Annual Fall Conference
Location: Holiday Inn Dulles; Holiday Inn Dulles; 45425 Holiday Drive; Sterling, VA 20166
Dates: Friday, October 25 and Saturday October 26, 2013
Registration Link: www.regonline.com/scbwimidatlanticconf2013
Keynote speaker: Cynthia Lord (Newbery Honor winner for Rules)
Editors: Frances Gilbert (Doubleday), Annie Stone (Harlequin Teen), Emellia Zamani (Scholastic), and Melissa Miller (HarperCollins)
Literary agents: Brooks Sherman (FinePrint Literary Management), John Cusick (Greenhouse Literary), and Susan Hawk (The Bent Agency);
Artist's agent: Christina A. Tugeau
Authors/Illustrators: Mary Quattlebaum, A. B. Westrick, Gigi Amateau, Hannah Barnaby, Joan Waites, Lezlie Evans, Valerie Patterson, Ellen R. Braaf. Additional faculty TBA.
Saturday conference: $135 SCBWI members; $165 nonmembers (for early registration on or before October 1); $145 SCBWI member; $175 nonmembers (after October 1).
(Attendees may sign up for optional,15-minute, individual manuscript/portfolio consultations with faculty (10 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font) for an additional fee of $45.)
Friday Intensives: $50/workshop for SCBWI members; $65/workshop for nonmembers
Friday, October 25
We encourage conference attendees to participate in these small-group craft intensives the day before the main conference.
You may choose a maximum of two workshops—one in the morning session, one in the afternoon session.
Please note that lunch is not provided. O'Malley's Pub in the Holiday Inn is open for lunch. In addition there are several local eateries within a five mile radius of the hotel.
Morning Writing Intensives: 9am - 12pm
(1) Cynthia Lord: Deepening Your Novel
For participants who have a completed novel draft, but need to take it the next step where it's tighter, stronger, deeper, and more unique to stand out to an editor.
(2) Mary Quattlebaum: The "Play" of Picture Books: Bringing Together Character, Story Problem, and Language into Dynamic Form
Afternoon Writing/Illustrating Intensives: 2pm - 5pm
(3) Christina A. Tugeau (Artist Agent): Down and Dirty Do's and Don'ts for Illustrators
This intensive for illustrators is broken into two parts. Part one is Down and Dirty Promotional Tips and Q&A. An in depth overview of what and how and what NOT to do for self promoting. The second part will be instant feedback. A 'first look' at artwork. Each of the artists in the intensive MUST bring one sheet of ONE image (or maybe two from same story?) on a page. NO NAME. Christina will do a hands on "buyer response" in the midst of the group. There will be time to chat and share and compare work in a friendly atmosphere.
(4) Hannah Barnaby: Dreaming in Character: Achieving Fluency in Narrative Voice
The creation of character is often compared to painting a portrait: one begins with a sketch and adds other layers from there, finally completing a detailed and realistic depiction. But learning a new language is also an apt metaphor. First, we learn basic vocabulary; then we add grammar and colloquial phrases; and eventually we become fluent and even dream in our new dialect. Join Hannah Barnaby as she walks you through the phases of constructing character and the way to speak your character's language as if it is your own.
Friday evening events for registered conference attendees
PAL (Published and Listed) Member Social: 7:30 to 10pm
Peer Critiques: 8:00 to 10pm
Saturday, Oct 26
Children's Publishing in 2013
8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast/Book Sales
8:45 Frances Gilbert (Doubleday): What Can We Learn from a Bestseller List?
9:30 Break/Book Sales
9:45 Navigating the Changing Landscape - The Agents' Perspective
Brooks Sherman (FinePrint Literary)
John Cusick (Greenhouse Literary)
Susan Hawk (The Bent Agency)
Christina A. Tugeau (Artist Agent)
10:45 Mary Quattlebaum: Two Characters Walk into Your Story ... What Happens?: Considering Structure, Story Arc, Motivation, and Scene in Picture Books and Novels
11:45 Lunch Break (boxed lunch will be provided)
1:15 Cynthia Lord (Author): The Plusses and Perils of Writing What You Know
2:15 Break/Book Sales
2:30 Break Out Sessions
a: Truth & Consequences: What I Wish I'd Known: Authors Hannah Barnaby, Gigi Amateau, A. B. Westrick
b: Discoverability for published authors/ illustrators (for PAL members): Agent Susan Hawk
c: Small Words, Big Story: Crafting Unforgettable Picture Books: Agent John Cusick (for PB authors and illustrators)
3:30 A View from the Editor's' Desk
Annie Stone (Harlequin Teen)
Emillia Zamani (Scholastic)
Melissa Miller (Katherine Tegan Books)
Frances Gilbert (Doubleday)
4:45 Wrap up/Evaluations/Book Sales & Signing
(Optional, 15-minute, individual consultations are scheduled throughout the day. See RegOnline registration site for details and fees.)
Please note: This event is very popular and fills quickly—often long before the early registration cutoff date. Pre-registration required. No walk-ins. Online registration begins September 1.
Contacts: Co-chairs Erin Teagan (teaganek [at] hotmail [dot]com) and Valerie Patterson (valopttrsn [at] verizon [dot]net); Registrar Linda Budzinski (lindaacorn [at] yahoo [dot] com)