SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Orlando: Meet the Faculty

 


Brian Floca is the author/illustrator and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11Lightship, and The Racecar Alphabet. Brian has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories series, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, Laura Amy Schlitz’s Princess Cora and the Crocodile, and, most recently, Hawk Rising, by Maria Gianferrari. In addition to the Caldecott Medal, Brian’s books have received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards for distinguished informational books, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, and have twice been selected for the New York Times’s annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list. http://brianfloca.com/about.html
FRIDAY: ILLUSTRATOR INTENSIVE
SATURDAY: PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP

 

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Emma Ledbetter is Editorial Director of Picture Books at Abrams Books for Young Readers. She joined Abrams in 2018 following eight years at Simon & Schuster, and some other things before that, including a particularly delightful summer interning on SpongeBob SquarePants at Nickelodeon. She has worked with award-winning and bestselling authors and illustrators such as Tomie dePaola, Christian Robinson, Julie Fogliano, Loren Long, Jillian Tamaki, LeUyen Pham, Isabelle Arsenault, and Molly Idle, and is honored to have edited many acclaimed picture books including Christian Robinson’s author-illustrator debut, Another; Sergio Ruzzier’s wonderfully offbeat Good Boy; and Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso, which The New York Times called “an example of children’s books at their best.” She looks for a wide range of fresh, insightful, diverse picture books, and is especially fond of Edward Gorey, Ruth Krauss, and Frances the Badger. See some of the books she loves at pinterest.com/emmaled; bonus points if you can decipher her Frances-related Twitter handle, @brdnjamforemma

SATURDAY: PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP

 

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Alexa Pastor is an Editor with Atheneum Books for Young Readers. She joined Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in August of 2014, and is the lucky editor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, HerStory by Katherine Halligan and Sarah Walsh (a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2018), the Anna, Banana chapter book series by Anica Mrose Rissi, and several other projects by talented authors including Leah Henderson, Kathleen Krull, Amy Makechnie, and Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Prior to landing her dream job, Alexa interned at both Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Running Press Kids, was a bookseller at Barnes and Noble, and graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University (Go ‘Cats!). She completed her master’s degree in Children’s and Young Adult Publishing at Rosemont College in 2015. She is acquiring literary and commercial picture books, middle grade, and YA with fresh, honest voices that demand to be heard, and stories that make her laugh or cry enough that people look at her sideways on her long commute. You can follow Alexa on Twitter @Alexa_Pastor926.

FRIDAY: PICTURE BOOK INTENSIVE

 

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Hannah Milton is an assistant editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she works primarily on Middle Grade and Young Adult novels (with the occasional picture book thrown in for good measure!). She is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and worked as an editorial intern at Random House Children’s Books and Bloomsbury Spark before joining LBYR in 2016. She’s particularly interested in acquiring voice and character-driven MG and YA projects, especially those that make her cry, swoon, or believe in magic. When she’s not editing, she enjoys winning Harry Potter trivia contests and spending too much time watching The Weather Channel. You can find her on Twitter @CompanionHannah, where she yells a lot about the New Orleans Saints.

FRIDAY: NOVEL INTENSIVE
SATURDAY: YOUNG ADULT WORKSHOP

 

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Lauren Smulski is an associate editor at Inkyard Press, a young adult division of Harlequin/HarperCollins. Her author list includes #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, as well as critically acclaimed authors Laurie Forest (The Black Witch Chronicles), Amanda Foody (The Shadow Game series), Gregory Scott Katsoulis (All Rights Reserved), and Hannah Capin (The Dead Queens Club). Lauren is currently seeking young adult projects in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, classical retellings in a modern setting, issue-driven fiction, epistolary novels, tech-driven thrillers, narrative nonfiction, and original teen superhero stories. When she’s not editing or reading (a rare occasion, to be sure), Lauren can be found inventing new cupcake recipes, playing board games, or spending time with her husband, 7-year-old daughter, and Shakespearean cat, Tybalt.

SATURDAY: RETELL ME A STORY: RETELLING CLASSIC TALES

 

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Elizabeth Law is a special projects editor at Holiday House who specializes in mining their backlist and acquiring middle grade fiction. She has worked in children’s and young adult publishing for 30 years, including most recently as publisher of Egmont USA and as a freelance book doctor and editor at ElawReads. Elizabeth was previously Associate Publisher at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Viking Children’s Books, and has edited and published every genre from picture book through nonfiction and YA and New Adult. Some of the many authors and artists Elizabeth has worked with are Dan Gutman, Andrew Clements, Michael Grant, Tony diTerlizzi, G. Brian Karas, Holly Black and the estates of Ludwig Bemelmans and Don Freeman. Check out Elizabeth’s blog at Elawreads.com and follow her on Twitter @Elawreads.

