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 timers. Have you missed any of our previous interviews? No worries, here are the links:

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Coffee and Conversation with Julie Dietzel-Glair: From Dreaming to Doing

Happy Friday! We’re wrapping up this week with another From Dreaming to Doing faculty interview. Please welcome Julie Dietzel-Glair to the Cyber Cafè!

Julie Dietzel Glair

Julie is a Freelance Writer and Library Consultant. She is active in the Association for Library Service to Children and has served on the (John) Newbery Medal Selection Committee. She also evaluates and discusses children’s and teen literature as a member of Capitol Choices. She has worked in public libraries and now provides training sessions for library staff and writes books to help children’s librarians do storytime.

Julie will be participating in the Picture Books and Reviews panel (with Minh Le, Julie Dietzel-Glair, Alyssa Nassner, Leila Sales, Susan Stockdale, and Calef Brown). This panel of accomplished authors, illustrators, agents, editors and reviewers will discuss everything you need to know (or at least as much as they can cover in 50 minutes) about the picture book review process and the reality of what it’s like to have a book out in the world. Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with Mary Fan: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Welcome to March! Not only is it the month that Spring returns (though it seems like it’s already here…can you believe this weather?), but it is also marks the return of our annual  conference. Are you ready for From Dreaming to Doing?

Today we have a midweek treat with another faculty interview. Please welcome author Mary Fan to the Cyber Café!

img_2866-1Mary is a YA and SFF writer hailing from Jersey City, NJ. She is the author of the Jane Colt novels (Red Adept Publishing), the Firedragon novellas (Glass House Press), and the Fated Stars novellas (Glass House Press). She is also the co-editor the Brave New Girls young adult sci-fi anthologies about girls in science, tech, and engineering, sales of which benefit the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

Mary will be presenting the Saturday breakout “How to Write Inclusively” – The call for diverse books was heard loud and clear, but how can authors respond? Particularly when writing outside their lanes? While there’s no one way to “do diversity right,” keeping certain things in mind can help you write more inclusively without falling into the traps of tokenism, stereotyping, etc. This workshop will provide tips for how to incorporate diversity into your writing and how to avoid common pitfalls even the most well-meaning authors can stumble into. Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with Calef Brown: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Happy Monday! We have less than three weeks to go until “From Dreaming to Doing.” I trust you’ve been enjoying our faculty interviews and there’s more to come! Here’s who we’ve had visit so far:

Our latest cyber chair occupant is author/illustrator Calef Brown.

calef-brown-150x150Calef is the author and illustrator of many celebrated books including Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, Tippintown, Hallowillloween, We Go Together!, Boy Wonders, Pirateria, and Flamingos on the Roof  – winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston poetry award and a New York Times bestseller. His latest book Hypnotize Tiger – Poems About Just About Everything won a Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award. He is currently an assistant professor at Rhode Island School of Design. 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 of them, no worries, plenty of time to catch up:

Today we have author Katy Kelly in the cyber chair! 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 attended this year’s conference and offered their insight!

2017 SCBWI Winter Conference

So let’s get the recap started with thoughts from our awesome… 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!

Today we have Andrea Morrison in the cyber chair! Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with Leila Sales: From Dreaming to Doing

Welcome, Friday! Weather forecasters are calling for a taste of spring this weekend. I hope you’ll get out and enjoy it, but not before you take time to learn about another amazing faculty member from our From Dreaming to Doing conference. I’m so excited to welcome Leila Sales to the Cyber Café!

leila-sales-headshot-april-2013-2Leila is Associate Publishing Manager at Viking Children’s Books, where she edits books for children and teens. Some of her recent projects include Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli, an unusual biography named one of The New York Times best illustrated children’s books of 2015, and The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade, by Max Brallier, a NY Times bestseller. Additionally, Leila is herself the author of YA and middle-grade novels. Follow her @LeilaSalesBooks.

Leila will be doing three presentations: “Ask an Editor” (Saturday breakout) – Come prepared with any and all questions about the book publishing process! Whatever insider info you want to know, she’ll tell you. (And what she doesn’t know, she’ll make up!). “Agents, Editors, and Art Directors” Saturday Panel. “The Logic of Storytelling” (Sunday intensive) – How do you build a story that keeps readers engaged from start to finish? How do you create a character whose goals are so compelling that readers will follow her anywhere she goes? How do you give readers a conclusion that makes the journey worth it? In this workshop, we’ll consider these questions and more by breaking down the storytelling process. We will focus on novels, with additional benefit to picture book and nonfiction writers.

Now that Leila is settled into the comfy Cyber Chair, let’s get started! Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with Laura Shovan: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Happy blustery Monday! As we get closer to our From Dreaming to Doing Conference, which is just under a month away, we’re continuing with interviews of our amazing faculty members. I’m so happy to welcome fellow area member and Marylander, the lovely Laura Shovan to the Cyber Café!

Laura Shovan

Laura is a poet, children’s author, editor, and educator. She was Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s 2015-2016 writer-in-residence. Laura edited Maryland Writers’ Association’s anthology LIFE IN ME LIKE GRASS ON FIRE: LOVE Poems and co-edited VOICES FLY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EXERCISES AND POEMS from the Maryland State Arts Council Artists-in-Residence Program, for which she is a longtime classroom workshop leader. THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, her middle grade novel-in-verse, debuted in 2016 (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House).

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Along with author Calef Brown, Laura will be presenting the Sunday intensive “All School Visits Great and Small.”  School visits are a great way for children’s and YA authors to meet their readers. But how do authors put together an engaging presentation, whether they are meeting 30 students or 300? In this session, Laura and Calef will share their approaches and experiences with school visits, from small classroom workshop to large auditorium presentations. The intensive will include tips, best practices, and models to help make your school visits a success.

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Coffee & Conversation with Thao Le: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Happy Friday, everyone! Once again, we are continuing with our series of From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference interviews with some of our amazing guest speakers! This has been our tradition for years since they’re such a great way to get to know our faculty. Like, for example, Patricia Hruby Powell likes her margarita glasses rimmed with pepper. That’s pretty impressive. And if you’re a Princess Bride fan, you’ll soon find out you have something in common with today’s guest, Thao Le!

So if you have missed any of our previous interviews, be sure to click on the links below. Also, please subscribe since there are many more to come, plus some conference tips!

Today we have literary agent, Thao Le in the cyber chair! Continue reading

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