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Winter Webinar Series – Motivational Speaker Erin Ramsey

Date(s) - 01/19/2020 - 02/26/2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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Winter Webinar Series – Registration OPEN!

Get all 3 webinars for only $15 each! SCBWI Members only.

January 19th – Erin Ramsey 6-7:30 CT

February 23rd – Carolyn Dee Flores 6-7:30 CT

March 22nd – Ellen Hopkins 6-7:30 CT

Once you register and pay for the webinar(s) you will receive a confirmation email from SCBWI. Several days before the webinar you will receive a link to Zoom. PLEASE sign up for Zoom, ( a completely free service, well before the webinar, as this can take a few minutes. Each webinar will be recorded and available to those who registered for one month after the event.


January 19th Webinar

6:00 – 7:30 Central Time  Register below.


Erin Ramsey: Tools for an Inspired 2020

 Recording available until February 18th.

Join speaker and author, Erin Ramsey, to ring in the new year with tools for creating an inspirational vision, ideas for fun and effective routines and rituals and creative ways to set goals.  Erin will share her story of going from a stressed out, workaholic non profit executive with a failing marriage to a lavender farmer living joyfully and abundantly.  Make 2020 your best year ever!



Erin has worked in early childhood non-profit sector for over twenty-five years. Beginning her career as a family child care provider. She served as Executive Director of a Child Care
Resource and Referral agency for twelve years and later the Director of Early Childhood for
the third largest urban school district in Indiana. She also led the statewide marketing
initiative for the QRIS in Indiana.
Erin is the author of Be Amazing: Tools for Living Inspired and Be Amazing Workbook and
Inspired Work: Showing Up & Shining Bright. She speaks for audiences throughout the country
and internationally to inspire others for greater service.
Erin has an undergraduate degree in Child Development and Psychology from California
State University at Sacramento. She earned a Master of Science in Public Service
Administration from the University of Evansville.
She resides with her family and owns a lavender farm called Big Roots. Their goal is to GROW PEACE and provide a place for inspiration and rejuvenation for the well being of others.
Erin is the mother of four children and grandmother two granddaughters. She has
been happily married for twenty-seven years.
Erin is known for her contagious laugh and her powerful presence both on and off stage.
Erin has a unique gift of public speaking. She is able to actively engage her audiences
through genuine messages of professionalism, leadership and strategies for future
success. Her mixture of personal stories and proven practices allows the messages to
become relevant and applicable for each audience member. Erin believes that there are
no limits to what organizations, people, and leaders can accomplish when principles of
integrity, honesty, and vision are aligned.
Erin is funny, compassionate, enthusiastic, and authentic; all a perfect combination for
powerful and moving engagements. Her message is universal: success starts within and is
possible for everyone.












Living Inspired. LLC

From Stressed to Joyful
Erin will inspire and rejuvenate through stories, photos and tools based on six choices everyone can make to brighten up their life to brighten up the word. Her address is full of humor and offers realistic
and relevant tools.
The choices and tools Erin will share are: embracing self-consideration, practicing courage, creating joy, being compassionate, living in gratitude, and focusing on presence.

“I attended your session at the NAEYC conference and I must tell you it was the BEST of all the sessions I attended!!! You have changed my life…”
Laura K, Tennessee

“All the things you talk about don’t cost a penny but can make us all rich!”
Judy F., Illinois

“Erin is a wonderful presenter; engaging and knowledgeable. Most importantly her
presentation made me see some things I can make better.”

Ashley Boone


February 23rd Webinar

6:00 – 7:30 Central Time  Register below.

Author/Illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores

Carolyn Dee Flores loves books so much, she started writing and illustrating her own books when she was in second grade.

Carolyn’s father was in the U.S. Air Force. So, her family traveled all over the world.

But everywhere, always, Carolyn’s favorite thing was reading books!

When Carolyn grew up, she attended Trinity University, and worked as a computer analyst.

She became a professional rock musician and a composer.

She wrote soundtracks for television and film.

But, finally, Carolyn came back to what she loved the most – writing and illustrating children’s books!

Carolyn is now working on her twelfth book for children!








The Amazing Watercolor Fish – Angie Karcher’s Best in Rhyme 2018 List

Thanku (2019)

A Surprise For Teresita – Golden Kite Finalist 2017

Sing, Froggie, Sing

Dale, dale, dale

Ghost Tracks of San Antonio

Multicultural Literature for Latino Bilingual Children: Their words, their worlds

Daughters of Two Nations


Skipping Stones 2014 Award for Excellence in Multicultural Literature

2014-2015 Tejas Star Reading List

2015-2016 Tejas Star Reading List

Finalist for 2014 Tomas Rivera Award

20 Most Remarkable Books of 2014

Best 20 Latino Books From 2014

National Picture Book Champion November 9, 2014

Inaugural #WeNeedDiverseBooks Illustration Mentor

Artist for the 2016 TxLA Disaster Relief Fund Auction

San Antonio Book Festival Programming Committee



March 22nd Webinar 

6:00 – 7:30 Central Time Register below.

Author Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit.

Tips for Writers on Writing:

1.Try to write every day, even if it’s just a sentence or two in a journal, a short poem or a character sketch. If you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up. Writing should be something you love to do, not something you have to do.

2.Always keep a notebook by your bed and in your purse, pocket or glove box. Jot down those ideas or character sketches when the muse strikes. You can always flesh them out later.

3.Study your craft. Writing is one thing. Writing well is another. If you can, take classes online or at a community college. If you can’t, buy or borrow books on craft. Be the best writer you can be.

4.Other classes to consider are psychology, sociology, philosophy and religion. All these give you insight into the human psyched and character, IMHO, is what the best stories are all about.

5.Read, read and read some more. What is it about a poem or story or book that makes you love-or hate-it? What works for you, and what doesn’t?

6.Join a critique group. Sit in on a session or two before sharing, so you know if the group seems like one you can trust to offer fair, but kind, criticism of your work. It’s good to have other eyes on your writing, but not mean spirited eyes.

7.If you can’t find a group you like, start your own. Find other writers in your area, especially those who write the same kinds of things you’re writing. If it’s too hard to meet in person, trade writing for critique online.

8.Handwritten work is easy to lose, through moves, fires, floods and other events. If you’re going to submit, you’re going to have to put your work into a computer at some point. But even if you’re just writing for yourself, put everything into a universal word processing program (WORD is recommended) and store it both on your hard drive and on a flash drive, which is portable. Keep that in a safe place.

9.Writer’s block can and does happen. Take a break. Take a walk. Personally, I take a hot tub. The bubbles seem to work wonders for me when I get stuck.