Don’t forget to register for the Weekend Writing/Illustrating Retreat by the Sea!

Join your fellow writers and illustrators for a weekend retreat by the Sea.

Where: The Virden Center, Lewes, Delaware

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012, with options to stay Friday and/or Saturday nights

What: Use the time to dive into your own work, interact with your fellow writers and illustrators, or attend the following workshops

“Pencils and Scissors”

Sometimes scissors are just as important as pencils. In this revision workshop Lois Szymanski challenges writers to cut, cut, cut.  Introducing her color-code revision system, Szymanski will discuss the laundry list of items she looks for when revising. From basic editing, to hashing out plot, to polishing the final product, learn what to look for. Bring at least four color markers and a piece of your writing for an optional opportunity try out the system on a portion of your WIP.  Find out more about our Co-Regional Advisor and author Lois Szymanski and her books at http://www.loisszymanski.com.

“Write Like an Illustrator”

Illustrator and author, Nancy  Carol Willis, will show how she uses storyboards to develop the “scenes” in her children’s nature books. She will share how “thinking in pictures” can improve descriptive writing and plot development. Bring a story or chapter and have fun creating a simple storyboard. (No artistic ability required!)

Nancy Carol Willis is an award-winning author, illustrator and nature lover.  Her books include  Red Knot – A Shorebird’s Incredible Journey, Raccoon Moon, and The Robins In Your Backyard.  Explore her books, illustrations, and programs, workshops, and  lectures at http://www.nancycarolwillis.com.

“The Practical Side of Writing” 

Children’s and young adult book author John Micklos, will focus on researching markets, developing ideas, preparing query letters, finding agents,and other aspects of the writing biz.  In addition to writing for young people, John is an award-winning education journalist.

John’s many books for young people include Daddy Poems and No Boys Allowed: Poems About Brothers and Sisters.  He is also the author of Leonard Nimoy: A Star’s Trek,  Alexander Graham Bell: Inventor of the Telephone, Unsolved: What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?, Muhammad Ali: “I Am the Greatest”and Elvis Presley: “I Want to Entertain People.”John lives in Newark, Delaware.  To find out more, visit http://www.johnmickloswriter.com/index.html

Cost: $90 for Saturday retreat with optional workshops–includes continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

Housing: $60 per room per night for a single OR choose a roommate and each pay $30

Register: print registration form and mail with payment to:

MD/DE/WV SCBWI

c/o Sue Poduska

8420 Tea Rose Dr.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

We need a few more people to make this weekend work!  Registration deadline is November 6, 2012.

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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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7 Responses to Don’t forget to register for the Weekend Writing/Illustrating Retreat by the Sea!

  1. This looks grand! I wish it wasn’t such a busy weekend for me. I love the beach off season, and the price is great. I hope you do it again next year.

  2. Stacy Geis says:

    I am new to all of this and stumbled upon this retreat. Looks like I just missed a deadline. Is it possible to still participate?

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