Spring 2010 SCBWI Conference Registration Open

Dear Regional SCBWI Members,

I am happy to launch this new regional blog as we announce our 2010 Spring Conference on March 6, 2010. This site will eventually replace our newsletter as the primary means of posting news and events for our MD/DE/WV region of SCBWI.  At the same time we proudly launch our new logo, designed and created by our very talented Illustrator Coordinator, Susan Detwiler!

Please join us for a day of creating and celebrating diversity in children’s literature!  We will focus on diverse ethnic and cultural topics in children’s books, as well as creating manuscripts that are diverse in genre, style and emotional color.  Our experienced and distinguished speakers will teach you how to make your writing and illustrations stand out in a crowd.

Our venue for this exciting day is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, a modern building all on one level, located on the outskirts of Frederick, MD and within easy access of major highways. Read further for a description of the conference sessions, biographies of our faculty, a schedule of the day, instructions on how to request a manuscript or portfolio critique, where to find overnight accommodations, and a downloadable conference registration form.  Please note that the Registration Deadline is February 24, 2010.  No walk-in registration is available.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 6, 2010!

Happy writing and illustrating,

Edie Hemingway, Regional Advisor

Conference Sessions

Creating a Space for Everyone  (Christy Hale)

Christy Hale will focus on her new book, The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan. Born in Los Angeles in1904, Noguchi, a biracial sculptor, spent his boyhood in Japan. He never felt he belonged anywhere, yet he devoted his life to creating spaces for others to share. Hale will also introduce some of her other multicultural illustration work, and discuss her long time role as art director for Lee & Low Books (multicultural publisher).

Tell Me a Story: Lessons from Five Masters of Plot (Abigail Samoun)

Abigail Samoun will offer crucial teachings on the mysterious craft of plotting.

Genre-bending Children’s Books (Carole Boston Weatherford)

Carole Boston Weatherford’s award-winning multicultural books blur the lines between poetry, biography, nonfiction and historical fiction.  Weatherford discusses how she conceives and pitches these genre-bending projects.

Cracking the Agent Code:  How to get an agent’s attention in a letter. (Mark McVeigh)

Breakout Session A (Recommended for Beginning Writers and First-time Attendees)—Building Blocks: First Steps Toward a Writing Career (Linda Trice)

Do you want to write for children and teens but aren’t sure how to begin? Have you started writing but don’t know what your next step should be? This workshop will give you the help you want. By the end of this fifty-minute session you will be well on your way to publication. Bring a notebook and two pens or pencils!

Breakout Session B (Recommended for Experienced, but Unpublished Writers)—Catch an Editor’s Eye, an Agent’s Ear, and a Reader’s Heart (Mary Quattlebaum)

How do you go beyond “competent” writing to create manuscripts that pique the interest of editors and agents—and, hopefully, young readers?  What will help yours to stand out?  Join award-winning author Mary Quattlebaum for tips on honing your craft, challenging yourself as a writer, and giving your work that extra “something.”

Breakout Session C (Recommended for Published Authors)—The Key to Successful School Visits (Carole Boston Weatherford)

Carole Boston Weatherford’s multicultural, multimedia presentations marry language arts and social studies and appeal to diverse learning styles with a mix of rhythm, rhyme, music and motion. Weatherford models her presentation and discusses how to promote and conduct school visits.

Breakout Session D (Recommended for Illustrators and Picture Book Writers)—Smarter Dummies (Christy Hale)

Word and image meet in the picture book dummy. Whether you’re a picture book author struggling to pace your story and make it the right length or an illustrator aspiring for more dynamic visual storytelling, this workshop is for you. Here’s a hands-on opportunity to understand the form of a picture book.  Hale will discuss pacing text and image, choosing what to illustrate, narrative imagery, storyboarding scenes and staging characters, elements of page layout, repetition and variation, visual tension and resolution, research, and character consistency.

Faculty Bios

Christy Hale has illustrated numerous award-winning books, including the ALA Notable, Elizabeti’s Doll, Publisher’s Weekly called “a slice of perfection” in a starred review. The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan marks her debut as a picture book author. Her new book received a starred review and was listed as one of Best Books of 2009 by Kirkus Reviews. Hale has worked as art director for Lee & Low (multicultural publisher) since the company began. Visit www.christyhale.com

Mark McVeigh spent two post-collegiate years in Paris before moving to New York.  After teaching for four years in Brooklyn, he started his career in publishing.  Over the years he has worked at Golden Books, Scholastic, Random House, HarperCollins, Penguin, and finally Simon and Schuster at Aladdin Books during its time as a hardcover imprint.  In early 2009 he opened The McVeigh Agency, a boutique literary agency handling authors of works for adults and children, including writers, illustrators, photographers, and graphic novelists.

