New England SCBWI 2017: Expand & Diversify Your Portfolio

Springfield, Massachusetts
Friday, April 21, 2017


New England SCBWI 2017 
Expand & Diversify Your Portfolio
artwork by Sarah Lynne Reul


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New England SCBWI 2017: Expand & Diversify Your Portfolio
Friday, April 21, 2017 2:00 PM -
Sunday, April 23, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place
(413) 781-1010
One Monarch Place
Springfield, Massachusetts 01144
United States

Map and Directions

Meal options will be posted at registration. Please note that the hotel cannot fulfill special requests for food accommodations during conference meals. If you have severe food allergies, we recommend that you make appropriate arrangements for your own food. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

NOTE: All NESCBWI conference activities are geared for adult writers and/or illustrators, 18 years of age or older.

AFTER YOU REGISTER: To access your conference schedule electronically, click here and enter your registration email and password. 

Click here for a complete conference schedule.
Click here for all workshop descriptions.

FRIDAY April 21, 2017

11:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open (2nd Floor Lobby)

1:45 pm - 4:30 pm Prep & Support for One-On-One Agent/Editor/Art Director Meetings (Board Room)

Nervous before your one-on-one with an agent, editor, or art director? Don't know what to ask in your face-to-face with an editor or other professional? Join us to talk through how you want to present yourself and what you want to ask in those extra moments. Remember, you're interviewing the professional just as much as they are interviewing you. Feeling overwhelmed after your one-on-one? Come in to see a friendly face and decompress.

2:00 pm - 4:15 pm Assigned Agent Quick Query Meetings,  Manuscript Critiques,  Portfolio Critiques, and Career Consultations (Longford)
(Please pre-register for these events)

NOTE:   Friday afternoon's Block-A Workshop Intensives (2-4pm) and #AskAMentor (2:30-4pm) overlap.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Block-A Workshops

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm #AskAMentor with Jen Malone & Dee Romito (Ballroom South)

#AskAMentor gives participants the chance to chat casually with conference faculty in a "speed dating" environment. Attendees will rotate tables at timed intervals, getting the opportunity to talk in a small group with agents, editors and authors (no pitching, please!) about anything and everything publishing-related.

2:30 pm - 6:00 pm Conference Bookstore Open (Worthy)

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm Conference Orientation with co-directors Josh Funk, Sera Rivers, and ARA (Assistant Regional Advisor) Stacy Mozer (Ballroom)

New conference attendees are strongly encouraged to come to conference orientation; seasoned conference veterans are welcome as well. 

Is this your first NESCBWI conference? Worried about who to talk to and how to network? Come meet the conference directors and find out how to get the most out of your conference weekend. Seasoned conference-goers are welcome to share their advice and experiences.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Portfolio Showcase participants: Drop off Portfolios (Mahogany)

4:30 pm - 5:20 pm Agent/Editor Panel: Best Practices 
with agents Kaylee Davis, Monica Odom, and Marietta B. Zacker,
editors Liz Kossnar and Christina Pulles; 
moderator Heidi Stemple (Ballroom)

What makes you stand out (in a positive way) when interacting with agents and editors? Five professionals discuss best practices for querying, tweeting, blogging, receiving critiques/editorial letters, subbing, and working with agents and editors. 

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner on your Own
Express Buffet in PICKS restaurant in the hotel (2nd floor) if you so choose.
Map of Springfield Area
Local Dining Options
Top 10 Restaurants in Springfield

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Portfolio Showcase  open to viewing (Mahogany)

While we encourage everyone to mingle with industry professionals at the Meet and Greet later in the evening, this is a time for attendees to view the portfolios without a big crowd.


Featured Evening Activities

7:15 pm - 7:45 pm Opening Ceremonies45 Years and Still Going Strong (Ballroom)

Join legendary author Jane Yolen, who founded the New England region of SCBWI, and our region's current leaders in a celebration of our past accomplishments, our current efforts, and our future successes.

7:45 pm - 9:00 pm Keynote Presentation: Pitchapalooza
  with THE BOOK DOCTORS: Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, 
  with agents Stephen Barr and Jessica Sinsheimer,
and editor Eileen Robinson (Ballroom)

Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books (only kinder and gentler). Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute!  A panel of experts critique the pitch. Winner gets introduction to agent or publisher.  Dozens of writers have gone from talented amateurs to professionally published authors as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza.

