NESCBWI 2013 Conference Word-by-Word:The Art of Craft

Springfield, Massachusetts
Friday, May 03, 2013



Friday Conference Events and Workshops, May 3, 2013

11:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open

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

2:00 pm - 3:55 pm Intensive A

A1 ~ Crafting Sublime Rhyme, Word for Word
with Janet Lawler

Editors and writing guides tell you to avoid rhyme. But we keep finding it in publishers catalogs and on bookshelves. Why? Because rhyme, "done right", enchants readers (and many editors!) in a unique way. This session provides a roadmap for your journey to rhyming success. Using examples from several rhyme masters, all steps in the process will be covered: development of concept/story line; specific craft elements; and self-editing for rhythm, sounds, and forced rhyme.

Short exercises will engage participants in: evaluating ideas for suitability for rhyme, finding examples of tortured rhyme, creating and using "beat" patterns, examining tone and read-aloud quality, and revising a rhyming text in response to editorial suggestion.

Participants should bring a rhyming work-in-progress. Using that, or a sample provided, participants will apply techniques to polish and revise a manuscript. A detailed outline and information on identifying markets for rhyming manuscripts will be provided.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

A2 ~ Nests, Rooms, and Gardens: Using Setting to Structure Fiction with Jeannine Atkins

Characters actions and voices often evolve from what surrounds them. The focus of this workshop will be to create vivid settings, then comb them for details that can serve as frames for novels being written by participating writers. Exercises will include participants summarizing their work using the framework of a provided sentence, brainstorming with imagery and special objects, and composing quick drafts of ten key scenes.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Int/Experienced

A3 ~ Drawing on Emotion with Nicole Tadgell

A good portfolio includes showing a single character going through a range of emotions - does yours? Learn techniques to tap into your own skills. Participants will use personal experiences to pull more life into your drawings. Participants should bring drawing materials to the class.

Focus: Illustration, Category: PB, Graphic Novels, Audience: Int/Experienced

A4 ~ Meditations for Writers with Laurie Calkhoven

Whether you're brainstorming new ideas, searching for the heart of your story, trying to conjure up a scene, in the midst of a tough revision, or just getting to know your characters, meditation can help. Using deep breathing and guided meditation, followed by free-writing exercises, this workshop will help you build a richer, deeper connection to your stories and characters.

Focus: Marketing, The Business of Writing, Category: PB, Audience: Int/Experienced

A5 ~ A Voice That Rings True with Peggy Thomas

Voice is just as important, if not more so, in nonfiction as in fiction. When the material is factual, a writer's voice is the best tool for creating nonfiction that stands above the rest. Learn how other writers craft their nonfiction, and uncover techniques any writer can use to develop and strengthen their voice. If time permits, participants will partake in a few short voice exercises, which will also be available on the handout.

Focus: Writing, Category: Nonfiction, Audience: Intermediate

A6 ~ Keyword By Word: Create a Plan to Brand, Sell, and Promote Your Novel with AC Gaughen and Hilary Weisman Graham

Whether you have yet to sell your novel or have a book or two out in the world, in today's marketplace the author must understand how to promote themselves, and that includes concretely branding their novel and coming up with creative ways to promote that brand. How can you use Goodreads to your advantage - and not your detriment? What social media do you need to have? What kind of swag is best to promote your novel? How much time (and money) should you devote to advertising, utilizing outside publicists, and attending conferences?

Focus: Marketing, The Business of Writing, Category: MG, YA, Graphic Novels, Audience: Experienced

A7 ~ The Element of Story: How to Develop a Compelling Children' Illustration Portfolio with Teri Weidner

A portfolio for children's books is quite different from a fine art or general illustration portfolio: the artist must demonstrate they can tell a story. This two part talk will address the special requirements for a picture book portfolio. In the first half, we will discuss what makes a picture book portfolio special, and which skills a beginning illustrator needs to demonstrate. We will learn about elements like sequential imagery, complex characters and consistent style. We will also address basic questions such as how many pieces should be in a portfolio (physical as well as online), and how to avoid the tells that give away inexperienced illustrators. In the second half, we will split into groups of four to discuss each others portfolios, pointing out each participants areas of strength as well as areas that need more consideration and development.

Teri will preview and critique attendees portfolios before the conference if sent three illustrations (8.5" x 11" copies only) and postmarked by March 9, 2013.

Portfolio Requirements must match the Portfolio Showcase guidelines, so your portfolios will fit on the tables, and contain just right number of illustrations that can be reviewed in the time allowed.

Focus: Illustration, Category: PB, Magazine, Graphic Novels, Audience: Beginner

4:00 pm - 4:25 pm Conference Orientation with Joyce Shor Johnson & Kristine Carlson Asselin

New conference attendees are strongly encouraged to come to conference orientation, and 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.

[All Genres, Beginner]

4:30 pm - 5:25 pm Workshop B

B1 ~ Situational Time Management
with Gail Gauthier

Situational Time Management helps individuals plan to keep modifying their schedules to best match their constantly changing life situations. The concept was influenced by Situational Leadership theory, which states that managers should change their management style to match the different types of subordinates they're working with. In this workshop, participants will learn methods to break their time into units and to break their jobs into tasks that can be assigned to those units. These smaller segments of time offer more dexterity, and how they are used can keep changing, depending on whatever life situation participants find themselves in.

Focus: Writers and Illustrators, Category: All, Audience: Experienced

B2 ~ Managing Your Writing; Managing Your Life with Pegi Deitz Shea and Janet Doucette

In a combination of multimedia instruction and hands-on activities, Life Coach Janet Doucette and Author Pegi Deitz Shea will share strategies to balance participants' artistic and non-career lives. We'll recognize that many career and familial demands tax the amount--and the quality--of time artists need to create. A strength-based approach will help each participant to channel their innate gifts and skills toward achieving better professional and personal relationships. Mind-body activities and organizational techniques will help participants improve their focus, creativity and life-satisfaction, while decreasing stress.

Focus: all, Category: all, Audience: Experienced

B3 ~ Chick Lit for Chicklets with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and& Kami Kinard

The need for literature representing issues important to women is evident from the entire genre known as Chick Lit, but this is not only a grown up phenomenon - children's literature is slowly evolving its own form of Chick Lit, and these books are becoming increasingly popular. This workshop discusses the challenges and specifics of writing for tween and teen girls, and how to create Chick Lit characters readers will find both amusing and realistic.

