Nevada Mentor Program

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Just a quick heads-up about the Nevada Mentor Program that is open to all SCBWI members.  Application deadline is June 1st! See details below:

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The Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program Is Accepting Applications until June 1st!

Imagine what you could learn from a Caldecott-winning illustrator, a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, or a million-selling middle-grade series author. The Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with a successful children’s author or illustrator dedicated to helping you improve your current work in progress.

Nevada SCBWI handpicks its mentors for their creative talents, but also because they are gifted teachers who want to share their knowledge with up-and-coming writers and artists. Our mentors often speak at conferences and workshops, but this is a unique chance to get to know them personally as they focus on you and your project. 
 
We are proud to announce our outstanding mentors for 2013! 
 
· Jim Averbeck, Zolotow award–winning author/illustrator
· David Diaz, winner of a Caldecott Medal and illustrator of a Newbery Honor book
· E. B. Lewis, winner of a Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award
· Tera Lynn Childs, YA novelist
· Ellen Hopkins, bestselling and award-winning YA novelist
· Elizabeth Law, former children’s publisher at Egmont and Simon & Schuster
· Terri Farley, middle-grade and YA novelist, author of the million-selling Phantom Stallion series 
 · Suzanne Morgan Williams, award-winning middle-grade novelist and nonfiction author
· Susan Hart Lindquist, novelist, writing instructor, and frequent conference presenter
· Jenny MacKay, children’s nonfiction author

The Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program includes six months of one-on-one mentorship to accomplish one full revision of your work in progress (a novel, a longer nonfiction work, three picture book manuscripts, or an illustrator portfolio).
You will also be a guest at two very special retreat weekends, one at Lake Tahoe and one at historic Virginia City, where you will meet and network with all of our mentors, plus fellow writers and illustrators who may become lifelong
friends during the course of this program.

The process is simple:

1. Check out our list of mentors.
2. Pick your top two choices.
3. Send in your writing or illustration sample and an application (find it at www.nevadascbwi.org) before the June 1 deadline.

In our anonymous application process, mentors carefully consider the merits of every work sample they receive before making their final choices. 
 
You have nothing to lose by applying! Seize this special chance to further your career by learning from an accomplished children’s author or illustrator. 
 
Go to www.nevadascbwi.org to learn more!

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About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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