Ready to jump into your work head first in a small group of dedicated writers or illustrators? This year, the New England SCBWI conference will offer small, intensive academies for authors and illustrators at the 2012 Spring Conference from Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 in Springfield, MA. There is no additional cost to participate in an academy.
Each academy will be limited to a small group of 24. In order to participate, you must have a completed manuscript or a portfolio of artwork that you are ready to workshop, and you must register for ALL THREE days of the conference (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). You must also be willing and able to submit materials and complete assignments in the months leading up to the conference.
ACA1 Nonfiction Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Melissa Stewart
This academy is open to writers with a completed, well thought-out draft (either a nonfiction picture book or a full manuscript of a nonfiction book for older readers) ready to be critiqued and revised. A month prior to the conference, each attendee will be paired with two others. Your small group will read and critique each other's work ahead of time and come ready to give and receive meaningful and detailed feedback during the Introduction session.
Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Tanya Lee Stone, Elizabeth Partridge, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Nonfiction authors Tanya Lee Stone, Betsy Partridge, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti will each offer lectures, workshops, and discussion designed to help attendees discover what is most important to their nonfiction story and revise accordingly, both during the academy's time together and after the conference. Your completed manuscript must be received by March 10th and not exceed 125 pages, 12 pt type, double spaced.
ACA2 Novel Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Sarah Aronson, Tami Lewis Brown, and Noa Wheeler
Following a short lecture to inspire and motivate you, novelists will meet in their assigned critique groups. Working with a mentor, each group will discuss the strengths of each novel and offer suggestions for revision. Mentors include Author Tami Lewis Brown and Editor Noa Wheeler of Henry Holt.
Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Sarah Aronson, Carolyn Coman, and Nancy Werlin
Writers Carolyn Coman, Nancy Werlin, and Sarah Aronson will offer lectures, activities, and discussion all devoted to helping you get to the heart of your characters and stories.
Because we learn so much by reading like a writer, you will be expected to read and critique two works in progress the month before the conference. Your completed draft must be received by March 10. We request that novels be no longer than 250 pages, 12pt font, double spaced.
ACA3 Picture Book Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Anne Broyles, Sarah Lamstein, and Laya Steinberg
Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Anne Broyles, Sarah Lamstein, and Laya Steinberg
Are you ready to revise a picture book manuscript? This hands-on Academy
offers leader presentations on picture book craft (narrative arc,
characterization, voice and more), small group interaction and individual
critiques. As you work throughout the Academy to improve your work,
leaders will be available for support. Completed manuscripts of less than
1,500 words must be received by March 1 and participants will read three
other writers’ manuscripts ahead of time.
ACA4 Advanced Illustrator Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Dan Yaccarino, Kristin Sorra, and Martha Rago
Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Dan Yaccarino, Kristin Sorra, and Martha Rago
Every picture book needs strong consistently drawn characters. This illustration intensive will take you through tricks and pointers from some of the best illustrators in the business. Including and not limited to how to make your characters successful, through originality, consistency, and strength. Professional Illustrators Dan Yaccarino and Kristin Sorra along with Associate Creative Director Martha Rago (Harper Collins) will lead the group of 24 illustrators. The program will take place for one Session Friday evening and entirety of the Conference schedule for Sunday. There will be an assignment for the attendees.
ACA5 Beginner Illustrator Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Anne Sibley O’Brien, Brian Lies, and Carol Goldenberg
Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Anne Sibley O’Brien, Brian Lies, and Carol Goldenberg
Every picture book needs strong consistently drawn characters. This illustration intensive will take you through tricks and pointers from some of the best illustrators in the business. Including and not limited to how to make your characters successful, through originality, consistency, and strength. Professional Illustrators Anne Sibley O’Brien and Brian Lies along with Art Director Carol Goldenberg (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) will lead the group of 24 illustrators. The program will take place for one Session Friday evening and entirety of the Conference schedule for Sunday. There will be an assignment for the attendees to complete in advance of the conference.
Manuscript critiques are fifteen minutes of one-on-one time with an editor or agent who will offer feedback on your work. Critiques are available for illustrator portfolios, picture book, middle grade, and YA manuscripts, nonfiction of all lengths, poetry, and magazine stories.
Cost: $45 for SCBWI members, $50 for non-members.
