SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Orlando Area Meetings

FREE MONTHLY MEETINGS

West Osceola Branch Library*

305 Campus St.

Celebration, FL 34747

*All meetings are at this library unless otherwise specified.

 

2019

 

JULY

TBD

 

AUGUST

Saturday, August 3, 2019

10:00 am-noon

Ten Ways to Kick Your Writing Up a Notch

Presented by Janice Hardy

It’s not uncommon for writers to hit a point where their writing is good, but not great. All they need is a little help to push their skills to the next level, but they’re not always sure how to get that push. In this workshop, writers will learn ten ways to improve their writing skills and stories to take their novels from nice to “Wow!”.

Janice Hardy is the founder of Fiction University, and the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, where she tapped into her own dark side to create a world where healing was dangerous, and those with the best intentions often made the worst choices. Her novels include The Shifter, (Picked as one of the 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read, 2014) Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The first book in her Foundations of Fiction series, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure is out now.

Visit Janice’s website at: http://blog.janicehardy.com

 

SEPTEMBER

Look for a Boot Camp near you. Locations and times TBD.

 

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10:00 am-noon

From Craft to Career: The Professional Path to Publishing

Presented by Erica Cameron

 

From finishing your first draft to finding your first agent and everything that comes after, publishing is often a tricky journey to navigate. Erica will talk about the traditional, the unexpected, and the modern paths to publishing. She will also discuss the basics of subrights (what are they?), agents (why have one?), movies (how does that work?), and more (what exactly is a mid-size house?). Get answers to your burning questions about editorial relationships, deadlines, twitter pitching, and everything else in this informational session.

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and has since written several series for young adults and contributed to various online blogs and publications. She is also an advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness. She currently lives in South Florida.

 

 

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 2, 2019

10:00 am-noon

(UN)STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

with Lorin Oberweger

 

In this workshop, Lorin will present strategies to help keep promising early chapters from melting into a mushy middle. Bring your WIP and be prepared to explore methods for building your novel’s premise and other story elements to make certain you’re creating the foundation for a rich work, filled with escalating stakes and complications; developing fully formed characters whose backstories, desires, and motivations are powerful enough to support a compelling narrative; and more!

LORIN OBERWEGER is a highly sought-after independent book editor and ghostwriter with more than twenty-five years experience in publishing. Her company, Free Expressions, offers writing workshops nationwide, and she’s known for her one-on-one story mastermind weekends.

An award-winning author, Lorin had six traditionally published books (four fiction, two nonfiction), including BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE, published by Harper/William Morrow. Her work has appeared in well over one-hundred periodicals, and her books have received glowing reviews from the New York Times, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, and others.

She has also joined Adams Literary as an agent and is slowly growing her list. She can be contacted at lorin@free-expressions.com.

 

DECEMBER

Saturday, December 7, 2019

10:00 am-noon

Jonathan Rosen

For more information about free monthly meetings and to be put on a mailing list, contact Jan Eldredge: Jan@JEldritch.com

Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-noon at:

West Osceola Branch Library

305 Campus Street

Celebration, FL 34747