Monday, July 12, 2010

The 39th Annual SCBWI Summer Conference

Whether you're attending or not, the 39th Annual SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, California is just around the corner. There are plenty of big names, fantastic workshops, and enthusiastic writers/illustrators to go around. Take part in our poll below, and read on for all the details.

When: July 30-August 2
Where: Los Angeles, California
Who: Editors, Agents, Publishers, Authors, Writers, Illustrators, you name them...
What: Keynote speeches, workshops, individual consultations, and the chance to network
Fees: Registration fee of $495 for SCBWI Members, $550 for non-members

In the spirit of our conference round-ups each Monday, we are looking for reports out of as many workshops as possible. Those of us who can't make it will be grateful if you're up for sharing your take aways. And even if you are fortunate enough to attend the conference, there are countless workshops and not enough time to get to all of them. Take a glance at the list of workshops below and post to comments which workshop(s) you plan on visiting. If you're interested in sharing your notes, please let us know. Be sure to include a way to get in touch with you, or email us at kidlit (at) writeedge (dot) com. Thank you!

Workshops: Friday, July 30th
  • Start: Write Your First Page (Part 1A) [Bonnie Bader]
  • Boy Middle-Grade Fiction [Courtney Bongiolatti]
  • How to Approach Agents Without Scaring Them Off [Ginger Clark]
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your First SCBWI Conference [Tina Nichols Coury]
  • Writing Mass Market Fiction [Francesco Sedita]
  • The Page-Turner Principle [Gordon Korman]
  • How to Think Like a Publisher [Stephanie Lurie]
  • Submission Strategies [Josh Adams]
  • Think Like a Packager [Claudia Gabel]
  • Nailing Age and Keeping it Honest- A Writing Workshop [Amy Koss]
  • 5 Lessons from Classic Picture Books that Can Help You Launch Your Career [Marc Barnett & Steven Malk]
  • Stories that Cross Borders/Boundaries [Jennifer Cervantes. Christina Gonzalez, & Guadalupe Garcia McCall]
  • Writing for the Tween Market: Turning Inspiration into Income [Coleen Paratore]
  • Good Books... But Are They Good for Hollywood? [Eddie Gamarra & Michael Reisman]

Workshops: Saturday, July 31st
  • Start: Write Your First Page (Session 1B) [Bonnie Bader]
  • Query Letter Boot Camp: The Do's and Don'ts You Need to Get Your Query in shape [Lisa Grubka]
  • Can You Help Fill the Holes on Our List? [Stephanie Lurie]
  • Creating Characters that Come to Life [Carolyn Mackler]
  • What is Going on with Boys and Reading? [Jon Scieszka]
  • Series Fiction [Francesco Sedita]
  • A Look at the LGBTQ Marketplace [Arthur Levine, Aaron Hartzler, Tony Valenzuela]
  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Rhyming Picture Books [Denise Doyen]
  • What I Learned from Nancy Drew- Tools for Fast-paced Plotting [Chris Eboch]
  • Graphic Novels [Nic Eliopulos]
  • Writing for Children's Magazines [Sue Ford]
  • An Inside Look at Little Brown Books for Young Readers [Jennifer Hunt]
  • Latino Identity [Jennifer Cervantes, Christina Gonzales, Guadalupe Garcia McCall]
  • What's Hot, What's Not [Jennifer Rees]
  • Hearing your Characters: Creating Distinctive/Contrasting Voices for Each of Your Characters [Rachel Vail]

