It’s Springtime!

Hello friends! Spring is finally here and all I have to say is…

I know I’m overreacting: we barely got a lick of snow this winter. No matter. There’s nothing like seeing the flowers blossom and fields transition from brown to green.

The season will be in full bloom next month and we’ve got a couple of great events in our region:

Zoo Sketch Crawl, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 AM-1 PM: Location: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW – Washington, DC 20008. Meet us for this free event at the National Zoo and sketch away! (Writers welcome too!) Meet at the Connecticut Street entrance by the lion statues at 10 am. Admission to the zoo is free, but the zoo charges for maps/guides.  Parking is $22 and fills up fast, spots can be reserved through the Parking Panda site. Or take the Metro Red Line to the Cleveland Park station and walk south on Connecticut Avenue to the zoo entrance. After the sketch crawl we will go for lunch (if the weather is nice) to Firehook Bakery & Coffeehouse which has a patio in the back.  Register at

Gaithersburg Book Festival, Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10AM-6PM: This free festival takes places at the Gaithersburg City Hall grounds and features panels, signings, workshops, and more.  Published and Listed Members from our region will be signing all day long at the SCBWI MD/DE/WV Booth, so stop by and say hello! Find more information about the festival at
National Events:

SCBWI Summer Conference in LA – General Conference: July 7 – 9, 2017; Optional Intensives: July 10, 2017:  registration is now open for the national SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, to be held at the JW Marriott at LA Live. Keynote speakers include Kwame Alexander, Laurie Halse Anderson, Kelly Barnhill, Ruta Sepetys, and more! Find complete info and registration at
Events of Interest from Other Regions:

Webinar: ACHIEVING YOUR PEAK CREATIVE POTENTIAL: From Pitch to Publication with Chronicle’s Naomi Kirsten (sponsored by the SCBWI Carolina Region)
WHEN  Saturday, May 20, 2017 @11:30 AM [eastern daylight time]
WHERE On your computer
COST $35.00 for SCBWI Member. $50.00 for NonMember
Join Chronicle Books’ Senior Editor, Naomi Kirsten, for a 2-hour online workshop for both writers and illustrators on picture book and novelty projects.  In this content-rich webinar, we’ll explore recent publishing trends and opportunities as they relate to children’s illustrated books—specifically, picture books, novelty books, and board books—with the aim of aligning your creative endeavor to the end goal: Getting published! Naomi Kirsten is a Senior Editor at renowned independent publisher Chronicle Books in San Francisco, California. She acquires approximately 20 titles each year, ranging from picture books to games, stationery, and novelty formats, with a focus on art-driven projects with broad consumer and international appeal.
Full information and registration at

Calling all PAL Members!

We are ALWAYS up for a party here at ATEB and our favorite kind are book birthdays! PAL members, we want to promote your book releases, whether it’s your first or fortieth (um…wow!).  Provide us with the information listed in the Submission Guidelines and let us know if you’d like to stroll into the Cyber Café for some Coffee and Conversation.

Fellow writers and illustrators, have your say…

And contribute to As The Eraser Burns! We always want to hear from you, no matter the region you hail from. When it comes to creating children’s books, the more voices, the better.

The following can be submitted year-round:

  • News about upcoming book releases, events, etc., for registered SCBWI PAL members. You are also welcome to include ATEB in any blog tours promoting your book release! For more information, please see the PAL section below.
  • Contest or submission opportunities that do not charge a fee.
  • SCBWI conference or event summary recaps.
  • Posts about the influence of living in this region on your work.
  • Submissions on craft, social media, personal stories on your writing/illustrating journey, etc. are ALWAYS welcome!

Need some help coming up with a blog post idea? No problem! We’ve got themes for every month of the year (but, please don’t feel you are restricted as to when to write on a particular theme!) Here’s a list for the remainder of 2017:

April:  “Illustrators: Putting the Spring in Picture Books and more.”

May:  “May Midgrade Madness.” \

June:  “Diversity: Helping kids see themselves in the books they read.”

July:  “It’s all about the character.”

August:  “Summer Beach Reads – What is Your Favorite Children’s Book?”

September: “Yes to YA: Celebrating Young Adult Novels.” 

October:  “NaNoWriMo/PiBoIdMo – Get Ready to Go.” 

November:  “Picture Book Month.”

December: “Tis’ the Season.” 

For a complete explanation of our guidelines, as well as all our monthly themes, click on this link.

Happy writing, illustrating…and blogging!

About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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1 Response to It’s Springtime!

  1. Natasha Lane says:

    Yes! I’m already thinking of lying out in my yard. Nothing feels better than the sun on ya skin. 🙂

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