Focus: Writing, Marketing, Category: MG, YA, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

B4 ~ Say WHAT?! Crafting Realistic Dialog with Erin Dionne

Writing convincing, natural-sounding dialogue is one of the most difficult challenges for writers of all levels. In this active workshop session we will identify what constitutes "good" dialogue, the significance of what is not being said, how to differentiate characters through dialogue, and when to use slang, profanity, and regional dialects. Together, we will explore the common conversational ailments of "floating head" syndrome and its cousin, locomotion-itis and strategize ways to avoid them. Be prepared to read aloud - developing an "ear" for dialogue requires listening skills as well as writing skills!

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Magazine, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

B5 ~ Create Engaging School Visits Connected to Educational Standards with Michelle Cusolito

Common Core. SixTraits. Next Generation Science Standards. Is your head swimming with educational jargon? Do you wonder what it means for you as an author/illustrator looking to do school visits? Master teacher and writer, Michelle Cusolito, will help you sort it out so you can develop an engaging program that attracts attention. In budget conscious times, authors/illustrators who embrace standards and creatively weave their work into the work being done in classrooms increase their chances of getting hired. Michelle will begin with an overview of relevant standards. Then she'll review an approach to planning that involves looking at standards first and then developing the program. She'll also review creative, active ways to engage an audience. Participants may wish to bring a device that connects to the Internet. Raffle to be held: one participant will win a post-conference consultation with Michelle. Handouts provided.

Focus: Writing, Illustration, School Visits, Category: PB, MG, Nonfiction, Magazine, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Chapter Books, Audience: Experienced

B6 ~ Learning to Live with Rejection: Navigating the Long & Winding Road to Publication with Christine Brodien-Jones

This workshop addresses the emotional challenges often faced by writers, especially unpublished writers, who may be frustrated or discouraged by today's competitive market. Topics of discussion will include: struggles of well-known authors early in their careers; strategies for dealing with rejection; ways of coping with day-to-day frustration and maintaining a positive outlook; realistic expectations of the marketplace; the value of mentorship, writers' groups and connecting with people who will nurture the artist within; why patience may be the most important single quality a writer needs to cultivate; practical skills for increasing the chances of getting published; what you as a writer can give to your readers.

Focus: Writing, Category: All, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

**CLOSED** B7 ~ Smells Like Teen Spirit: Guided Sensory Writing with Dawn Metcalf

So often the things that strike us as most memorable about our favorite books are the sensory details that linger long after we've turned the last page: the exotic foods, the dazzling sights, the strange sounds, the telltale scents. This unique sensory workshop will awaken our senses in order to enhance our writing and deepen our craft. Rediscover memories from childhood through adolescence that add vivid detail to your world-building and characters. Take a break from the ordinary conference experience and come prepared to write something both familiar and new.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Poetry, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

5:40 pm - 6:00 pm Conference Welcome Ceremony

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Portfolio Showcase Open for Faculty and Volunteers
Open to the public 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Saturday

6:00 pm - 7:45 pm Dinner on your own

7:45 pm - 8:40 pm Panel - Discussion: An Uncensored Discussion on Edgy Fiction with Author Scott Blagden, Editors Adah Nuchi and Carter Hasegawa, and Agent Rubin Pfeffer

Controversial manuscripts will be the focus of this panel discussion consisting of a literary agent, two editors, and an author.Topics of discussion include: What is off-limits in YA literature? Is there such a thing as "too far"when it comes to language, sex, drugs, violence, drinking, and other sensitive topics? What are the ramifications of pushing boundaries? Does reading about dangerous topics endanger or desensitize teens? Does it encourage self-destructive behaviors? What should an author do when confronted with a violent, self-destructive, or foul-mouthed protagonist? Write him as he truly exists or censor his language and actions? Should an author be mindful of gatekeepers such as parents, caregivers, librarians, critics, and teachers when writing about controversial topics? Or do authors owe their loyalty wholly to their characters? Are publishers and agents willing to take on writers of controversial fiction?

8:45 pm - 10:00 pm Evening Activities

Friday evening activities include Regional Meet-Ups with New England SCBWI RAs for attendees interested in meeting and networking with other SCBWI members in their region, a Wine & Cheese Mingle, Open Mic, and brand-new this year, a fun Scavenger Hunt.

SATURDAY Conference Events and Workshops, May 4, 2013

Throughout the day: Assigned Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques

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

7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

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

8:00 am - 2:10 pm Poster Contest Open for Voting

8:45 am - 9:40 am Keynote Speaker Sharon Creech

NOTE:  Pro-Track options are for published authors and/or illustrators

9:50 am - 11:45 am Intensive C and workshops  D & E
From 9:50 to 11:45, you may choose one two-hour intensive (C1-C4) or two one-hour workshops (D1-D6 & E1-E5).

9:50 am - 11:45 am Intensive C (115 minutes)

C1 ~ Real Revision: Big Picture and Line by Line with Kate Messner

In this workshop, participants will learn tried-and-true strategies for revising a novel, from big-picture concerns like theme and characters to line by line improvements relating to word choice, voice, and cutting unnecessary text. We'll hear the revision stories behind some award-winning novels for MG and YA readers and learn how to adapt those strategies for our own purposes. Often, revising a novel means returning to an earlier stage in the writing process, so we'll investigate outlines, organizers, timelines, maps, and sketches as revision tools. We'll identify situations where a return to research is the best medicine for a hurting manuscript and those where a good pruning is needed. Workshop participants who have a novel in progress at any stage should bring it along for the hands-on, down-and-dirty work of revision. (But don't be intimidated, we'll have fun! There will be colored pencils, neon Post-It Notes, and chocolate, too!)

Focus: Writer, Category: MG, YA, Nonfiction, Audience: Intermediate

C2 ~ Save My Cat!: How to Rescue Your Manuscript in a Single Bound with Dawn Metcalf

Ever feel like your Work In Progress is in peril? Does it seem hopelessly stuck, awaiting rescue? Never fear! Help is on the way! Inspired by the screenwriting classic, SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder, this fun and practical workshop offers a hands-on, step-by-step process for outlining the important “beats” necessary to map out arcs and plot, creating a clear and measurable path of progress from First Page to The End. We will share quick tips, tricks, and tools of the trade in order to make writing that finished draft a heroic journey instead of an epic struggle. (Capes and safety nets not included.)

