• Michael Joosten has been working in children's publishing for a decade, having started his career in the Cross Channel division of Scholastic Books in 2007. A year later he segued into Scholastic's editorial division where he worked at the Orchard Books imprint. In 2010 he moved to Random House Children's Books where he currently works as an editor on such classic properties as Dr. Seuss, Little Golden Books, The Berenstain Bears, Richard Scarry, and Little Critter. In addition, Michael also works on original picture books. Some of the titles he has acquired and edited at Random House include Mariah Carey's ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU, Carin Bramsen's Duck and Cat series, Kristi Valiant's PENGUIN CHA-CHA, and the upcoming projects PRIDE: THE STORY OF HARVEY MILK AND THE RAINBOW FLAG by Rob Sanders; illustrated by Steven Salerno, and STONEWALL by Rob Sanders; illustrated by Jamey Cristoph.
  • SpringMingle '17 Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; and The Truth of Me; she is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. Learn more about her book WORD AFTER WORD AFTER WORD here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/43625-q-a-with-patricia-maclachlan.html Sessions:   SpringMingle '17 Faculty SpringMingle '17 Schedule of Sessions SpringMingle '17 Brochure Click here to REGISTER NOW! *registration opens in December*
  • Jim Hoover is an Associate Art Director at Viking Children’s Books in New York. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Illustration, Jim has been in publishing now for over fifteen years. He has designed and art directed hundreds of titles including Shy, Fish & Snail, Ella, Tea Party Rules, Dylan the Villain, Pretty Monsters, John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, Stuck in the Middle, Mission Control: This is Apollo, Marching for Freedom, Titanic Sinks!, and the children’s book adaptation of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard is the number one New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels for adults, including The Deep End of the Ocean, which was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and also made into a major feature film. The editor of a realistic Young Adult imprint, Merit Press, Mitchard also is the author of seven novels for Young Adults. Her work has won the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards, as well as the UK’s Walkabout Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and a contributing editor for More magazine. Mitchard grew up in Chicago, and now lives on Cape Cod with her family.
  • Adriana Domínguez has 20 years of experience in publishing. Prior to becoming an agent, she was Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she managed the children’s division of the Rayo imprint. Before that, she was Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal. Adriana has performed editorial work for both children and adult publishers. She is also a professional translator, a member of the Brooklyn Literary Council that organizes the Brooklyn Book Festival, and one of the founders of the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference in New York City. Adriana is based on the East Coast. Adriana represents children’s books for all ages, and select adult fiction and nonfiction. She has a long trajectory of publishing underrepresented authors and illustrators, and welcomes submissions that offer diverse points of view. Books that she has edited or represented have been awarded the Pura Belpré Medal, the Coretta Scott King Honor and the MPIBA’s Reading the West Award among others, and been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the NAACP Award. Her list includes national and international bestsellers, and titles counted among the “Best of the Year” by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The New York Public Library, The Chicago Public Library, Parents.com, Salon.com, and others. Learn more about Adriana and check her "wish list" at http://www.fullcircleliterary.com/our-agents/adriana-dominguez/  



The Southern Breeze Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators welcomes and celebrates writers and illustrators from a broad spectrum of backgrounds through a threefold vision.

1) Reach. We seek to educate existing members and reach prospective members from diverse communities not previously

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Springmingle'17 and Illustrator Day

March 10-12, 2017

Registration open now!!!

Registration Page

Springmingle Brochure 2017

Conference Weekend Schedule

Optional Activities – Submissions Guidlines

Critique Guidelines





Because we will not be holding two conferences this year, Southern Breeze is now accepting Proposals for workshops to be held throughout the region. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please go to the Workshop Proposal page. We will be using the same forms and information for submission of proposals for our next wik conference in 2018 as well. You may submit more than one proposal.




Announcing our

2016 Writing Contest Winners

Colleen Bennett, Jessica Vitalis, Dana Edwards

and Catherine Black


2016 Illustration Contest Winner

Narges Jafari

Congratulations Everyone!