Monday, June 21, 2010

Looking Ahead to Fall: Regional SCBWI Events

I know it's the first official day of summer, but I'm already weary of the steamy heat and thinking ahead to lovely autumn, when I can again wear sweaters and drink hot beverages and my hair won't look quite so...humidified. Fall is also THE season for regional SCBWI events.

Hopefully you're all aware of the Events calendar on the SCBWI website. In addition to info on the awesome international conferences held in August and January, the calender also offers an exhaustive list of local chapter goings-on including meetings, schmoozes, speaker events, retreats, and conferences. Regional events are, of course, smaller and more intimate than the LA and NYC conferences and a great way to meet agents and editors, have manuscript and portfolio critiques, and network with local writers and illustrators.

September is to regional SCBWI conferences as June is to weddings. Below is a list of the September regional SCBWI conferences with information currently available. For more see the Regional Events calender on SCBWI.org. Remember, it's never to soon to plan ahead for conference travel, and early registration often means savings on tuition cost.

If you see something on the list that interests you, click the event names for more information.

September 10-September 12
Northern Ohio SCBWI Annual Conference
Sheraton Airport in Cleveland.
INFO: Headliners include Mark McVeigh, Owner/Agent, The McVeigh Agency; Jennifer Rees, Senior Editor, Scholastic; Martha Mihalick, Associate Editor, Greenwillow Books; Anne Moore, Art Director, Candlewick Press.

September 11  
Boise Annual Conference
Boise State University
INFO: Cheryl Klein of Arthur A. Levine Books and Jill Corcoran of the Herman Agency.

September 11
Fourth Annual San Francisco Illustrator's Day

Fort Mason, San Francisco
INFO: Christy Ottaviano, Editorial Director for Christy Ottaviano Books at Henry Holt & Company; Barney Saltzberg, Author/Illustrator; Kristine Brogno, art director, Chronicle Books; John Clapp, assistant professor of Illustration at San Jose State; Abigail Samoun, editor, Tricycle; Dana Goldberg, publisher, Children's Book Press; Renee Ting, publisher, Shen's Books.

September 11
2010 SCBWI Oklahoma Fall Conference

9 AM-5 PM Chandler, OK
INFO: Acquiring An Agent with Sonia Gensler, Visualizing Your Work In Progress with Pati Hailey, Afternoon Intensives, Fantasy Intensive with Joni Sensel, Picture Book Intensive with Tammi Sauer, Novel Intensive with Anna Myers.
September 17-18
201 Kansas SCBWI Conference--The Greatest Job on Earth
INFO: Marietta Zacker, Agent, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency; Andrew Harwell, Editor, Penguin
Maria Gomez, Editor, HarperCollins; Authors Bruce Hale, Tami Sauer, Elizabeth Bunce, Dian Curtis Regan, Barb Stuber, Laura Manivong, Sue Ford and Jennifer Brown. Manuscript Consultations with: Marietta Zacker, Andrew Harwell, Maria Gomez, Jennifer Brown, Elizabeth Bunce and Dian Curtis Rega
September 17-September 19
3rd International Biennial SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference

The Hughenden Boutique Hotel
INFO: Kira Lynn, Kane Miller Publishing USA; Lin Oliver. executive Director SCBWI; book launches; industry panels; publisher panels and discussions.
September 18
Southwest Texas 2010 Editor's Day

University of the Incarnate Word
INFO: Sarah Shumway, HarperCollins editor; Julie Ham, Charlesbridge associate editor; Carmen Tafolla, award-winning author; breakout sessions; Author & Illustrator Track; 1st Pages Session with editors; Writing Workshop with Carmen Tafolla; Creating a Winning Portfolio with Heather Powers.

September 24 - September 26
18th Annual NC Fall Conference

Marriott Hotel, Charlotte NC
INFO: Alvina Ling, Senior Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers; Liz Waniewski, Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers; author Alan Gratz; Chris Richman, Agent, Upstart Crow Literary Agency; 2009 Golden Kite winner, Steve Watkins; Fran Slayton, 2K09 Debut Author, When the Whistle Blows.

September 25
Art Director/Editor Day, North Central/North East Texas

Fielder Road Baptist Church
INFO: Elizabeth Parisi, Dan Yaccarino, Mallory Kass, Priscilla Burris, portfolio critique and display, manuscript first pages.

September 25-September 26
Big Sky Fall Conference and Intensive Writing Workshop

Gallatin Gateway Inn
INFO: Editor Jill Santopolo from Philomel Books, Agent Sarah Davies from The Greenhouse Literary Agency, individual critiques available, Intensive Writing Workshop.

September 25-September 26
2010 Midsouth Fall Conference

Embassy Suites Hotel, Nashville
INFO: Stephen Barbara, agent with Foundry Literary + Media; author Tracy Barrett; Lionel Bender, editorial director of Bender Richardson White; Peter Clifton, co-founder and CEO of FiledBy; Patti Ann Harris, senior art director with Little, Brown; Ellen Hopkins, NYT bestselling author; Diane Muldrow, editorial director with Golden Books/Random House; Ruta Rimas, assistant editor with Balzer & Bray; Kelly Sonnack, agent with Andrea Brown Literary.

September 25
Fall Philly Conference

Whiteford Country Club in Downingtown, PA
INFO: Harold Underdown of The Purple Crayon website; picture book authors Lindsay Barrett George and Jeannine Norris; middle grade authors Jennifer Hubbard and Nan Marino; YA author Wendy Mass; art director Isabel Warren-Lynch, Random House; agent Ted Malawer, Upstart Crow Literary; editors Jennifer Rees, Scholastic and Martha Mihalic, Greenwillow Books.
 

3 comments:

Julie Musil said...

Thanks for listing these events!

Heather Kephart said...

What an exciting month! Thanks for laying it all out for us.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow, there are a lot of great conferences. The Michigan SCBWI is having theirs late September or early October. I'm looking forward to going to that one. They may not have posted it on the National calendar.