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:
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.