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IN SCBWI Autumn Frost Retreat November 8-11th

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 – “They’re All Going to Laugh With You:Humor in Picture Books”  

One hallmark of a successfully funny picture book is its ability to make both kids and their adults chuckle.  In this workshop, we’ll talk about the different types of humor used in this format and explore ways to maximize the comedy in your work using both written and visual narratives. Participants should bring pens and paper or laptops for in-class exercises.

 

Agent Dawn Frederick – How to Get an Agent

In today’s publishing, it has become increasingly important for many writers to work with an agent, as it eases up the workloads of many publishers already tackling large submission inboxes. In this class, not only will you learn the Best Practices in working with an agent, but also how to ensure your query is ready.

 

 

Agent Natascha Morris – Break-Out: Working with An Agent

Break-Out: Working with An Agent: We all know how querying works, and we all dream of the day we get a publishing deal, but what about that murky gray zone between getting an agent and getting a publishing contract? How do you navigate that? Are you bothering your agents with questions? What can you ask? How should you ask it? Come chat with Agent Natascha Morris as she pulls back the curtain on her own process to help you understand what you might want out of your future agent, and what to avoid doing to harm that “marriage”.

 

Pat Cummings: Break-out Title and Blurb Coming soon for illustrators!

           

2:15 pm            Break

2:30 pm           Breakout Session 4

                       

Mary Kate Gaudet – “They’re All Going to Laugh With You: Humor in Picture Books”  

One hallmark of a successfully funny picture book is its ability to make both kids and their adults chuckle.  In this workshop, we’ll talk about the different types of humor used in this format and explore ways to maximize the comedy in your work using both written and visual narratives. Participants should bring pens and paper or laptops for in-class exercises.

 

 

Agent Dawn Frederick – How to Get an Agent

In today’s publishing, it has become increasingly important for many writers to work with an agent, as it eases up the workloads of many publishers already tackling large submission inboxes. In this class, not only will you learn the Best Practices in working with an agent, but also how to ensure your query is ready.

 

Agent Natascha Morris – Break-Out: Working with An Agent

Break-Out: Working with An Agent: We all know how querying works, and we all dream of the day we get a publishing deal, but what about that murky gray zone between getting an agent and getting a publishing contract? How do you navigate that? Are you bothering your agents with questions? What can you ask? How should you ask it? Come chat with Agent Natascha Morris as she pulls back the curtain on her own process to help you understand what you might want out of your future agent, and what to avoid doing to harm that “marriage”.

 

Author/Illustrator Pat Cummings: Break-out Title and blurb Coming soon for illustrators!

           

 

3:30 pm            Manuscript Critiques (3:30 – 5:30)

                           Remote Illustrator Critiques (3:30 – 5:30)

3:30 – 4:30      PAL Book Signing

 

3:30 pm           Retreat/Creative Time

                         Peer-to-peer meet-up             

5:00                  Book Store Closed

6:00 pm          BBQ Dinner on the back patio (Buffet included with registration)

Portfolio Showcase

Costume Contest – Dress as your favorite character in a book written or  illustrated by an INDIANA author/illustrator! Prizes awarded for most clever costumes!

7:30 pm           S’mores by the fire (Please bring a portable/folding chair)

Storytelling with Mary Jo Huff

9:00 pm          Portfolio Pick-up

 

 

Sunday, November 10

10:00 am         Brunch (Buffet included with registration)

                        Assistant Regional Advisor Diane Bradley Kantor

                        Brunch & Learn: IN SCBWI Mentorship Program

                        AND Illustrator Coordinator Teresa Robeson Lunch and Learn: Illustrator info and Newsletter Info

 

11:00 am         Kids Ink Bookstore Open (11:00 – 4:00)

11:30                Faculty Book Signing

 

 

11:30 am         Drop name in box for Speed Dating Drawing

 

12:00 pm         Panel Q and A – Authors    

                        Angie – Moderator

                        Mary Kate Gaudet

Natascha Morris

Lola Schaefer

Natalie Davis Miller

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

 

                        Panel Q and A – Illustrators

Teresa Robeson – Moderator

Pat Cummings

Dawn Frederick

Sharon Vargo

 

1:00 pm             Break

1:30 pm              Group Photo on the patio    

2:00-3:00 pm   Speed Dating

Editor Mary Kate Gaudet

Agent Natascha Morris

Agent Dawn Frederick

3:30 pm           Manuscript Critiques (3:30 – 5:30)

Remote Illustrator Critiques (3:30 – 5:30)

3:30 pm           Afternoon Socials

Illustrator’s Social

Critique Group Social

PAL Social

Mentorship Social

New Member Social

Volunteer Social

4:00                 Kids Ink Bookstore Closed

4:00                 Retreat Closing/Attendance/Prizes

4:30 pm           Retreat/Creative Time

Hike and Seek                        

6:00 pm           Dinner and evening (on own)

 

 

 

Monday, November 11

7:00 am           Morning Stroll

8:00 am           Breakfast on own

9:00 am           Intensives                              

           

           

#1) Agent Dawn Frederick – The Building Blocks of a Strong Book Proposal

Do you have a great book idea? It’s also important to remember that writing a book goes   beyond the pages of the narrative you’ve created – there’s also a need to create your book’s  “business plan”.  This is often packaged in the form a book proposal, by which agents          and editors find these to be very helpful in bringing any book to publication. While        nonfiction is always going to require a book proposal, there’s always an advantage in           creating a short proposal for any work of fiction. This class will provide the steps for          your book idea (fiction or nonfiction), along with examples, so that you can create your    own book proposal.