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

C3 ~ The Elusive Voice with Chris Eboch

Ask editors what they're looking for, and the top response may be "a strong voice." But what does that mean? How do you know if you have one, and if you don't, how do you develop one? Voice can be taught. This workshop will help you find your own true voice. Hands-on exercises will give you specific techniques to make your writing stronger while not losing that special element that makes it yours.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Magazine, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

C4 ~ Scene Structure with Laurie Calkhoven

The scene is the basic building block of any story, but what makes a great scene?  This workshop delves into the key elements that go into great scenes—stage setup, characters and their motives, large and small actions, dialogue, and point of view—all of which work together to build to a climax. We’ll discuss how to break down a scene and a put it back together for a satisfying read. Examples are drawn from popular works of contemporary MG and YA fiction.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Chapter Books, Audience: Int/Experienced

9:50 am -10:45 am (55 minutes)
From 9:50 to 11:45, you may choose one two-hour intensive (C1-C4) or two one-hour workshops (D1-D6 & E1-E5).

D1 ~ The Art of the Review: Demystifying, Navigating and Surviving  the Review Process with Laurie Flynn, Leila Roy, Vicky Smith, and Donna Spurlock

For better or for worse, reviews are an inescapable part of the world of children’s book publishing.  So, once you’ve written, revised and rewritten; after you’ve successfully queried and contracted and consumed more chocolate and wine than you ever imagined possible; and when your book baby has been sent out into the world to be reviewed by any number of journals and bloggers and booksellers, how can an author be expected to survive? This panel of experts will demystify the review process by shedding some light on who’s reviewing books today, what they take into consideration when crafting their reviews and what authors should and should never do in response. Join us as we venture behind the curtain to help authors navigate and survive the review process.

Focus: Writing, Marketing, The Business of Writing, Publishing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Audience: Beg/Int/Experienced

D2 ~ The Books Go On and On: Developing a Series with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Creating a publishable manuscript is challenging enough; creating one with series potential can be a different animal altogether. The writer must develop a complete stand-alone plot which, at the same time, is open for continued interpretation. In addition, the main character must both develop throughout the pilot book but retain some consistent characteristic/circumstance that can tie the series together. This workshop discusses ways to create character-driven books that editors may see as strong enough to support a series.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, Audience: Beg/Int/Experienced 

D3 ~ Poetic Words for Prose: Beyond Adjectives and Adverbs for Fiction and Nonfiction with Pegi Deitz-Shea

Learn how to convey the "worlds of metaphor" with fictional characters or nonfictional figures. Adopting the points of view of their characters/ subjects, participants will create metaphors, hyperboles, interjections and other descriptive expressions for actual use in their books. Note: Participants must bring character sketches for one or more works in progress.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Magazine, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Chapter Books, Audience: Int/Experienced

D4 ~ Line by Line: Inside the Agent/Author Relationship as they Make a Manuscript Submissions Ready with Stacy Barnett Mozer and Linda Epstein

Have you ever wondered what the author/agent relationship looks like when you’re working on a manuscript together? Find out how the agent/author relationship can impact your manuscript. Specific things covered will be: Working on a manuscript from both the agent & author perspective; How nagging suspicions can improve your work; The give and take of the author/agent relationship; and more.

Focus: The Business of Writing, Category: MG, YA, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate 

D5 ~ A conversation with Sharon Creech

Spend an hour getting the insider details behind Sharon's wonderful and awarding winning novels.

D6 ~ The Posthumous Adventures of a Digital Painting with Carlyn Beccia (Pro-Track)

So you created a digital painting what? Do you weep like an abandoned baby when someone mentions printer profiles? Does color management make you break out in sweats? Have you ever been caught whining “but it didn’t look like that on screen?” Promising to be slightly less painful than a root canal, this session walks illustrators through the ins and outs of creating the most accurate color management system, printer profile, detecting out-of-gamut colors, which resolutions to use and when, and the proper way to convert from RGB to CMYK. Attendees will walk away with the secret tricks to get more accurate color, sharper prints, and keep their editors blissfully happy after the art is completed.

Focus: Illustration, Category: any, Audience: Int/Experienced (Pro-Track)

10:50 am -11:45 am (55 minutes)
From 9:50 to 11:45, you may choose one two-hour intensive (C1-C4) or two one-hour workshops (D1-D6 & E1-E5).

E1 ~ The Gender Dance: Picture Books That Challenge Stereotypes with Lesléa Newman

From THE STORY OF FERDINAND  to PRINCESS SMARTYPANTS, children's book writers have been challenging traditional gender stereotypes for decades. Lesléa Newman, author of HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES will discuss the importance of smashing stereotypes for young readers using classic examples including WILLIAM'S DOLL, OLIVER BUTTON IS A SISSY, 10,000 DRESSES and others.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

E2 ~ Crafting a 'Really Useful' Online Presence for Pre-published and Published Illustrators with Hazel Mitchell

In the burgeoning world of the internet it’s difficult for the fledgling illustrator to know where and when to start building a professional and coherent online presence. This workshop will address the significance of online visibility for the pre-published, how it can help build your career and the art of making it work for YOU. Subjects addressed will include: Why do I need to bother - I’m not published yet? Online portfolio and design; Blogging; Social networks (including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Youtube, Linked-In etc); Email newsletters; Connecting with your peer group and with the industry; Use of search engines.

Focus: Illustration, Marketing, Technology, Networking, Category: Technology, Audience: Beginner 

E3 ~ Time in the Novel with Linda Urban

How does the manipulation of time affect the story you have to tell?  Is your novel best told in present tense?  Past?  Future?  Should you use flashbacks?  Flash-forwards?  What to skip over?  What to extend?  In what ways do these choices shape your story for the reader?  How do they reflect (or reject) the way that contemporary kids and young adults experience time?  This session will combine lecture and hands-on workshop to investigate the ways that novelists can use elements of time in structure and narration.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Int/Experienced

E4 ~ Digital Painting for the Complete and Absolute Terrified Beginner with Carlyn Beccia

Does the thought of painting on the computer make you break out in hives? Does it take you more than 2 minutes to clean up your scans? Are you a traditional artist and simply want to touch up your work on the computer without raising your blood pressure? This session is for illustrators completely new to either Photoshop or Painter.

