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  • CANADA EAST & FLORIDA INTER-CHAPTER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Looking for one-on-one help from an expert?   SCBWI-Canada East and SCBWI-Florida have joined forces in creating a Mentor Program for SCBWI members to receive individualized help from more experienced writers and teachers. Here’s what you need to know about it: How it will work: Picture Books/Nonfiction: For manuscripts up to 3,000 words, you will pay $200 plus a $50 SCBWI administrative fee.  If your manuscript is longer than 2,000 words, you will get two critiques and two Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions. If your manuscript is 2,000 words or less, you will get four critiques of that manuscript and two Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions. Or, if you prefer, you may add one additional manuscript, no longer than 2,000 words, and get two critiques and two Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions. Novels/Nonfiction: For manuscripts longer than 5,000 words, you will pay $4.00 per page plus a $50 SCBWI administrative fee. There is a $250 minimum charge for this category. For that, you will get two critiques and two Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions. If the second pass of your manuscript is substantially longer than the first one, the price may have to be adjusted to accommodate the extra pages. What you need to do if interested: Take a look at the Meet Your Mentors page (click image below) and select your top two choices of mentor. Send the names you have chosen with one picture book manuscript, or five pages and a synopsis of your longer work, by November 30 to this email address: kidlitmentorship@gmail.com. Manuscripts must be in 12 pt. font and Times New Roman, with one-inch margins on all sides. You may separate your chapters by putting four spaces between them. What will happen after you send in your manuscript: If one of your chosen mentors is available, we will match the two of you up, and you will send your mentor the manuscript(s) by January 1.  At the same time, you will send your $50 adminstrative fee and half your payment through PayPal. If you are choosing a Canadian mentor, send your money to canadaeast@scbwi.org. If the code in front of your mentor's name reads "Canada," send your fee in Canadian dollars. If it reads "Canada-USD," send your fee in U.S. dollars. If you are choosing a U.S. mentor, send your money in U.S. dollars to linda@scbwiflorida.com. Your mentor will return your manuscript(s) with his/her critique no later than March 30, 2016. Around that time, you will have your first Skype, Google Hangout, or phone session. You will then have two months to revise and send back your manuscript(s) to your mentor by May 31, with your final payment to Linda Bernfeld or Alma Fullerton. You will receive your final critique and Skype, Google Hangout, or phone session no later than June 30. (Those with more than one picture book may work out a schedule to accommodate the additional Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions.) Because we don’t know how many manuscripts we’ll get, your first- or second-choice mentor might not be available. In that case, we may suggest another mentor, or you may choose to opt out of the program. If you have any questions about the Mentor Program, please email Dorian Cirrone or Linda Bernfeld in Florida, or Alma Fullerton or Michelle Jodoin in Canada.
  • SCBWI FLORIDA TAMPA BAY AREA MEMBERS DON’T MISS SATURDAY’S MEETING!     October Meeting  Featured Speaker: Sandra Markle Topic: A Silver-Bullet Workshop to Shoot Your Picture Book (And Other Writing) to Publication Quality October 17, 2015 2:00-4:00 p.m. Bloomingdale Public Library 1908 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, Florida Come learn how to write a picture book that has a good shot at being what publishers are looking for. This is a roll up your sleeves, power up your brains workshop for fiction, nonfiction, and faction writers. Come prepared to write. You’ll get step-by-step guidance to go from idea to book. Plus there will be golden tips on how to deliver what agents and editors are looking for that applies to MG and YA novels, too. You’ll go home fired up and equipped to finish what you start anew or what you already have in the works. Sandy Markle is a prolific and award-winning picture book author. Don’t believe me? Just look at these recent awards and recognitions: TOAD WEATHER (Peachtree Publishers, 2015) The Association for Library Services to Children's 2015 Notable Children's Books List. THE LONG, LONG JOURNEY (Millbrook/Lerner, 2013) 2015 nominee for South Dakota Prairie Bud Children’s Book Awards BATS: BIGGEST! LITTLEST! (Boyds Mills Press, 2013) 2015 Rhode Island Children’s Books Award list THE CASE OF THE VANISHING GOLDEN FROGS (Millbrook/Lerner, 2011) AAAS and Subaru are honoring this book by donating classroom sets to a number of schools. WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL TEETH!? (Scholastic 2013) 2015 Mockingbird Award Winner You’re Invited: Bounce Book Launch with Lorin Oberweger Writing as Noelle August October 17th from 5:30-7:30 PM Inkwood Books, Tampa You’re invited to Inkwood Books in Tampa from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on October 17th to celebrate the launch of BOUNCE, the third book in Lorin Oberweger’s new adult series, written (with Veronica Rossi) under the name Noelle August.  We'll have drinks, nibbles, games, and generally just enjoy ourselves!  November/December Meeting Featured Speaker: Joyce Sweeney Topic: Wrestling with the Muse—Finding Inspiration December 5, 2015 2:00-4:00 p.m. Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library |2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, Florida Are you a fountain of ideas, or is there a kink in your creative hose?  Do you have ideas, but lack the tools to develop them into complete novels?  Joyce Sweeney has some tricks to lure out the muse and make her work for you!  All you have to bring to this class is your laptop or notebook and your imagination.   SCBWI Florida Regional Conference January 15-17, 2016 Miami, Florida Be watching for more info!         Do you have information or a celebration to share? Email Rob at srobert262@aol.com. Looking for a critique group in our area? Email Susan Banghart at sbanghart@verizon.net.
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SCBWI Mentorship Program is here! We are pround to announce a partnership with the Canada East region where aspiring authors and illustrators can partner with an establish and knowledgeable mentor to have their works critiqued, and provided editing, story, design, etc… direction for a minimal fee. See the link below to learn how you can join with the esteemed list of mentors and receive guidance towards improving your craft.
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