Wow, you might want to grab a cup of coffee before reading this whopper list! We surely have a ton of them, so pull out your calendar as well. Ready, okay!
Upcoming Regional Events
Baltimore Book Festival
When? September 22-24
Where? The Inner Harbor, 11 AM-7 PM each day.
Stop by our region’s booth at the Baltimore Book Festival to find out more about our region’s activities and purchase signed books by local published members! Sneaks the Cat will also be making appearances at our booth throughout the festival to represent Maryland public libraries!
“Whose Book is It Anyway?” at the Baltimore Book Festival
When? Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12-1 PM
Where? 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 Bandeira (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).
Webinar: Professionally Personal: How to Compel Agents in One Page or Less.
When? October 10, 2017 7:30-9:00 PM Eastern time
Where? From the comfort of your own home
Hosted by MD/DE/WV SCBWI. Agent Hannah Mann of Writers House discusses what to stress for success when it comes to querying agents, including how to stay brief and be heard without coming off as generic, how to strike a balance between broad appeal and agent-specific, and choosing the perfect comp titles. A recording of the webinar will be available for one month after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording. Cost: SCBWI Members: $15 for webinar only; $30 for webinar + query letter critique; Non-members: $25 for webinar.
Roundtable: A Conversation with Authors of Teen Fiction
When? Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 2-4 PM
Where? The Catonsville Library.
Join 6 writers of fiction for teens for a lively, interactive panel discussion at the Catonsville Library 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 to help us plan for refreshments.
The Business of Writing & Illustrating
When? Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1 PM- 4:45 PM
Where? The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Essex Campus.
Being a professional author or illustrator means more than writing stories and drawing pictures, it means running a successful and professional small business. Join us to learn how to make your business the best it can be. Explore topics like: contracts, copyrights, taxes, write-offs, company options, branding, how to create a website, and much more! Presenters: Attorney at Law, Tim Faith; CPA, MST Accountant, Beverly Bareham; Graphic Designer, Veronica Bartles. $25 members, $35 non-members, register by October 28.
SCBWI MD/DE/WV 2018 Annual Conference: 25 and Still We R(ev)ise
When? Saturday, March 17 to Sunday, March 18, 2018
Where? The Maritime Conference Center
There will also be with social activities scheduled for Friday evening. Early bird registration will begin in December.
We are still accepting proposals for 50-minute breakout sessions and 3-hour intensive workshops for our MD/DE/WV SCBWI Regional conference on March 17-18, 2018. If you’ve got a great workshop to propose, check out the link to learn how to submit your proposal.
Read Local Kickoff Events:
Each of these family events will feature tons of book-centered games and crafts, and you’ll learn fun facts about all of our Read Local Challenge authors, as you get to know our featured authors and their books. Plus, you can win great prizes just by participating! Readers and writers welcome! Spread the word!
Mon, October 2, 2017 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at James L Hamner Public Library, Amelia Court House, VA: Read Local Kick-off Party with Shelley Sackier, author of DEAR OPL, and THE FREEMASON’S DAUGHTER, and Sarah Sullivan, author of PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN, and ALL THAT’S MISSING.
Sat, October 14, 2017 from 11am – 3pm at Barnes & Noble, Ellicott City, MD: Read Local Kick-off Party with SIX Local Authors: Elissa Brent Weissman, author of OUR STORY BEGINS: YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS SHARE FUN, INSPIRING, AND OCCASIONALLY RIDICULOUS THINGS THEY WROTE AND DREW AS KIDS, Amy Hansen, author of FIRE BIRD: THE KIRTLAND’S WARBLER STORY, Erin Teagan, author of THE FRIENDSHIP EXPERIMENT, Timothy Young, author of I’M GOING TO OUTER SPACE!, Erin Hagar, author of DOING HER BIT: A STORY OF THE WOMAN’S LAND ARMY OF AMERICA, and Veronica Bartles, author of THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS and TWELVE STEPS.
Sat, October 14, 2017 from 11am – 1pm at James M. Duncan Branch Library (Alexandria Library), Alexandria, VA: Read Local Kick-off Party with Claudia Friddell, author of GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SPIES, and GOLIATH, HERO OF THE GREAT BALTIMORE FIRE.
Mon, October 16 from 6pm – 8pm at Point O’View Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA: Read Local Kick-off Party with Sylvia Liu, author of A MORNING WITH GRANDPA.
Sat, October 21, 2017 from 11am – 2pm at Annapolis Bookstore, Annapolis, MD: Read Local Kick-off Party with Leah Henderson, author of ONE SHADOW ON THE WALL, CAP Saucier, author of EXPLORE THE COSMOS LIKE NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: A SPACE SCIENCE JOURNEY, and Veronica Bartles, author of THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS, and TWELVE STEPS.
Thu, October 30, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Phelps Luck Elementary School, Columbia, MD: Read Local Kick-off Party with Veronica Bartles, author of the picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS, and the young adult novel, TWELVE STEPS and Laura Shovan, author of the mid-grade novel, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY.
We’re still scheduling kickoff events, so check out the calendar for updated listings.
Know a school, library, or bookstore that would like to host a Read Local Kickoff Party? Contact PAL Coordinator Veronica Bartles at email@example.com to find out how to set one up!
Whew! Told you it was quite the list. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and hope to see you soon!