SCBWI-LOS ANGELES PRESENTS
Writer's Day + Writer's Day = Writer's Days
Books and Beyond:
April 21 – 22, 2012
SATURDAY: Registration opens - 8 a.m.
SUNDAY: Registration opens - 9 a.m.
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The Saturday Workshops
Editor Stacey Barney, Putnam/Penguin (http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/yr/putnam.html/):
Agent Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich (http://www.dystel.com/):
Author Lee Wardlaw, award-winning author (PB to YA) (http://www.leewardlaw.com/):
Author Terri Farley: author of all 24 books in
the "Phantom Stallion" middle grade series (http://www.terrifarley.com/):
Author Dawne Knobbe: Moonbeam award-winning author
and madcap Mad Hatter from the L.A. region's Down The Rabbit Hole (http://deknobbe.com/):
Author Sara Wilson Etienne: debut author (http://www.sarawilsonetienne.com/):
Traditional Publishing Panel - "Harbinger":
The Saturday Professional Forum - The Real Deal on Contracts and Taxes
Bonnie Berry LaMon, Esq. (http://www.bonnieberry.com/):
Monica Haven, EA, JD, LLM (http://www.mhaven.net/):
The 4 Hour Sunday Intensives
Pitching - Agent Michael Bourret & PB/Chapter Book Revision - Editor Stacey Barney
Pithy & Precise: How to Pitch Your Story in Person
A Picture Book revision intensive that focuses on narrative picture books. We’ll discuss how to build a compelling story that will allow illustrations to tell at least 50% of the story in a 32-page format. Please bring two copies of a complete narrative picture book for readers between the ages of 6-9. You’ll be working with a partner, so please bring material you are comfortable with sharing. We will only be able to work on picture books with a narrative story.
MG/YA Revision - Editor Stacey Barney & Pitching - Agent Michael Bourret
A Novel revision intensive that focuses on first pages and chapter ends. In this intensive we’ll look at compelling ways to begin a novel asking the question am I beginning my novel in the right place using the right device? We’ll also take a look at the best ways to end a chapter to spur the reader onto the next and build tension. We’ll examine successful novel beginnings and chapter ends. Please bring a synopsis of one of your current works-in-progress as well as the first chapter and one latter chapter. You’ll be working with a partner, so please bring material you are comfortable with sharing.
Pithy & Precise: How to Pitch Your Story in Person
Novel Workshop - Growing Your Writing Life: Soil, Seeds and Soul - Terri Farley
Terri Farley opens her writer's spellbox to share the tips, techniques and magic that help make a writing life part of real life. In this fast-paced, hands-on workshop, writers learn how to write like an animal, make friends with villains, build publicity platforms, find the 25th hour in every day, and more.
Sparking Your Muse (for PB to YA) - Dawne Knobbe
When was the last time you really wrote? Be honest. Did you do the dishes then turn on your computer? Go walk the dog then scrub your kitchen floor? Bring paper and pens and up to three pages that are halting your move forward. Be prepared to confront your inner critic. We will work together to discover what is holding you back. Plus, I will arm you with secrets and exercises to tickle your muse back into play! This is a suitable workshop for all genres.
Published Author Session:
If you are trying to carve out a career in children’s publishing, royalties alone will not pay your bills. The good news is that school visits and other presentations can supplement your income significantly and carry the most important benefit: motivating kids to read (and hopefully become fans of your books.) This intensive will show what elements to include to make your school visits memorable, how to land gigs, and how to handle the business side of appearances. Hands-on activities will help you form a plan of action to implement immediately.
Barney, Editor, Putnam/Penguin
Bonnie Berry LaMon
Complete PB ms, 10 pages MG/YA, OR 10 Poems. Must be postmarked by March
16th, 2012. You must be registered for SCBWI-L.A. Writer’s Days 2012 and
have paid for a critique. (As proof, please include a copy of your registration
ticket. You will receive this ticket by e-mail when you register.)
1. You must be a currently registered member of SCBWI.
2. You must be registered for the Saturday session of SCBWI-L.A. Writer’s Days 2012. (As proof, please attach a copy of your registration ticket in your e-mail. You will receive this ticket by e-mail when you register.)
3. Submissions must state entry category.
4. Submit one unpublished manuscript in manuscript format (Fiction or Nonfiction): Picture Book (text only, no illustrations or dummies), Middle Grade (first 10 pages), Young Adult (first 10 pages), Poetry (a collection of 10 poems on a single theme).
5. Please include the following information in your submission:
a. SCBWI Current Member Name
c. Contact Numbers
e. Title of Your Piece
f. Entry Category (Chosen from these Categories: PB Fiction, MG Fiction, YA Fiction, Non-Fiction OR Poetry.)
6. Please e-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title: WRITER’S DAY CONTEST 2012
7. Attach your submission as a Word Document/RTF File. If you aren’t able to, you may copy your work into the body of your e-mail.
8. All entries must be e-mailed by midnight (PST) on March 3rd, 2012.
9. An award may not be given if there are fewer than five submissions in a category or judges feel no submission is deserving.
10. Please be sure to follow these submission guidelines. Submissions not in compliance with these rules will not be considered.
11. The judges, while highly qualified, shall remain anonymous.
The Fine Print
Take advantage of the "Early Bird Discount" by registering before March 15, 2012
Current SCBWI Membership will be verified. If your membership is not current and you have signed up as a member, you will be given the option of renewing your membership or paying the Non-Member price.
Join SCBWI at registration and be eligible for the contests!
You may register at the door; however, only cash and checks accepted at the door.
Wait List: If a ticket sells out, you may be put on a wait list. E-mail your request to Sarah Laurenson. Please include the exact ticket description, your mailing address and your phone number in your request.
Please note: No refund after March 15, 2012. $15 charge for refund before March 15, 2012. To ask for a refund, e-mail your refund request and a copy of your registration ticket to Sarah Laurenson.