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Monday, April 30, 2012

HAWAII BOOK AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, MAY 5-6

THIS WEEKEND: HAWAII BOOK AND MUSIC FESTIVAL:
A celebration of Story and Song on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds at Honolulu Hale. FREE admission and parking.

Author Signing in the Barnes and Noble tent, Saturday, May 5, 3pm.

Keiki activities: Origami, coloring and sketching in the Keiki Activity Booth, Sunday, May 6, 1:30pm.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

SCBWI ANNUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE IN L.A.


August 3 - 6, 2012  |  Los Angeles, California
 
Get ready for an unforgettable experience with the very best in the field of children's literature! Over a jam-packed weekend you'll hear from top agents and editors on the state of the market, get inspired by award-winning authors and illustrators, discuss how to progress your career, attend small, targeted breakout workshops, connect with old friends and meet new ones!

Whether you are an author or illustrator, published or unpublished, create picture books or young adult novels, you won't want to miss the SCBWI Summer Conference.

Keynote Speakers Include:   
Bryan Collier, Caldecott honor illustrator 
 
Karen Cushman,  Newbery Medal winning author   

Tony DiTerlizzi , Author/illustrator of The Spiderwick Chronicles and Caldecott Honor recipient  

Dan Gutman,  Award-winning author

Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal Winner   

Gary Schmidt, Two-time Newbery winner

Ruta Sepetys,  Award-winning (including the Golden Kite Award) author of Shades of Gray

Sara Shepard, Author of the Pretty Little Liars and Lying Game Series      

Deborah Underwood, Award-winning (including Crystal Kite Award) author 

Clare Vanderpool, Newbery medal winner     

PLUS a host of editors and agents discussing the industry from publishing houses and literary agencies including: Harper Collins, Penguin Young Readers Group, Writer's House, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Abrams, Random House and more.  

With your registration you get:
-Access to all conference keynotes and workshops
-The Gala Party on Saturday night (includes dinner and a drink ticket)
-Ticket to the Golden Kite Luncheon on Sunday
-Attendance to the Friday night Portfolio Showcase and cocktail party
-Chance to sell your books at the PAL book sale on Friday (some restrictions apply)
-Tea and coffee each morning
-Free wireless in your room

For an extra special weekend you can also register for: 
A Manuscript or Portfolio Consultation
The Juried Portfolio Showcase
Two of the post-conference intensive workshops (Writers choose one of two including:  9 Agents, 1 Morning;  9 Agents, 1 Afternoon; Independent Publishing; Spitshine: Polishing your Novel; First Pages; Developing your Hook; Picture Books; Revising your MG/YA Novel and more to be announced! Illustrators can register for the all-day illustrator intensive, Writing for Illustrators.)

Registration opens April 18th at 10am PDT. This conference sells out so don't delay!  

General Information:

 Conference Tuition:
Tuition includes all conference workshops & events (excluding consultations and showcases) from Friday - Sunday, August 3-5, 2012, including the dinner dance on Saturday night and the Golden Kite luncheon on Sunday. Tuition does not include the Post-Conference intensive on Monday, August 6.

Early Registration (Before June 15th):
$440 - SCBWI Member  Registration
$540 - Non-member Registration

Regular Registration (After June 15th):
$460 - SCBWI Member  Registration
$560- Non-Member Registration

 Intensives and Extras:

 MANUSCRIPT & PORTFOLIO CONSULTATIONS
$100 Individual Manuscript or Portfolio Consultation

JURIED PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE
$50 Portfolio Entry in Juried Showcase

POST CONFERENCE INTENSIVES
(Full day of programming on Monday, August 6th)
$200 -  Post-Conference Intensives for Writers
$200 -  Post-Conference Intensive for Illustrators

Venue Information:

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(800) 233-1234
(310) 228-1234

Conference attendees get a special room rate of $199 (Valid until June 1)

How to register:

You can register online at www.SCBWI.org or by phone (323-782-1010) starting April  18th at 10am PDT. You must be a current SCBWI member at the time of registration and the conference to be eligible for the member's discount.

Full conference schedule and more details will be available in Early April.

Can't attend? Follow the action virtually!

SCBWI Conference Blog
(http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/)

In the weeks leading up to the conference, we'll feature interviews with our prestigious faculty so that you can know what to expect and look forward to. Click on the link above to see pictures and video as well as recaps of every workshop, keynote address, panel and intensive at our semi-annual SCBWI International Conferences.

 On twitter! Our speakers, attendees and bloggers will be tweeting! Follow us and the hash tag #SCBWI to get the latest.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2012 MAZZA SUMMER CONFERENCE: CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS

The Mazza Museum, which features international art from picture books, is holding its 20th Annual Summer Conference from July 16-20, 2012 in Findlay, Ohio.

Guest speakers include Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Dan Yaccarino, Susan Stevens Crummel, Janet Stevens, Boris Kulikov, Wendell Minor, Florence Minor, Mary Higgins Clark, Loreen Leedy, David Diaz, Peter McCarty and Walter Wick. Offerings include the children's book writing strand (eligible for graduate and undergraduate credit hours), book sale and autographing by artists/authors.

A Floyd & Stella Dickman grant has been established to help librarians with registration fees.

www.findlay.edu

OREGON COAST CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS WORKSHOP, SUMMER 2012

From the Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop (www.occbww.com):

This summer, July 9-13 we proudly will present the tenth Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop, www.occbww.com, in the exquisite Oregon coast town of Oceanside. 

The instructors for the workshop will include five established children's book authors (between them, specializing in YA and middle school novels, picture books, non-fiction, magazine pieces, and poetry), two children's book editors from major houses (we have yet to sign our second editor), and one children's book agent.  Summer Workshop 2012 promises to be our best yet because:

- The instructor-student ratio will be a maximum of one to seven (probably less)
- Each day you will meet with an instructor for at least one comprehensive consultation
- You can have one-on-one informal meetings with instructors each day as well
- Every student who wishes can have an anonymous first page manuscript critique by all eight instructors in front of the class
- We will offer at least twelve instructional lectures on various aspects of writing and publishing
- There will be two evening presentations by instructors
- Out-of-class consultations with instructors are available
- There will be at least two guest lectures/writing workshops
- There will be two wonderful parties (quite appropriate for friends, partners, spouses, children)

More and more of our students are publishing and signing with agents.  If you are ambitious to publish a children's book (or simply adore children's books) this is the workshop for you.   It will allow you to connect directly with authors, editors, agents who are active in the children's book business. If you go to the website and look under Evaluations, you'll see that it's received extraordinarily high praise (some listed below).

The course is available for graduate credit.

For complete information we welcome you to visit our website at www.occbww.com

There's a generous refund policy (described at the website) if you decide to register now and then later on change your mind.

Any questions, feel free to ask.

Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop
www.occbww.com



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