• Please join us for our 2017 SCBWI Summer Kick-Off Retreat at the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park near Angola, Indiana! We have an exciting line-up with editor Meredith Mundy, agent Danielle Smith, the amazing authors Tammi Sauer and Darcy Pattison, and talented illustrators/authors Troy Cummings and Deborah Marcero! You won’t want to miss this opportunity. We are offering 2 hour intensives on Friday, June 2nd in the evening and an all day conference on Saturday, June 3rd.  Early bird registration opens February 8th! Regular registration begins March 1st and closes May 23rd. Click here to register. Hotel Info Potawatomi State Park 6 Ln 150 Lake James - Angola, IN, 46703 (260) 833-1077 http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/inns/potawatomi/ Room rate: $89 +tax Registration Pricing: Early Bird SCBWI Member (February 8th-28th): $120.00 Early Bird Non-SCBWI Member (February 8th-28th): $145.00 SCBWI Member Registration: $145.00 Non-SCBWI Member Registration: $170.00 Friday Intensives: $65.00 Critiques: $40.00 SCBWI Summer Kick-Off Retreat Schedule Friday, June 2nd, 2017 4:30pm-5:00pm – Registration 5:00pm-6:00pm – Pizza dinner provided for those attending intensives only 6:00pm-8:00pm – Intensive Choices Meredith Mundy, Tammi Sauer, Troy Cummings – Picture book Teamwork     ◦    Learn the role of an editor, seeking a fabulous manuscript and what it takes to acquire one, find out the author's role in creating and getting a manuscript acquired, and combine that with the role and vision of the illustrator.  Meredith Mundy, editor for Sterling Books, Tammi Sauer, author, and Troy Cummings, author/illustrator, will do just this as they share their process of creating the book, Caring for Your Lion.  Visuals and handouts will be provided, as well as time for Q&A at the conclusion. Danielle Smith- Telling Your Story from the Start     ◦    In this hands-on presentation packed with examples and exercises Lupine Grove Creative agent, Danielle Smith, will explore ways in which you as a writer can not only follow your writing heart, but also find success in your endeavors. With the end goal being that you will leave energized, prepared and in love with what you have to offer the world. Each of us brings something unique to the table, be it years of experience writing or simply loving the craft, but we all have a passion for children’s literature. Whether you are pre-published author, an award winning illustrator, a best-selling author or simply starting from the beginning, your story matters! But knowing how and sometimes which book to put forward is the toughest choice of all. How is your book going to be discovered? By agents? By publishers? By librarians and booksellers? By bloggers and readers? Knowing how to talk about your book is crucial — and somewhat different — at every step in the process. Every writer should come prepared with at least one finished picture book manuscript and one picture book pitch/query. We will spend a large portion of our time unpacking, editing and honing your manuscript in hopes that you will leave with a wonderful new chapter in your writing process.  Darcy Pattison– Anyone Can Write a Great Chapter - How to See Your Novel's Structure     ◦    Using the magic of computers, we'll shrink manuscript, spreadsheet 'em, and bring them into focus. Strategies for making the structure of a novel visible, so the story comes alive and keeps readers turning pages. Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 – Breakfast buffet at hotel 8:30-9:00 – Registration 9:00-9:45 – Kick-off Keynote with agent, Danielle Smith 9:50-10:35 – General session – Competing with Mo Willems- Darcy Pattison 10:35-10:45- Break 10:45 – 11:00 – Making Smart Dummies – Troy Cummings 11:00-11:15-Break and travel to sessions 11:15-12:00– Break out sessions     •    Meredith – Picture Book First Lines     •    Danielle – The Business of Writing     •    Darcy – Indy Publishing Today     •    Tammi – Picture book Plotting 12:00-1:00 – Lunch Buffet 1:00-3:00 – Time to polish your pictures and pages! Paid face-to-face critiques will take place during this time, optional free peer critique round tables will be running, take time inside our outside of the beautiful resort to work on something you just learned, or shop in the bookstore! 3:00-3:45 – Closing keynote with Tammi Sauer 3:45 – Closing remarks and door prizes 4:00-5:00 – Book signing *Times are subject to change if necessary Bookstore The bookstore will be open Saturday during the conference to purchase books by our speakers and PAL members. If you are a PAL (Published And Listed) member of SCBWI attending the conference, you may submit one PAL book title for sale at our conference bookstore. Please email your PAL title and its ISBN# by May 1st to: Sharon Vargo at indiana-ic@scbwi.org with “ SCBWI Summer PAL Title” in the subject line. Manuscript Critques A limited number of manuscript critiques are available from conference faculty for $40 each. They will be 20 minute one-on-one sessions with written comments included. If you have registered and paid for a critique: • For picture books, attach the entire manuscript, for MG and YA, please send 10 pages and a one page synopsis.  ​(Do not include photos or illustrations.) • Use 12-point font, Times New Roman, doublespaced, 1-inch margins • Number and include your name on each page. • Include the specific genre on the first page at the top. • Manuscripts must be received by May 1st via email with “INSCBWI Manuscript (last name)” in the subject line to: kmitschelen@hotmail.com  • Late submissions will not be accepted. *Keep in mind that critiques are usually in high demand and the slots may fill up quickly. Portfolio Critiques A limited number of one-on-one 20 minute portfolio critiques will be available on a first come basis.  Simply register for a portfolio critique and we will let you know the exact time of your consultation at registration. A total of 10 images will be reviewed. Please keep the 10 images you would like reviewed in the front pages of your portfolio to make the best use of your critique time. *Keep in mind that critiques are usually in high demand and the slots may fill up quickly. Portfolio Display No added charge. Drop off your portfolio on the table marked, “Portfolio Display” during registration on Saturday morning. The faculty will mark their favorite illustration in every portfolio.  You may also bring promotional postcards as handouts. Please pick up your portfolio before lunch at noon.  We are not responsible for your portfolio. Have your name on each page of your portfolio.  No original artwork, framed art, easels or props are permitted. Have high-quality color copies of your illustrations that are appropriate for children’s books.  Summer Kick-Off Retreat Faculty Troy Cummings / Author/Illustrator Troy Cummings has been writing and illustrating since he was a little kid. Among other things, he’s the creator of  GIDDY-UP, DADDY!, the tale of a man mistaken for a horse, and THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM, an early-reader chapter book series about a kid who moves to a town full of monsters. Troy Cummings lives in Greencastle, Indiana with his nice family and mean cat.   Meredith Mundy / Editor  Meredith Mundy has been editing books for young readers for 22 years, and hopes to continue doing so for at least 22 more! Following a decade at Dutton Children’s Books, she is now executive editor at Sterling Children’s Books, where she has been acquiring everything from board books to young adult novels. She has had the pleasure of working with such talented authors as Tammi Sauer, Kim Norman, Linda Ashman, Tara Lazar, Jim Arnosky, John Briggs, and Karen Kaufman Orloff. Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Meredith went to Smith College for an undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature/Studio Art, and to NYU for an MFA in Creative Writing, which gave her the best possible glimpse of what life is like on the other side of the desk. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with her graphic designer husband, Richard, and their red tabby, Martha.   Darcy Pattison / Author Storyteller, writing teacher, Queen of Revisions, and founder of Mims House (www.mimshouse.com) publisher, Darcy Pattison has been published in nine languages. Her books, published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House have received recognition for excellence with starred reviews in Kirkus, BCCB and PW. Three of her books have been honored as National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade books. The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt) received an Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book award, and has been published in a Houghton Mifflin textbook. Darcy is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.   Tammi Sauer / Author  Tammi Sauer is a full time children’s book author who also presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She has sold 28 picture books to major publishing houses including Disney*Hyperion, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Sterling. In addition to winning awards, Tammi’s books have gone on to do great things. CHICKEN DANCE:  THE MUSICAL is currently on a national tour, NUGGET & FANG was a featured book at the 2015 Scholastic Book Fair, and YOUR ALIEN, an NPR Best Book of 2015, was recently released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, and French which makes her feel extra fancy. You can learn more about Tammi and her books at tammisauer.com.     Danielle Smith / Agent Danielle Smith is the mother of two wonderful children and wife to a practicing attorney. She began her agent career at Fuse Literary in 2013, but made the move to Red Fox Literary in March of 2014 where she represented children’s book authors and illustrators alongside her mentor and partner at Red Fox Literary LLC, Abigail Samoun. In January of 2017 she left Red Fox Literary to form her own agency, Lupine Grove Creative, LLC with the hope of continuing to nurture creatives in a supportive and intuitive environment that brings about books children will love for generations to come. Danielle’s publishing career began with her well known book reviews and articles, of which many can still be found at There’s A Book. Additionally she wrote for print & online publications such as Women’s World and Parenting Magazine. She’s an author, literacy advocate, professional flutist and movie lover. Danielle has also served as a judge for the Cybils Awards in the picture book category for three years as well as for the INSPYs and various other writing competitions.
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Indiana SCBWI Summer Conference:
A Revision Retreat!


June 2nd and 3rd at the Potawatomi State Park Inn

This conference will be a revision retreat and we have some fantastic editors, agents, and speakers on our invite list. We hope to offer optional intensives on that Friday evening and a full day of sessions on Saturday.