SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2016 SCBWI-Hawaii Annual Conference

Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/18/2016 - 03/19/2016
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location
William S. Richardson School of Law
2515 Dole Street - Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

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2016 SCBWI HAWAII CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP

“Smooth Sailing in the Sea of Children’s Book Publishing”

March 18 – 19, William S. Richardson Law School, University of Hawaii at Manoa

with

DAN SANTAT, Author-Illustrator, 2015 Caldecott Medal Recipient

SUZIE TOWNSEND, Agent

NAOMI LONG EAGLESON, Editor

KIRSTEN CARLSON, Local Author-Illustrator

 

Interested in writing or illustrating children books?

Embark on a voyage through the world of children’s book publishing, where you can hear from industry experts, polish your writing and/or illustration skills, have your work critiqued by a professional, and meet other writers and illustrators! Both days will be full of information that is sure to inspire writers and illustrators at all levels, and just might steer you to your first or next publication. Attend one or both days!


General Information

HOW TO REGISTER: Scroll down to register. Registration for critiques will close on February 10. Registration for conference and workshops will close on March 11. For questions about registration, contact hawaii@scbwi.org.

DATES AND COSTS:

~ FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH WORKSHOPS
*If you wish to attend Friday's workshop ONLY, contact hawaii@scbwi.org

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FOR WRITERS, Story Planning: How to Develop a Great Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel with Naomi Long Eagleson: $60 SCBWI Members/$90 Nonmembers

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. FOR ILLUSTRATORS, Art School in One Day with Dan Santat: $90 SCBWI Members/$120 Nonmembers

~SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH CONFERENCE

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $100 SCBWI Members/$140 Nonmembers

~OPTIONAL MANUSCRIPT AND PORTFOLIO CRITIQUES (OPTIONAL CRITIQUES ARE NOW CLOSED)


FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH WORKSHOP DETAILS

Lunch is NOT included. Please bring your own bag lunch.
NOTE: Select only ONE workshop option. The workshops occur simultaneously.

WRITERS WORKSHOP
Story Planning: How to Develop a Great Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel with Naomi Long Eagleson
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
In this hands-on workshop, we’ll develop and fine-tune your middle grade or young adult story so that it hooks readers. We’ll work on defining your story question (the why), fleshing out your protagonist (the who), figuring out what’s happening (the what), and making it all come together beautifully (the how). Story-planning worksheets will be provided. Assignment: Email a synopsis and first chapter (if you have one) to hawaii@scbwi.org by March 5th. Come with a copy of your synopsis, first chapter, and writing tools to the workshop.

 

ILLUSTRATORS WORKSHOP
Art School in One Day with Dan Santat
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
This intensive art school course will help prepare artists aspiring to work in the publishing industry, including the most advanced illustrator who is either published or has yet to break into the business. Some topics covered will include painting techniques in traditional medium and digital, color theory, composition design, assembling the right portfolio tailored to children’s publishing, and marketing yourself to potential clients in the industry. The intensive will include demonstrations and hands-on activities.
MATERIALS TO BRING TO CLASS:
Sketchbook
Ink pen
Prismacolor Verithin Non-Photo Blue Colored Pencil
Eraser
Sharpie marker pen

IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND DAN SANTAT'S FRIDAY WORKSHOP ONLY, PLEASE CONTACT hawaii@scbwi.org

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH CONFERENCE DETAILS

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lunch is included.
View Conference Schedule

KEYNOTES:

SUZIE TOWNSEND: The Best Advice Publishers Won't Give You
Suzie will share a candid look at today's current publishing landscape. Her perspective on the market will include practical advice on how to make sure your manuscript—and you—stand out in the slush pile, get a publishing deal, and jumpstart a long and successful writing career.

 

DAN SANTAT: All It Takes is a Little Taste: How SCBWI Helped Me and How I Grew as an Author When I Wasn't at the Conference

 

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose one):

FOR WRITERS: NAOMI LONG EAGLESON
Success Lies in Revision: Tips from an Editor
Revising a book can be a daunting task. Sometimes we can't see what the problems are, so we send out our book too soon or we just give up. Naomi will cover some common mistakes made in young adult fiction and how to fix them. She'll also discuss the steps you'll need to take to go from rough draft to print.

 

FOR ILLUSTRATORS: KIRSTEN CARLSON
Get That Portfolio Shipshape!
A portfolio isn’t just a folder with your art stuck inside that you hand to an art director and say, “Here, have a look.” Today, your work might be viewed in person, but it can be viewed online, or in a promotional piece. Kirsten will share tips on how to make your portfolio shine.

 

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose one):

FOR WRITERS: SUZIE TOWNSEND
Making the Right First Impression
First impressions are everything—particularly in publishing! The first pages of a manuscript need to grab an agent and convince them to request more. Then they need to stand out to an editor so they are interested to read (rather than let your manuscript languish in their inbox). They also need to grip the publicist and the sales and marketing team, then the buyer for the major accounts, and finally the reader who picks up the book trying to decide if they want to buy it. We'll cover tips, tricks, and examples so that you'll have shiny first pages.

