Upcoming SCBWI Events

Happy Friday, everyone, I hope you’re having an amazing summer! Ours has been wonderful but a recent Wal-Mart trip reminded me how fall is just around the corner, as proved by their stuffed Back to School aisles. But that’s cool, we have many awesome SCBWI events coming up this autumn, both for our region and others. So grab your calendars and get ready to make some notes!

Upcoming 2017 SCBWI Events


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

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 1-4 PM

Where: Historic Savage Mill

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 7th using this link to help us plan for refreshments.  Everyone welcome!

Baltimore Book Festival

When: September 22-24, 2017, 11 AM-7 PM each day

Where: Inner Harbor in Baltimore

Stop by our region’s booth to find out more about our region’s activities and purchase signed books by local published members.  Published and Listed Members will be receiving information about how to purchase a booth slot at a later date.

“Whose Book is It Anyway?”

Where:  Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12-1 PM

When:  Baltimore Book Festival at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Tent

Face off against five wily YA authors and win a signed book!  Can you spot which book excerpts are real and which are clever fakes?  Don’t miss this lineup: Isabel Banderia (DRAMATICALLY EVER AFTER); Meg Eden (POST-HIGH SCHOOL REALITY QUEST); L.V. Pires (EXTENSION); Michelle Ray (MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING); Sharon Huss Roat (HOW TO DISAPPEAR); Moderator: Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE).

Roundtable: A Conversation with Authors of Teen Fiction

When:  Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 2-4 PM

Where: Catonsville Library

Join six writers of fiction for 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.  Featuring F.M. Boughan, CINDERELLA NECROMANCER (Month9 Books), Meg Eden, POST-HIGH SCHOOL REALITY QUEST (Rare Bird Books), Christina June, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE (Blink), Kathy MacMillan, SWORD AND VERSE (HarperTeen), Sharon Huss Roat, BETWEEN THE NOTES (HarperTeen) and HOW TO DISAPPEAR ( HarperTeen), Katy Upperman, KISSING MAX HOLDEN (Swoon Reads/Macmillan).

This panel is co-sponsored by Baltimore County Public Library and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Book Writers and Illustrators.  Please RSVP at here to help us plan for refreshments.

Other SCBWI Regions

Throwing Out the First Pitch! Webinar

When:  July 12, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Central Time)

Where: Anywhere!

Join us from the comfort of your own home for SCBWI-Nebraska’s inaugural webinar! Have a completed manuscript? Not sure what to do with it? Join Heather Cashman, Managing Director of #PitchWars, #PitMad, and #PitchMadness, to find out how these online contests can help you hone your story and pitch and prepare your work for an agent’s eyes.

In this webinar, Heather will help you understand how to use the Twitter contest #PitMad to pitch to agents, editors, and publishers. Use Pitch Madness to polish your query and first chapter. Enter Pitch Wars to win a chance to have your entire manuscript polished, your query perfected, and have them showcased in front of the publishing industry’s top agents. If there’s time at the end, we’ll discuss how to craft a pitch and even do some live pitch critiques! Go here for details and registration.

SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Fall Conference

When:  October 27-28, 2017

Where: Holiday Inn Washington Dulles

Save the date!  Registration will open soon.  Friday, October 27, 2017: Optional AM/PM Craft-focused workshops open to registered attendees (additional fees apply); Evening activities for registered attendees: Peer Critiques; PAL Member Reception, Saturday, October 28, 2017 (All-day conference includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch. A limited number of optional, individual critiques with faculty members are scheduled throughout the day. Additional fees apply to critiques.) Conference Faculty: Keynote speaker: Gary D. Schmidt, additional faculty is to be determined. For more information, click here!

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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