In order to participate, you must register for BOTH Friday and Saturday of the conference. Critique spots are limited, and submitting materials and payment for critique does not guarantee you a critique. Slots will be filled in the order that complete critique submission materials are received in the mail. Please submit your Critique materials within three days of registering for the conference. No submissions or cancellations will be accepted after March 1, 2012.
Agent Quick Query registration is closed as of March 1, 2012
Have you been trying to catch an agent's eye? Are you tired of waiting by the phone? Join us for the Agent Quick Queries event. Get written feedback and a 10-minute critique of your Agent Query Letter for your COMPLETED Middle Grade or Young Adult manuscript. These sessions are designed to be educational (real live agents speak to you), face-to-face (no desperate phone calls), and best of all, one-on-one.
Agent Quick Queries will be available Friday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm and Saturday 9:50 am - 11:40 am. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. In order to participate, you must register for both Friday and Saturday of the conference. Due to the complexity of the scheduling process, you must be able to commit to arriving at the conference by 2:00 pm on Friday, April 20th.
Show off your art for the chance to win great prizes in the 2012 Poster Contest. The contest is open to all illustrators, and prizes will be awarded in the published, unpublished, and people's choice categories. We're excited to announce that famous illustrators Harry Bliss and Dan Yaccarino will be judging this year's contest.
Prizes include the Michelson gallery award for Best in Show as well as gift certificates for art supplies and promotional materials. In order to be considered for a prize, your work must meet the qualifications below.
Entry fee: $25
The challenge: A Whole New World
How do you go about building an entire world in just one image? How do you use illustration to "keep it real" ? Explore a new world in your poster.
Register and pay online starting January 23rd!
Do you have a book idea or illustration portfolio to present but are not sure if it is marketable, who to target it at, and how? Or perhaps your lovingly finessed and revised manuscript still hasn't found its perfect agent or editor match? We are excited to announce the addition of Submissions Strategy Consultations as part of our schedule for 2012.
Cost: $45 for SCBWI members, $50 for non-members.
Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. In order to participate, you must register for BOTH Friday and Saturday of the conference. You must send in your submission packet postmarked within three days of registering, so start preparing your submission materials now!
Lionel Bender will meet with individual authors and illustrators - published and unpublished - looking to determine the viability of their idea or portfolio and to select efficiently and effectively those publishers or agents who might be interested in their work. Lionel will focus on how authors and/or illustrators should go about determining their target publishers (or agents). Lionel will be meeting with people who have not started the submissions process.
Harold Underdown will meet one-on-one with experienced published and pre-published authors interested in creating a targeted submission plan or proposal (for agent and/or editor submissions). Query letters, sample materials, and submission plans will be discussed. Harold will meet with people who have already started the submissions process.
A team of social media "wits" are ready to answer your burning questions about marketing on the "net." We have knowledge to share and have experienced success in areas you want to be successful. In order to participate, you must register for BOTH Friday and Saturday of the conference.
What Can I Ask?
Katie Davis - Author/illustrator of nine books for children, host of #1 podcast in iTunes in Children's Publishing, and author of How to Promote Your Children's Book: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Create a Bestseller. Her website is katiedavis.com.
Kate Messner - Award-winning author, former journalist and middle school English teacher, and 2012 TED speaker. She's Skyped with more than a thousand kids in classrooms from Chicago to Bangkok and maintains a popular online list of authors who Skype with classes and book clubs. Her website is www.katemessner.com.
Greg Fishbone - Author of the Galaxy Games middle-grade series from the Tu Books imprint of Lee & Low Books, longtime New England SCBWI webmaster and technology advisor, and founder of the Class of 2k7 debut author group and subsequent 2k Class cooperative marketing groups. His website is www.gfishbone.com.
By popular demand, the New England SCBWI is thrilled to announce The Portfolio Showcase, a new feature for Illustrators.
On Friday night from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm the Portfolio showcase will be open for our specially invited art directors, editors and agents from children’s publishing, as well as volunteers. Then on Saturday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm the Portfolio showcase will be open to all Conference faculty, volunteers, and attendees. 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.
It is free to participate, but you must register for Friday and Saturday of the conference. Space is limited will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Portfolio Exhibition Guidelines
Please read through all requirements carefully.
What to exhibit: Portfolio, Promotional Postcards, Book Dummy (optional), Feedback Cards (optional)
Register online starting January 23rd!