• SCBWI FLORIDA presents… 6 WRITING BOOT CAMPS ACROSS FLORIDA! Get your assetts in gear and march over to one of our intensive and extensive, but not expensive, writing and illustration honing events. Learn how to sharpen your insight, and hit your target first shot. Crawl through the publishing swamp and surprise your adversary with strong wit, accurate editing, and unique design. Then line up your arsenal for inspection by our hardened drill instructors. Come out of these camps REAL WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS!! Now MOVE IT!!! Count off... ONE, TWO - THREE, FOUR - WE WILL WIN THE PUBLISHING WAR! REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS HERE: #1 :: Marco Island - Launching into Picture Books * #1 REGISTER HERE* #2 :: Palm Coast - Whole Novel Bootcamp * #2 REGISTER HERE* #3 :: Sarasota - Bootcamp for Dummies (Picture Book Dummies) * #3 REGISTER HERE* #4 :: Celebration - Bootcamp Basics for Beginners * #4 REGISTER HERE* #5 :: Miami - Bootcamp Basics for Beginners * #5 REGISTER HERE* #6 :: Boca Raton - Character Drills and Workouts * #6 REGISTER HERE*   MARCO ISLAND (West Coast) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM Marco Island Center for the Arts 1010 Winterberry Drive Marco Island, Florida 34145 (239) 394-4221 LAUNCHING INTO PICTURE BOOKS     with Colonel Rob “Steely” Sanders *#1 REGISTER HERE* Whether you’ve never written a picture book, or you have a drawer full of manuscripts, this boot camp is for you. Rob Sanders—a former editor, and now a writing teacher and picture book author, will lead the session. Since Rob began his picture book journey six years ago, he has sold four picture books to three major houses, landed an agent, and achieved great riches and fame. Okay, that last part isn’t true, but you'll still enjoy this lively session with Rob. You will learn about creating a concept, picture book plot, character development, beginnings and endings, formatting, and much, much more. Come blastoff to your picture book dreams! Limit: 40 participants Required Gear: Bring your laptop or favorite supplies for writing and note-taking. Outlets are limited. Bring one (or more) of your picture book manuscripts. If you don’t’ have a work-in-progress, no worries! ROB SANDERS does not work as a loading dock worker, a trophy engraver, or an editor. But he used to. Rob is not a cowboy, an alien, or a ballerina. But he writes about them. He is a picture book author, a writing teacher, and a great uncle. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Rob now lives in Brandon, Florida. He is a frequent blogger, critiquer, and writing coach. Rob Sanders—an author whose books will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart.   PALM COAST (South of St. Augustine) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM Flagler County Art League 160 Cypress Point Parkway suite 207C (2nd floor) Palm Coast, FL  32164 (386) 986-4668 www.flaglercountyartleague.com WHOLE NOVEL BOOTCAMP     with General Joyce "Iron Maiden" Sweeney * #2 REGISTER HERE* 9:00 Reveille - Fall in for inspection 9:15 Drill Call - Hardcore Pitch Practice 10:00 Assembly - Tightening minor characters, subplots and other loose ends 11:00 Charge!  Using cause and effect to propel your plot 12:00 Mess Call 1:00  To The Color - Adding layers and depth to your writing 2:00  Retreat!  Advanced Revision Techniques 3:00 Taps - Questions and closing thoughts 4:00 Dismissed! Required Gear: Laptop or notebook, WIP that needs work, either printed out or on your screen.  Yes, soldiers, the whole thing! Limit: 40 participants JOYCE SWEENEY is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and one chapbook of poetry.  Her first novel, Center Line, won the First Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding Young Adult Novel.  Many of her books appear on the American Library Association's Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Her novel Shadow won the Nevada State Reading Award in 1997.  Her novel Players was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Sports Book and by Working Mother magazine as a Top Ten for Tweens. Her novel,  Headlock (Holt 2006), won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Florida Book Awards and was chosen by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her first chapbook of poems, IMPERMANENCE , was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press.  She has had numerous poems, short stories, articles and interviews published; and her play, FIRST PAGE CRTIQUES  was produced in 2011.  Joyce is also a writing teacher and mentor to aspiring authors both locally and nationwide.  She critiques manuscripts and conducts classes and seminars throughout the state of Florida. She has recently launched a series of online courses: Sweeney Writing Coach. So far, 46 of her students and clients have gone on to secure traditional publishing contracts. In 2011, Joyce and a coalition of local playwrights, directors and actors formed The Playgroup LLC, which produces original works by local playwrights.  The Playgroup currently presents two productions a year; one program of short plays and one full length play. Joyce lives in Coral Springs with her husband, Jay and cat, Nitro.   SARASOTA (Near Tampa) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota 3975 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 371-4974 BOOTCAMP FOR DUMMIES (PICTURE BOOK DUMMIES)    with Drillmasters Linda Shute & Dianne Ochiltree * #3 REGISTER HERE* Mission: A dummy that works! Turn out and shape up your picture book story, pictures, or concepts! Join up to make down and dirty drafts, pump up your page turns, tighten your narrative, and strengthen your story. A hands-on session for both illustrators and writers conducted by your drillmasters. Limit: 40 participants LINDA SHUTE was a latchkey bookworm growing up in West Miami when she was inspired by Kate Seredy's books to be an author/illustrator. Characters in Linda's 14 picture books range from leprechauns to Chesapeake explorers. She earned an art degree at FSU and taught Children's Book Illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. Linda has enjoyed being Florida SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator for three years. DIANNE OCHILTREE is a veteran children’s writer.  