Focus: Illustration, Category: any, Audience: Beginner

E5 ~ Eye Candy: Creating a Compelling Piece of Sample art with Sarah Brannen

Every aspiring illustrator has the same initial goal: to create some eye-catching pieces of art that show off their skills and grab the interest of an art director and editor. Whether it be a postcard, a tear sheet or an image on a web site, a sample piece must be interesting and strong enough to keep a viewer looking for more. In this workshop, illustrators will learn how to make their art stand out, how to create a postcard that will end up on an art director’s bulletin board and not in the recycling bin. Learn a host of specific tips and see examples of how sample pieces differ from illustrations in published books, what works and what doesn’t.

Focus: Illustration, Category: PB, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

11:50 am - 12:45 pm Seated Lunch

12:50 pm - 1:45 pm Keynote Speaker Grace Lin

2:00 pm – 3:55 pm Intensive F and workshops  G & H
From 2:00 - 3:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (F1-F6) or two one-hour workshops (G1-G4 & H1-H4).

2:00 pm – 3:55 pm Intensive F (115 minutes)

F1 ~ Writing and Illustrating Graphic Novels for Children with Ed Briant

How do graphic novels work? What makes a graphic novel work for for young readers? How do you write the script for one if you can't draw? How do you interpret a written text if you are the illustrator? What kinds of settings and characters lend themselves to the graphic novel form? How does one panel relate to the next? Find out!

Focus: Writing, Illustration, Category: PB, MG, YA, Graphic Novels, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

F2 ~ The Art and Craft of Poetic Form with Leslie Bulion

What do writers of pithy epigrams, dexterous double-dactyls, and hilarious limericks have in common? They make words sing! Working within the framework of known poetic form helps tune a writer’s ear to the lush music of language, benefiting poetry and prose alike. Poetic form builds a strong foundation for poetry practice, and through internalization of the “rules” of poetic form a poet learns when and where the rules can be broken. In this intensive we will challenge ourselves to write poems in established forms, examining and sharing our efforts to discover the rhythms, rhymes, meters and techniques that enable us to write the most successful poetry. Participants will explore a variety of poetic forms, and will work from images and prompts to create richly imagined and finely tuned poems sure to entertain at their octogenarian uncle's next birthday roast.

Focus: Writing, Category: Poetry, Audience: Int/Experienced

F3 ~ Theme: the Soul of a Story with Chris Eboch 

If plot is the skeleton that provides structure, character the muscles that move the plot, and setting the skin that gives a uniform appearance, then theme is the soul that truly brings a story to life. But often writers don’t put as much energy into developing theme as they do with the more obvious elements of plot, characters and setting. The result can be a weak or obscure theme. In some cases, the reader may even get a completely different message from what the writer intended. You don’t want your message misunderstood. Learn to identify what you really want to say, and bring it out in writing.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Magazine, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate 

F4/M3 ~ Storyboarding Your Picturebook with Ruth Sandersen and Nicole Tadgell (part 1. You must sign up for part 2 (M3) on Sunday afternoon)

There are many ways to storyboard picture books. Explore the possibilities and see examples of illustrators' storyboards, and talk about all the elements of design involved. Bring drawing materials and paper to class. Blank storyboard templates will also be provided. Participants can bring a manuscript, or use a public domain one provided by the instructors, and will learn how to break a manuscript into pages for various picture book formats. Next, start work on creating storyboards, continuing work on them overnight and receive individual feedback on Sunday in Part 2 (M3).

Focus: Illustration, Category: PB, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

F5 ~ From Picasso to Pixels with Carlyn Beccia

From Picasso to Pixels will cover the art secrets of famous masters and apply them to digital art making. How did the Renaissance artists paint skin tones? What was John Singer Sargent’s secret for expressive brush strokes? How did Gauguin play with color and patterns? What was da Vinci’s secret in organizing his compositions? Why did Van Gogh use such a dramatic color palette? Learn about the first collage artists and why the digital medium makes combining elements more seamless. Learn the secret painting techniques of popular masters and apply them to the digital medium using Photoshop and Painter.

Focus: Illustration, Category: any, Audience: Intermediate

**CLOSED** F6 ~ Killer First Chapters with Nova Ren Suma (Pro-Track)

The first chapter of your novel can make or break you: The way you open your story will work to keep a reader (or agent, or editor!) feverishly turning your pages… or not. In this studio class, we will read all the first chapters ahead of time and discuss each student's opening pages. We will ask questions such as: Did you start at the true start of your story? Is there a stronger way to hook your reader? What does this opening make you want and expect from the story? We will focus on the hook of a brilliant first paragraph, pacing and when to reveal information, and how to close out your first chapter leaving the reader gasping for more. We will also experiment with a writing exercise for first paragraphs, to see how shifting and re-imagining the opening lines can reveal new and exciting possibilities. For YA and middle-grade writers with novels in-progress.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Int/Experienced (Pro-Track)

2:00 pm -2:55 pm (55 minutes)

From 2:00 to 3:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (F1-F6) or two one-hour workshops (G1-G4 & H1-H4).

G1 ~
First Look: Your Single Best Piece Critiqued
with Christina Rodriguez

Ever wonder what that art director thinks when your promotional postcard crosses their desk? Watch as an experienced panel of an art director, agent and illustrator share their first impressions of artwork submitted by conference attendees. All submissions are kept anonymous, so you can secretly take in compliments, constructive criticism, and how your single best piece stacks up against your peers'.

To be considered for the presentation, you must register for the workshop.
Send 1 (one) image to Christina Rodriguez at

  • Image format: jpg
  • Resolution: 150 dpi
  • Maximum image size: 1MB
  • No name can appear anywhere on the image
  • Deadline for all images: April 17, 2013

Focus: Illustration, Category: PB, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

G2 ~ Humor Cells with Kami Kinard

Editors and agents are always looking for funny books. Writing humor isn't easy, but there are techniques available to writers that make it easier for them to make readers laugh out loud. This workshop offers a look at these techniques and how they are employed by some of the most successful writers of humor for tweens and teens today. Full of witty examples, the workshop will be broken into four primary cells, each one focusing on an aspect of humor writing.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

**CLOSED** G3 ~ The Joy of Picture Booking: Key Ingredients for Successful Picture Books & Picture Book Apps with Emma Dryden

A presentation for picture book authors and illustrators who have an interest in paper-and-board  picture book publishing as well as children's book app publishing, I will discuss the differences between eBooks and apps, as well as aspects of traditional books and apps that are the same and many aspects that are different, all of which authors and illustrators need to consider as they explore the current marketplace. I will provide and discuss a list of 8 essential "ingredients" key to creating successful picture books in both text and art for the traditional market and for the app market. Part of my presentation will include the reading of first lines of picture books to illustrate my points and I will also have my iPad to show off a variety of children's book apps.