 

FOR ILLUSTRATORS: DAN SANTAT
Writing from an Illustrator's Perspective
Writing a picture book in reverse—crafting a wordless picture book first, and then adding text—can bring more subtext and emotion into a manuscript.

 

FIRST PAGES/FIRST LOOK CRITIQUE PANEL

Our guests will share their reactions to first pages and postcards/illustrations submitted anonymously by participants. No advance sign-up is needed, and there is no extra cost. Depending upon the number of submissions, we may not have time to review them all. In order to be fair, we will have a blind drawing for pages/illustrations to be reviewed. In order to be in the drawing, you must comply with the formatting instructions:

~ Manuscript formatting: Bring the first page of your manuscript, double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one page only (starting at the top of page) to the registration desk. Include the title of the piece and category (picture book, middle grade, young adult) at the top. Do not include your name

~ Artwork formatting: Post cards or illustrations that fit on one page (un-crowded please). No original artwork.

All submissions will be returned or recycled.


OPTIONAL CRITIQUES ARE NOW CLOSED


FACULTY BIOS:

dansantatDAN SANTAT, Author-Illustrator, 2015 Caldecott Medal Recipient

Dan has been a proud member of the SCBWI since 2001. He has since published over fifty books for children, which include the Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series by Dav Pilkey, Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett which won the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators, and the New York Times best-selling book, Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa. Dan has also the author of the graphic novel, Sidekicks, which has won numerous state book awards, and is the current recipient of the 2015 Randolph Caldecott Medal for his book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. He is also the creator of the Disney animated series, The Replacements. Visit him at www.dantat.com.

 

IMG_2698SUZIE TOWNSEND, Director of Literary Services & Literary Agent, New Leaf Literary & Media

Suzie represents all brands of children's and adult fiction. She is actively looking to build her list. In adult, she's specifically looking for new adult, romance (all subgenres), fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy) and crime fiction (mysteries, thrillers). In Childrens' she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects. Suzie loves strong characters and voice driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres. For more info on her clients and projects: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/sztownsend81/. Follow her on twitter (https://twitter.com/sztownsend81).

 

Naomi-Long-Eagleson-The-Artful-EditorNAOMI LONG EAGLESON, Editor

Naomi Long Eagleson is the founder of The Artful Editor, a book editing company based in Los Angeles. She helps writers improve and polish their manuscripts for publication. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has worked as an assistant editor at Manoa Journal and as a manuscript reviewer at Mutual Publishing. She has edited over a hundred books, including children’s books and young adult fiction. www.artfuleditor.com

 

KirstenKIRSTEN CARLSON, Author-Illustrator

Kirsten’s background in biology, scientific illustration and graphic design lend themselves well to interpreting stories about nature for children. In addition to picture books, her work as an author/illustrator has also appeared in periodicals, including National Geographic and Phycologia. She won the First Place Award for Realistic Portfolio at the 2003 and 2004 SCBWI Conferences. Kirsten is the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Hawaii, and a past Regional Advisor for SCBWI Germany+Austria. www.kirstencarlson.net

 

 

OPTIONAL CRITIQUES: FACULTY BIOS

(Optional critiques are now closed)

In addition to our featured speakers, the following professionals will conduct manuscript critiques:

SUE COWING, Author

Sue likes to read and write stories of serious hope, laced with humor, especially for ages 8-12. She is the author of You Will Call Me Drog, which was nominated three times for the Nene Children’s Choice Award. Her awards include Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards for Excellence for Fire in the Sea and My Dog has Flies, as well as the 2006 Cades Award for Literature, the Grand prize for fiction from Negative Capability. Her short stories, poems, and nonfiction articles have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including CRICKET and SPIDER magazines. Sue earned an M.F.A. in Writing (poetry) from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a past Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Hawaii. www.suecowing.com

NANCY THALIA REYNOLDS, Author

Nancy has been reviewing YA for Kirkus Reviews since 2006, and has authored five books and numerous articles on parenting, education, culture, and travel. Her 2009 book Mixed Heritage in Young Adult Literature is a critical exploration of how mixed-heritage characters and individuals are portrayed in YA. She earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), and enjoys freelance writing, editing, and working as a writing coach. www.nancythaliareynolds.com

 

OFFSITE CRITIQUES:
VICTORIA A. SELVAGGIO, Associate Agent, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agent

Vicki has a strong background in business ownership and over seven years of actively working as a volunteer and Regional Advisor for SCBWI Northern Ohio. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an author writing all genres, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in 2013. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done. She is seeking all genres but is particularly drawn to middle grade and young adult. www.victoriaselvaggio.com

 

 

 

 


 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

When registering, please be sure to also check the appropriate SCBWI member/Nonmember conference/workshop rate (see below).

If you wish to register offline, print and mail the CONFERENCE REGISTRATION form. Make checks payable to: SCBWI Hawaii, 4348 Waialae Ave. #493, Honolulu, HI 96816.

IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND DAN SANTAT'S FRIDAY WORKSHOP ONLY, PLEASE CONTACT hawaii@scbwi.org

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