Happy Friday, everyone!
Many thanks to Sarah Davis Maynard for hosting the 4th Annual Creativity Kick-Off for NaNoWriMo last night! If you were unable to attend but would like to see her helpful tips and inspirational photos, then go to the event page here. And if you are participating this year, be sure to buddy both myself, Laura Bowers and Sarah so we can all keep each other motivated. Just click on our names!
And to make sure that everyone knows about our upcoming fall events, here’s another reminder plus some photos taken at the Baltimore Book Festival!
Write-in/Sketch-in for Children’s and YA Writers and Illustrators – TOMORROW!
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.
The deadline was Wednesday, but feel free to email me at email@example.com if you’d like to join us. I probably bought too much food anyway!
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 Bowers, Karen 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/
And finally, here’s some pictures of some regional members in action at the Baltimore Book Festival at the Inner Harbor!