Focus: Writing, Illustration, Category: PB, Apps, Audience: Int/Experienced

G4 ~ The Art of the Outline with Elisabeth Papademetriou

Outlines are the writer’s best friend. They are the sketch before the painting, the rehearsal before the show, the miniature version of your whole novel that will keep you from wasting time on scenes, characters, and plotlines that aren’t working. They show you where you need to beef up conflict. They help you see your plot and subplot arcs clearly, so that you can keep the energy and pacing of your novel alive. Most important, outlines make the long slog through the first draft easier by reminding you of what you are trying to accomplish in each scene. Many writers avoid outlines because they fear that it will take the joy and spontaneity out of their work. You will learn that outlines are a terrific tool to guide your creative writing and keep you from getting lost in your story.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Intermediate

3:00 pm -3:55 pm (55 minutes)
From 2:00 - 3:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (F1-F6) or two one-hour workshops (G1-G4 & H1-H4).

H1 ~ A Day in the Life with Agents Lauren MacLeod and Brooks Sherman

Ever wondered what literary agents actually do all day? Or how exactly they got to be agents? Lauren MacLeod and Brooks Sherman will walk you through their path to agenting as well as a day in the life. Writers will learn how exactly agents wade through the slush pile, where they find clients, how they decide which projects to take on, what agents and editors talk about at lunch, how manuscripts are prepped for submission, and what exactly takes place during that all important contract negotiation.

Focus: Networking, Publishing, Category: MG, YA, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

H2 ~ Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition: A Picture Book Writer’s Three Rs with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

What a crime to write in rhyme! I fear I do it all the time. Though it seems like a cardinal rule - don’t write in rhyme - it doesn’t have to be the kiss of death to your manuscript. In this workshop, we will go over techniques to perfect your rhyming manuscript. Please bring copies of your rhyming manuscript; we will select a few at random to evaluate as a group.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, Audience: Beg/Int/Experienced

**CLOSED** H3 ~ Independent Editors & New Models for Publishing Our Stories with Emma Dryden

For any authors interested in going the self-publishing route, learn about the pitfalls and considerations authors must keep in mind if they proceed on this route. The emphasis is neither for nor against self-publishing, focusing on the information so people can make informed decisions and recognize that there are ways to self-publish properly; publishing a book in any format and on any platform is always an expression of an author's professionalism as well as their craft, so it must be done with forethought and care, and the right sort of investment. Explore the options authors have to work with freelance editors, designers, and marketers, and learn about different self-publishing platforms, such as CreateSpace and BookBaby.

Focus: Writing, Self-Publishing, Indy Publishing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Poetry, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

H4 ~ The Power of Point of View with Linda Urban

Which point of view is the best one for your novel?  Would first person narration offer a too limited view of the world you're creating?  Does third person seem to drain the life from your main character? Would it be best to shift point-of-view between characters?  Is an omniscient point-of-view too old fashioned? In this workshop, we'll examine the pros and cons of our point-of-view choices and explore the impact of each on character, theme, structure, and plot.  Come prepared to complete a few short writing exercises.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Intermediate

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Conference Closing and Door Prizes

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm Book Signing with Conference Faculty

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Portfolio Showcase Open

5:45 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner on your own

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Panel - Discussion: Revising a Career: Timing, Trust & Teamwork with Brenda Reeves Sturgis, Karen Grenick, and Emma Dryden

As revision is a critical step in the process of evaluating and recharging a manuscript, so too is revision a critical step in the process of evaluating and recharging a career. With an industry currently in flux, many authors are questioning what they thought they knew, struggling to stay focused and positive, and feeling stranded. A picture book author, an editorial & publishing consultant, and an agent have a lively, positive discussion about the ways in which they came to work together to help that author regain the confidence and clarity needed to reinvent herself and her career after she found herself with a published book, no agent, and no clear way forward. The panelists will talk about what it takes to reinvent oneself, the importance of establishing trust, and the fact that no one need revise a career alone. 

8:45 pm - 10:00 pm Evening Activities

Saturday evening activities include Open Mic readings, Genre Meet-Ups with Genre Specialists for attendees interested in meeting and networking with other SCBWI members within their genre, a Wine & Cheese Mingle, and the final evening of the Scavenger Hunt.

Sunday Conference Events and Workshops, May 5, 2013

7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

7:30 am - 8:45 am Conference Registration Open

8:30 am - 3:00 pm Conference Bookstore Open

8:45 am - 9:40 am Panel - Discussion: SCULPTING STORIES FROM FACT: Four Writers of Historical Fiction Share Strategies with Jeannine Atkins, Pat Lowery Collins, Sarah Lamstein, and Padma Venkatraman

In 2012, the Newbery Medal and Honor Books went to historical fiction, suggesting the genre may be on its way to a renaissance. Four writers will talk about their processes researching and writing acclaimed historical fiction for young people. They’ll explore questions including: How does the historical context affect characterization, tone, language, and plot?  What are useful ways to determine what information will weigh down the narrative, and what lets it take flight? How does the past illumine present day issues, and how does the present color written depictions of the past?  What responsibilities do writers have to honestly depict behaviors and attitudes that may offend contemporary sensibilities? Participants will learn ways to determine what should be accurate in historical fiction and what can be imagined.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Int/Experienced

NOTE: Pro-Track options are for published authors and/or illustrators

9:50 am - 11:55 am Intensive I and workshops J & K
From 9:50 to 11:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (I1-I4) or two one-hour workshops (J1-J7 & K1-K6).

9:50 am -11:55 am (125 minutes)

~ Bringing Nonfiction to Life with Catherine Reef

Good nonfiction writers draw readers in and hold their attention, making them eager to turn the page. This workshop will explore the creation of high-quality nonfiction that children want to read. Participants will consider such aspects of craft as writing compelling opening paragraphs; developing a style that is clear and vivid and avoids talking down to readers; mastering the nitty-gritty of word choice and sentence structure; conducting research, with an emphasis on the value of primary sources; and choosing illustrations that complement the text. Craft in nonfiction is more important than ever today, with so much information available on the Internet. The value of nonfiction books rests in their literary quality, reliable content, and age appropriateness.

