute first page, query, or illustration critiques for $10. (Signup for these slots will happen at the door.)

This free program is co-sponsored by Say Cheese, Sweet Cascades Chocolatiers, Books with a Past, and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Please RSVP by January 25 by going to our website to help us plan for refreshments.

FREE Upcoming Webinars! 

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host these FREE webinars, open to everyone, as part of the Read Local Challenge, which gives you the chance to win prizes by reading books by featured authors from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia! Join us as these authors discuss their inspirations and challenges and answer your questions! A recording of each webinar will be available after the event.  Please register at the links below to receive access information for the live event or recording.

Saturday, February 24 at 3 PM Eastern: A Conversation with Middle Grade Fiction Authors  R.D Henham, Ginjer Clark, and Deborah Kalb. Register here.

Saturday, February 24 at 4:30 PM Eastern: A Conversation with Picture Book Authors Ann McCallum, Karen Leggett Abouraya, and Lezlie Evans. Register here.

Saturday, March 3 at 3 PM Eastern: A Conversation with Young Adult Authors Kathy MacMillan, Linda Budzinski, Meg Eden, Pintip Dunn, and Christina June. Register here.

Tuesday, May 8 at 10 AM Eastern: A Conversation with Picture Book Authors Sue Fliess and Megan Wagner Lloyd. Register here.

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Cofffe and Conversation with Robin Blasberg, winner of the Jack Reid Author Scholarship!

Congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to Robin Blasberg, winner of this year’s Jack Reid author scholarship for our upcoming 25th Annual SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25 and We Still R(ev)ise Conference! To help celebrate her accomplishment, (as well as our illustrator winner, Young Vo,) I thought it’d be fun having her do a Coffee & Conversation interview … since y’all know I love a good coffee and conversation. Enjoy!

Robin Blasberg has had pieces accepted by both Cricket Media’s Ladybug magazine as well as Highlights’ High Five magazine.  Most recently, her work was published in the August 2017 issue of the latter.  She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Happy New Year: Start Where You Stand

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! I’m wishing you a wonderful 2018 full of many manuscripts, dozens and dozens of drawings, wonderful words and sensational stories.

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2018 SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25th Annual Conference: 25 and Still We R(ev)ise!

Registration is open for our 25th Annual SCBWI MD/DE/WV Conference: 25 and We Still R(ev)ise! Early bird discount ends today, so if you haven’t registered yet, go to our website because this conference is shaping up to be yet another amazing one that you don’t want to miss!

2018 SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25th Annual Conference: 25 and We Still R(ev)ise

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Free 2018 SCBWI Webinars!

Happy Thursday, everyone, I hope you had an AMAZING holiday and that you’re gearing up for an even better New Year! I’m guessing you’ve been spending some time this week thinking of your 2018 goals. I know I have! One of mine is to spend more time learning about the craft of writing by reading books, attending conferences and participating in webinars. If that’s on your goal game plan for the new year as well, then you’ll LOVE what’s coming up! Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo, GO!

It’s November 1st, y’all, which means: It’s prime writing season! Well, for me, it also means I can officially start playing Christmas carols. And yes, writing is a yearlong endeavor not limited to only one month or season, but there’s just something about NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month,) that seriously pulls out my inner author.

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Coffee & Conversation with Hannah Mann: Presenter for our upcoming Professionally Personal Webinar!

Happy Friday, everyone! Things are gearing up for our first regional webinar on October 10, 2017 – Professionally Personal: How to Compel Agents in One Page or Less that will be presented by Writers House agent, Hannah Mann!

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Baltimore Book Festival this weekend!

Baltimore bound this weekend for the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival? Awesome, be sure to stop booth P88 near the Maryland Science Center and say hello to some regional MD/DE/WV authors and illustrators! You’ll also be able to find more information about SCBWI and what we have to offer.

Click here for the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival Map.

You can also click here for a printable PDF copy of the following regional schedule.

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Upcoming Regional Events

Wow, you might want to grab a cup of coffee before reading this whopper list! We surely have a ton of them, so pull out your calendar as well. Ready, okay!

Upcoming Regional Events

Baltimore Book Festival

When? September 22-24

Where? The Inner Harbor, 11 AM-7 PM each day.  

Stop by our region’s booth at the Baltimore Book Festival to find out more about our region’s activities and purchase signed books by local published members!  Sneaks the Cat will also be making appearances at our booth throughout the festival to represent Maryland public libraries!

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