• 2016 SCBWI Florida Mid-Year Workshops Walt Disney World Swan Hotel June 10-11, 2016 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Two easy ways to register! 1)    Register at this link: www.florida.scbwi.org (registration now open!) 2)    Download the registration form on our website and snail-mail, along with check payable to SCBWI Florida. Send to: SCBWI Florida 125 E. Merritt Island Causeway Suite 107 - Box #266 Merritt Island, FL 32952. ONCE YOU PAY YOUR REGISTRATION FEE, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS! CONFERENCE COSTS:   SCBWI Members Non-SCBWI FRIDAY COMPREHENSIVES     Early Registration (by May 6, 2016) $205 members only Late Registration (after May 6, 2016) $230 members only       SATURDAY WORKSHOPS     Early Registration (by May 6, 2016) $215 $245 Late Registration (after May 6, 2016) $240 $270 NEW!!! TWO-DAY NOVEL COMPREHENSIVE RETREAT: Presented by Jonathan Maberry and Lorin Oberweger. This will be an intense two-day workshop on Friday and Saturday. SCBWI Members (30 spaces) Early Registration (by May 6, 2016) $420 members only Late Registration (after May 6, 2016) $470 members only       CONFERENCE DETAILS: FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – 9 AM to 5 PM & SATURDAY JUNE 11 – 9 AM to 4 PM NEW!!! TWO-DAY COMPREHENSIVE Presented by JONATHAN MABERRY and LORIN OBERWEGER, this hands-on, two-day workshop is for experienced novelists who have several scenes of a finished novel or WIP, which they will work on during the two days. SCBWI members only. Limited to 30 participants. RISING KITE WINNERS WHO HAVE WON A FREE COMPREHENSIVE CANNOT USE THEIR CERTIFICATE FOR THIS TWO-DAY COMPREHENSIVE. FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – COMPREHENSIVES 9 AM to 5 PM ·      Illustrator Comprehensive: Presented by DAN SANTAT, CHAD BECKERMAN, and LAURENT LINN this course is specifically designed for illustrators only. Come learn the ins and outs of creating stunning, memorable artwork for children’s books in a close-knit, hands-on setting. Limited to 15 participants ·      Picture Book Comprehensive: Presented by JIM AVERBECK and TRACEY ADAMS, this course is for those wanting a hands-on course on the fine points of writing and revising picture books. Limited to 25 participants Participants in the comprehensives must be SCBWI members.  Members may attend without also registering for the Saturday Workshops, with the EXCEPTION of the special two-day Novel Comprehensive taught by Lorin Oberweger and Jonathan Maberry. SATURDAY, JUNE 11 – WORKSHOP TRACKS 9 AM to 4 PM Begin the day with a general assembly at 8:30 AM then move to your chosen track for the remainder of the day, 9 AM to 4 PM. After the closing session, which will last from 4 PM to 4:15 PM, those who have paid for critiques will meet with their critiquer at their designated time. CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TRACKS. Note: you must remain in your selected workshop track all day (no switching). ·      Picture Book Track: Presented by LAURENT LINN, FRED KOEHLER, and MEREDITH MUNDY ·      Middle Grade Track: Presented by JIM AVERBECK, TRACEY ADAMS, and LINDA SUE PARK ·      Young Adult Track: Presented by MARTHA BROCKENBROUGH, ANNETTE POLLERT-MORGAN, and JOSH ADAMS ·      Graphic Novel Track: Presented by DAN SANTAT and CHAD BECKERMAN ·      Chapter Book Track: Presented by BONNIE BADER and NANCY KRULIK Comprehensives and Workshops include a first-page critique session (see submission guidelines under First-Page Critiques of the A-Z section). Not all first pages will be critiqued. HOTEL REGISTRATION AND COSTS Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. Rooms are $155/night plus a $10 resort fee and tax. Reservations: http://www.swandolphin.com/groupres/SCB16/ or call 800 227-1500 and mention you are attending the SCBWI Florida Mid-Year Workshops event. Event group code will be avaialble soon. Parking is $10/day for non-overnight guests. Carpooling is encouraged. ADDITIONAL INFO from A - Z CRITIQUES: Manuscripts 1)    SEND AS AN ATTACHMENT, ONE manuscript per email in .DOC format (up to 10 pp). You must FOLLOW FORMATING GUIDELINES (see "From Keyboard to Printed Page: Facts You Need to Know" at http://www.scbwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/From-Keyboard_2014.pdf. 2)    If you are submitting multiple manuscripts or the same manuscript more than once, SEND EACH ONE ATTACHED TO A SEPARATE EMAIL. 3)    The cost is $50 per manuscript critique. Send your check, payable to SCBWI Florida, to: SCBWI Florida, 125 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Suite 107, Box #266, Merritt Island, FL 32952. 4)    If you are submitting a novel, please submit the FIRST 10 pages. If you want to submit a synopsis of the novel along with your pages, the full submission MUST BE NO LONGER THAN 10 PAGES TOTAL. 5)    Although picture book manuscripts and poems may have fewer than 10 pp, each one counts as a separate submission. 6)    Send to submissions@scbwiflorida.com with the subject line as YOUR NAME, TITLE OF THE BOOK, CATEGORY, GENRE, and either WIP (Work in Progress) or COMPLETE. For example: J.K. Rowling, The Sorceror’s Stone, MG, Fantasy, Complete. 