#2) Agent Natascha MorrisPicture books: Why Are They So Hard?:

Picture books are the smallest forms of kidlit, so why are they the hardest to write. Agent Natascha Morris breaks it down, along with some fun story time reading, alongside          some hands out application, to give you the tools to level up in the intensive for anyone looking to improve their picture book craft or learn the form.

 

#3) Author Lola SchaeferLet’s Concentrate on Craft: Making the Most of Every Word  

Attendees will practice strategies for word choice, voice, succinct writing, character development, and show, don’t tell. Whether you’re writing picture books, easy readers, middle grade novels, nonfiction, or young adult, nothing replaces strong craft. Editors are ALWAYS on the lookout for writing that paints pictures, sounds authentic, holds the reader’s interest, and is original. Join us to learn concrete ways to change blah prose to powerful passages during the revision process. You may bring a manuscript with you or simply take notes to return to your work-in-progress.

 

#4) Natalie Davis-Miller – From Fiction to Non-Fiction and Back Again: Editing Techniques to Help You in Both Types of writing.

If you write fiction or non-fiction (or both), we will look at ways these two types of          writing inform each other and how they can help you improve your writing. Attendees      should bring 3 -5 pages of their own fiction/non-fiction writing to edit in this hands-    on intensive session.

 

#5)Rebecca Kai Dotlich/Sharon VargoWhen Text Meets Art

When text meets art, it creates a new world on the page – an expressive balance where      each complements the other. Join poet/author Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrator Sharon  Vargo for a hands-on intensive in which participants will experience writing from an illustration and sketching an illustration from a poem or prose quick-write. This is great for both writers and illustrators. This workshop is interactive, informative no previous   drawing experience is needed.

 

11:30 am         Break/Lodge Check out

12:00 pm         Lunch – (boxed lunch available with purchase of 2 intensives)

1:00 pm           Intensives                              

#6) Agent Dawn FrederickThe Building Blocks of a Strong Book Proposal

Do you have a great book idea? It’s also important to remember that writing a book goes   beyond the pages of the narrative you’ve created – there’s also a need to create your book’s  “business plan”.  This is often packaged in the form a book proposal, by which agents          and editors find these to be very helpful in bringing any book to publication. While        nonfiction is always going to require a book proposal, there’s always an advantage in           creating a short proposal for any work of fiction. This class will provide the steps for          your book idea (fiction or nonfiction), along with examples, so that you can create your    own book proposal.

 

 

#7) Agent Natascha MorrisPicture books: Why Are They So Hard?:

Picture books are the smallest forms of kidlit, so why are they the hardest to write. Agent Natascha Morris breaks it down, along with      some fun story time reading, alongside          some hands out application, to give you the tools to level up in the intensive for anyone looking to improve their picture book craft or learn the form.

 

 

#8) Author Lola Schaefer – Let’s Concentrate on Craft: Making the Most of Every Word  

Attendees will practice strategies for word choice, voice, succinct writing, character development, and show, don’t tell. Whether you’re writing picture books, easy readers, middle grade novels, nonfiction, or young adult, nothing replaces strong craft. Editors are ALWAYS on the lookout for writing that paints pictures, sounds authentic, holds the reader’s interest, and is original. Join us to learn concrete ways to change blah prose to powerful passages during the revision process. You may bring a manuscript with you or simply take notes to return to your work-in-progress.

 

#9) Natalie Davis-MillerFrom Fiction to Non-Fiction and Back Again: Editing Techniques to Help You in Both Types of writing.

If you write fiction or non-fiction (or both), we will look at ways these two types of          writing inform each other and how they can help you improve your writing. Attendees      should bring 3 -5 pages of their own fiction/non-fiction writing to edit in this hands-on    intensive session.

 

#10) Hoosier Advisory Team Author Rebecca Kai Dotlich/Hoosier Advisory Team llustrator Sharon VargoWhen Text Meets Art

When text meets art, it creates a new world on the page – an expressive balance where      each complements the other. Join poet/author Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrator          Sharon Vargo for a hands-on intensive in which participants will experience writing from an illustration and sketching an illustration from a poem or prose quick-write. This is great for both writers and illustrators. No previous drawing experience is needed.

 

3:30 pm           Retreat ends. See you same time next year. Safe travels home!

 

 

 This is our main session room for the retreat.
It was once the entrance to the Inn and is book-ended by two gorgeous stone fireplaces.

 

PLUS sign-up for paid critiques with faculty. We’re also offering remote/face-to-face illustration critiques via (Zoom meetings/phone calls) with 2 art directors. See registration page for more details.

 

 

Our favorite spot by the fire where we planned this retreat!

 

When we’re not working, join us for: A wine and cheese gathering on the covered patio on Friday night. Costume Contest and Open Mic on Saturday night. KidLit Cab Team Trivia Game on Sunday night. Monday Intensives, plus stay a few extra days at the lodge or in a rustic cabin on the lake to reflect and create.

 

 

 

There are miles of trails for hiking so bring your walking stick.

 

 

Enjoy the blazing fireplaces on the cool November evenings.

 

 

Bring your guitar so we can sing by the campfire while roasting marshmallows.

See you in November!