New England SCBWI 2015 Think Outside the Crayon Box!

Springfield, Massachusetts
Friday, April 24, 2015

New England SCBWI 2015 

Think Outside the Crayon Box!

artwork by Laura Jacques

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New England SCBWI 2015 Think Outside the Crayon Box!
Friday, April 24, 2015 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 26, 2015 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

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

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Allergen Note: Meal options for the banquet lunch on Saturday, April 25 will be posted at registration. Please note we have tried to offer meal options for a variety of palates; however the hotel cannot fulfill special requests for food accommodations during conference meals. If you have severe food allergies, we have been advised to recommend that you make appropriate arrangements for your own food, as we can no longer guarantee the availability of alternate options. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

To book a room at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place,
please call (413) 781-1010. 
Rooms are $117.00 USD per night.

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

The New England SCBWI Conference is run entirely by volunteers.
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FRIDAY April 24, 2015

11:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel

2:30 pm - 6:00 pm Conference Bookstore Open

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Assigned Agent Quick Query Meetings and Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques with Application (Please pre-register for these events)

NOTE:  Friday afternoon's Pitch Critiques (2-4pm), Block-A Workshop Intensives (2-4pm), #AskAMentor (3-4:30pm), Agent/Editor Panel (4:30-5:30pm), and Conference Orientation (4:10-4:30pm) may overlap.

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

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Pitch Critiques with Trisha Leaver

The perfect pitch is one of the most powerful tools in a writer’s arsenal. These few short sentences grab the attention of your audience and set your manuscript apart from the rest. It must be clear, concise and reflect the voice and tone of your manuscript. If you are struggling to craft the perfect pitch or thinking about signing up for the Pitchapalooza event this evening, here is the perfect opportunity to practice and get honest feedback from published authors on your pitch. All genres welcome. Participants are not required to be present for the whole time, walk-ins welcome. Conversely, we’d love to have you stay and critique others!

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm #AskAMentor with Jen Malone and Dee Romito

If you’re arriving later on Friday afternoon and won’t be able to participate in workshops, come and join us for #AskAMentor. Attendees will rotate from table to table in timed intervals designed to give you the opportunity to interact casually with some of the agents, editors, and authors you'll be workshopping with over the weekend. They're there to answer any questions you might have about the conference itself or publishing in general!

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm Conference Orientation with co-chairs Natasha Sass, Heather Kelly and volunteer coordinator Hayley Barrett

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 Agent/Editor Panel: Slushpile Duds to Superstar Clients with Jennifer Laughran, Jill Corcoran, Carter Hasegawa, and Alison Weiss



Four professionals discuss the worst of the worst and the best of the best when it comes to writers' practices. Discover what etiquette turns them off in the slush pile all the way to what actions make someone a superstar client to work with. Hear the agent and editor perspectives on disasters and dream clients and everything in between. Come away with concrete tips and tricks on how to behave while querying, tweeting, blogging and interacting with agents and editors. 

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner on your Own
Map of Springfield Area
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7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Opening Ceremonies featuring Stephen Mooser and Jane Yolen

7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Portfolio Showcase open to Editors, Agents, and Art Directors

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Quiet Room (Longford) 

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

7:45 pm - 9:00 pm Keynote Presentation: Pitchapalooza with THE BOOK DOCTORS: Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry; and Emma Ledbetter, Jennifer Laughran, and Linda Camacho

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.

9:05 pm - 10:00 pm Friday Evening Activities, including Agent/Editor/Art Director Meet & Greet, and Portfolio Showcase

9:15 pm - 10:00 pm Additional Friday Evening Activities, including Open Mic/Pitch Practice and Regional Meet Ups

* Open Mic/Pitch Practice

All are welcome to read their own work, or give voice to someone else’s. Perform your pitch, an excerpt of your manuscript, a poem, or whatever you like! No judging, just support and applause. 

* Regional Meet Ups

Interested in starting or joining a critique group? Or maybe you just want to find another writer or illustrator to hang out with for coffee sometimes? Here's your chance to find other writers and artists in your area. Come meet the New England SCBWI RA for your region and network with other writers and illustrators. Join members of your home state (region) to decompress after a long day.

  


SATURDAY April 25, 2015
CLOSED... Waitlist Only


7:15 am - 8:45 am Conference Registration Open

7:15 am - 8:45 am Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 6:30 pm Conference Bookstore Open

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Illustration Challenge on Display

8:15 am - 8:45 am Opening Comments and Announcements

8:45 am - 9:40 am Keynote with Dan Santat

9:50 am - 4:15 pm Assigned Manuscript/Portfolio Critiques
  (NOTE: Attendees must pre-register to receive a critique
)

Saturday Morning Workshop Blocks:
CHOOSE
one 2-hour session
B-Block - 9:50 am - 11:45 am
OR
two 1-hour sessions
C-Block - 9:50 am - 10:45 am
AND
D-Block - 10:55 am - 11:45 am

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

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm Special Guest Speaker -- Kwame Alexander
2015 Newbery Award Winner

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Outside the Box Publishing Panel: The Why, When and How with Chris Cheng, Stephen Mooser, Laura Pauling, and Erica Orloff

Moderator: J. L. Bell

Pannelists Chris Cheng (author and e-publisher), Steve Mooser (author and founder of SCBWI), Laura Pauling (author of eleven independently published works), and Erica Orloff (author, editor and owner of Dragon Tree books), will discuss publishing options that lie outside the traditional path and will comment on the benefits of choosing a path of entrepreneurship.