9:00 pm - 10:15 pm   Agent/Editor/Art Director Meet & Greet, and Portfolio Showcase   (Mahogany) 

We encourage everyone to stop by and meet our critique faculty at the Portfolio Showcase Meet and Greet before heading over to other evening activities.

Join our critique faculty at the bar for a healthy dose of schmooze. It's all about the networking, so come prepared to chat with other writers and illustrators. Don't forget to practice your pitch, someone just might ask you what your book is about! 

The Portfolio Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for the illustrators who attend the Conference to have a showcase of their work for members of the publishing community.


Additional Friday Evening Activities

8:00 pm - 10:15 pm   Quiet Room    (Stonehaven)  

A place to meet in a quiet atmosphere designed for those who desire a quieter place to network.

9:00 pm - 10:15 pm   Open Mic with Matt Forrest Esenwine  (Highland)

Come show off your stuff! Share what you’ve been working on: children’s poetry, picture book manuscript, maybe a song or a few sample pages of a book…all genres of children’s lit (from PBs to YA) are welcome. Did you know that some material shared in the past has eventually been published?? So let’s hear it!

9:00 pm - 10:15 pm   Meet Ups (Ballroom South)

Interested in starting or joining an online or a local critique group? Or maybe you just want to meet someone for coffee sometimes? Mix and mingle to meet your New England SCBWI RA and find writers and illustrators from your region. Look for others who work in similar genres, who create diverse content, or are interested in marketing to compare notes, brainstorm, and talk about your favorite books.


SATURDAY April 22, 2017

7:15 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (3rd Floor Lobby)

7:15 am - 8:45 am Conference Registration Open (2nd Floor Lobby)

7:30 am - 8:30 am Illustration Challenge participants: Drop off Entries (3rd Floor Lobby)

8:15 am - 8:40 am Welcome and Announcements (Ballroom)

8:30 am - 6:30 pm Conference Bookstore Open (Worthy)

8:30 am - 4:00 pm Illustration Challenge on Display (3rd Floor Lobby)

8:40 am - 9:35 am Keynote with Melissa Sweet (Ballroom)

9:30 am - 3:55 pm  Prep & Support for One-On-One Agent/Editor/Art Director Meetings (Board Room)

Nervous before your one-on-one with an agent, editor, or art director? Don't know what to ask in your face-to-face with an editor or other professional? Join us to talk through how you want to present yourself and what you want to ask in those extra moments. Remember, you're interviewing the professional just as much as they are interviewing you. Feeling overwhelmed after your one-on-one? Come in to see a friendly face and decompress.

9:45 am - 3:40 pm Assigned Manuscript Critiques, Portfolio Critiques, Career Consultations (Longford)
(NOTE: Attendees must pre-register to receive a critique or consultation)

Saturday Morning Workshop Blocks:
CHOOSE
one 2-hour session
B-Block - 9:45 am - 11:45 am (Charles)
OR
two 1-hour sessions
C-Block - 9:45 am - 10:40 am
AND
D-Block - 10:50 am - 11:45 am

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Lunch in the Ballroom

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Diversity Panel  
Writing the Rainbow: Creating LGBTQ+ Characters and Stories

with Lisa Bunker, Mary E. Cronin, Kevin L. Lewis,
agent Linda Camacho;
moderator Sera Rivers (Ballroom)

The panel will explore how to create stories that reflect the LGBTQ+ experience across all age levels, from picture books to YA. Topics will include language usage, intersectionality, recommended resources and titles, and market considerations.

1:20 pm - 1:35 pm Announcements
 (Ballroom)

Saturday Afternoon Workshop Blocks:

1:45 pm - 2:40 pm Block-F Workshops

2:50 pm - 3:45 pm Block-G Workshops

4:00 pm - 4:55 pm Keynote with Barry Lyga (Ballroom) 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Faculty Book Signing (3rd Floor Lobby) 
Please note that this is the ONLY all-faculty book signing of the conference. 

