Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Write, Polish, Pitch

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Date(s) - 06/07/2014 - 06/08/2014
12:00 am

Audubon Library/Ramada Inn
John James Audubon Pkwy - Amherst, NY 14228


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Registration CLOSES June 4.

**PB and MG/YA critiques are no longer available.**

If you have questions, please email dee[at]deeromito[dot]com.

Whether you're just starting out or want to learn some new tricks and network with industry professionals, we have something for you! (Please note that while we invite & encourage illustrators to attend, the weekend will be focused on writing only.)

Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Making Picture Book Magic with Author Susanna Leonard Hill (Audubon Library) 10 AM-4:30 PM

Picture Book author Susanna Leonard Hill brings her popular online workshop, Making Picture Book Magic, to an in person workshop format. In Susanna's words, "If you're here, it's because you feel that creative pull which means somewhere inside you is a picture book longing to be written."

Susanna will guide writers through the steps she's created to organize your thoughts, get the ideas flowing, and put it all together. You’ll focus on creating dynamic characters, identifying the story’s conflict, and choosing the type of plot structure that works best for your story. Come with an idea or be ready to learn how to find them, but either way, be prepared to be inspired!

Lunch is included in the cost of the workshop. There is a limited number of written critiques available to attendees. (You'll receive an email with lunch details and what to bring for the workshop.)

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – Middle Grade & Young Adult Workshop with Literary Agents Uwe Stender & Linda Epstein and Middle Grade/Young Adult Authors (See Faculty Page) (Ramada Inn Amherst) 9 AM-4:30 PM

If you write middle grade or young adult or if you've always wanted to, THIS is your day. Learn from agents and authors during panel discussions where they'll answer your questions. You'll also get plenty of time to work with industry professionals during smaller roundtable discussions on topics like querying, pitches, first pages, common pitfalls, and how to make your work stand out. And the best part is, if there's a topic or question you're burning to discuss, you can chat about that too.

There will also be time for lunch (included in cost), face-to-face critiques (if you've signed up for one), and a fun contest for those who'd like to get additional feedback on their work. All agent critiques are currently full, but you may sign up for the waitlist in case there's a cancelation.

This is meant to be a workshop where you can network, ask questions, and get feedback if you choose, so come ready to write, polish, and pitch! (You'll receive an email with lunch details and what to bring for the workshop, but it's a good idea to have a first page ready if you're at that point and would like to share.)