Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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Friday Intensives

March 13, 2020 Homewood Library

Friday March 13  Illustrator Intensive  Picture Book Intensive  Public Events  Novel Intensive  Pro Intensive
 8:00-8:30 New Attendee Orientation Coffee, Donuts, and Fruit
 8:30-9:00 Introduction by IC TeMika Grooms
9-10 am Vanessa Brantley-Newton “Collaging From The Edge” Yolen/Stemple “Picture Book 101”


Agent: Kurestin Armada:  “A look at attendee First Pages” Lisa Churchill: “Best school visits ever”
10-11 am AD: Saho Fujii “Cover Art”  Yolen/Stemple “Picture Book 101” (Continued) Armada “First Pages” (continued) Lisa Churchill  “School Visits” (Continued)
11am-12pm AD: Saho Fujii – “Mentorship Review”  Yolen/Stemple Picture Book 101 (Continued) Round table – Q&A with Kait Feldman editor “Q&A with Rubin Pfeffer”
12-2pm Lunch
2-3pm Kait Feldmann “Reading Images: Components of Visual Storytelling” Yolen/Stemple “Picture Book 101: Afternoon: How to Make Your Picture Book More Poetic” Hardy: “Plot, Setting, Scene: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Novel” Mekisha Telfer “Raising the Stakes: Working With Editors”
3-4pm  Rubin Pfeffer “Let’s dissect some dummies”  Yolen/Stemple Picture Book 101 (Continued) 3:30-5:00

R. Gregory Christie Bookmaking activity open to the public

Hardy: Plot, Setting, Scene: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Novel (continued) Mekisha Telfer “The Hope Of Every Child”
4-5pm Quickfire Round table Hardy: Plot, Setting, Scene: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Novel (continued) Round table


Portfolio Show & Book Signing (Homewood Library)

Dessert Party (Aloft Hotel lobby)


Saturday Conference

March 14, 2020 Homewood Library

8am-8:30am Mocha and Mingle New Attendee Orientation
8:30am-9:15am Welcome and Pitch Party  

Breakout 1

Rubin Pfeffer/Heather Montgomery – “A Conversation between Agent and Writer: working with your agent to creatively achieve your goals”  Kurestin Armada “Trend Talk”  Kara Bietz and Sheri Dillard “Nuts and Bolts”  Vanessa Brantley-Newton “My Journey to Becoming an Illustrator”  Janice Hardy “Finding the plot in your premise”  Irene Latham “Writing Tough Subjects”

Breakout 2

Yolen – Success stories  Mekisha Telfer “From Submission to Acquisition”  Saho Fujii “The Picture Book Illustration Process”  R. Gregory Christie “Drawing on the Masters”  Javacia Harris-Bowser – “How to Be Your Own PR Pro”  Ash Parsons  “Archetype – The God Particle of Creativity”
11:30-12pm Book Launches
12:00-1:00pm lunch and signing

Breakout 3

Kait Feldman “Picture Book Writing”  Your Regional Team”How to Make the Most of Your SCBWI Membership” Erin Clyburn “Anatomy of a Successful Query”


 R. Gregory Christie “3 Essential Things”  Randi Pink “Bringing Characters To Life”  Janice Hardy “Public Speaking for Writers who Hate Public Speaking”

Breakout 4

Mekisha Telfer “Voice: How to turn the dial up on voice in your novel”  Kurestin Armada “Do’s and Don’ts in communications with agents”  Jo Kittinger  “Picture Book Pacing”  Vanessa Brantley-Newton “An Artist’s Pep Talk”  Laynie Bynum “Creating Believable YA Characters”  Heidi Stemple  “Finding your Nonfiction Voice”
3pm-4pm Claudia farewell, door prizes, and final announcements
4pm-5:30pm Formal and Informal Critiques