Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2015 Regional Conference – Miami


“The Hero’s Journey to Children’s Publishing”
January 16-18th, 2015
Miami, Florida

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2015 Regional Conference Details

2015 Faculty Bios

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2015 SCBWI Florida Regional Conference Schedule

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16th, 2015

8:00-9:00 AM – Registration for Intensives
9:00-4:00 PM – Picture Book, Novel, & Illustrator Intensives
3:30-4:30 PM
 – General Registration/Drop-off First Page Critiques at Registration Desk
4:30-5:00 PM
 – Meet Your SCBWI Florida Regional Team
5:00-5:45 PM
 – First Page Critiques
5:45 PM – Board buses for Books & Books (265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables)

6:30 PM – Reception at Books & Books. There will be a cash bar.
7:30-9:00 PM
 – Enjoy dining on your own at Books & Books or on famous Miracle Mile. Last bus departs Books & Books at 10:00 PM.


7:00-8:30 AM – General Registration
8:00 AM-4:30 PM – Art Exhibit: Artists must pick up portfolios by 4:45 PM
8:30-8:45 AM
 – Co-Regional Advisors Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld & Gaby Triana: Welcome and Announcements
8:45-9:30 AM
 – Chris Grabenstein: "Saying Yes All The Way To Mr. Lemoncello's Library"
9:30-9:55 AM – Verla Kay: Perfecting Picture Books
9:55-10:10 AM – Break (turn in your editor panel question cards)
10:10-10:50 AM
 – Editor Panel 
10:50-11:15 AM
 – Raul Colón: "The Art of Daydreaming"
11:15 AM- 12:00 PM – First Books Panel
12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00-1:25 PM
 – Laurent Linn: "Behind-the-Scenes: Balancing Art and Business"
1:25-2:10 PM – Justin Chanda: "The State of the State of the Industry"
2:10-2:20 PM – Break (turn in your agent panel question cards)
2:20-3:00 PM
 – Agent Panel
3:00-3:30 PM – Kathleen Duey: "Helping Characters Learn to Talk (and breathe)"
3:30-4:15 PM – Chris Cheng: "A-Z of Children’s Publishing – or how I have survived as a children’s author for 25 years"
4:15-4:20 PM – Crystal Kite Presentation
4:45-6:45 PM – Critiques in East Hall

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18th, 2015

7:00-8:45 AM – Critique Group Leaders' Meeting in the Rickenbacker Restaurant
9:00-10:30 AM – Workshop 1 (choose one)
Chris Cheng: "Marketing ME – ways to earn money from marketing you as the children’s creator; the business of bing a children’s book creator"
    B. Justin Chanda: "Here’s How I Edit Picture Books"
    C. Linda Joy Singleton: "Creating a Synopsis in 30 Minutes"
    D. Verla Kay: "Making Words Sing: How and why your choice of words can make or break a story." 
    E. Raul Colón: "The Truth of Line and Color"
    F. Heather Alexander: "Voice Lessons"
    G. Kathleen Duey: "Creating people and places that live and breathe"
    H. Lorin Oberweger (*NEW PAL workshop!)
10:30-10:45 AM – Break
10:45 AM-12:15 PM
 – Workshop 2 (choose one)
Laurent Linn: "Drawing in Style: What Is My Style? & Knowing When You're There"
    J. Stacey Barney: "Chit Chat and Jibber Jabber: In Other Words, Dialogue"
    K. Linda Epstein: "What Agents Mean When they Say "Show don't Tell""
    L. Ginger Clark: "Contract Clauses: The Crucial Ones"
    M. Andrew Karre: "Thyself (and Stop Worrying About Audience): Crafting a durable and personal identity as a writer"
    N. Chris Grabenstein:  "Flashlights Under The covers:  How to plot to keep kids turning the pages"
    O. Lorin Oberweger (*NEW PAL workshop!)
12:15-1:00 PM – Main Meeting Room for Rising Kite Awards & Door Prizes|
1:00-2:00 PM
 – Autograph Party