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Monday, December 3, 2012


Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - Hawaii Annual Conference

Saturday, February 23, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ala Moana Hotel, Garden Lanai Room

Hear what's trending in the world of children's books, polish your writing and/or illustration skills, hang out with "your" people, and take advantage of the option of having your work critiqued by a professional.
The day will be chock full of insider information that is sure to inspire both beginners and experienced writers and illustrators—and just might put you on the road to publication.
Our extraordinary featured speakers:
  • Lin Oliver: award-winning author of more than two dozen books, and co-founder/executive
  • Cheryl Klein: executive editor, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration/Welcome/Announcements
9:00-10:00 a.m. Cheryl Klein: Hook Your Readers into Your Characters from the Beginning of Your Story
10:00-10:45 a.m. Lin Oliver: 15 Things I've Learned About Creating Books for Kids
10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. First Page/First Look: Cheryl, Lin
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45-3:30 p.m. Craft Breakout (choose one):
A– Cheryl Klein: Some Best Practices for Illustrators
B – Lin Oliver: Writing Great Dialogue
3:30-4:00 p.m. Q&A/Closing

Registration deadlines:
*January18, 2012: conference and manuscript critique
*February19, 2013: conference alone or with workshop or portfolio critique
(Late fee applied to registration after February 19; meal availability will be at the discretion of the hotel.)

Hook Readers into Your Characters from the Beginning of Your Story—Cheryl Klein
Whether you are writing a picture book or novel or doing illustrations, your readers (including editors, agents and art directors) need to connect with your characters immediately to want to keep turning the pages—you have to hook them "right" from the start. Learn how it's done from an experienced editor.
The 15 Most Important Things I've Learned about Creating Books for Kids—Lin Oliver
Since founding SCBWI more than 40 years ago, Lin Oliver has listened to the wisdom offered by virtually every great children’s book creator of our age. Much of this body of information has been distilled into 15 concise yet profound pieces of advice, an essential list of do’s and don’ts for people who create children’s books. Share in her ringside seat to learn what the "best of the best" have to say.
First Pages/First Look Critiques—Cheryl Klein and Lin Oliver
When you have only a page or two, or an illustration or two, to gain the attention of an editor or agent, making a good first impression is a must. Our guests will share their reactions to first pages and postcards/illustrations submitted anonymously by participants. No advance sign-up is needed, and no extra cost.
First page format: double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one-inch margins, no name, title okay, note whether a picture book, middle grade or young adult fiction, or nonfiction.
No additional fee. Bring one first page and/or one postcard or illustration to the conference; they’ll be collected at registration.Pages and postcards/illustrations are selected at random and no particular page or postcard/illustration can be guaranteed to be critiqued during the session.
A: Cheryl Klein: Some Best Practices for Illustrators
Cheryl will share some of the good things she sees successful illustrators doing in this session that will combine craft and marketing. As an added bonus, there will be a showing of SCBWI's "Master Class" DVD with renowned illustrator, and Newbury and Caldecott winner, Tomie dePaola, the creator of more than 200 books.
B: Lin Oliver: Writing Effective Dialogue
Great dialogue is so much more than just making your characters speak. It conveys the drama of your story, reveals character, adds pace and rhythm, and pulls readers into the essence of your book. In this session, you’ll learn eight basic rules for creating effective, real, believable and interesting dialogue that propels your story forward and creates an unforgettable voice for each of your characters.

For critique, your registration form and manuscript must be postmarked by January 18, 2013. Manuscript critiques will be done by Cheryl Klein, Lin Oliver, and Hawaii children’s writing professionals at assigned times on conference day (including after the conclusion of the day). Guidelines for submitting a manuscript for critique:
  • Format:double-spaced,12-pt. type, one-inch margins, title/page number on all pages.
  • Picture books: six-page maximum. Novels: ten pages plus one-page summary.
  • No folders, binders, cardboard, plastic sheets. No artwork except for author/illustrators submitting story with dummy.
Additional fee—sign up on registration form.

Portfolio critiques will be done by Cheryl Klein or a Hawaii children’s illustration professional at assigned times on conference day; bring portfolio to conference.
Additional fee—sign up on registration form.

