SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Autumn Frost Retreat November 8-11, 2019 Autumn Frost Retreat Brown County State Park, Abe Martin Lodge, Nashville, Indiana P.O. Box 547 Nashville, IN 47448   Registration: Click HERE!   Click HERE for the interesting history of the Abe Martin Inn.   Join us for our first annual Autumn Frost Retreat, nestled in the woods of Brown County State Park. Come ready to write, draw and relax in your coziest sweater, while getting to know our new Indiana Regional Team; RA Angie Karcher, ARA Diane Bradley and IC Teresa Robeson, PLUS... Our Faculty:   Mary-Kate Gaudet acquires and edits picture books—championing off-beat, poignant storytelling—and collaborates with creators like Liz Climo, Cori Doerrfeld, Ame Dyckman, Deborah Marcero, and Refe and Susan Tuma. She also edits a variety of licensed, brand, and media tie-in titles with such partners as Disney, Hasbro, and Warner Brothers.           Executive Editor Mary-Kate Gaudet with Little Brown Books for Young Readers             Dawn Frederick is the founder of Red Sofa Literary. She has a broad knowledge of publishing, including bookselling; sales, marketing, and book development; literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency. She has a B.S. in Human Ecology and M.S. in Library & Information Sciences, is a Board member at Loft Literary.           Agent Dawn Frederick with Red Sofa Literary             Formerly an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster, Natascha’s editorial philosophy stems from the idea that all books should be well written and entertaining. Natascha is primarily looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts, as well as graphic novels.           Agent Natascha Morris with Bookends Literary             Author and/or illustrator of over 40 books, Pat’s Pratt and Parsons classes and Children’s Book Boot Camp have put writers and illustrators together with publishers. She’s a boardmember of the Authors League Fund, Authors Guild and SCBWI, and member of WGAE. Trace, her first MG novel, was published by HarperCollins.           Author/Illustrator and SCBWI Board Member Pat Cummings               Natalie Davis Miller is the author of Swimming with Faith – the Missy Franklin Story, Reaching New Heights – The Kelly Clark Story, and Speed to Glory, The Cullen Jones Story. She is also the Managing Editor of NDWorks, a campus news source for the University of Notre Dame.           Indiana Author Natalie Davis Miller             Award-winning author Lola M. Schaefer has published more than 280 books for children with trade, school/library, and classroom publishers. Many of her picture books have been translated into other languages from Russian to Korean to French. Her latest picture book is The Bear and The Star (Greenwillow Books).       Author Lola Schaefer            After working as a teacher and librarian, Shirley opened Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore 33 years ago.  Her passion has always been bringing children and quality literature together from teaching to the creation of the Riley Family Library to Kids Ink.     Shirley Mullin, Owner of Kids Ink Bookstore     Retreat Schedule: Friday, November 8th   2:00 - 3:30 pm            Arrival/Registration and check in at Abe Martin Lodge 4:00 pm                       Greeting, Faculty Introduction and Retreat Orientation 4:30 pm                       Keynote: Editor Mary Kate Gaudet              Faculty Roundtables (get to know our IN regional team, faculty & other members) 5:00 pm                       Roundtable Session #1 (pick from seating chart) 5:20 pm                       Roundtable Session #2 (pick from seating chart) 5:40 pm                       Roundtable Session #3 (pick from seating chart) 6:00 pm                       Autumn Frost Mingle - Appetizers provided (Included with registration) 7:00 pm                       Dinner on own 8:00 pm                       Open Mic   Saturday, November 9th   7:00                  Morning Stroll 8:00 am           Breakfast on own 8:45 am           Morning Announcements 9:00 am           KEYNOTE: Author/Illustrator Pat Cummings 9:45 am           Break 10:00 am         Breakout Session 1                            Bookseller Shirley Mullin - A Bookseller Perspective What is selling at Kids Ink, what is missing from the shelves, and the swing of the pendulum at publishing houses will be discussed in this session.  Shirley will show examples and also highlight information from Book Expo and the Heartland Booksellers show.   Author Natalie Davis Miller - “Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors” -  Writing Engaging Stories and Building Relatable Characters. The concept of books as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors was first made popular by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop. This workshop will dive into this concept, look at how authors have written diverse books and diverse characters, and how you can do the same in your writing.   Author Lola Schaefer - How to Create a Picture Book with That Read-Again Quality    That Editors Appreciate Join Lola Schaefer to learn what are the three main ingredients for that read-again quality. Participants will consider if their manuscript has a universal theme that will resonate with the reader, evokes emotion and contains one element that makes it original or unique.   