Upcoming SCBWI Events

Get out your calendars, folks, because it’s time to make sure everyone knows about the fantastic events SCBWI has coming up this fall!

Is it really September 9th already? For me, the summer has passed in a beautiful blur between Camp NaNoWriMo’s frenzy, us renovating a fixer-upper townhouse at Ocean City, (writer retreat, anyone?) a lovely two-week vacation, and recent race-cation at Disneyland in order to keep my title as “the crazy running lady.”

And there was craziness, my friends. Oh yes.

And there was craziness, my friends. Oh yes.

But now we’re getting closer to fall’s official start and I’m ready to get back to reality with sleeves rolled up and fingers itchy to write. Plus we have tons of great SCBWI activities to look forward to, as shared by our lovely co-regional advisor, Kathy MacMillan in a recent email blast!

For those who might have missed that, here’s the full scoop:

At the national level:

SCBWI Book Blasts

Promote your 2016 book with SCBWI! For $25, you can create a customized page featuring you and your book, ebook, or app.  Your page will be hosted on scbwi.org and will be included in a 6-week promotional push from October 10-November 18.  Go to scbwi.org/bookblast-info to get started!

SCBWI PAL Reading List

The national office will be putting out a Winter Reading List in November, supported by a marketing campaign to make consumers, teachers, librarians, and booksellers aware of the list.  Published and Listed (PAL) members should be receiving an invitation via email sometime this week to submit one title to the list.

Neighboring SCBWI Regions

SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Region Annual Conference

October 21-22 in Sterling, VA.

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Kwame Alexander and Judith Viorst.
  • EDITORS: Wendy Lamb, VP/Publisher Wendy Lamb Books/Penguin-Random House; Adrienne Szpyrka, Running Press Kids; Christina Pulles, Sterling
  • ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Brennan, Viking
  • LITERARY AGENTS: Emily Keyes, Fuse Literary; Linda Epstein, Emerald City Literary, Carrie Hannigan, HSG Agency
  • AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Lin Oliver, SCBWI Co-founder and Executive Director;  Anne Marie Pace, Sue Fliess, Lisa Falkenstern, Laura Shovan, Kathy MacMillan, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Hannah Barnaby, Mary Amato, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Ellen R. Braaf, Valerie Patterson, Erin Teagan, Linda Budzinski, Joan Waites.

Cost: $145 for SCBWI members; $185 for nonmembers on or before October 1; $165 for SCBWI members; $195 for nonmembers after October 1.  More information and registration, go here.

Our MD/DE/WV Region

Roundtable: A Conversation with Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors

Saturday, September 10 at 2 PM at Baltimore County Public Library’s Hereford Branch.  Join 5 writers of fiction for children and teens for a lively, interactive panel discussion about their inspirations, writing process, and the value of stories in the modern world. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.  This panel is co-sponsored by Baltimore County Public Library and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Book Writers and Illustrators.

Featured authors: Jan Gangsei (Zero Day), Karen Hattrup (Frannie and Tru), Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse), Laura Shovan (The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary), and Ronald L. Smith (Hoodoo). Program is free; please register here.

September 23-25: Baltimore Book Festival

Three days of FREE panels, signings, and lots of bookish fun! Our region will once again host a booth featuring our Published and Listed Members and their books!  More info at www.baltimorebookfestival.com

Conference Postcard Contest

Each year, the MD/DE/WV region holds a contest to design the postcard that goes out to regional members, announcing the upcoming annual conference. This gives the illustrator a chance to have work highlighted. The theme of the 2017 conference is “From Dreaming to Doing”. Deadline for submission is October 14, 2016. Find out how to enter here.

Write-in/Sketch-in for Children’s and YA Writers and Illustrators

Saturday, October 22, 1-4 PM at the Finksburg Library, Finksburg, MD.  Work on your latest project surrounded by fellow authors and illustrators, with refreshments, hourly door prizes, and lots of moral support!  Published and Listed Members of SCBWI will also be on hand offering 10-minute first page, query, or illustration critiques for $10. This free program is co-sponsored by Carroll County Public Library and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Please RSVP by October 19 here.

Picture Book Academy

Saturday, November 5, 9 AM-5 PM in Westminster, MD.  Learn how to make your picture book the best it can be!  This conference offers a look at the basics as well as the nitty gritty down-low details of what an editor looks for and what an art director wants to see. Find out how illustrations and words working together can help your picture book rise to the top of the slush pile. Top-notch faculty at this event includes author/illustrator Henry Cole, author/illustrator Joyce Hesselberth, author/illustrator Jonathan Bean, Scholastic picture book editor Dianne Hess, and Scholastic art director Marijka Kostiw. Cost: $95 for members; $125 for nonmembers.  (Includes lunch.) Fifteen minute one-on-one critiques will be available for an additional fee of $45 (members) or $50 (non-members). Registration is open at https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/picture-book-academy/


Saturday, November 12, 1-5 PM in Arnold, MD.  Get your middle grade or young adult manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) in shape! Join us for a manuscript critique workshop led by our Published and Listed (PAL) members. The workshop begins with a panel discussion on giving and receiving critiques. Attendees will then break into small groups to critique each other’s manuscripts, with each round table moderated by one of our PAL members. We will also have a brief pitch workshop led by PAL members, after which attendees will return to their small groups to provide feedback on each other’s pitches.

Faculty: Mary Amato, Laura BowersKaren Hattrup, Kara Laughlin, Debbie Levy, John Micklos, Lisa Pires, and Lois Szymanski. Cost: $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Please register by November 4, 2016.  Individual Additional Critique (Optional): $40 for members; $50 for non-members.  For complete info and registration, see https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/mddewv-critiquefest/


Whew! That’s a lot of events!

If you have any questions about any of the upcoming awesomeness, please leave them in the comments below. If I don’t know the answer, I will find someone who does!

Happy writing, drawing, and (almost) fall!

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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