• SCBWI FLORIDA TAMPA BAY AREA MEMBERS SIZZLING HOT SUMMER EVENTS DIANNE OCHILTREE BOOK SIGNING You’re invited to a celebration of the release of Dianne’s new picture book for ages 3-7, IT’S A SEASHELL DAY, on Thursday, July 16, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota, Florida. Come enjoy wine and cheese, seashell-shaped sugar cookies, a book signing, raffle, and more. To RSVP, email Dianne at jochiltree@verizon.net. This is a free event, and open to the public—if you know of someone with little ones in their lives who might find this of interest, please pass along this information to them.   AUGUST MEETING—OUR FIRST FOR '15-'16 August 29, 2015, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, Florida Featured Speaker: Loren Oberweger Topic: Creating Page-turning Fiction: Bringing Your Story to Life in the Reader’s Imagination It’s unlikely you’ll ever hear a reader say, “Oh, I just loved that first act turning point!” Instead, she’ll enthuse over characters she loved, the beauty of your language, or the feeling of simply HAVING to keep turning the page. Though a satisfying, propulsive plot is important, it’s not the most critical element in creating reader anticipation and investment in one’s work.   In this class, we’ll study those elements that DO create excitement and involvement in the reader—and in the hearts of industry gatekeepers: agents and editors who have seen and read it all. Please bring along your novel’s first scene—no more than five pages. Picture book writers, please bring an entire manuscript. We’ll work individually and in groups to analyze your work for those critical elements and empower you to take the knowledge you gain and apply it to ALL the scenes of your work of fiction or creative nonfiction. This is a free event for SCBWI members, and $10.00 for non-members. No reservation needed. SCBWI FLORIDA BOOT CAMPS Our around-the-state boot camps will be going on again this year, on Saturday, September 26. More information to come soon! 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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A message from our Co-Regional Advisors

We are a diverse community of hardworking volunteers dedicated to making your dreams of becoming published authors and illustrators for kids and teens a reality. Through our Florida Regional Conference, held every January in Miami, our Mid-Year Workshop, held every June in Orlando, and

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NEW! DEMO OF WATER COLOR TECHNIQUE: Come see illustration master E.B. Lewis demonstrate his method of water color painting Saturday, June 6th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the 2015 Mid-Year Workshops. Room to be determined.

Save the Date: SUNDAY, MAY 3 from 6-8 p.m. That's when the fabulous Rebecca Huggins Puglisi will conduct a free SCBWI workshop at  The Loft at Congress.

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Writing for Children's Magazines
A presentation by Margaret Mincks
Feb. 21st – Celebration, FL

Read the January 2015 Newsletter here!