10:45 am                     Break 11:00 am                     Breakout Session 2     Bookseller Shirley Mullin - A Bookseller Perspective What is selling at Kids Ink, what is missing from the shelves, and the swing of the pendulum at publishing houses will be discussed in this session.  Shirley will show examples and also highlight information from Book Expo and the Heartland Booksellers show.   Author Natalie Davis Miller - “Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors” - Writing Engaging Stories and Building Relatable Characters. The concept of books as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors was first made popular by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop. This workshop will dive into this concept, look at how authors have written diverse books and diverse characters, and how you can do the same in your writing.     Author Lola Schaefer - How to Create a Picture Book with That Read-Again Quality That Editors Appreciate Join Lola Schaefer to learn what are the three main ingredients for that read-again quality. Participants will consider if their manuscript has a universal theme that will resonate with the reader, evokes emotion and contains one element that makes it original or unique.   11:45 am         Break 12:00 pm        Lunch on own 12:00               Kids Ink Bookstore Open (12:00 – 5:00) 12:30 pm      Regional Advisor Angie Karcher - Lunch & Learn:Getting Started as a Volunteer with IN SCBWI and new programs 1:00 pm           Portfolio Showcase Drop off 1:30 pm           Breakout Session 3   Mary Kate Gaudet -
  • Join us on December 1, 2019 for the Indiana Member's Luncheon and PAL book signing. Our guest speaker will be SCBWI Founder and Executive Director Lin Oliver. This will be in the Indianapolis area but specific location, times and further details will be coming soon. We hope for this to be an annual free event in the future. Angie, Diane and Teresa  
  • Summer Webinar Series June 23, 2019 4:00-5:15 CST Meet Author Carolyn Dee Flores Registration information coming soon
  •   Autumn Frost Retreat  November 8-11th Click HERE to register   ________________________       September 21st South Critique-nic O'Bannon Woods State Park Register HERE _________________________ Winter Webinar Series January - March  
  • Summer Webinar Series July 28, 2019 4:00-5:15 CST Meet Author Pat Zietlow Miller Registration information coming soon.   Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!) Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. She doesn’t watch much TV, but she does love “Chopped.” Pat lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Want to know how to pronounce her name? Visit the Author Name Pronunciation Guide from Teaching Books.net. It features her name and those of lots of other authors. Website: https://www.patzietlowmiller.com        
  • Summer Webinar Series August 18, 2019 4:00-5:15 CST Meet Author Ellen Hopkins    
  •   Welcome to our 2019 Indiana CRITIQUE-NICS! Registration is open for our September 21st Critique-nic! Please click HERE to register so we know how many can attend. Join us from 10 am to noon for the Southern picnic/critique event on September 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at O'Bannon Woods State Park. 7234 Old Forest Road SW Corydon, IN 47112 Bring the first pages of your children’s manuscript. Friends or family members who want to polish their pages are welcome to come. You don’t need to be a SCBWI member to attend this event in Corydon. We have divided the state into North, Central and South. Diane will organize and run CRITIQUE-NICS for the northern region. Teresa will organize and run CRITIQUE-NICS for the central region and Angie will run things for the south region. There are no definite boundaries or rules about attending events. You are welcome to attend as many of these free events as you can! We do ask that you register so we ensure there are people coming. Also, please let us know if you can’t attend, once you register. WHAT TO BRING: Writers will need to bring printed copies of one manuscript to share.  We will let you know how many to bring closer to the event, based on number attending. Please limit picture book manuscripts to under 800 words, Other genres may bring the first 2-3 pages of a longer piece of work to share for critique. Illustrators may bring a few portfolio pieces or a picture book dummy for sharing and critique. Or…feel free to find a spot and work! You are welcome to read, write, sketch, paint, etc. This will be a very casual meeting to share our work, eat and socialize. Everyone should bring your own picnic lunch. SCBWI will provide chilled, bottled water. There are picnic tables but you may want to bring a chair. Weather shouldn’t be a concern as we have a shelter reserved. Please contact Angie if you’re willing to host one of the CRITIQUE-NICS next summer. We would love suggestions! It should be a free or inexpensive location with a roof or inside option. We are so excited to meet all of you this summer, Angie, Diane and Teresa    

WELCOME!

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EVENTS CALENDAR
 

Autumn Frost Retreat

 November 8-11th

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September 21st

South Critique-nic

O'Bannon Woods State Park

Register HERE

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Winter Webinar Series

January - March