Her work in the trenches has resulted in a bronze medal and silver medal in the children’s literature division of the Florida Book Awards.  She looks forward to sharing tactical strategies for weaving through the creative obstacle course with fellow word warriors.   CELEBRATION (Orlando) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM West Osceola Branch Library 305 Campus Street Celebration, FL 34747 BOOTCAMP BASICS FOR BEGINNERS    with Lt. Marjetta “The Edge-ucator” Geerling  * #4 REGISTER HERE* Wade through the basic DOs and DON’Ts of children’s book writing with this beginner’s course. Learn how to properly research the kids’/teens’ book industry, write attention-getting query letters, land a literary agent, and find the right publisher for you. Gain valuable revision tips, spark new ideas, find critique groups in your area, and share the first pages of your works-in-progress in a group setting. A day of learning all about the business, this clinic is perfect for anyone who’s always wondered “how to get started.” Optional Gear: Laptop or notebook, and if you have written anything for children or teens, bring it to share. Limit: 40 participants MARJETTA GEERLING is the author of FANCY WHITE TRASH (Viking), an ALA 2009 Best Books for Young Adults and 2009 Rainbow List selection. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University. Marjetta lives in Miami Beach where she’s Assistant Professor of English at Broward College. She also teaches private writing workshops for teens and adults.   MIAMI (Near Miami) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM Holiday Inn Express 13475 SW 131st Street Miami FL, 33186 (786) 837-2100 BOOTCAMP BASICS FOR BEGINNERS    with Lt. Danielle “Softie” Joseph * #5 REGISTER HERE* Wade through the basic DOs and DON’Ts of children’s book writing with this beginner’s course. Learn how to properly research the kids’/teens’ book industry, write attention-getting query letters, land a literary agent, and find the right publisher for you. Gain valuable revision tips, spark new ideas, find critique groups in your area, and share the first pages of your works-in-progress in a group setting. A day of learning all about the business, this clinic is perfect for anyone who’s always wondered “how to get started.” Optional Gear: Laptop or notebook, and if you have written anything for children or teens, bring it to share. Limit: 35 participants DANIELLE JOSEPH is the author of Simon & Schuster's SHRINKING VIOLET (Now the Disney Channel Original movie RADIO REBEL) and INDIGO BLUES and PURE RED from Flux Books. She was a college DJ for five years on the Gyroscope, a world music show. She also interned at several top Boston radio stations while earning her BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College. She has taught Creative Writing and English to Middle school students and adults and loves doing school author visits. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Danielle now lives in Miami, Florida.   BOCA RATON (North of Miami) Sunday, September 28th, 2014 - 10 AM to 5 PM The Loft at Congress 530 NW 77th Street Boca Raton, FL 33487 (561) 819-3154 CHARACTER DRILLS AND WORKOUTS: Adding Power to Your Plot and Strength to Your Story Structure    with Sergeant Dorian “Whipsnap” Cirrone * #6 REGISTER HERE* How does your character’s backstory wound and motivation affect your inciting incident? What’s the relationship between your character’s flaw and the climax of your story? At what point should your character have a metaphorical mirror moment that sparks his or her transformation? Whether you’re in the pre-vision or re-vision stage, answering these questions and more will not only give you a solid framework for your novel, but will also deepen your characters so that readers will find them relatable and relevant. Bring a laptop or notebook and pen for notes and short writing exercises. Required Gear: Bring a laptop or notebook and pen for notes and short writing exercises. Limit: 40 participants DORIAN CIRRONE is the author of the young adult novels, Prom Kings and Drama Queens and Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, which was named an ALA Popular Paperback and made the Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Fiction as well as the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. She has also written the Lindy Blues chapter books, The Missing Silver Dollar and The Big Scoop. Her poems, shorts stories, and essays for children and adults have been published in literary journals and anthologies. Dorian holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and has taught writing at the university level and at many workshops and conferences. She has worked as a door-to-door survey taker, a dance teacher, a choreographer, an assistant city editor for a daily newspaper, and a college English instructor. Writing for children and teens has been her best job so far. To learn more about Dorian and her work, visit www.doriancirrone.com.  
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BOOTCAMP REGISTRATION – OPENS 8/3/14

#1 :: Marco Island – Launching into Picture Books * #1 REGISTER HERE*
#2 :: Palm Coast – Whole Novel Bootcamp * #2 REGISTER HERE*
#3 :: Sarasota - Bootcamp for Dummies (Picture Book Dummies) * #3 REGISTER HERE*
#4 :: Celebration – Bootcamp Basics for Beginners * #4 REGISTER HERE*
#5 :: Miami – Bootcamp Basics for Beginners * #5 REGISTER HERE*
#6 :: Boca Raton – Character Drills and Workouts * #6 REGISTER HERE*


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