Happy Thursday, everyone! I know we post a lot about upcoming events here at As The Eraser Burns. That’s because there is always so much going on and we don’t want you to miss a thing! Plus there’s some great announcements worth sharing again. So pull out your calendars and get ready to give some congrats, because here we go!
Again, a huge welcome to Susanna Banwell, our region’s new critique coordinator! If you missed her previous Coffee & Conversation interview, check it out here. And many thanks to Loretta Carlson for her many years of hard work!
Congratulations to our region’s Event Coordinator, Sarah Maynard, who is one of two Tribute Fund Conference Scholarship winners for the 2017 SCBWI Conference in LA! She will receive airfare to the conference, four nights at the hotel, and conference tuition. Sarah was selected from nominees worldwide to receive this honor, in recognition of her hard work as Events Coordinator in our region, her willingness to experiment with different types of program delivery, and her enthusiastic participation on the MD/DE/WV region planning committee as both a team player and a leader of various events. Congratulations, Sarah, we want a full report!
Current May Events
May Mid-Grade Madness has begun!
We have a few brave souls taking on this yearly challenge … myself included, why, I don’t know … where we are attempting to write a 20,000 mid-grade novel rough draft in four days. Once again, Kara Laughlin is leading this adventure and it’s not too late to join in the fun! Just go to the May Mid-Grade Madness Facebook page or visit this past blog post.
MD Library Association/DE Library Association conference
Four of our regional PAL members (Veronica Bartles, Laura Gehl, Claudia Friddell, and Tim Young,) will be presenting an Author Visit Showcase at the today in Cambridge, Maryland with Kathy McMillan moderating. Want to see the handout that’s full of presentation summaries from some of our PAL members? Awesome, click on this link!
There will also be copies of this handout available at the Gaithersburg Book Festival and the Baltimore Book Festival as well.
Zoo Sketch Crawl, Saturday, May 13, 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 our regional website.
Gaithersburg Book Festival, Saturday, May 20, 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 http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/
Upcoming Regional Events
Write-in/Sketch-In for Children’s and YA Writers and Illustrators, Sunday, September 10, 1-4 PM
Work on your latest project surrounded by fellow authors and illustrators! This informal gathering will feature refreshments, door prizes, and lots of moral support. Published and Listed Members of SCBWI will be on hand offering 10-minute first page, query, or illustration critiques for $10. This free program is co-sponsored by Say Cheese, Sweet Cascades Chocolatiers, Books with a Past, and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Please RSVP by September 7 at our regional website to help us plan for refreshments. Everyone welcome!