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner on your Own
Express Buffet in PICKS restaurant in the hotel (2nd floor) if you so choose. 
Map of Springfield Area
Local Dining Options
Top 10 Restaurants in Springfield


Featured Evening Activities

7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Leaders in Illustration  
with Art Director Lucy Ruth Cummins,
Kelly Light, Hazel Mitchell,
and Christina Rodriguez,
moderator Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Ballroom)

Success in kidlit is about more than just the luck of the draw—although our panelists did draw their way to success. From finding inspiration to handling rejection, from the creative process to the submissions process, these illustrators will draw on their own experiences as women succeeding in an industry dominated by men to discuss the good, the bad, and the horror stories of the creative life.


Additional Saturday Evening Activities

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm   Peer Critiques with NESCBWI Critique Group Coordinator Stacy Mozer (3rd Floor Breakout Rooms) 

Come prepared to share your work-in-progress with peers and to get and give feedback. Bring 5 copies of your picture book, the first chapter of your manuscript, or a portfolio to share in a quieter way than the Open Mic. Walk away with some concrete suggestions for improvements and help others in return.

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm   Quiet Room (Stonehaven)

A place to meet in a quiet atmosphere designed for those who desire a quieter place to network.

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm   Sketch Battle with Christina Rodriguez (Ballroom)

Let's get ready to rumble! Sketch Battle is a fun, fast-paced, and highly-interactive event where audience members volunteer to go head-to-head in epic artistic competition. In each round, a kidlit illustration prompt is selected at random, two artists battle it out on paper, and the audience picks the winner! Great prizes*, free artwork, and an awesome battle for supremacy will ensue. Attendees are instructed to bring their own "creative weapons of choice.” 

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm   Open Mic/Whose Rhyme is it, Anyway? with Matt Forrest Esenwine (Mahogany)

Come show off your stuff! Share what you’ve been working on: children’s poetry, picture book manuscript, maybe a song or a few sample pages of a book…all genres of children’s lit (from PBs to YA) are welcome. Did you know that some material shared in the past has eventually been published?? So let’s hear it! We’ll again be adding a special feature during Open Mic, called “Whose Rhyme is it, Anyway?”- an improvisational flash-poetry game! Two writers (or teams) will be given random words and subjects and will need to create a children’s poem within the allotted time. With audience participation, this challenge should be fun for all…we hope you’ll join us, whether you write or not!



SUNDAY April 23, 2017

7:15 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (3rd Floor Lobby)

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Registration Open (2nd Floor Lobby)

8:30 am - 3:00 pm Conference Bookstore Open* (Worthy)
*The Conference Bookstore closes at 3pm. If you'd like to purchase books, be sure to do so before 3pm.

8:30 am - 8:40 am Welcome and Announcements (Ballroom)

8:40 am - 9:35 am Keynote with Jane Yolen (Ballroom)

Sunday Workshop Blocks
CHOOSE
One full-day Illustrator Session (*new this year) 
S-Block  9:45 am - 11:45 am
AND 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  (Charles)
OR 
Sunday Morning (HIJ)
 AND  Sunday Afternoon (KLM) Workshop Blocks


Sunday Morning Workshop Blocks:
CHOOSE
one 2-hour session
H-Block - 9:45 am - 11:45 am
OR
two 1-hour sessions
I-Block - 9:45 am - 10:40 am
AND
J-Block - 10:50 am - 11:45 am

11:50 pm - 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch (Ballroom)

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Awards & Announcements (Ballroom)

12:50 pm - 1:40 pm Working with Educators and Booksellers:
What You Need to Know
panel
with Betsy Bird, Mary Ann Cappiello,
Janet Reynolds, and John Schumaker (AKA Mr. Schu);
moderator Melissa Stewart (Ballroom)

Two nationally-renowned librarians, a highly-regarded educator, and the events coordinator of a popular New England independent bookstore answer questions and engage in a lively conversation about how authors and illustrators can best meet the needs of people who put books in the hands of children.

Additionally, each of these four experts will individually be leading a workshop on Sunday from her or his informed and experienced perspective entitled 10 Things I Wish Authors and Illustrators Knew (I9, J9, L9, M9) throughout the course of the day.

Sunday Afternoon Workshop Blocks:
CHOOSE
one 2-hour session
K-Block - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
OR
two 1-hour sessions
L-Block - 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm
AND
M-Block - 3:05 pm - 4:00 pm

Please remember to return your badge holder and lanyard before departing.

Additional Hotel Information
To book a room at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place for $121.00 USD per night, please call (413) 781-1010. NOTE: This special $121 rate for the Sheraton expires on March 21, 2017, so book your room early!

