From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference: Bookstore Information

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m relaying some information regarding book sales at our upcoming From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference that co-regional advisor, Kathy McMillan shared via email. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll find the answer! Oh, and register, already, by visiting our website! 🙂 Continue reading

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Congratulations to our Jack Reid Illustrator Scholarship Winner | From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Here’s another congratulations and mighty woo-HOO to our Jack Reid Scholarship winners for the upcoming From Dreaming to Doing Annual Conference on March 18-19! Last Friday, I showcased Kirsten Traynor, winner of the author division. Today, I’m shining the spotlight on Joanna Barnum, winner of the illustrator division! And again, many thanks to our judges: Rebecca Evans, Juliana Jones, Lisa McShane, Laura Shovan, Chieu Anh Urban, and Tim Young.

Here’s Joanna winning artwork! Continue reading

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Congratulations to our Jack Reid Scholarship Winner | From Dream to Doing SCBWI MD/DE/WV Conference

Congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to our Jack Reid Scholarship winners for the upcoming From Dreaming to Doing Annual Conference on March 18-19, 2017! In memory of longtime volunteer Jack Reid, the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Region offers two scholarships, one for a writer and one for an illustrator, to the March conference. Thank you to our judges: Rebecca Evans, Juliana Jones, Lisa McShane, Laura Shovan, Chieu Anh Urban, and Tim Young.

Today we’re highlighting Kirsten Traynor, winner of the author division. Here’s an excerpt of her winning entry: Continue reading

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An As The Eraser Burns Goodbye to Susan Detwiler

Bummer news: The lovely Susan Detwiler is leaving our blogging team, sniff! With over ten years of volunteer work for our SCBWI MD/DE/WV planning committee and nearly two years with the blog, she has certainly been an amazing asset to our region as well as an inspiration to others. Those who attended our last Write-In/Sketch-In also know how dedicated Susan is to helping other aspiring writers and illustrators, seeing as how she spent the entire time sharing her knowledge with others. She will be dearly missed, but I’m also excited for what she has in store for the future, meaning more awesome books!

To celebrate her time here on As The Eraser Burns, here’s a collection of her best posts: Continue reading

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“From Dreaming to Doing” – Registration opening soon!!!!!

Happy Friday!! Some of us got our first “accumulation” of snow over night. Winter is finally here, but never fear. The days are officially getting longer and hope springs eternal. Speaking of Spring…

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Monday is the first day of registration for our annual conference! From Dreaming to Doing promises to be chock full of amazing speakers presenting on a wide variety of topics including:

  • Writing inclusively
  • Introverts and extroverts in publishing
  • Working with small presses and large presses
  • Seamlessly incorporating research into your writing
  • Developing a story from beginning to end
  • Finding your visual style
  • Nonfiction techniques for science, social science, and biographies
  • Everything you need to know about queries and submissions

As always, we will be having manuscript critiques and portfolio reviews.

Still not sure? How about Bruce Coville as our keynote speaker?

Take the weekend and head over to the first link above and get all the details on our conference so you can be ready to register Monday!!

Happy writing and illustrating!!!

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Give ‘Em A Book!

gifts-detailHappy winter holiday season everybody! Got gift-giving on your mind?

If you missed it, The Baltimore Sun ran an article in the A&E section last Sunday by Paula Willey, a librarian at the Parkville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. The article was titled, “Great books a great gift idea for kids.” Paula Willey writes about Children’s and teen literature for various national publications and online. Here are some of the books she featured: Continue reading

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From Dreaming to Doing Winning Artwork!

Congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to Deborah Schaumberg, winner of our region’s Postcard Contest! 

Deborah’s magical design will be featured on all advertising for our region’s 2017 Annual Conference, From Dreaming to Doing!

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Again, congratulations to Deborah, and if you’d like more information about our upcoming conference, be sure to visit our website. Registrations and critique submissions begin in January!

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Deadlines, News, and Upcoming Events!

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful, amazing, fantastic holiday season so far. For those of you who, like me, have been super busy shopping, decorating, baking, and running around like a rapid mad woman muttering nonsensical to yourself about how there’s only FIFTEEN DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS, (well, maybe that last one is just me,) here’s a reminder of deadlines and upcoming events! Continue reading

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SCBWI News!

Available for download today: the new Winter Reading List!
Find a great book for a kid or #youngadult on the Winter 2016 #SCBWIReading List. http://www.scbwi.org/readinglist #kidlit #middlegrade

For PAL members, add this to your social media:
Check out my book on the Winter 2016 #SCBWIReading List. http://www.scbwi.org/readinglist

Hashtags: #kidlit, #youngadult #middlegrade #MG, #childrensbooks

 

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Picture Book Academy Recap

Picture Book Academy On Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Best Western in Westminster, MD, our SCBWI region held the first picture book day in a few years. It was a great success and was organized and conducted by our Regional Advisor Emeritus Lois Szymanski and Illustrator Coordinator Rebecca Evans, with Event Coordinator Sarah Maynard.

Henry, Joyce and Jonathan made a fun panel

Henry, Joyce and Jonathan made a fun panel

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