ABC Success!

Talk about a great night!   Last Monday’s ABC Event featuring Pam Smallcomb can only be described as a total success!

There were approximately 60 people in attendance with members from Maryland and one gentleman from . . . wow, Chantilly, Virginia!  

(BTW, you rock, Chantilly guy. :))

During the break and after the event, Pam signed many books . . .

. . . like I’M NOT for member and illustrator Joan Waites.

She also gave an excellent presentation about picture book writing that covered everything from themes and brainstorming techniques, (LOVED her “Blend Two Unlike Things” and “Be Grumpy” advice,) to writing humor and three types of comic stories.  She also offered great suggestions to keep in mind, such as:  Make sure your story hasn’t been done before, have a clear idea, set the tone with a killer first line, be sure you can read it out loud easily, leave room for the illustrator, and most importantly–REMAIN FLEXIBLE AND DETERMINED!

Something that also fascinated us was her discussion about a Picture Book Challenge her agent, James Proimos, convinced her to do.  For sixteen weeks, Pam wrote a picture book a week.

Yes, you read correctly.

She wrote a picture book A WEEK for sixteen weeks!  And if that isn’t mind-boggling enough, two of those stories just so happen to be:

I’M NOT which was released earlier this year and:

EARTH TO CLUNK which will be released in May!

Okay, are you thinking what I’m thinking?

If so, then yes–you’re right, we should definitely do a challenge of our own!  Some ladies I spoke to after the presentation agree, so this summer, we’re going to have a regional Pam Smallcomb Picture Book Challenge, otherwise known as PSPBC.  We’ll discuss later how many weeks to include, whether we shorten it to eight weeks or (yikes) go the whole sixteen like Pam!

Until then, mark your calendars for our next ABC Event featuring Carol Larese Millward on April 10, 2011 in Greenville, Delaware!

Join us as first-time author Carole Larese Millward discusses her YA novel, STAR IN THE MIDDLE, a thought-provoking novel about the challenges and difficulties faced by two teenage parents, told from both points of view.  She will discuss her decision to write from the young mother and father’s points of view, managing dual voices, and starting your novel from a character sketch, short story, or synopsis.  If you have a short story that jumps out at you every time you open your writing file, or a character you just can’t seem to let go, this is an ABC even you won’t want to miss.  Carol will share writing exercises for the writer in you that may just put you in touch with that project waiting to be re-discovered. 

We are extending the usual two hours to three (2 – 5 o’clock) in hopes that our Delaware members can get to know each other, and maybe even brainstorm about future events!

For more information, please contact Naomi Milliner using this link.

And speaking of Naomi . . .

Thank you, THANK YOU, Naomi and all the other volunteers,  for putting together these incredible events!  You are such wonderful assets to our region!  🙂

Have a great day, everyone!


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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11 Responses to ABC Success!

  1. Susan Mannix says:

    It was a great night! I’m so glad I was able to attend. I was inspired and educated. Thanks for a terrific presentation, Pam.

  2. Laura Bowers says:

    Oops, my apologies to Joan Waites for initially misspelling her name! My proofreading skills need some work.

    Sorry, Joan! 🙂

  3. ediehemingway says:

    I second the fact that it was a wonderful evening! Thank you, Pam, for sharing so much valuable information! And, Laura, count me in for the picture book challenge, although I’m a bit scared to be saying it in a public manner like this.

    P.S. We also had someone from West Virginia attending!

    • Laura Bowers says:

      West Virginia, awesome! I couldn’t hear everyone’s intros from where I was sitting.

      Okay, then . . . You rock, West Virginia writer! 🙂

  4. Thanks for the great synopsis of last night, Laura. It really was a wonderful evening, and I’m so glad I attended. Pam, thanks so much for letting us into your humorous and interesting world of picture books. I took lots of little tidbits home with me and will try and apply them to my writing now!

  5. Pam says:

    Thank you for the lovely post, Laura! And to Edie and Naomi for organizing these events. I love getting together with my fellow SCBWI members. I can’t wait for the March 12th conference! And count me for that challenge. 🙂 Pam

    • Laura Bowers says:

      Great post, Beth, thanks for sharing your link! 🙂

      And can we put you and Mary down for the PSPBC challenge, hmmmm? 😉

      • EF Blevins says:

        I’m in the process of writing “The Ottoman Is a Tomato… and Other Weird and Wonderful Furniture” (based on my first brainstorming exercise)–so sure, bring on the PB challenge!!

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