In addition to this conference hotel, for your convenience we have also reserved space at the Springfield Marriott for $139.00 USD per night, directly across the street from the Sheraton. Please visit the Springfield Marriott or call (800) 228-9290 and ask to make a reservation in the SCBWI New England Regional Conference Room Block.
NOTE: This special $139 rate for the Marriott expires on March 30, 2017. 

We have also reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Springfield at a discounted rate of $135 per night (plus tax). The Hilton Garden is located on the grounds of Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame. There is no shuttle service between the Hilton and the Sheraton; however, you may still park for free at the Sheraton even if you are staying at the Hilton.  
The Hilton Garden Inn Springfield's address is
800 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01105
Please call (413) 886-8000 to make a reservation, or click here to reserve a room in the SCBWI block.

Blogging & Recording Policy

By registering for this conference, you acknowledge that audio taping, video taping and/or transmitting or aiding in any of the foregoing of any part of the conference (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions and networking events) is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder only. If you are found in violation of the above, SCBWI reserves the right to remove you from the conference and bar you from attending future conferences.

While we think it's great when bloggers share thoughts about their overall experience, offer a personal anecdote, and/or briefly talk about something that resonated with them, it is equally important that bloggers not give away that which is not theirs to give. The fair use policy issued by SCBWI above refers to speakers' rights, authors' rights, and illustrators' rights, under any circumstances, and it pertains to the content of our speakers' talks, workshops, and/or handouts. This falls into the category of protecting intellectual property. Again, personal impressions, a quote that is cited, and/or a general overview would be considerate. However, it would be a breach of copyright law to give away a detailed report of a presenter's material. Thank you in advance for taking this policy into account. Your professionalism is greatly appreciated.

 

Contact Information

  • Conference Co-Directors:
    Josh Funk, Sera Rivers and Marilyn Salerno

    Registrars: Shirley Pearson & Helen Kampion
    Volunteer Coordinator: Loretta Kapinos
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    Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place
    (413) 781-1010
    One Monarch Place
    Springfield, Massachusetts 01144
    (413)-781-1010

    While the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place is sold out of rooms, for your convenience we have also reserved space at the Springfield Marriott, directly across the street from the Sheraton. Rooms are available at the Marriott for $139.00 USD per night.
    Please call (800) 228-9290 and ask to make a reservation in the Springfield Marriott SCBWI New England Regional Conference Room Block.
    NOTE: This special $139 Marriott rate expires on March 30, 2017.

    We have also reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Springfield at a discounted rate of $135 per night (plus tax). The Hilton Garden is located on the grounds of Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame. There is no shuttle service between the Hilton and the Sheraton; however, you may still park for free at the Sheraton even if you are staying at the Hilton.  

    The Hilton Garden Inn Springfield's address is
    800 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01105
    Please call (413) 886-8000 to make a reservation, or click here to reserve a room in the SCBWI block. 

    To prevent conference communications from being marked as SPAM, please ADD the following email addresses to your contacts:
    nescbwi17@gmail.com, reg.nescbwi@gmail.com, vc.nescbwi@gmail.com, agentquickquery@gmail.com, crit.nescbwi@gmail.com

Payment Instructions

  • Payment by AMEX, Discover, MC, VISA, Diners Club, or check.

    If you have chosen to pay by check, please send your payment, along with your confirmation number or a copy of your registration invoice, to:
        SCBWI New England
        c/o Marilyn Salerno
        30 Midfield Drive
        Rockland, MA 02370


    REFUND POLICY:
    Conference cancellations up until February 28, 2017 will be refunded in full. 
    After February 28, 2017, refunds will only be given when proof is given to support military service or a death in the family.

    PRICES for 2017 CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
    All 3 days:
      Member/Non-Member: $295/$350
    2 days - Fri/Sat OR Sat/Sun:
      Member/Non-Member:$235/$290
    2 days - Fri/Sun:
      Member/Non-Member: $180/$240
    1 day - Friday OR Sunday only:
      Member/Non-Member: $90/$120
    1 day - Saturday only:
      Member/Non-Member: $145/$170
    Critique (MS/PF):
      Member/Non-Member: $50/$55
    Agent Quick Query (AQQ):
      Member/Non-Member: $30/$35
    Career Consultation (CC):
      Member/Non-Member: $40/$45

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