SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 SCBWI FLORIDA BOOT CAMPS


A day of learning. A lifetime of creating.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*

Members: $85.00
Non-members: $115.00

LIMITED SEATING—REGISTER EARLY—REGISTRATION ENDS 9/20, 11:59 PM!

When you register, please make sure your payment went all the way through before signing off, or you may not be registered for your Boot Camp.

 

JACKSONVILLE

STOCK YOUR STORYTELLING TOOLKIT—FROM PICTURE BOOKS TO NOVELS
Fred Koehler and Sarah McGuire Koehler

Description: Writing memorable stories, whether picture books, middle grade, or young adult, requires a variety of tools. Come prepared to learn (and play with!) story-building tools in this Boot Camp as we focus on concept, characters, and plot. We’ll help you make sure your concept is strong enough to support a story, craft memorable characters, and start spinning an unputdownable plot.

What to bring: Please come with a work-in-progress or a shiny new idea that you’re ready to tackle! Bring your favorite note-taking tools.

Target audience: Authors and illustrators of all experience levels and all genres.

Learn more about Fred: https://www.ilikefred.com/

Learn more about Sarah: https://www.sarahmcguirebooks.com/

Location:
AWC

11653 Central Parkway

Suite 210

Jacksonville, FL 32224

Contact/Hosts: Thomas Johnson ThomasJohnson1@gmail.com
Eileen Meyer elieen@elieenmeyerbooks.com

 

GAINESVILLE

BRINGING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE
Janice Hardy

Description: Great novels blend skilled writing with compelling storytelling, using a multitude of techniques to draw readers in and make them love the book. These techniques work together to build immersive story worlds, creating characters readers love, settings they want to live in, and stories they can’t put down. In this workshop, writers will learn techniques to bring a novel to life for readers. Use point of view to show, not tell, and draw readers in without info-dumping; find the best ways to describe the setting and build a world; tap into the emotions of the characters and use those emotions to drive the plot and deepen the story; and how all these techniques work together to build a novel.

What to bring: Bring your work-in-progress and your favorite note-taking tools.

Target audience: MG and YA authors of all experience levels.

Learn more about Janice: http://www.janicehardy.com/

Location:
St. Leo University

Gainesville Educational Center

Magnolia Parke

4650-B NW 39th Place

Gainesville, FL 32606

Contact/Host: Nancy Ryan storydrum1@gmail.com

 

OVIEDO/ORLANDO AREA

CREATING PICTURE BOOKS
Loreen Leedy

Description: Writers and illustrators are invited to join us for an overview of the process of developing picture books for children. The day will include examples of work in progress, hands-on exercises, and insider tips from a veteran picture book author-illustrator. Topics will include knowing your audience(s), strong openings, unique characters, plotting, nonfiction approaches, and how to turn rough ideas into polished, submission-worthy manuscripts or dummies.

What to bring: Bring a work-in-progress or two and your computer or other note-taking tools.

Target audience: Picture book authors and illustrators of all experience levels.

Learn more about Loreen: https://www.loreenleedy.com/

Location:
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office—East Region

1225 East Broadway St.

Oviedo, FL 32765

Contact/Host: Peggy Janousky pjanousky@gmail.com   

 

TAMPA BAY

PICTURE BOOKS—IT’S IN THE NUMBERS
Ethan Long and Gladys Jose

Description: Creativity and talent are crucial to a long successful career as a children’s book author and illustrator, but the thing that separates the amateurs from the professionals comes down to math and numbers. Page counts, production fees and advances, agent percentages, time management, book dimensions, dates and deadlines—breaking your day down to the numerical level lets you know exactly how long things take, and gives you the structure and confidence you need to sustain a long career in the publishing industry.

What to bring: Bring a work-in-progress or two and your favorite note-taking tools.

Target audience: Picture book authors and illustrators of all experience levels.

Learn more about Ethan: https://www.ethanlong.com/

Learn more about Gladys: https://gladysjose.com/

Location:
Healthcare of America (HCA)

3031 N. Rocky Point Dr. West

Suite 400

Tampa, Florida 33607

Contact/Host: Candy Barnhisel candygbarnhisel@icloud.com

 

SARASOTA

TOP TEN TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR TRANSFORMING YOUR FICTION
Lorin Oberweger

Description: In this comprehensive workshop, we’ll explore a wide range of writing techniques guaranteed to give your work a boost. Topics we’ll tackle include: Understanding “tension on every page;” creating powerful personal and private stakes and credible motivations for your protagonist; setting as character; immersive point of view; creating emotional descriptions; understanding the difference between style and voice and how to cultivate both; distinguishing between authorial vs. character goals; character wounds and the process of healing them; how to make your protagonist as interesting as your villains and sidekicks; and creating structure when you aren’t a structure person (“organic structure”).  

What to bring: Bring your work-in-progress, a notebook and/or laptop, and any novel or work of narrative nonfiction that’s really moved you in the last few years. 

Target audience: MG and YA authors of all experience levels.

Learn more about Lorin: https://www.free-expressions.com/about-lorin

Location:
Ringling College of Art + Design

Sarasota, FL

Contact/Host: Ryan Van Cleave rvcleave@c.ringling.edu

 

SOUTH FLORIDA/PEMBROKE PINES

PICTURE BOOKS: THE NEXT LEVEL
Rob Sanders

*This Boot Camp will run from 10:30-4:30.

Description: Many picture book writers need one more ingredient to take their writing to the next level, to get their big break, to go from pre-published to published. This boot camp will address some of the ingredients that impact voice, presentation, and execution in a picture book manuscript and that could take your writing to the next level. We’ll focus on compression (tighten it up), theme (the heart of the story), genre and types of picture books (you have more choices than you may think), structure (how things look on the page really do matter), point of view (who knew?!), perspective (whose eyes will let us see into the story?), the power of figurative language and literary devices (each word matters), and more. We’ll begin by building our day around your questions.

What to bring: A work-in-progress or two that you can write on (or revise on your computer) and your favorite note-taking tools.

Target audience: Picture book writers of all experience levels. Illustrators are welcome, too, though our focus will be on writing picture books.

Learn more about Rob: https://www.robsanderswrites.com/

Location:
South Regional/Broward County Library

7300 Pines Blvd.

Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Contact/Host: Mindy Weiss mindyaweiss@yahoo.com

NOTE: There will be no refunds if you are unable to attend.