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All are Invited: July 12 Meeting Featuring Shanda McCloskey and Mike Lowery

Time. There never seems to be enough time, even, or maybe especially during these hazy, hot summer days.

When you have a few free minutes, do you write? Draw? Hop on social media?

Is it better to work on your main project or spend time dabbling in that new idea that woke you up this morning?

And how do you capture those fleeting glimpses of story or art that occur to you as you go about your day?

Well, July’s Monthly Meeting is all about time and keeping those creative juices flowing. We’ve invited two prolific artists to share what works for them. Afterward we’ll share our own ideas on time management and creativity during the networking breakout sessions.

So put July 12, 7:30 p.m. EDT/ 6:30 p.m CDT on your calendar and get ready to learn from these fabulous creators . . .

(If you’re an SCBWI member, you can access the Zoom link here (sign in to access). If you’re not a member, you’re welcome to attend, too! Just click here to register so we can email you the Zoom link.)

Shanda McCloskey

Shanda (rhymes with panda) comes from a whole family of different kinds of artists and entrepreneurs! She studied art in Atlanta and New York City. But before writing and illustrating kids books, she taught art to high-schoolers.

Shanda now lives in Ball Ground, Georgia (north of Atlanta) with her husband, daughters, and dog! She is also a co-creator of and the Author Visit Podcast.

Her first books about robots (or anything for that matter) are DOLL-E 1.0 and the companion story, T-BONE THE DRONE.


Mike Lowery

Mike Lowery is a New-York-Times bestselling Illustrator who has worked on dozens of books for children and adults. He’s also the author of many books including Random Illustrated Facts and The Everything Awesome series from Scholastic books. He lives in Atlanta, GA and is married to illustrator Katrin Wiehle.

In addition to books, Mike has worked many illustration projects such as food trucks, greeting cards, tons of magazines, and other fun stuff.

His illustration clients include: The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Mac World, The Atlanta Braves, Xfinity/Comcast, Backpacker, Highlights, Scholastic, Dial Books for Young Readers, workman publishing, hallmark, simon and schuster, random house, walker books for young readers, Nick Jr magazine, gallison/mudpuppy, GP Putnam and Sons, Viking, macmillan, georgia pacific, American Greetings, Disney, Kids Can Press, Warby Parker, as well as many Graphic Design and Advertising Agencies.  He now travels nationally giving talks about art and books to schools, universities and bookstores.

He has been featured/interviewed in the Washington Post, Creative Loafing, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, the Washington City Paper and many others and a few years back he showed 16 of his tiny drawings in a show in Beijing.