Author Archives: Laura Bowers

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!

SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award: Round two voting ends on Sunday!

The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. Round two voting for our division has begun for this year’s Crystal Kite! Here’s instruction on how you can vote … Continue reading

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Are you ready for some May Mid-grade Madness?

Can you believe it’s almost time for another round of May Mid-Grade Madness? For those who are unfamiliar, MMM is a yearly challenge where brave souls dare to write a mid-grade novel rough draft in the span of four … yes, … Continue reading

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From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference Thoughts

Raise your hand if you had an amazing time at our regional From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference! (Mine is up. Way up!) The presenters this year were amazing and I walked away feeling informed, inspired, and ready to do … Continue reading

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Introducing WIN: The Working Illustrator’s Network

Attention illustrators! Have you heard about WIN yet? If not, read on for the full scoop as explained by our SCBWI MD/DE/WV illustrator coordinator, Rebecca Evans: Introducing WIN THE WORKING ILLUSTRATOR’S NETWORK (WIN) The Working Illustrators Network of the SCBWI MD/DE/WV … Continue reading

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Everything From Dreaming to Doing Conference: Tips, Links, and More!

We are now one week away from the From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference, only one week away! I’ve tried to figure you how many years I’ve been attending our region’s annual conferences … wow, around fifteen, give or take? But I … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Erin Hagar: Why Author Critiques can be a career-maker!

We’re getting closer to our 2017 From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference! Many of you have submitted manuscripts for a critique with your fingers crossed, hoping you’re assigned to an editor or agent. But what if you’re paired with an … Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with Veronica Bartles: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe that there’s now only eleven, yes, ELEVEN days until our SCBWI MD/DE/WV From Dreaming to Doing conference! We still have many faculty interviews to share as well as some conference tips for you first … Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with Katy Kelly: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying our From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference interviews so far. We enjoy doing them every year as a way for attendees to get to know our presenters better! If you’ve missed any … Continue reading

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2017 SCBWI 18th Annual Winter Conference

Ah, the SCBWI Winter Conference, an event that has been on my bucket list for a very, very long time. I’ve yet to attend a national conference, but today, I get to live vicariously through the several regional members who … Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with Andrea Morrison: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We are continuing with our series of pre-From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference interviews as a way to let attendees get to know our many presenters. Here’s who we’ve chatted with so far! Leila Sales, Publishing Manager … Continue reading

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