4th Annual Spring Conference in Sioux Falls, SD

March 22, 2010 at 10:47 am | Posted in scbwi, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

printable poster:

What a lineup we have for the spring conference! More details found on website:


Fall 2009 SCBWI Conference at UND (with a side of turkey)

October 15, 2009 at 11:12 am | Posted in scbwi, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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A few highlights from last weekend:
Shown above left to right: Molly O’ Neill, Laurie Knowlton, Andrew Karre, Janet Spaeth
2009 SCBWI Conference at UND

Laurie Knowlton If ever I met someone who lives in and makes the most of every moment, it is Laurie. She fed our minds and tickled our funny bones with her presentation The Bones of Your Story. She taught about story structure and we know she lives by her words…For example, if you give a mouse this author a cookie, she will want to eat it like this:

c is for cookie

c is for cookie...Laurie Knowlton and Yvette LaPierre

Molly O’ Neill
Molly gave a fabulous, well-prepared presentation titled What Makes Editors Fall in Love? She had us at “hello” and brought the message full circle with clarity, heart, wisdom, and perfect examples.

At dinner, she entertained us with a true story about a turkey. Yes, a turkey. Real. Frozen. Ready for adventure, turkey. Those of us privy to this kind of inside information, now know why it is imperative to wrap frozen turkeys thoroughly before transporting them via the NYC subway system.

Andrew Karre
Andrew is a walking source of information. Among other things, he shared with us Ways to Survive the Social Networking without Losing Your Shirt. He is the editorial director at Carolrhoda Books, and is particularly passionate about YA. His wealth of knowledge and wit paired with his ability to prioritize and to know what he likes are a perfect combination.

We look forward to many more exciting books from the hearts and minds of Molly, Andrew, and Laurie!

SCBWI Dakotas upcoming conference

September 29, 2009 at 11:52 am | Posted in scbwi | 4 Comments

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time...

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SCBWI Illustrator News

September 29, 2009 at 10:36 am | Posted in scbwi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I just got this email:
Just this evening (French time) received a surprise email from the SCBWI Romania RA, Alina Darian.
She has a last minute opportunity for published SCBWI illustrators.
She has just found a digital printer in Bucarest Romania who will print out work for an exhibition THIS Sunday.
We are assured the print quality will be good.
Alina apologizes for being so last minute, but it’s an interesting opportunity if you happen to have a digitized illustration that fits with the exhibition theme. o You are welcome to contactl PAL illustrators in your regions about this.
Details below.
Published illustrators are invited to submit by email Alina with a low resolution THUMBNAIL of a published illustration.
Alina’s email is : alinadarian@gmail.com
There is limited room so the first come, first selected illustrators will then be asked to send a higher resolution picture as specified below.
DEADLINE – THIS THURSDAY OCTOBER 1Any queries should be addressed directly to alinadarian@gmail.com

I’d be interested to know on Illia how many respond at this late date!
Good luck!
International Illustrator Liaison

Period: 4th -15th October 2009

Location: Carturesti Bookstore (No 13 Arthur Verona Street, Bucharest, Romania)

Organizer: SCBWI Romania

Partners: Carturesti Book Stores, Mons Medius

Exhibition’s ThemeOne of the most appreciated themes in children literature all around the world is The Journey – Traveling to far-away places, exotic ones (North Pole, Asia, Africa), space travel, Imaginary Travel (The Other Lands, Dwarfs World, Ice Queen Palace)


Open to published SCBWI members worldwide.Each illustrator can participate with one illustration.

To submit, please first send a low resolution thumbnail to alinadarian@gmail.com
of the illustration you propose with the title, and book in which it was pubished.

The final illustrations should be sent as jpg, CMYK or RGB, dimensions 70 x 100 cm or 100 x 70 cm, at 100 dpi resolution.
They will be printed on matte paper and fixed on foam billboards.

What does SCBWI represent in Romania?

SCBWI is represented in Romania since March 2008 and among its objectives is to offer the authors and the illustrators of children’s books the perfect setting for a good work and cooperation environment, several annual project presentations and international workshops. Another objective is to present the children’s illustrated books situation around the world by organizing exhibitions for children, their parents and teachers.

Until present time, SCBWI Romania means:- participation at the International Children’s Book Fair and SCBWI Conference in Bologna, April 2008- an exhibition of foreign illustration for children’s books at GAUDEAMUS – November 2008 ( inauguration of SCBWI Romania)
– a workshop with the author and illustrator Doug Cushman – February 2009- a Show and Tell workshops at Carturesti with interested professionals in June 2009- the intention to have an annual SCBWI Exhibition.
Every fall, SCBWI Romania intends to organize an international exhibition of illustration for children’s books. The public can get a feel of the work of original authors, unpublished in Romania, with different styles, varying from watercolor and gouache up to graphics and collage work.