7)    In the body of the email, please tell us who has critiqued your manuscript before, i.e., critiquers at previous conferences, members of your critique group who might be critiquing at our conference, etc. Also, if you have an agent and/or have been traditionally published, please let us know. This will help us make a better match for you. 8)    If there is something you want your critiquer to know, i.e., biographical information or info regarding the fact that your manuscript is part of a series, DO NOT WRITE IT IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL, include it as part of your ten pages. 9)    Submissions must be emailed by midnight on May 6, 2016. You will receive an automatic reply when you send in your manuscript. Closer to the conference, you will receive an email letting you know who will be critiquing your manuscript and at what time. CRITIQUES ARE DONE ONLY ON SATURDAY AFTER THE WORKSHOPS. 10) Please remember to write your name on the manuscript itself and not just in the subject line. 11) We do NOT honor requests for specific critiquers. Dummies Send as pdf attachments. Otherwise, the same directions as above apply. Artwork/Portfolios 1)    Illustrators, if you’d like a professional critique of your artwork, you MUST send an email to submissions@scbwiflorida.com with the subject line: SCBWI Florida Portfolio Review – Orlando 2016 by MAY 6, 2016 stating that you want to be scheduled for a critique. 2)    The cost is $50 per portfolio critique. Send your check, payable to SCBWI Florida, to: SCBWI Florida, 125 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Suite 107, Box #266, Merritt Island, FL 32952. 3)    Bring your portfolio to the workshop on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Do NOT mail your art ahead of time. 4)    You will receive an email in advance as to who will be critiquing your porfolio and at what time. CRITIQUES ARE DONE ONLY ON SATURDAY AFTER THE WORKSHOPS. DATES TO REMEMBER: April 30, 2016 – Last day to be eligible for Extra-Early Registration Contest May 6, 2016 – Last day for critique submissions and Early Registration May 6, 2015 – Last day to contact Marcea Ustler if you’d like your book to be sold June 10-11, 2016 – SCBWI FL MID-YEAR WORKSHOPS! DONATIONS TO BOOK BASKET: Bring a new or gently-used children’s or YA book to be donated to Boys & Girls’ Club of Central Florida, www.bgccf.org, an organization dedicated to enabling all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential. Books may be dropped off at the registration desk. COMMEMORATIVE CONFERENCE PINS: Add our SCBWI Florida Mid-Year Workshops 2016 pin to your collection! Each year, we feature a different illustrator, and this year’s pin will be designed by the talented Laurent Linn. Proceeds from the sale help finance free events around Florida. Pins are $5 each. ELIXIR MIXER: Our meet-and-greet, the Elixir Mixer & Silent Auction, is back for another go on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Disney World’s Swan Resort at 7:30 PM (room TBA). Our auction is open to all workshop attendees, their guests, and SCBWI members not attending the workshops. Items for auction include original works of art, fun and crafty items, fantastic writing courses, housewares, an oversized print of our featured artist’s commemorative pin artwork, and lots more. For donation of an auction item, please contact Larissa Hardesty at lchardesty@yahoo.com. EXTRA-EARLY REGISTRATION CONTEST: Register for the comprehensives and/or workshops by April 30, 2016, and be entered to WIN bookbags, books, and critiques! FIRST-PAGE CRITIQUES: Bring the first page of your manuscript, double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one page only (starting at the top of page). Include title and genre at the top. No name. Faculty will select a few anonymous submissions to read aloud and critique during Friday and Saturday sessions. LIMIT ONE SUBMISSION FOR EACH SESSION YOU ATTEND. All submissions will be recycled afterwards. MEALS: The following is a list of all meals included with your registration: Friday Lunch: Buffet is included for all comprehensive attendees & faculty. Friday Night Elixir Mixer: Cash bar will be available for all attendees and their guests. SCBWI members not attending the workshops who live in the Orlando area are also welcome to join. Saturday Lunch: Buffet is included for all workshop attendees & faculty. Please let Linda Bernfeld at lindabernfeld@gmail know if you have any food allergies or special food needs.. MEMBER/FACULTY BOOK SALES: Faculty and SCBWI PAL members attending the workshops may sell their books through our on-site bookseller. Contact Marcea Ustler at m.ustler@yahoo.com by May 6, 2016, with your book titles and ISBN numbers. Only PAL (Published and Listed) members are eligible to sell books. Please visit www.scbwi.org to ensure your publisher is PAL-approved. The workshop bookstore will be open June 10-11. NEWSLETTER: Our newsletter written by Mindy Weiss, our Critique Group Coordinator, is available at www.scbwi.florida.org and is chock full of member good news, market information, and the latest word on conferences, contests, and events happening all around the state! PORTFOLIO/ART