Focus: Writing, Category: Nonfiction, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

~ The REAL Heroes' Journey: Narrative Arc in Nonfiction with Cynthia Levinson

During this session, the elements of Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey" will be explored. Participants follow the journey's steps on a map of a fictionalized myth, then match these key steps with the outline of and portions of text from "We've Got a Job," a narrative nonfiction book on heroic children in Birmingham, Alabama. Finally, in small groups, participants will discuss their own nonfiction projects and map their subject's trajectory along the hero's journey.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Nonfiction, Audience: Intermediate

~ Drawing on Memory with Hazel Mitchell

This hands-on intensive workshop for illustrators will explore reconnecting with childhood memories and emotions. We will explore how this can lend depth and understanding to characters and situations when working on practical projects. Through a series of sketching exercises, attendees will ‘draw on their memory’. They’ll explore long forgotten incidents and learning how to ‘remember’ using various ‘memory cues’ and visualization.

Focus: Illustration, Category: Illustration, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

I4/M4 ~ Advanced Plotting with Chris Eboch (Pro-Track) This is a 3 hour Workshop and must be selected if you select M4

Many books and workshops teach the basics of plotting: conflict, complications, climax. Now learn advanced techniques that will make a decent plot dynamic. You’ll learn how to pack the plot full by complicating your complications; control your pacing through sentence and paragraph length; and use cliffhanger chapter endings, even in quiet scenes. Bring a work in progress and apply the techniques as you learn them.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Chapter Books, Audience: Int/Experienced  (Pro-Track)

9:50 am -10:45 am (55 minutes)
From 9:50 to 11:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (I1-I4) or two one-hour workshops (J1-J7 & K1-K6).

**CLOSED** J1 ~ 25 Tips to Help You Finish Your Novel with Karen Day

Have you ever started a novel but can’t finish it? Do you often begin with a bang but lose your way? Do you sometimes forget who your main character is? If so, don’t despair. You aren’t alone! In this workshop, Karen Day will take you through strategies she uses when trying to complete a rough draft. These include how to think about your writing in new and different ways as well as hands-on exercises that you’ll be able to take home and apply to your own drafts.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, Audience: Intermediate

J2 ~ Writing Outside of Your Cultural Box: Creating Multicultural Characters Outside of Your Culture with Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Readers of all ages want to connect with the characters they read about in books. Fifty percent of children in the US come from a minority culture, yet stories with multicultural protagonists make up only 10% of all children’s books. So what happens when you have a story idea starring a character from another culture? Should you write such a story? Yes! This workshop will explore paths to researching other cultures and strategies for ensuring that the cultural details in your story ring true.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Audience: Beg/Int/Experienced

J3 ~ Facebook Strategies for Authors with Michelle Fontaine

Facebook is by far the most pervasive social network platform and should be a significant portion of your on-line promotion strategy. You will learn; how to use Facebook to funnel people to your website landing page and what they should find so they take the ultimate step of purchasing your book; how to engage and build your fan base; how to promote opt-in lists, webinars and other strategies through custom Facebook applications.

Focus: Marketing, Category: Marketing, Audience: Int/Experienced

J4 ~ Whodunnit? (And how to do it...when it comes to writing mysteries for young readers!) with Kate Messner

In this hands-on writing workshop, you'll learn to think like a detective (and like a mastermind criminal!) to develop an idea and begin planning a mystery for young readers. You'll learn the essential pieces of the puzzle when it comes to mystery writing; brainstorm crimes, suspects, red herrings, and more; and develop characters for your own mystery.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, Chapter Books, Audience: Intermediate

**CLOSED** J5 Writing for Boys (Whether You've Been One or Not) with Greg Fishbone

What do boys like? What will boys read? Can you have a “boy book” that also appeals to girls? These are some of the questions we’ll explore in a workshop covering the formats (including illustrated and graphic novels), genres (including sports and speculative fiction), and style (including humor and action) that will especially appeal to boys, as well as some pitfalls in creating believable boy characters.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Graphic Novels, Chapter Books, Audience: Int/Experienced

J6 ~ WordPress, The art of your website: creating a unique and professional reflection of the author with Natasha Sass

Natasha Sass, who writes Middle Grade under the pen name Ansha Kotyk, will assist authors in creating a website that genuinely reflects the author's brand through use of recent updates to the WordPress platform. Subjects covered will be geared toward the intermediate user of WordPress with emphasis on tips and tricks, including basics in HTML code to create a unique and professional looking website.  Handouts will provide links to quick-use guides and additional WP information.

Focus: The Business of Writing, Technology, Category: all authors, Audience: Intermediate

J7 ~ Extending the Life: How to Buy & Sell Your Remainder Out-of-Print Books with Melanie Hope Greenberg (Pro-Track)

Sad but true, even the best of books go out of print (OP). Authors and illustrators hand-selling their out-of-print books can extend the life of their books and careers, as well as earn a profit while expanding the connection to their reading audience and those that help them reach the book buying public. This workshop will offer authors and illustrators the tools to hold onto their hard worked efforts, intellectual property, and keep the book jobbers at bay. Learn how to purchase remainder out of print books and ways to storage them. Learn how to strategize the sale of the books, how to approach book selling professionals as potential vendors, how to sell the books online, how to sell books at visits and other author or illustrator events, ways to use the books for publicity, how to organize publicity to market the books, sales data and paperwork, plus more.

Focus: Marketing, Networking, Category: PB, Audience: Experienced (Pro-Track)

11:00 am - 11:55 am (55 minutes)
From 9:50 to 11:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (I1-I4) or two one-hour workshops (J1-J7 & K1-K6).

K1 ~ Tapestry: The Multi-Layered Picture Book Process Made Easy with Melanie Hope Greenberg

What is an author-illustrator’s intention behind each scene? Discover the rich tapestry of written and visual metaphors that give structure to a realized picture book. This visual presentation unravels the tapestry to display structured formulas and how to build the story framework.  Picture book process is broken down.  Workshop students will learn about mapping, storyboards, sequencing, pace, design, layouts, color palettes, and how to keep continuity. They will learn about research, develop a thematic back story into final text, develop characters, create a narrative arc,  the revision process, and refined sketches and dummies to final art. Power Point with Handouts.

