Upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV Events

Grab your calendar and a fresh cup of coffee, folks, because this is going to be a long post about the many events and other fun stuff we have coming up for SCBWI! Starting with…

September As The Eraser Burns Theme: “Harvesting Ideas – Where Do You Get Them From?”

  • Got any tips for harvesting ideas, or what has inspired your books? We want all the juicy details!
  • We have modified our submission guidelines so for our latest update, go here.

September 12th Write-In/Sketch-In for Children’s, YA Writers, and Illustrators

  • When? 1:00 to 4:00
  • Where? The Owings Mills Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, Owings Mills MD
  • Details: Work on your latest project surrounded by fellow authors and illustrators, with refreshments, hourly door prizes, and lots of moral support!  This free program is co-sponsored by BCPL and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Please RSVP by September 9 by clicking here to help us plan for refreshments. Questions? mddewv@scbwi.org

September 15th: Deadline for SCBWI Write This! monthly prompt

  • Write This! is a monthly prompt for writers appearing in the monthly SCBWI INSIGHT … and it sounds pretty darn fun. Submissions are to be 50 words or less. Want to get in on the action? Go here for more information.

September 21st: Deadline for both the Jack Reid Scholarship and March 2016 Conference Post Card Competition

  • Two scholarships, one for a writer and one for an illustrator will be awarded, and the winner of the postcard competition will have their work featured in our and receive the choice of a year’s membership in SCBWI or a portfolio review at the conference.
  • For entry requirements and other details, please visit this page on the region’s web site.
  • Note:  Betsy Bird, of the SLJ Fuse#6 Production blog will be our keynote speaker at the March 19-20 conference.  (What??? How cool is that!)

September 25 – 27th: The Baltimore Book Festival where there will be a table for MD/DE/WV authors and illustrators!

  • When? 11:00 – 7:00
  • Where? Baltimore Inner Harbor
  • For more event information on the festival itself, go here.
  • NEW!! We have four authors/illustrators on a Picture Book Panel on the Inner Harbor Stage from 4:00 – 5:00 on Friday, September 25th! “So You Want to Write a Children’s Book” will include:
  • Schedule for the MD/DE/WV table:
    • Friday, September 25th
      • 11:00am – 3:00pm:
        • Kathy MacMillan
      • 3:00pm – 7:00pm:
        • John Micklos
        • CAP Saucier
    • Saturday, September 26th:
      • 11:00am – 3:00pm:
        • Ann McCallum
        • Kathy MacMillan
        • Jane Matyger
        • Barbara Beck
      • 3:00pm – 7:00pm
        • Rebecca Evans
        • Erin Hager
        • Kathy MacMillan
        • Laura Bowers
    • Sunday, September 27th:
      • 11:00am – 3:00pm
        • CAP Saucier
        • Elaine Allen
        • Barbara Beck
      • 3:00pm – 7:00pm
        • Barbara Beck
        • Rebecca Evans
  • Full author/illustrator bios will be coming soon in a future post!

September 26th: Author’s Book Club with Anna Egan Smucker

  • When? 1:00 to 4:00.
  • Where? The Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, WV
  • Details: Hear Anna talk about her upcoming book on that regional favorite the pretzel, bring your work in progress for instant feedback, and see the museum’s exhibit of original comic book. drawings, Presented in partnership with West Virginia Writers, Inc. Attendance is free.  For more information or to register, please visit our regional website.

October 16-18th: Berkeley Springs Weekend Retreat 

  • A member is allowing us to use this home dedicated to creative retreats in a beautiful setting only 90 minutes from Silver Spring.  With the cost of about $100, there is a lot to find inspiring about this weekend escape. For more information or to register, (hurry, there’s only eight spots left,) visit our regional website.

October 18th: 3rd Annual Creativity Kick-Off

  • When? 2:00 pm.
  • Where? The Crofton Community Library in Crofton, MD
  • Details: A group will meet to share information about Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at the Crofton, MD library. Smaller groups will split based on the challenge each participant is participating in. Within each group, writing exercises and tools will be shared to help complete the November challenges. At this posting, the time and place are tentative, as we’d like to have several events occurring simultaneously. To volunteer to host a separate event or to sign up for the Crofton event, email Sarah Maynard at sarahmdm@gmail.com. For more information, visit our regional website.

November 15th: Illustrator’s Live Figure Drawing Workshop

  • When? 1:00 to 4:00
  • Where? Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts, Brooklyn Park, MD
  • Details: Work out your figure drawing skills with live models.  Adult and child models will present both long and short poses for gesture drawings and full sketches.  Cost: $10 for SCBWI members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, please visit our regional website event page.

If I’ve missed anything or if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. Happy writing and drawing!



About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves 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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5 Responses to Upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV Events

  1. suepeters says:

    Nice post, Laura. Thanks for the reminders on SCBWI Insight and chances to be featured on our well-read blog!

  2. Thanks Laura! So excited for our awesome fall line up!
    One small thing, the Creativity Kick-Off on October 18th doesn’t start until 2:00. If someone gets there that early I might put them to work!

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