EXHIBIT: Illustrators, take advantage of three feet of table space provided for you to exhibit your portfolio on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Bring plenty of handouts and display props (such as a tabletop easel). Original art is not permitted, as SCBWI cannot be responsible for any loss or damage. Drop off illustrators’ portfolios before 8:00 AM outside the main conference room for the art show. Please contact Angela Padrón at angela@angelapadron.com for more information. ROOM TEMPERATURE: Since we cannot control the temperature in the conference rooms, you may want to bring a sweater, light jacket. VOLUNTEERS: If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Dorian Cirrone at dcirrone@aol.com. We need more assistance preparing, running, and cleaning up at these events. The Florida faculty is all volunteer - with full-time jobs and other projects. Any help offered is greatly apprciated. Look for the volunteer signup under registration. It's a great way to network with other authors and visiting faculty presenters. WALT DISNEY WORLD PARK TICKETS: Park tickets are available for advance purchase at https://www.mydisneymeetings.com/scbwi16 WEBSITE: Our website, www.florida.scbwi.org, is chock full of information and FAQs. Contact ARA Curtis Sponsler at webmaster@scbwi-fl.com for website troubleshooting. Updates can also be found on Facebook at our Florida SCBWI Page. QUESTIONS? Contact SCBWI Co-Regional Advisor Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld at (321) 338-7208 or LindaBernfeld@gmail.com, Co-Regional Advisor Curtis Sponsler at curtis.sponsler@gmail.com, or Assistant Regional Advisor Dorian Cirrone at dcirrone@aol.com Can't wait to see you at the Swan!
  • 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 editors. To encourage as many members to participate as possible, we are offering this program with an open deadline. In other words, there is no date by which you must make the initial submission of your manuscript. The deadlines that you and your mentor will be expected to meet thereafter will be determined once the two of you are matched up. Here’s what you need to know about the program: 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 novels and full-length nonfiction manuscripts, you will pay $4.00 per page plus a $50 SCBWI administrative fee. There is a $250 minimum charge for this category. The $4.00 per page fee will include the cost of two critiques and two Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions. If the second pass of your manuscript is longer than the first one, you will pay an additional $4.00 per page for the extra pages that you added to the manuscript.     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 to canadaeast@scbwi.org if you are seeking a Canadian mentor or florida-ara@scbwi.org if you are seeking a U.S. mentor. 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 give you a deadline for sending your mentor the manuscript(s) (usually one month later).  At that time, if you are choosing a U.S. mentor, you will send your $50 administrative fee to Linda Bernfeld. (You will be sent the address through email.) At the same time you will send half your payment to your mentor, who will provide you his/her address. 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. Your mentor will return your manuscript(s) with his/her critique by a predetermined deadline date that is no more than three months later. 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, and to make your final payment to your mentor. You will receive your final critique and Skype, Google Hangout, or phone session no later than one month after your manuscript has been returned to your mentor. (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 Rising Kite Writing Contest, 2016 AND THE WINNERS ARE . . . PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY Honorable Mention/6th Place—Picture Books GAA-ZANGA! CHARLIE’S CRAZY HAIR DAY by Lorelei J. Polden Honorable Mention/5th Place—Picture Books HENRY WINGS IT by Norma Davids Honorable Mention/4th Place—Picture Books FRIGGARD GETS RE-FROGGED by Stephanie Salkin 3rd Place—Picture Books CORBETT GETS LEFT ALONE, TOGETHER by Thomas Johnson 2nd Place—Picture Books FINLEY’S MAGICAL BLINKING ADVENTURE by B.J. Lee (Beverly J. Sweetman) 1st Place—Picture Books CINDERGORILLA by Jude Mandell MIDDLE GRADE CATEGORY Honorable Mention/6th Place GABRIEL TOWERS AND THE OBSIDIAN DOOR by Matthew G. Tinley Honorable Mention/5th Place DIFFERENT by Janet McLaughlin Honorable Mention/4th Place BUDDY AND THE BIG BAD WOLF by Ann Meier  3rd Place—Middle Grade THE DOLPHIN NEXUS by Jennye Kamin 2nd Place—Middle Grade THE MIGRATIONS OF PATTYCAKE MCGHEE by Ann Morrow 1st Place—Middle Grade ITCH by Lorin Oberweger YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY Honorable Mention/5th Place—Young Adult SOLD MY SOUL TO ROCK AND ROLL by Jodi Lyn Turchin  Honorable Mention/4th Place—Young Adult FOUL PLAY by Faran Fagen  3rd Place—Young Adult TRAPPED ON OCKOR by Jane Ellen Freeman 2nd Place—Young Adult HEADBANGER by Tori Kelley 1st Place—Young Adult  COLLIDING SKIES by Debbie Koristz Congratulations all winners and thank you all participants.
