Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The SCBWI Winter Conference Is Coming Up February 22 & 23, 2014!

While the Friday intensives are sold out, you still have a chance to attend the Saturday (Feb 22) and Sunday (Feb 23) of SCBWI's giant international winter conference in New York City.

We'll hear keynotes from Sharon Draper, Elizabeth Wein, Kate Messner and Jack Gantos!

We'll learn from panels on

The Art of the Picture Book, with illustrators Peter Brown, Raul Colon, Marla Frazee, Oliver Jeffers and Shadra Strickland, moderated by publisher Arthur A. Levine.

The Future of Authorship with Paul Aiken (Exec. Dir., The Author's Guild), Jean Feiwel (Senior V.P. Publishing Director Macmillan Children's Books), Jane Friedman (Web Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review) Abbi Glines (best-selling Author) and Timothy Travaglini (Director of Children's Acquisitions, Open Road Media.)

and Banning Books: Where do we stand? with Joan Bertin (Exec. Dir., National Coalition Against Censorship), Ellen Hopkins (Best-selling author whose books have been challenged), and Susanna Reich (Chair, Children's and Young Adult Book Committee, Pen America Center.)

We'll get to go deeper in our choice of two of seventeen breakout workshops on:

Writing Picture Books - Jeannette Larson, Senior Exec. Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Getting and working with an Agent - Dan Lazar, Agent, Writer's House
Writing Contemporary Fiction - Anica Rissi, Exec. Editor, Katherine Tegen Books
Developing and Selling a Series - Sara Shandler, Senior V.P., Editorial, Alloy Entertainment
Submitting and Marketing Your Work - Harold Underdown, Independent Editor and Author
Building a Fantasy World - Karen Wojtyla, V.P. and Editorial Director, Margaret K. McElderderry Books
Writing Historical/Period Fiction - Kendra Levin, Senior Editor, Viking Children's Books
Implementing Self Promotion for Illustrators - Laurent Linn, Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Creating Picture Book Art - Lily Malcom, Art Director, Penguin
Developing Children's Content for the New Media - Roxie Munro, Author/Illustrator
Creating Nonfiction - Maris Polansky, Assoc. Editor for Nonfiction and Reference, Scholastic
Writing New Adult Fiction - Tessa Woodward, Editor, HarperCollins
Building an Author or Illustrator Platform - Jane Friedman, Web Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
Crafting and Editing Your Portfolio - Marijka Kostiw, Art Director, Scholastic
Developing Your Illustration Style/Brand - Holly McGhee, President and Founder, Pippin Properties, Inc.
Writing the Classic Middle Grade Novel - Nancy Siscoe, Senior Exec. Editor, Knopf Books
Writing Paranormal, Sci Fi and Thrillers - Kate Sullivan, Editor, Little, Brown Books
Writing in Verse - Jane Yolen, Author of over 300 books for young readers.

There's also a portfolio showcase, a Gala Dinner, presentations of the Tomie dePaola Award, the Jane Yolen Mid-list Author Grants and the Portfolio Showcase Awards, and of course, an autograph party...

The faculty are stellar - the information you'll get is essential - and the opportunity to move your career forward is remarkable!

The breakout workshops are filling up fast - to find out more and register, visit the conference page here.

Oh, and check out the pre-conference faculty interviews by SCBWI's Team Blog (including discussions so far with Emma Dryden, Jean Feiwel, Jack Gantos, Elizabeth Wein - parts one and two, and Kate Messner.)

Make sure to bookmark The Official SCBWI Conference Blog for all the pre-conference interviews and the live blogging from the conference floor.

We hope to see you there!

Illustrate and Write On,

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