What is “Carturesti”?- Carturesti represents a chain of cultural stores in which one can find books, tea, music, art exhibitions and very often one can meet some of their favorite artists and authors.- Since the first library opened in Bucharest, Carturesti has become one of the biggest engines that grow the Romanian cultural market, offering alternative ways to present books.
Exhibition Details-
Estimate number of visitors – from 2000 to 3000 persons
– The possibility to include the exhibition in the Gaudeamus Book Fair (end of November)
– Very good coverage in national press

SCBWI 2009 Summer Conference L.A.

May 12, 2009 at 7:27 am | Posted in scbwi | 3 Comments
L.A. Conference 2009

L.A. Conference 2009

Counting my pennies for this. If I don’t get to go this year, then I might cry…but then will shoot for next year! I have been to many regional SCBWI conferences, but have not attended a national one yet. Look at the faculty line-up for L.A. August 7-10:

Sherman Alexie, Jon P. Fine, Arianne Lewin, Jennifer Rofé,
Jim Averbeck, Barbara Fisch, Wendy Loggia, Susan Goldman Rubin,
Bonnie Bader, Sid Fleischman, Steven Malk, Nancy I. Sanders,
Jenn Bailey, Stephen Fraser, Krista Marino, Sarah Shealy,
Bonny Becker, Marla Frazee, Ed Masessa, Susan Sherman,
Betty G. Birney, Donna Gephar, Stephen Mooser, Erica Silverman,
Holly Black, Dave Gordon, Kadir Nelson, Kelly Sonnack,
Courtney Bongiolatti, Jeff Gotesfeld, Elizabeth B. Parisi, Melissa Stewart, Jordan Brown, Esther Hershenhorn, Lin Oliver, Dinah Stevenson, Eve Bunting, Ellen Hopkins, Linda Sue Park, Pamela S. Turner, Jamie Weiss Chilton, Jennifer Hunt, Ann Whitford Paul, Kris Vreeland, Karen Cushman, Allyn Johnston, Richard Peck, Steve Watkins, Sarah Davies, Elizabeth Law, Alice Pope, Andrea Welch,
Kathleen Duey, Ingrid Law, Frank Portman, David Wiesner,
Chris Eboch, Daniel Lazar, Michael Reisman, Dan Yacarino,
Connie C. Epstein, Arthur A. Levine, Anica Rissi, Lisa Yee,
Cecilia Yung

All this talent and knowledge in one place! Not to mention all attendees… Ok, must get back to counting my pennies!

Fairy GodSisters, Ink Scholarship Deadline

April 15, 2009 at 11:42 am | Posted in scbwi | 3 Comments
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Today is the deadline!
The benevolent Fairy Godsisters, Ink are hosting their second annual scholarship. The lucky, lucky winner will get $1500 to attend SCBWI L.A. 2009 in August.
If you have been thinking about entering, do it now, before it is too late!

SCBWI Conference 2009 in South Dakota

April 15, 2009 at 11:38 am | Posted in scbwi | Leave a comment
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dinner Friday: Jean Patrick, Tim Gillner, Chris Browne, Lori Walsh, Nancy NL Sharp, Susan Underdahl

dinner Friday

Above photo: Jean Patrick, Tim Gillner, Chris Browne, Lori Walsh, Nancy Sharp, Susan Underdahl

Sometimes I must admit, that here in the sprawling cornfields of South Dakota (which also includes North Dakota and Minnesota, if that gives you a better idea of our chapter’s demographics) –where authors and illustrators are few and far between, we get a little jealous of the big cities where SCBWI members can meet each other for coffee at the drop of a pen.

At the same time, we are also proud of our independence and determination.

Our 3rd Annual Spring Conference was scheduled for April 4. Who would ever think that a blizzard would really happen on that very weekend…especially when we had record numbers of registrants committed to come? We are blaming it on Jean Patrick, of course. She, our fearless coordinator ,is the author of If I Had A Snowplow, after all.

Our speakers, and all the attendees each showed what they are made of by getting to the conference…and some did not get to leave until a day later, after the roads and skies were clear. Even with several cancellations, we had 68 attend, not including the speakers. Of that 68, 16 were artists.

The following photos are compliments of Chris Browne:

Dinner Friday

Dinner Friday

scbwidinner5abJean Patrick, me:), Tim Gillner

The day began with a nuts and bolts for writers given by Mary Scarbrough.

Tim Gillner then enlightened us with A Picture Book: Conception to Birth. I love that Boyds Mills just does what they love to do, without trying to predict what is “marketable.”

At 11, Martyn Beeny from SDSHS Press wowed us with a presentation about this amazing press. Though small, the number of award-winning books they create is impressive! Go Martyn!

Susan Underdahl shared her story with us. I love that every person who creates books comes is on a journey all their own. Just love it.

Dr. Mark Geary taught a break-out session on making book trailers.

All this along with critiques, panel discussions, topped off with a great lunch and tons of door prizes made for a perfect way to spend a weekend in South Dakota–blizzard or no blizzard.

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