SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Gainesville Area Meetings

The Plot Clock for Picture Books Writers

October 20, 2018 from 10 AM – noon

with Joyce Sweeney via Skype

 

Saint Leo University Gainesville Education Center

4560-B NW 39th Place (in Magnolia Parke)

Gainesville, FL 32606

(Scroll down for directions.)

RSVP by October 13 to nanryanbooks@gmail.com

 

From Joyce: Many years ago, I was teaching The Plot Clock in Tampa, and Rob Sanders asked me a question.  “Does the plot clock work for picture books?”  I said, I didn’t know, so Rob and I began digging in to find the answer.   Of course, a concept book doesn’t need The Plot Clock (there’s no low point in the alphabet) but what we found was rather startling.  In story picture books, THE BEST SELLERS ALL FOLLOWED THE PLOT CLOCK.  The stories that didn’t were a little more lackluster.  We also uncovered many other secrets, such as, sometimes a plot point is in the illustrations only.  Knowing the secrets of The Plot Clock can make a huge difference for picture book writers and I think you can see from Rob Sanders’ career just how much!  I’ll be happy to present it to you Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10:00am to noon, via Skype.  This is a great tool for picture book writers and we will have fun!

 

Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and two chapbooks 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, her second, entitled WAKE UP will be released by the same publisher this spring.   She has had numerous poems, short stories, articles and interviews published; and her play, FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES was produced in 2011. Joyce has recently switched to writing adult fiction and is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour agency. Joyce has also been a writing teacher and coach for 25 years, beginning with teaching five-week classes for the Florida Center for the Book, moving to ongoing invitation only workshops and finally to online classes (www.sweeneywritingcoach.com) which reach students nationally and internationally. Developing strong bonds with the students she critiques and instructs is her hallmark. She believes that writers need emotional support as well as strong, craft-based teaching if they are to make the long, arduous, but very worthwhile journey to traditional publication. At this writing, 59 of Joyce’s students have successfully made this journey and obtained traditional publishing contracts. In 2011, Joyce and a coalition of local playwrights, directors and actors formed The Playgroup LLC, which conducts workshops for playwrights and actors and produces original works by local playwrights. The Playgroup currently presents three productions a year at their home base, The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton. Joyce lives in Coral Springs with her husband, Jay and caffeine-addicted cat, Nitro.

 

Please bring a packed lunch so we can eat together after Joyce’s workshop and make connections with one another. Feel free to bring your own coffee, water or other non-alcoholic beverages so you stay hydrated during our time together! We will be in a room on the 2nd floor. Take the outside elevator up or the stairs at the end of the building.

Saturday workshops will typically be from 10 AM-noon with an invitation for you to bring your own lunch so we can eat together afterward. This will help us to develop a sense of community. My goal is that we each grow as writers and illustrators, while providing support and encouragement to one another. When one person gets published, we can celebrate with them— and we can help each other along the way! Each session is free for SCBWI members and $10 (cash only) for non-members.

Directions: From I 75: Take the FL 222 exit (exit 390) east toward Santa Fe College and Gainesville. You will pass Publix on your left and Santa Fe College on the right. Turn left at the light onto NW 51st Street (approx. 3 miles from I-75, Tires Plus is on the corner). Take the first right into the strip mall. Go straight at the stop sign (or stop at the Starbucks first—-it’s on the right a little before you get to the stopsign!). You will see a Dominos. Veer left as if you are going into the Dominos parking lot. You will see Saint Leo University’s center in the two-story structure on the left once you are in the parking lot. You cannot see the center from NW 39th Ave.

 

If you are coming on NW 39th Avenue/222, SLU is between NW 43rd St and NW 51st St. It is behind Dominos Pizza. I suggest passing Dominos (on the right) and turning right at the light (NW 51st St). The take the first right into the strip mall. Go straight at the stop sign (or stop at the Starbucks first—-it’s on the right a little before you get to the stop sign!). You will see the back side of Dominos. Veer left as if you are going into the Dominos parking lot. You will see Saint Leo University’s center in the two-story structure on the left once you are in the parking lot. You cannot see the center from NW 39th Ave.

For more information about Gainesville events and to be put on a mailing list contact: Nancy Ryan at storydrum1@gmail.com