SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Boot Camps 2022


 

SCBWI Florida Boot Camps

Saturday, September 10

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

COST:

Members: $100.00

Non-members: $125.00

Seating is limited.

 

Register at the bottom of this page!

 

 

 

HOW TO CAPTURE YOUR READER’S (AND AN EDITOR’S) ATTENTION WITH EXCITING AND ENGAGING NONFICTION

Faculty: Jennifer Swanson

Location: Grace Anglican Church, Fleming Island – Jacksonville Area

Want to spice up your kidlit nonfiction project or just figure out where to start one? This is the Boot Camp for you! We’ll go through how to create a nonfiction manuscript from start to finish. How do you pick a topic that will sell? Where do you find the research? The photos? And most importantly, what type of writing do you use—expository or narrative? Bring your best ideas and your work in progress. We are going to dive in and dig deep and learn how to bring nonfiction kidlit alive for readers of all ages.   

 

Who’s it for? Those who are writing or wish to write nonfiction for any age group—picture books, middle grade, or young adult. Writers of all experience levels.

What to bring? Your work(s)-in-progress or an idea for a project and your laptop or other note-taking materials.

Learn more about Jennifer: https://jenniferswansonbooks.com/

 

 

DYNAMIC CHARACTER DESIGN—AN ILLUSTRATOR EVENT

Faculty: John Herzog and Gladys Jose

Location: Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota

As an illustrator, do you sometimes find that your characters feel a bit static? Wooden? Flat? Have no fear, fellow artists! Gladys and John will provide constructive instruction and exercises that will help your characters come alive and leap off the page. In this Boot Camp, we’ll discuss the basics of character design, pushing poses and attitude, and incorporating gesture drawing into your process. We’ll also have a gesture drawing session with experienced figure models from Ringling.

Who’s it for? Illustrators of all experience levels.

What to bring? Please be sure to bring a sketchbook and pencils and/or a digital drawing tablet (iPad, Surface, etc.).

Learn more about John: https://johnherzog.art/

 

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

 

 

PUNCHING UP YOUR NOVEL

Faculty: Dorian Cirrone and Alex Flinn

Location: Tamarac Branch Library, Tamarac – South Florida Area

William Faulkner said, “If a story is in you, it has to come out.” We know you have a story in you and this Boot Camp will help it come out. From compelling stories to page-turning scenes to lyrical sentences, this Boot Camp will cover everything you need to make your work stand out to agents and editors. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to bring your novel to life. Bring your work-in-progress so you can put what you learn into practice.

 

Who’s it for? Those who are writing or wish to write chapter books, middle grade novels, and/or young adult novels. Writers of all experience levels.

What to bring? Your work(s)-in-progress or an idea for a project and your laptop or other note-taking materials.

Learn more about Dorian: http://www.doriancirrone.com/

 

Learn more about Alex: https://www.facebook.com/AlexFlinn1

 

 

STOCK YOUR STORYTELLING TOOLKIT—FROM PICTURE BOOKS TO NOVELS

Faculty: Fred Koehler and Sarah McGuire Koehler

Location: Health Care of America (HCA), Tampa

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.

Who’s it for? Writers and illustrators of all experience levels and all genres.

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

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

 

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

 

 

PICTURE BOOKS: FROM PREMISE TO PUBLICATION—OPPORTUNITIES AND POSSIBILITIES

Faculty: Rob Sanders and Sita Singh

Location: Laura Riding Jackson Writing Center, Vero Beach

This Boot Camp will show you the value of knowing what kind of stories you want to write and of having a premise to guide your work. Then we’ll look at some craft tools that can make your work standout in a crowded field—voice, word choice, lyrical language, staying in scene, and developing emotions. And we’ll discuss how to make feedback impact your revisions. This hands-on Boot Camp will include first page critiques. Come explore the opportunities and possibilities with us!

Who’s it for? Fiction and nonfiction picture book writers of all experience levels. Illustrators and illustrator/authors are welcome, too!