FRIDAY: NOVEL INTENSIVE
SATURDAY: HOW SCREENWRITING CAN IMPROVE YOUR NOVEL WORKSHOP
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Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and two chapbooks of poetry. Her books have won many awards and honors. 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. She offers online classes (www.sweeneywritingcoach.com). In 2019, she, Jamie Morris and Tia Levings released Plotting Your Novel With the Plot Clock (Giantess Press). At this writing, 62 of Joyce’s students have successfully obtained traditional publishing contracts. Joyce lives in Coral Springs with her husband, Jay and caffeine-addicted cat, Nitro.
FRIDAY: NOVEL INTENSIVE

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Alma Fullerton is published in both novels and picture books as well as illustration. Her books have been nominated and/or have won over two dozen awards including the Governor General Finalist 2008, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist 2009 & 2011, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award winner 2009, CLA Children’s Book of the Year Honor Book 2009, 2011 Golden Oak Award winner 2009, Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award Winner – 2009, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award shortlist – 2010, SilverBirch Award shortlist -2010 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books 2009 & 2014, Blue Spruce Award 2014 & 2016, and Kentucky BlueGrass Award 2015. Alma lives in Ontario with her husband and two daughters. http://almafullerton.com/
FRIDAY: PICTURE BOOK INTENSIVE
SATURDAY: PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP

 

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Bonnie Bader has written over 45 books for young people including 6 books in the popular Who Was? series and several licensed tie-ins. Some of her titles include: Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?Who Was Jacqueline Kennedy?, My Little Golden Book of Sharks, and Fly, Butterfly. She was the Associate Publisher at Penguin Young Readers for 14 years, where she edited many best-selling series and created the Penguin Young Readers leveled-reading program. Currently, Bonnie serves on the Board of Advisors for SCBWI and acts as the Publishing Advisor for the Society. In addition, Bonnie holds a Master of Science in Education and teaches classes to published and pre-published authors and illustrators. https://reedsy.com/bonnie-bader
SATURDAY: MIDDLE GRADE WORKSHOP

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Alex Flinn is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels including Beastly, which was made into a motion picture. She has six other fairy tale-based novels, A Kiss in Time, Cloaked, Bewitching, Towering, Mirrored, and Beheld. Her first novel, Breathing Underwater, was named an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults and is the only novel included in Liz Clairborne’s “Love is Not Abuse” dating violence prevention curriculum for schools. Her books have received honors including Best Books for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, International Reading Association Young Adult Choices, and Junior Library Guild selection, as well as local and state readers’ choice awards. She is a non-practicing attorney who lives with her husband, daughters, and way too many pets in Miami, Florida. Sometimes, she jogs. Her newest novel, Girls of July, hits bookstores on June 4. Her upcoming novel after that is Love, Jacaranda, a reboot of Jean Webster’s Daddy Long Legs.  http://alexflinn.com/
SATURDAY: RETELL ME A STORY: RETELLING CLASSIC TALES

 

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Greg Pincus is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, volunteer elementary school librarian, and social media consultant. He’s also a blogger, writing about children’s literature and poetry at GottaBook. Through the wonders of social media, he’s sold poetry, helped himself land a book deal, ended up in the New York Times, the Washington Post, School Library Journal (multiple times), and many other interesting places… and also made friends and gotten free cookies on more than one occasion! http://www.gregpincus.com/
SATURDAY: HOW SCREENWRITING CAN IMPROVE YOUR NOVEL WORKSHOP

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Eric Smith is a literary agent and Young Adult author from Philadelphia. An agent with P.S. Literary, he’s worked with and represents bestselling and award-winning authors, focusing on Young Adult books, genre-blending literary fiction, accessible sci-fi and fantasy, and an array of non-fiction from memoir to pop culture to cookbooks. In his author life, his latest novel, The Girl and the Grove, was published by Flux in 2018. His next novel, Reclaim the Sun, will be published by Harlequin’s YA imprint, Inkyard Press, in 2020. You can learn more about his list and sales on his website, www.ericsmithrocks.com
SATURDAY: YOUNG ADULT WORKSHOP

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Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, collaborates on picture books, middle grade, and teen novels with both celebrated and new illustrators such as Tomie dePaola, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Vashti Harrison, and Raúl Colón. He is also the author/illustrator of the critically acclaimed young adult novel, Draw the Line. Laurent is on the SCBWI Board of Advisors, as well as is the Artistic Advisor for the annual Original Art exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Laurent began his career as a puppet designer/builder in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop, creating characters for productions including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films, and eventually becoming the Creative Director for the Sesame StreetMuppets, winning an Emmy Award. www.laurentlinn.com Instagram & FB: Laurent Linn
FRIDAY: ILLUSTRATOR INTENSIVE
SATURDAY: PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP

 

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Margaret Mincks grew up the second oldest of eight kids. When she wasn’t swimming, acting, or filming B-movie parodies, she was writing stories. She is the author of the Poplar Kids series (Payback on Poplar Lane and President of Poplar Lane). Kirkus Reviews has said this about President of Poplar Lane: “A full roster of believably rounded characters navigating sometimes-silly situations, rich with droll, timely humor. The votes are in: This one is a winner.” http://www.margaretmincks.com/
SATURDAY: MIDDLE GRADE WORKSHOP

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Deborah Halverson spent a decade editing books for Harcourt Children’s Books before becoming the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction for DummiesWriting New Adult Fiction, the teen novels Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth, the picture book Letters to Santa, and three books in the Remix series for struggling readers. She has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for twenty-four years. Deborah is now a freelance editor specializing in picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. She is the founder of the popular writers’ advice site DearEditor.com and an advisory board member for the UC San Diego Extension “Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating” certificate program. www.DeborahHalverson.com
SATURDAY: YOUNG ADULT WORKSHOP