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. Among the titles she has edited are MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the ALA's Schneider Family Book Award for Teens; A CURSE DARK AS GOLD by Elizabeth Bunce, winner of the Morris Award for a YA Debut Novel; WORDS IN THE DUST, winner of the Christopher Medal; THE SNOW DAY by Komako Sakai, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; THE SAVAGE FORTRESS by Sarwat Chadda, and ZOE GETS READY, by Bethanie Deeney Murguia. She also served as the continuity editor in the U.S. for the last two books of the Harry Potter series. Her book SECOND SIGHT: AN EDITOR'S TALKS ON WRITING, REVISING, AND PUBLISHING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS was published in 2011.
Lin Oliver is a leading children’s book author and writer-producer of family films, television series and movies for children. With co-author Henry Winkler, she writes the New York Times best-selling series HANK ZIPZER: WORLD’S BEST UNDERACHIEVER, which has sold almost four million copies, as well as GHOST BUDDY, a new comedy series; the first two GHOST BUDDIES books, ZERO TO HERO and MIND IF I READ YOUR MIND?, are available now. She is also the author of four comedy novels that comprise the WHO SHRUNK DANIEL FUNK? quartet. Lin’s current projects are SOUND BENDER and its sequel THE SHADOW MASK, middle-grade adventure novels that she co-authors with her son, Theo Baker, and she is also working ALMOST IDENTICAL, a series about tween twin girls, the first two books of which have been published. In addition, she produced the animated feature TRUMPET OF THE SWAN and has written and produced over 300 half-hours of television, including HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS, CORDUROY and WAYSIDE SCHOOLAs if all that weren't enough,Lin is also the co-founder of SCBWI, an international organization of 22,000 writers, illustrators and publishers of children’s books, and she serves as its Executive Director.

Monday, November 5, 2012


BIG SUR WRITING WORKSHOP | November 30 - December 2, 2012 | Big Sur Lodge, Pfeiffer State Park, CA

Interested in writing picture books, early readers, middle grade and YA fiction? These intensive workshops feature agents from the Andrea Brown Literary Agency; editors from HarperCollins, Little Brown, Chronicle and Philomel; and an array of award-winning authors.

As a former attendee, I can vouch for the quality of the faculty and session content--they have a track record of workshop alumni landing publishing contracts. Bring your laptop and be prepared to work and revise your manuscript!

The registration deadline for the Big Sur Writing Workshops has been extended to November 11. To complete registration, you must submit your first two pages of text, or the entire picture book text:

Sunday, October 21, 2012


SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Winter Conference February 1-3, 2013 | New York, New York 

With an amazing line up of keynote speakers and panels, SCBWI's 14th annual winter conference promises to sell-out. Mark your calendars now! The p
rogram for February 2-3 includes:

Keynote Addresses by:
Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Meg Rosoff
Shaun Tan
Mo Willems

and Up To The Minute Market Information including:
-Retail Bookseller's Panel: What's Selling Now
-What Hooks Me Breakout Sessions: led by 12 acquiring editors and 2 art directors

Registration opens October 19, 10am PDT:

Monday, October 8, 2012


Call for Submissions: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity

"The submission portal, www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com, will be open from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia.  Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets.

Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com."



Here's another possibility--I'm not endorsing any company or publishing contest--remember to always read the fine print.

Looking For Authors in Upcoming Hawaii Book!

 Become a published author in an upcoming book for worldwide e-distribution and print. Everyone is focused on 2012, politics 

and elections, economic issues, and what mainstream media is 
telling everyone about negativity.
 Hawaii Wellness Directory and Worth Grace Media are 

responding by partnering in a special creative collaboration 
to highlight messages of hope - for beyond 2012. 
Be a part of this opportunity to give your heartfelt message of encouragement, inspiration and guidance to people around the world.

DEADLINE-October 15th 2012

We are accepting 100 submissions to be featured and published in December 2012. 

Five (5) judges will be reviewing entries to select the messages that move us the most. You must live in Hawaii part-time or full-time. 
Authors will receive ongoing support via networking throughout 2013 from HWD and WGM "

Monday, April 30, 2012


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


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:

$100 Individual Manuscript or Portfolio Consultation

$50 Portfolio Entry in Juried Showcase

(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

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


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.



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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

SCBWI-Hawaii’s Annual Conference, February 25, 2012

SCBWI-Hawaii's Annual Conference will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $95 for SCBWI members and $125 for nonmembers. For details and registration see www.scbwihawaii.org. or download conference and registration information at http/scbwihawaii.org/attachments/info_and_registraton.pdf.

Featured speakers include Kendra Levin, editor at Viking Children’s books, and Peter Brown, award-winning author/illustrator of The Curious Garden and Children Make Terrible Pets.

Kendra Levin
Peter Brown

Kendra will do a general session on Viking and the kinds of books they publish, and what she specifically is looking for, and she’ll also talk about current trends in children’s publishing. She’ll also lead a breakout session called “Meet Your Character: How Motivation Drives Story.”

Peter will do a general session on leading a creative life and a breakout session called “Illustration at Work.” Kendra and Peter will also lead a First Pages/First Look general session. In addition, local author Sue Cowing and local author/illustrator Tammy Yee will lead a general session called “Book Promotion—a Do-It-Yourself Project.”

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