SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Did you know … That all of the Indiana Regional Team members are volunteers? Yes, Angie, Diane and Teresa are volunteers. All of the IN SCBWI membership dues go to support the national organization. The money we raise through hosting events is ALL we have to offer programming, reserve venues, pay for conference food, linens, set-up, clean-up and other services, pay for faculty honorariums, flights, all meals, lodging and any extras for each event, cover the cost of socials, luncheons and fund scholarships, among many other things. Indiana Volunteers who help with an event are invited to attend a free, private faculty meal during at the event, get to register early. (doesn’t apply to Autumn Frost Retreat as registration is already open) and will be recognized at our annual member luncheon for their time and dedication to IN SCBWI. Indiana Coordinators will receive all of the above, PLUS a 50% discount on membership dues after their first year of service, a 75% discount on membership dues after their 2nd year of service and a FREE Membership after their 3rd and following years of service. After 3 years, they will also receive a scholarship for a partial discount on registration for a national SCBWI event, (Los Angeles in Summer or New York in Winter) assuming that we are in good financial standing. There will be other perks added as we raise our funds.   What can you do to help? We have lots of new volunteer positions open. Please email Juliana Savia Clayton if you’re interested in joining the Indiana team. Juliana.s.clayton@gmail.com See website soon for volunteer positions and descriptions of each. Social Media Coordinator – Runs our Facebook/Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites, shares information on registration, location details for all events, shares photos from previous events, shares good news for Indiana members, work with Illustrator Coordinator and illustrators to create event and website banners, logos as needed. Constant Contact/Email Coordinator (We are switching to Constant Contact soon as our preferred email service) Membership Coordinator - Invites new members to join, host a table/booth at free events and SCBWI events around the state, when able, to encourage membership, welcome new members, direct them to the website and social media and answer any questions they have. Suggest volunteer positions to new members. Website/Tech Coordinator – Help upload information from Regional Team to our IN SCBWI website, update information weekly, make sure information is correct, ensure that all links are working properly, help set up and assist with technology at our retreat and conferences. PAL Coordinator – Must be a PAL Member. (Published And Listed author/illustrator) Meaning, the publisher of your book is an approved SCBWI publisher. See national SCBWI website for reference. https://www.scbwi.org/ This coordinator will work with the IN Regional Team to plan and run events that benefit PAL Members. For example, workshops, socials, signings, etc. Critique-nic Volunteer – Plan and run a Summer Critique-nic in your region. (June, July or August) Local Volunteers in each county/region – These volunteers will be the contact person for their region. They will plan free events for local members that help facilitate creating books for children and encourage meeting other members. Library Volunteers in each county/region – These volunteers will contact all libraries in their region and work with them to organize SCBWI events locally and for the entire state. They will help plan and run book signings for local authors and illustrators as well as offer informational events for new and existing members at the local level. School Volunteers in each county/region - These volunteers will contact all elementary and high schools in their region and work with them to organize SCBWI events locally and for the entire state. They will help plan and run school visits for local authors and illustrators. They will be the main communication link to all schools in their area regarding SCBWI events for children. College/University Volunteers in each county/region - These volunteers will contact all colleges and universities in their region and work with them to organize SCBWI events locally and for the entire state. They will help plan and run lectures and visits for local and state authors and illustrators. They will be the main communication link to all college/universities in their area regarding SCBWI events for students.
  • 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 14, 2019 for the Indiana Member's Luncheon and PAL book signing. Our guest speaker will be SCBWI Co-Founder Stephen Mooser. 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 ____________________   Save the Date: Yearly CHEER Celebration! December 14th, Ft. Harrison State Park Details and Registration Coming Soon!     ____________________        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    

IN SCBWI Volunteer Job Descriptions

Did you know …

That all of the Indiana Regional Team members are volunteers?

Yes, Angie, Diane and Teresa are volunteers.

All of the IN SCBWI membership dues go to support the national organization.

The money we raise through hosting events is ALL we have to offer programming, reserve venues,

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EVENTS CALENDAR

 Autumn Frost Retreat

 November 8-11th

Click HERE to register

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Save the Date: Yearly CHEER Celebration!

December 14th, Ft. Harrison State Park

Details and Registration Coming Soon!

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 Winter Webinar Series

January - March