Thursday, April 17, 2014

Get Ready To Register For #LA14SCBWI - The Upcoming SCBWI Summer Conference, August 1-4, 2014 in Los Angeles!

Mark your calendars and get ready: Registration for the 2014 SCBWI Summer conference opens at 10am Pacific Time on April 21, 2014!

The SCBWI Summer conference is a jam-packed weekend featuring over 25 top agents, editors and publishers, providing insider information about the market. It's a rare opportunity to meet and network with so many of the decision makers in children’s publishing!

There will be a brilliant array of children’s literature star authors and illustrators to inspire you with their knowledge and vision.

Small group targeted breakout workshops will give you take-away skills to hone your craft. 

And classroom-sized intensives on the final day give you an opportunity to dig into your work-in-progress, and make it the best it can be.

There are also Manuscript, Portfolio, and Social Media Consultations, a Juried Portfolio Showcase, an Illustrator Intensive and two post-conference Writer Intensive workshops to make the most of your conference weekend.

The conference Keynote speakers include:

 Aaron Becker, author/illustrator of the 2014 Caldecott Honor picture book, "Journey."

Judy Blume, legendary author - no kidding, she's been awarded the Library of Congress Living Legends Award - who has sold more than 82 million copies of her books.

Judy says that some of her best ideas come to her when she's kayaking!

Publisher Justin Chanda (Simon & Schuster), who oversees the publication of two hundred and fifty titles per year ranging from "the youngest picture book to the edgiest YA."

Stephen Chbosky, whose best-selling YA novel, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, was made into a movie - that he adapted and directed himself.

Tomie dePaola, Society of Illustrators' Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and author and/or illustrator of over 250 books for children.

 Sharon Flake, multiple Coretta Scott King Author Award Honoree.

Lamar Giles, author and advocate for diversifying kid lit who proposes updating the "Be the change" motto to "Don't BS the change."

Deborah Halverson, author of YA fiction, the nonfiction craft book "Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies" and the freelance editor behind the writer's advice website.

Cynthia Kadohata, National Book Award Winner for her middle grade novel "The Thing About Luck" (and 2005 Newbery Award winner for "Kira-Kira")

Megan McDonald, author of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink chapter book series. (She also wrote the screenplay for the movie, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer.)

Meg Medina, Winner of the 2014 Pura Belpre Award for her YA novel, "Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass." She also won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal for her picture book, "Tia Isa Wants A Car," as was named one of the "CNN 10 Visionary Women in America."

Linda Sue Park, Author of picture books and novels for young people, including the Newbery Award-Winning "A Single Shard" and the New York Times-Bestselling "A Long Walk To Water"

Meg Rosoff, author of the Michael L. Printz Award-winning "How I Live Now"

Judy Schachner, author and illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling picture book series Skippyjon Jones.


Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times-Bestselling YA Author of the Shiver Trilogy and the Michael L. Printz Honor book, The Scorpio Races.

The Panels include:

An Inside Look at Marketing and Sales: Felicia Frazier, Shanta Newlin and Emily Romero

Seven Editors Present: Three and Three: 3 Things Your Manuscripts Should Include and 3 Things to Avoid : Alessandra Balzer, Mary Lee Donovan, Allyn Johnston, Wendy Loggia, Lucia Monfried, Dinah Stevenson, Julie Strauss-Gabel

Increasing Diversity in Children’s Books: Adriana Dominguez, Sharon Flake, Lamar Giles, Meg Medina, Linda Sue Park, moderated by Suzanne Morgan Williams

Seven Agents Present: What Hooks Me: Sarah Davies, Steve Malk, Erin Murphy, Alexandra Penfold, Rubin Pfeffer, Linda Pratt, Laura Rennert

PLUS: The Intensive Day, Monday, August 4, features over 25 hands-on writers intensives and one all day illustrators intensive. These targeted sessions will give you a priceless opportunity to dig into your work with a luminary in the field.

With your registration you get:
 -Access to all conference keynotes and workshops
 -The Gala Party on Saturday night (includes dinner and a drink ticket)
 -Ticket to the Golden Kite Luncheon on Sunday
 -Attendance to the Friday night Portfolio Showcase and cocktail party
 -Chance to sell your books at the PAL book sale on Friday (some restrictions apply)
 -Tea and coffee each morning
 -Free wireless in your room

Whether you are an author and/or illustrator, published or unpublished, a creator of picture books or middle grade or young adult novels, fiction or nonfiction, you won't want to miss the SCBWI Summer Conference.

We hope to see you there!

Illustrate and Write On,

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