Mary Quattlebaum is the author of 17 award-winning picture books, poetry books and novels, including Sparks Fly High, Winter Friends, and the forthcoming Pirate vs. Pirate (Hyperion) and The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans (Random House).  Her work appears frequently in children’s magazines (Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Babybug, Boys’ Life) and she produces/edits educational materials for various organizations. Quattlebaum reviews regularly for the Washington Post and Washington Parent and teaches at the Bethesda Writer’s Center.  www.maryquattlebaum.com

Abigail Samoun has been an editor at Tricycle Press for nearly a decade. She’s edited board books, picture books, middle-grade, and early young-adult novels, including the SCBWI Golden Kite winner for picture book text, George Hogglesberry: the 2008 Pura Belpre Honor winner, What Can You Do With a Rebozo?; and the New York Public Library Ezra Jack Keats award-winner, Yesterday I Had the Blues. Samoun also edited the middle grade series Edgar & Ellen which has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide and launched a cartoon series on Nickelodeon.

Linda Trice is the award-winning author of the picture book Kenya’s Word (Charlesbridge), a biography of Charles Drew (McGraw Hill) for ages 9-12, and five other books for young people. She graduated from Howard University, received a MFA in writing from Columbia University and a PhD, taught Black Studies and writing on the undergraduate and graduate level and gives presentations and workshops around the country. Visit http://www.LindaTrice.com

Carole Boston Weatherford is the New York Times best-selling author of 35 books, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Award and NAACP Image Award. Becoming Billie Holiday and Before John Was a Jazz Giant won Coretta Scott King Honors; and Birmingham, 1963 won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Jefferson Cup. Weatherford teaches at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.


Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques

Limited critiques are available, so reserve yours early!  Participants must register and pay for the conference before being assigned a review.  Critiquers include selected faculty and published regional members experienced with critiquing.  We’ll do our best to match your work to the expertise of the reviewer on a first come, first served basis.  Second critiques will be assigned only after all first critique requests are filled and if received by the deadline of February 13, 2010.

To have a manuscript critiqued:

  1. Register for the conference and include an extra $45 (per critique) in your payment.
  2. Send two copies of up to 10 double-spaced pages of one manuscript.
  3. Include your email address and telephone number
  4. Mail to: Naomi Milliner, P.O. Box 253, Olney MD 20832

To request an art portfolio or picture book dummy critique, include the $45 fee with your conference registration.  Send Susan Detwiler an email (susandetwiler@comcast.net) to notify her.  DO NOT send original artwork in the mail.

Please note that the deadline is SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2010.  Prior to the conference, you will be assigned a 15-minute time to meet with the critiquer.  Questions:  Contact Naomi at naomiwm@verizon.net.

Overnight Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Frederick, Maryland at the rate of $89 per room per night.  The cut-off date for reservations at this discounted rate is February 5, 2010.  You must mention the code SCBWI when making reservations by phone at 866-909-6090 or online at http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/IADFRGI-SCBWI-20100305/index.jhtml

Directions to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (UUCF), 4880 Elmer Derr Rd., Frederick, MD  21703 (http://www.frederickuu.org/directions.html)

From Baltimore and points east: Take I-70 West, which passes just south of Frederick. When that happens, the exits get closer together. Take Exit 52, Route 340 W/ 15 S. In about 5 miles, take the Mt. Zion Rd. exit. Turn left at the end of the exit onto Mt. Zion Rd., which will cross over Rt. 15 S/340 W and become Capstine Rd. After crossing the highway overpass, make the first right onto Elmer Derr Rd. Go about 1 mile to UUCF, on the right.

From Washington, D.C. and points south: Take I-270 North to I-70 West. In about 1 mile, take Exit 52, Route 340 W/ 15 S. Follow above directions from there.

From Hagerstown and points west: Take I-70 East to Exit 52, Route 340 W/15 S. Follow above directions from there.

To download the registration form, click below: 2010SpringConfRegistrationForm.

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About ediehemingway

I am an author of children's middle grade novels and the Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV SCBWI chapter.
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