Workshops: Sunday, August 1st
  • Start: A Workshop in Which You Write Your First Page (Session 2A) [Bonnie Bader]
  • Seeing Your Characters: Creating Adolescent Characters from the Inside Out [Rachel Vail]
  • The Not So Distant Past, and the Really Fast Approaching Future [Justin Chanda]
  • Basics of Writing a Picture Book [Marion Dane Bauer]
  • The Search for the 39 Ideas [Gordon Korman]
  • How to be a Spaceheadz: The Ups and Downs and Sideways of Telling a Story Across Multiple Media [Jon Scieszka]
  • Literary Experiment in Books for Children [M.T. Anderson]
  • Series Secrets: From Concept to Characters & Beyond [Bruce Hale]
  • Bring Your Questions: An Agent Answers Them All [Ginger Clark]
  • Rise of Genre Fiction [Nic Eliopulos]
  • An Overview of Harper Collins [Claudia Gabel]
  • The Ultimate Checklist for Submitting to Publishers: Ten Tests a Novel Must Pass to Prove It's REALLY Ready for Submission to Editors [Deborah Halverson]
  • Inside Golden Books Today [Diane Muldrow]
Workshops: Monday, August 2nd
  • Agent Secrets [Josh Adams]
  • Start: Write Your First Page (Session 2B) [Bonnie Bader]
  • Infrequently Asked Questions about Writing Fiction [Gail Carson Levine]
  • Take a Tour of a Publishing House: From Acquisition to Publication [Arianne Lewin]
  • Your Voice is Your Voice: Keeping it Real [Jennifer Rees]
  • Your Manuscript is Ready But Are You? [Jill Alexander & Michael Bourret]
  • Plot Rx: 10 Ways to Bring Your Story Back from the Dead [Julia Durango]
  • Rewrytz: How to be Your Own Best Editor [Gennifer Choldenko]
  • Creating Picture Books: My Process [Loren Long]
  • Who You Callin "Chick Lit"? Writing MG-YA Fiction that's Commercial and Classic [Coleen Paratore]
  • From Publisher to Agent: Observations from a Seasoned Publisher Turned Agent [Rubin Pfeffer]
  • The Family-Friendly Screenplay [Michael Reisman]
  • Home Repair Tips for Your Novel or Nonfiction Work [Susan Campbell Bartoletti]

Premium Workshops

  • Finding and Revising Your Protagonist's Voice in a Young Adult Novel [Krista Marino]
  • An Editor Over Your Shoulder: Polishing Your Picture Book [Diane Muldrow]
  • Writing and Illustrating Children's Graphic Novels [Mac McCool]
  • Pushing Pixels: Picture Book Illustration in the Digital Age [William Low]
  • Strong Emotions on the Page: A Master Class [Arthur Levine]
  • The Middle-Grade Novel: Growing Your Story [Linda Sue Park]
  • ProTrack Workshop for SCBWI P.A.L. Members
  • Illustrator Track
  • Non-Fiction Track

Other Summer Conference Resources:

39th Annual SCBWI Summer Conference Faculty Information.

Tuition premiums, hotel information, and premium workshop descriptions can be found here.

Register for the conference here.

Full conference schedule can be found here.

The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

And if you're unable to attend and feeling blue, check out WriteOnCon!

Happy conferencing!


  1. Sorry, my note taking sucks big time. I get drawn into what the speaker is saying,and forget to write the notes. Happens every time.

  2. I'm with you, Stina, unfortunately. My notes are so bad, I can't even read them myself the next day. Which is why I am hoping we can get lots of people to step up and share. There are so many amazing topics, I know I can't possibly attend all the things I want to go to. Too much to learn, too little time!

    So, come on folks? Who's going to SCBWI-LA! Enquiring minds want to know!


  3. Leave it to you to put up a more comprehensive/easier on the eye version of the schedule. Can't wait to see you there!

  4. I'm going and I can't wait! Just a couple more weeks...

  5. I'm so excited to be going to SCBWI--can't wait, and hope to meet up with all of you fellow writers on the site.

  6. Well, now is the time when I'll cry into my pillow. No, I will not be there. But I'm sure there will be awesome notetakers like you to bring me up to speed when it's done. *wipes tear from cheek*

  7. I'll be there, and I will be posting ridiculous updates on my blog! I have a lot of followers who can't be there so I want to share the experience with them as much as I can (I loved blog-hopping the SCBWI winter conference - it wasn't nearly as good as being there but I still learned a lot!)

  8. I really need to sort out which of these I can take, but I'm kinda waiting to see what slot I get assigned for Krist Marino and Linda Sue Park's workshops. Also, I'm planning on blogging during the conference (or post-conference) at my blog Ink Spells!

  9. SCBWI Team Blog will be there blogging our little fingers off. We'll be able to cover most everything and we'll be able to do it live. So for those who want the minute by minute blow by blows (you'll almost feel like you're there), we hope we'll see you on the blog. (We love to hear from you too!)

    And if you're having any trouble deciding on sessions, we've done quite a few pre-conference interviews with the faculty which might sway you one way or the other.

    See you in LA or on the blog! :)

  10. I will be there and will try to take notes! I'll also be covering it on my blog as much as possible.

    I'll also be covering as many book-related comic con panels as possible. I've rounded up all the comic con writing and reading panels here:

  11. THis is literally a hop, skip and jump from where I live but WOW, expensive, huh? Unfortunately none of their chapters cover where I live so I think I'd have to drive to LA to meet- BAH!


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