Focus: Writing, Illustration, Category: PB, Audience: Int/Experienced

K2 ~ Getting Started in Work for Hire Writing with Marcia Amidon Lusted

Work for hire writing, which often gets a bad reputation, is actually one of the best ways to build and maintain an actual paying writing career. This workshop will address the nuts and bolts of WFH: what it is, what publishers hire writers for this kind of writing, how to create a submission packet, and what the realities of this kind of writing are.

Focus: Writing, Publishing, Category: Nonfiction, Audience: Intermediate

K3 ~ 7 Animation Concepts Every Illustrator Should Steal with Gaia Cornwall

“Animation” sometimes gets a bad rap in the world of kid lit, but this workshop will explore 7 commonly-employed animation concepts that every illustrator should steal to improve their work! We’ll examine each one with a mix of lecture - with visual examples from both the animation and illustration worlds - and hands-on activities demonstrating each technique. Bring your drawing supplies and a mirror!

Focus: Illustration, Category: PB, MG, YA, Magazine, Graphic Novels, Chapter Books, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

**CLOSED** K4 ~ All About the Blogs: Everything You Need to Know About Reaching and Working with Influential Book Bloggers with Kellie Celia

As book marketing becomes more and more digitized, blog promotion is one of the most efficient and low-cost ways to get the word out about your book. In this workshop, you will learn all the traditional and not-so-traditional ways to work with influential book bloggers to promote your upcoming or currently published title(s). Participants will leave the presentation with a strong understanding of how to target and pitch bloggers, how to set up and execute their own blog tours, and how to work synergistically with bloggers on blog hops and online events. An extensive set of resources detailing blog networks, lists of influential bloggers, and more will be provided to all presentation attendees. As part of the workshop, Participants will also have a chance to chat with one of today's most sought after children's book bloggers via Skype or phone.

Focus: Marketing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Chapter Books, Audience: Int/Experienced

K5 ~ Book Touring Off the Beaten Path with Diana Renn and Hilary Weisman Graham (Pro-Track)

Bookstores are logical places for authors to promote new books. Yet scheduling store events can be difficult for authors of MG and YA fiction. And the dream of connecting with readers can fade when tweens and teens don't show up at the stores. Where else can authors connect with readers? Two YA authors will share their experiences of book touring off the beaten path. Diana Renn has presented at unconventional venues, including art galleries, gift shops, private parties, a youth hostel, and dentists' waiting rooms. Hilary Graham created a fictional boy band from her novel; she produced a documentary about them and recorded two songs. She then partnered with librarians and sent the band, and the book, on a twelve-library tour from Boston to Austin. The two authors will discuss their lessons from the road, guide participants through an exercise to identify potential venues, and answer questions.

Focus: Marketing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Experienced (Pro-Track)

K6 Creating Curriculum Guides with Natalie Dias Lorenzi (Pro-Track)

With No Child Left Behind, teachers don’t have much freedom to add to the curriculum—stakes are high for students to pass the state tests each year. It used to be that teachers “taught books,” usually the classics. Now the emphasis is on teaching certain skills, and books are vehicles for teaching those skills. If a teacher needs a lesson on conflict or characterization or metaphor, there are countless books that can deliver. You want it to be yours. How can you do that? By providing a free, downloadable guide that teachers can use with their students. This workshop will explain what teachers are looking for in a curriculum guide, how you can create your own, and how to get your book and guide into classrooms.

Focus: School Author Visits, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Chapter Books, Audience: Experienced (Pro-Track)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:55 pm Intensive L and workshops  M & N
From 1:00 to 2:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (L1-L5) or two one-hour workshops (M1-M3 & N1-N2).

1:00 pm - 2:55 pm (115 minutes)

L1 ~ Crafting the Child Detective with Diana Renn 

Young sleuths have come a long way since Nancy Drew. Mysteries for teens and tweens today offer new possibilities for adventure and danger. Yet young sleuths face unique challenges - a lack of resources, time constraints, cash flow problems, and spotty transportation, to name a few. The crimes they deal with can be tricky too. How close should kid detectives get to criminals and crime scenes? To gain an understanding of the possibilities and challenges in this genre, we will analyze brief selections from current MG and YA mystery novels. What gives sleuths kid appeal? What are their crime-solving skills and obstacles? How can age-related challenges become assets? What are sleuths' motivations? Attendees will then complete a series of guided writing exercises. They will generate a character sketch of a teen or tween sleuth and a list of crimes this sleuth might encounter.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Beginner

L2 ~ Place as Character with Nova Ren Suma

A strong sense of place in your YA or middle-grade novel can work to bring your novel to vivid life. This intensive will feature examples of memorable settings in published YA and middle-grade books as points of inspiration and reveal how the story for my own novel, IMAGINARY GIRLS, came from the real-life place where it was set. This workshop will also feature hands-on writing exercises and prompts to strengthen the place of your story and lead you to experiment with building setting description into scenes that can be seen and heard and felt with all the senses—setting that works in perfect balance against dialogue and action. Setting can be a strength even in contemporary realistic novels set in everyday places such as high schools and cities and towns we know. This intensive will inspire you to treat your setting with as much care and attention as your central characters.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Intermediate

L3 ~ Why Every Writer Needs to Be Creating Video: And Why It's Much Easier Than You Think! with Katie Davis

Perception: videos are hard to make. Reality: they are simple and you don’t have to be a techie!
Perception: videos are expensive. Reality: they can be, but they don’t have to be!Perception: YouTube is for kids. Reality: the demographics are 1…. And since it’s It’s the 2nd biggest search engine, you really do want to be on that social network. (Yes, it is a social network!) This session will teach you how you can create all kinds of videos, beyond just the narrow scope of what we've come to think of as book trailers. You’ll learn how to use video to get the word out on your book, expand your platform, and reach people who may not otherwise have heard of you and your books. You will receive access to a FREE eBook on how to CRUSH it with YouTube! And a huge discount on Katie's extensive course Video Idiot Boot Camp.