1:50 pm - 2:15 pm Break

Saturday Afternoon Workshop Blocks:
CHOOSE
one 2-hour session
E-Block - 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
OR
two 1-hour sessions
F-Block - 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm
AND
G-Block - 3:20 pm - 4:15 pm

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Book Signing

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner on your Own

Map of Springfield Area
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Keynote with Jo Knowles - Be True

Jo will talk about how a friend's simple question, "Is it true yet?" shaped her writing career, and gave her the courage to step out of the box and tell the stories she needed to tell, no matter how "dark" or controversial at the time.

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

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

8:10 pm - 9:10 pm Diversity Panel: Authors & Illustrators Agree – We Need Diverse Books, with Mike Jung, Grace Lin, Justina Ireland, Dhonielle Clayton, Sona Charaipotra, and Cindy L. Rodriguez

Moderator: J. L. Bell

The WNDB team will elaborate on the campaign's initiatives, explore the panelists' personal struggles and individual journeys to publication, outline strategies aspiring authors and illustrators can use to pitch the universality and authenticity of their work, and how aspiring authors and illustrators can incorporate diversity into their creative philosophy in a way that avoids stereotyping and reflects reality.

9:15 pm - 10:00 pm Saturday Evening Activities:
Stay in one room or grab a beverage at the bar and move around.

* Spark New Ideas with Drawing! with Dan Moynihan

Sometimes the best ideas come out of play, improvisation, and collaboration. In this workshop, you’ll participate in a few fun, collaborative, drawing games and create some wildly unexpected characters and stories with your fellow attendees. You’ll also learn how to apply the play principles of these games into your own creative process and generate new ideas. All ability levels are welcome, but you must be willing to draw!

* Open Mic

All are welcome to read their own work, or give voice to someone else’s. Perform your pitch, an excerpt of your manuscript, a poem, or whatever you like! No judging, just support and applause.

[all skill levels; all are welcome to watch, even if you’re not reading!]

* Peer Critiques with NESCBWI Critique Group Coordinator Stacy Mozer

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.

[all skill levels]

* Genre Meet Ups

Not ready to share or read your work aloud? Join others who write in similar genres to compare notes, brainstorm, and share your favorite books.

[all skill levels]



SUNDAY April 26, 2015

7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Registration Open

8:30 am - 4:00 pm Conference Bookstore Open

8:30 am - 8:45 am Opening Comments and Announcements

8:45 am - 9:40 am Keynote with Christopher Cheng – Crayons are for Eating…

Crayons are for eating ... not placing in a box.
What happens when you leave crayons in a box?
What happens when you take them out of a box?
In his keynote, Christopher will talk about his life experiences and transforming them into written works.
  PS: Chris can't draw and he failed art in Kindergarten.

Sunday Morning Workshop Blocks:
CHOOSE
one 2-hour session
H-Block - 9:50 am - 11:50 am
OR
two 1-hour sessions
I-Block - 9:50 am - 10:45 am
AND
J-Block - 10:55 am - 11:50 am

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch in the Ballroom

12:05 pm - 1:00 pm Keynote with Marvin Terban – Wink Outside the Spray-On Sox: Humor in Children’s Books

Everyone loves to laugh. Even animals. Tickle a rat and it’ll laugh. (But you have to use special equipment to hear it.) The power of humor in advertising, entertainment, business, medicine, and education has long been proven. What about in children’s literature? It’s essential!
But how and where to put it in? Could it ever be inappropriate? Are any subjects off limits for comedy? What’s funny to a kid, anyway? And what if the author doesn’t have a sense of humor?
Funny you should ask.
It’s no laughing matter if a children’s book has no laughing matter. Humor can help you sell your book to an agent or editor. They have boring jobs, and they’re always looking for a laugh. All joking aside, this is serious.

Sunday Afternoon Workshop Blocks:
CHOOSE
one 2-hour session
K-Block - 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
OR
two 1-hour sessions
L-Block - 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm
AND
M-Block - 2:20 pm - 3:15 pm

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm Book Signing

Prices for 2015 Conference Attendance

All 3 days: Member Price: $290, Non-Member Price: $340
2 days - Fri/Sat: Member Price: $225, Non-Member Price: $275
2 days - Sat/Sun: Member Price: $230, Non-Member Price: $280
2 days - Fri/Sun: Member Price: $175, Non-Member Price: $225
Friday only: Member Price: $85, Non-Member Price: $110
Saturday only: Member Price: $140, Non-Member Price: $165
Sunday only: Member Price: $90, Non-Member Price: $115
Critique: Member Price: $50, Non-Member Price: $55
Agent Quick Query (AQQ): Member Price: $25, Non-Member:$25
   (payment by AMEX, MC, VISA, or check)


Additional Hotel Information

To book a room at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place for $117.00 USD per night, please call (413) 781-1010.

In addition to this conference hotel, for your convenience we have also reserved space at the Springfield Marriott for $135.00 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.

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.



 

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  • Conference Co-Directors: 
    Natasha Sass
    Heather Kelly
    and Marilyn Salerno

    Registrars: Shirley Pearson & Sandy Budiansky
    Volunteer Coordinator: Hayley Barrett

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    Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place
    (413) 781-1010
    One Monarch Place
    Springfield, Massachusetts 01144
    (Rooms at $117.00 USD per night)

    In addition to this conference hotel, 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 $135.00 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.

    To prevent conference communications from being marked as SPAM,
    please ADD the following email addresses to your contacts:
    nescbwi2015@gmail.com
    reg.nescbwi@gmail.com
    agentquickquery@gmail.com
    vc.nesbwi@gmail.com

Payment Instructions

  • 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
    Remember that registration and payment for Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques happens offline.

    Conference cancellations before February 24, 2015 will be refunded in full.
    After February 24, 2015, refunds will only be given when proof is given to support military service or a death in the family.
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