  • SCBWI FLORIDA TAMPA BAY AREA MEMBERS FEBRUARY MEETING Featured Speaker: Rob Sanders Topic: Simple Revision Strategies that Really Work  February 6, 2016 2:00-4:00 p.m. Bloomingdale Public Library 1908 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, Florida A carpenter needs a workshop full of tools. A mechanic’s tools fill a garage. Writers need a toolbox, too—a revision toolbox. Of course, there’s not one tool that will fix every writing problem, so you need to stock your toolbox with a variety of gadgets, gizmos, and whatchamacallits. Once you diagnosis a problem with your manuscript, you can pull out the just-right tool, and get to work.  This workshop will introduce you to thirteen simple, effective revision strategies that will allow you to build a stronger manuscript. We’ll be using the tools we discover during the session—none of that sit-and-get stuff for us. Novelists, bring at least one chapter. Picture book writers, bring an entire manuscript or two. Be ready to work, learn, share, and have a great time together. Rob Sanders is a former editor, a writing teacher, and a picture book writer. Since getting serious about writing picture books seven years ago, he has sold six books to three major houses, has landed a terrific agent, and has gained unparalleled riches and fame. Ok, the last part’s not true, but everything else is! 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.     Rob Sanders Cowboy Christmas Golden Books/Random House Outer Space Bedtime Race Random House Children's Books Ruby Rose--Off to School She Goes HarperCollins, 2016 Ruby Rose Big Bravos HarperCollins, 2017 A Flag For Harvey Random House, 2018 Web site: www.robsanderswrites.com Blog: www.robsanderswrites.blogspot.com Facebook: RobSandersWrites Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/robsanderswrites      
  • South Florida Upcoming Events Feb 6 -  Lorin Oberweger, Hagen Ranch Delray 2-4 TURNING UP THE HEAT: How to create dynamic, high-impact scenes Many writers create exciting premises, dynamic story openings, and shattering story climaxes, but their middle sections? Zzzz. Too often, they create situations that rob their stories of tension, keep their protagonists spinning their wheels, and turn down the heat until their stories go cold. Together, we’ll examine the concept of high and low temperature scenes—and plots— and discuss ways in which we can deepen and add complications to our stories and keep turning up the heat on our characters from beginning to end. We'll also touch on issues of pacing and emotional focus to make sure scenes and stories are super-charged on all levels. Bring your complete picture book MS or a couple of scenes from your MG or YA novel, and come prepared to work! :) Feb 6 -  Lorin Oberweger, Hagen Ranch Delray 2-4 Mar 19 - Laurie Friedman, West Boynton Beach Library on Jog 2-4 Apr 16 - April is for Authors group trip (Looking into Cathy Castelli teaching public speaking on April 9th) May 21 - Steven dos Santos  Jun 10-11 - 2016 Mid-Year Workshops at Disney World Jul 16 - Dorian Cirrone Aug 20 - Janeen Mason Sep 17 - Debbie Reed Fischer Oct 15 - PB author (TBA) Nov 19 - Marjetta Geerling Dec 17 - Joyce Sweeney
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Come attend the 2016 Mid-Year Workshops at Disney World - starting Friday, June 10th & Saturday, June 11th.

Attend the Picture Book Comprehensive, the Illustrator Comprehensive, or a special Two-Day Novel/Comprehensive Retreat. Workshop tracks to include: Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Graphic Novel. The Novel Comprehensive/Retreat will be an intense venture into writing and revising novels led by Jonathan Maberry and Lorin Oberweger – space is limited (25) to this exrtraordinary opprotunity, and is open to SCBWI members only.

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.
SCBWI Canada East & Florida Mentorship Program

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