What to bring? Your work(s)-in-progress or picture book ideas, laptop or other note-taking tools, and the first page of a manuscript for a quick, on-the-spot critique. To see how to format a first page, CLICK HERE

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

 

Learn more about Sita: http://www.singhsita.com/about-2

 

 

WHOSE STORY IS IT?

Faculty: Lorin Oberweger

Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park – Orlando Area

In this Boot Camp, we’re going to look at the elements that make for a truly worthy, ESSENTIAL protagonist and challenge ourselves to find ways for them to care more and have more to lose; to express themselves in a compelling, indelible way; to register as memorable on the page; and to be the driving force of the narrative rather than having the story drive THEM.  As always, bring your laptop or notebook, scenes from your work-in-progress (or the entire work if it’s a picture book), and the desire to dig deep and challenge yourself. See you there!  

Who’s it for? Writers and author/illustrators of all experience levels and all genres.

What to bring: Please come with scenes from your work(s)-in-progress (or the entire work if it’s a picture book) as well as your favorite note-taking tools.

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

 


 

SCBWI FLORIDA COVID PROTOCOLS FOR BOOT CAMPS

 

The following protocols have been developed based on CDC guidelines,

requirement and recommendations from SCBWI headquarters,

and taking into consideration the requirements of our various meeting facilities.

1. Please wear a mask.

2. We highly recommend that those who attend be vaccinated or have a negative test before attending.

3. If you are not feeling well, please be considerate of others and do not attend the meeting.

4. If you are unable to attend a boot camp due to Covid, please notify us for a refund.

5. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at each boot camp location.

If you have any questions about these protocols, please email us at florida@scbwi.org. Thank you for following our protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our faculty and participants. While SCBWI Florida has COVID-19 precautions and procedures established for our events, please know that you assume all risks associated with attending any in-person gathering.

 

 

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Ticket Information

Fleming Island - HOW TO CAPTURE YOUR READER’S (AND AN EDITOR’S) ATTENTION WITH EXCITING AND ENGAGING NONFICTION - Members - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.


Fleming Island - HOW TO CAPTURE YOUR READER’S (AND AN EDITOR’S) ATTENTION WITH EXCITING AND ENGAGING NONFICTION - Nonmembers - $125.00


Sarasota - DYNAMIC CHARACTER DESIGN—AN ILLUSTRATOR EVENT -Members - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.


Sarasota - DYNAMIC CHARACTER DESIGN—AN ILLUSTRATOR EVENT -Nonmembers - $125.00


Tamarac - PUNCHING UP YOUR NOVEL - Members - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.


Tamarac - PUNCHING UP YOUR NOVEL - Nonmembers - $125.00


Tampa - STOCK YOUR STORYTELLING TOOLKIT—FROM PICTURE BOOKS TO NOVELS - Members - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.


Tampa - STOCK YOUR STORYTELLING TOOLKIT—FROM PICTURE BOOKS TO NOVELS - Nonmembers - $125.00


Vero Beach - PICTURE BOOKS: FROM PREMISE TO PUBLICATION—OPPORTUNITIES AND POSSIBILITIES - Members - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.


Vero Beach - PICTURE BOOKS: FROM PREMISE TO PUBLICATION—OPPORTUNITIES AND POSSIBILITIES - Nonmembers - $125.00


Winter Park - WHOSE STORY IS IT? - Members - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.


Winter Park - WHOSE STORY IS IT? - Nonmembers - $125.00


The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. 

The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, www.scbwi.org. SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

 

Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, volunteers, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • Intimidation, stalking, or following;
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
  • Abusive verbal comments;
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors;.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
  • Doxing
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.

 

Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: https://www.scbwi.org/anti-harassment-report-form/. Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.

 

Non-Retaliation

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.

 

Sanctions

SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

Sanctions for faculty, speakers, volunteers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.

 

Confidentiality

SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.

    

If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.

If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to tammybrown@scbwi.org. Please include the words "Anti-Harassment Policy" in the subject line. 

 

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