Focus: Marketing, Technology, Networking, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Magazine, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Chapter Books, Audience: Int/Experienced

L4 ~ School and Library Outreach and Events for the First Time Author with Kellie Celia

Have you ever asked yourself: How do I get my book in front of influential teachers and librarians? What does setting up a school visit entail? How do school visits translate into book sales? A vital part of any publishing plan involves outreach to schools and libraries, but many newly published authors aren't sure where to start. In this workshop, learn where and how to connect with educators as well as how to execute your own successful and lucrative school and library events. We'll also talk about in person vs. virtual events and how to work with independent booksellers to incorporate book sales into your event. Links and resource sheets with be provided as will examples of successful school/library events. Participants will also hear from an experienced school librarian (via Skype or phone) about what she believes makes a successful school visit. Come with questions!

Focus: Marketing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Chapter Books, Audience: Int/Experienced

L5 ~ What SHE Said: How to Create a Distinct Voice for Your Characters with AC Gaughen and Hilary Weisman Graham

As writers, we know the value of show don’t tell—but the most extreme and often overlooked part of this is word choice. The diction and cadence of a character’s voice tell more about their experience and point of view than a thousand words could cover, and this is one of the finest points of craft. This intensive will give you examples of voice differentiation before discussing the concept and work shopping your own writing in groups.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Int/Experienced

1:00 pm -1:55 pm (55 minutes)
From 1:00 to 2:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (L1-L5) or two one-hour workshops (M1-M4 & N1-N2).

M1 ~ The Craft of Early Readers with Dana Rau

The words “I can read!” are music to the ears of parents and teachers as a child conquers a book on their own. Early reader authors have a tremendous responsibility to create friendly and accessible books to give children reading success. Authors often have to work within the publisher’s strict guidelines of word count, sentence length, and vocabulary for an early reader program. But an author can still develop voice and story within these limits. Using the fewest words means using the best words. Since every word plays such a significant role, early readers can be some of the hardest, but most satisfying, books to write. Using examples of popular early readers, Geisel award winners, and my own work, we will discuss how authors can craft early reader books that not only appeal to a child’s sensibilities, but can also be used as instructional reading tools.

Focus: Writing, Category: Early Readers, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

M2 ~ The Lucrative Writing Life: Innovative Sources of Income for Authors with Sarah Albee

Congratulations! You’re a published writer! If your book has zoomed onto the bestseller lists and you sit around lighting expensive cigars with your royalty checks, read no further. But if you’re like many midlist authors with bills to pay, you may be looking for ways to supplement your writing income. In this guided group discussion, we’ll share strategies for generating freelance income in diverse and varied fields like mass market, school and library publishing, licensed character writing, novelty titles, curriculum materials, PR writing, and teacher's guides. We’ll hear about strategies from successful authors who earn extra income from teaching, freelance editing, journalism, reviewing, and school visits. Diversifying your sources of income not only helps to pay the mortgage (or support a latte habit), but the work can also be an enormous source of satisfaction, and an important part of an author’s “platform.”

Focus: The Business of Writing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Nonfiction, Magazine, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Chapter Books, Audience: Experienced

M3/F4 <~ Storyboarding Your Picturebook, Part II with Ruth Sandersen and Nicole Tadgell (part 2 . You must sign up for part 1 (F4) on Saturday afternoon)

There are many ways to storyboard picture books. Explore the possibilities with award-winning artists Nicole Tadgell and Ruth Sanderson, who will show examples of their own and other illustrators' storyboards, and talk about all the elements of design involved. Bring drawing materials and paper to class. Blank storyboard templates will also be provided. Students can bring a manuscript, or use a public domain one provided by the instructors, and will learn how to break a manuscript into pages for various picture book formats. Participants will start work on creating their own storyboards, continuing work on them overnight if they wish, and will receive individual feedback. Participants must sign up for part one on Saturday afternoon (F4).

Focus: Illustration, Category: PB, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

M4/I4 ~ Advanced Plotting with Chris Eboch (Pro-Track)

This is a 3 hour Workshop and must be selected if you select I4 Many books and workshops teach the basics of plotting: conflict, complications, climax. Now learn advanced techniques that will make a decent plot dynamic. You’ll learn how to pack the plot full by complicating your complications; control your pacing through sentence and paragraph length; and use cliffhanger chapter endings, even in quiet scenes. Bring a work in progress and apply the techniques as you learn them.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Chapter Books, Audience: Int/Experienced  (Pro-Track) 

2:00 pm -2:55 pm (55 minutes)

From 1:00 to 2:55, you may choose one two-hour intensive (L1-L5) or two one-hour workshops (M1-M4 & N1-N2).

N1 ~ Find-a-Fit: Researching Agents in Order to Find the Right Match for You with Lynda Mullaly Hunt

In this industry, how often are writers told to “research agents and editors in order to find a good match.” What does this mean exactly? What information is important to know? How do you research agents and editors? Where do you find this information? And, once you find it, how do you organize it? Lastly, what do you need to convey as a writing professional when you approach agents for representation? In this workshop, we will go through a step-by-step process of researching agents. What information you need, where to find it and how to organize it. Finally, how do you use that info to make a good impression. Handouts with a list of on-line resources will be discussed and distributed so that writers can easily apply what they’ve learned at home.

Focus: Writing, Category: PB, MG, YA, Chapter Books: Int/Experienced 

N2 ~ The Yin and Yang of Character Development with Kami Kinard

Light cannot exist without darkness, and darkness cannot exist without light. When we strive to create fully rounded, believable characters, we need to remember this! Writers often have a difficult time giving their main characters flaws. Likewise, they are reluctant to give their villains redeeming qualities. But balancing the good and bad qualities in all characters makes them easier for readers to identify with. Participants will learn techniques to show the humane sides of the worst antagonists, making them more believable. They will also learn techniques for adding character flaws to their main characters, and how to use those flaws to help reach the turning point of the novel. Attendees will be given handouts with hands-on guidelines on how to structure character creation.

Focus: Business, Category: All, Audience: Beg/Intermediate

N3 ~ Q&A with Jennifer Laughran

Get the scoop straight from the agent’s mouth. Jennifer Laughran takes your questions about what hooks her in this market, the state of the publishing industry, or anything else you care to know about her life as a top children’s book agent.

Area of Focus: Publishing, Category: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Chapter Books,
Audience: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Closing Ceremony

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Book Signing


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    Conference cancellations before March 15, 2013 will be refunded in full. After March 15, 2013, refunds will only be given when proof is furnished to support military service or a death in the family.

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