Boot Camps to be held on Sept. 29 from 10-4 PM
Fee: $75 for members, $100 for nonmembers.
MIAMI: 10-4 PM
(Lunch will be available for purchase at the restaurant.)
John Martin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
253 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Presenters: Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Danielle Joseph
Secrets Revealed: From character to plot—discover what your story hasn’t told you yet.
In this workshop you can find out how to bring out those hidden motivations and outside influences that can shape your characters and plot whether they make it onto the page or remain part of the backstory. Learn how to listen to the signals already provided by your characters and plotline to help make your story jump off the page.
Bring your work-in-progress or story ideas and be ready to add another layer of depth to your characters and plot. Materials needed: laptop or pen/paper.
Danielle Joseph is the author of the young adult novels, Shrinking Violet, Indigo Blues and Pure Red. Shrinking Violet was adapted into the Disney Channel movie, Radio Rebel. Danielle’s picture book, I Want to Ride the Tap Tap hits the shelves in Spring 2020!
Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the award-winning author of several books including The Red Umbrella, A Thunderous Whisper, the Moving Target series, and Stormspeaker (part of the Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts series). Her books have received numerous honors including the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Florida Book Award, the Nebraska Book Award, and Junior Library Guild selection.
TAMPA: 10-4 PM
(The venue has its own cafe and will have breakfast, coffee, pastries, etc. available for purchase when you arrive. You will have the opportunity to pre-order your lunch at the beginning of the Boot Camp. Please bring $10.00 cash for lunch. The venue uses its proceeds to help Tampa’s homeless. FREE parking at meters along the street on weekends.)
1001 N Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602
Presenter: Rob Sanders
Picture Books: The Next Level
In this Boot Camp, you’ll help build the agenda for the day. In addition to addressing the questions and issues of participants, Rob will share practical tips that have helped him sell twelve picture books to major publishers in the last eight years, introduce you to the wide array of possibilities for picture books, help you determine if there’s a better structure for your story, and share seven ways to impact the quality of your writing so your picture book story can become a picture book manuscript that will stand out in the crowd. We’ll be workshopping manuscripts during this session—so bring one or more completed picture book manuscripts and be prepared for hands-on writing and revision opportunities. You’ll need: Your manuscripts, a laptop (or other favorite writing supplies), and an adventurous spirit. Rob’s books will be available for sale at the event.
Who should attend: The content of this Boot Camp is meant to be challenging to participants and to take their writing to the next level. But Rob will make the content accessible to everyone—from those just beginning their picture book writing journeys, to those who are already published, and everyone in between.
Rob Sanders is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. He has published both fiction and nonfiction picture books with some of the top publishers in the industry, coaches and critiques fellow writers, and organizes SCBWI Florida free meetings in the Tampa Bay area.
If you need help with directions on the day of the event, call Rob at 813/309-3332 or Candy at 727/483-0095.
COCOA BEACH: 10-4 PM
Ocean Landings Resort
Meeting & Party Room
900 N. Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
(If anyone would like to stay overnight at the hotel, there is a special rate for Boot Camp attendees. Call the hotel to get the special pricing.)
Presenter: Lorin Oberweger
Breaking Through and Breaking Out:
Take your writing from “almost there” to ALL THE WAY.
This workshop is for the solid mid-list author, the “I liked this so much but didn’t LOVE it” writer, and/or the ones who have worked and worked and feel THIS close to success. In this workshop, we’ll dig into techniques of voice, characterization, concept and more to help you take your writing—and your career—to new heights.
Please bring your manuscript, a laptop or notepad (or both) and your willingness to go deep and work hard. See you there!
Lorin Oberweger is a sought-after independent book editor, ghost writer, and literary agent with Adams Literary. Her company, Free Expressions, runs writing craft workshops nationwide. She’s also the co-author of three novels, Boomerang, Rebound, and Bounce, published by HarperCollins.
OVIEDO: 10-4 PM
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office-East Region
1225 East Broadway St.
Oviedo, FL 32765
Presenter: Sarah Nicolas
Promote Yourself as an Author–Before and After Publication:
To succeed as an author, you’re going to need to constantly promote yourself throughout your career. It’s never too early or too late to start. Author and book publicist Sarah Nicolas will discuss things you can do at any stage to promote yourself, including social media for authors and both online and offline networking opportunities. Sarah, who also writes as Aria Kane, will discuss reasons for using a pen name and how to choose a pen name that works for you. She’ll then discuss how to craft both elevator pitches and longer pitches, like back cover copy and query letters. Also, learn every item an author needs in their modern press kit.
Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author who lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. She’s the author of Keeping Her Secret and Dragons are People, Too.
PEMBROKE PINES: 10-4 PM
The Classroom at South Regional BC Library
South Regional/Broward College Library
7300 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Presenter: Lynne Marie
Have a promising Picture Book manuscript and need a kick in the pants to bring it from rough to ready and headed down the path to success?
Then this BOOTCAMP is just the TRAINING you need for PB FITNESS. This program is designed to BUILD STRENGTH in your manuscript through INTENSE personal EXERCISE and re-visioning over the course of our day.
You will begin your BOOT CAMP TRAINING as soon as you register.
- Choose a Manuscript that needs this FITNESS program. Bring it as far as you can on your own and/or with the help of your critique group.
- Find five (5) Comp Titles for this project, published within the last 3 years.
Order these books into the Library or purchase them so that you may bring them with you for a focused EXERCISE.
- Write a pitch for your story of no more than three lines.
- Bring two copies of your manuscripts, a folder with paper, scissors, tape and post-it notes and pencils. We are going to actually make Picture Book Dummies of your story to share.
Must have a completed Picture Book Manuscript and be willing to do Boot Camp preparation to get the maximum benefit of this camp. Supplies are mandatory in order to facilitate the exercises.
Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten (Scholastic), Hedgehog’s 100th Day of School (Scholastic), The Star in the Christmas Play (Beaming Books), Let’s Eat Around the World (Beaming Books), and Moldilocks and the 3 Scares (Sterling), plus more forthcoming.
DAVIE: 10-4 PM
Building 9, Room 227 (on the second floor)
3501 Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314
Click HERE for campus map.
(Parking restrictions are not enforced on Saturdays. The parking garage and parking lots P and H are closest to building 9. If lost, text or call (305) 695 9619. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the Dunkin’ Donuts on campus or a nearby restaurant.)
Presenters: Joyce Sweeney and Marjetta Geerling
Can We Talk About Dialog?
Dialog is the driving force in fiction, helping us understand characters, perceive conflict and sense the pace of a story. This is what we tune in for, to hear what people are saying. But there are so many pitfalls to writing dialog that is true to life and yet entertaining and well-paced. Marjetta Geerling and Joyce Sweeney are dialog lovers who can’t wait to break it down for you. We have ideas and exercises to get your characters talking in a way that will pull readers deep into your story. This workshop is for Middle Grade and Young Adult writers only.
Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen young adult novels and two books of poetry. She teaches online classes at www.sweeneywritingcoach.com and has mentored 59 students to traditional publication. She is currently working on a historical fantasy novel and is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour agency.
Marjetta Geerling is the author of the young adult novel Fancy White Trash (Viking, 2008), an American Library Association’s 2009 Best Books for Young Adults and Rainbow List selection. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University and is an Asst. Professor of English at Broward College. Marjetta is represented by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency.
GAINESVILLE: 10-4 PM
Saint Leo University
Gainesville Education Center
4650-B NW 39th Place
Gainesville, FL 32606
Presenter: Margaret Mincks
Character Architecture: Building Your Characters from the Ground Up:
The basis for any good character is a solid foundation, so break out your hard hats and drawing boards (don’t worry, a laptop or old-school notebook will do) and delve into the art and design of character development. In this workshop, Margaret will continue to annoyingly extend metaphors and share strategies for building solid, interesting characters that come alive on the page, enliven your plot, push the action, and define your character’s core conflicts. Bring either your work/characters-in-progress or simply your imagination and willingness to create exciting characters from scratch!
Margaret Mincks is the author of Payback on Poplar Lane, her debut middle-grade novel. She’s also the former editor of Spider, a literary magazine for 6- to 9-year olds.
SARASOTA: 10-4 PM
Ringling College of Art + Design
2700 Bradenton Road
Sarasota, FL 34234
Presenters: Katherine Blackmore and Linda Shute
Creative Composition – A Day of Craft for Illustrators:
Good design should always precede technique. Build emotion, legibility, and interest into your pictures using design elements of mass, scale, focal points, and more.
Come with your sketchbook and other materials to work out your visual ideas. Include soft graphite pencil and colored pencils or small watercolor set. Registrants please email Linda for updates on supplies and agenda. email@example.com
If you get lost on the way to the venue, please contact Linda at (941) 716-0019.
Katherine Blackmore is an illustrator represented by KidShannon Agency, and former animation instructor at Full Sail University.
Linda Shute is an author/illustrator, former instructor at Ringling College of Art + Design, and your SCBWI-FL Illustrator Coordinator