SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Fall Focus Retreat at the Beach 2019

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/01/2019 - 11/03/2019
5:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location
Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
4165 Mears Ave - Chesapeake beach, MD 20732

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Don’t miss this weekend retreat where we delve deep and focus on craft!

November 1-3, 2019 at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa

Registration closes October 11, 2019.

Three Tracks: Picture book writing ~ YA/Middle Grade writing  ~ Illustrating

Three industry professionals: Art Director John Sandford, Editor Emily Feinberg, and Editor Sarah McCabe

Small Class sizes: Each track will have a maximum of 27 people.

Share or Single Room Registration includes lodging, meals, and registration for one workshop track of your choice.

Commuter Registration includes meals and registration for one workshop track of your choice.


Picture Book Writing Track – Led by Editor Emily Feinberg, Roaring Brook Press

Just A Seed: Taking An Idea and Running with It with Editor Emily Feinberg
Have you ever seen a photo on the internet and thought “that would make a great picture book”? Or had a conversation with someone and thought “There’s something there”? In this workshop we’ll look at books that started from a seed of an idea and grew to become fully illustrated picture books before our very eyes. I hope this will help you look beyond your initial doubt and see what is worth cultivating and what might need to be let go.

This workshop will focus on 1. How to sort through viable ideas; 2. How to evaluate good ideas for market; 3. How to get started. The weekend will include time for hands-on work and circle critiques,  as well as opportunities for one-on-one critiques or written-only critiques. Track size – maximum 27 people.

Emily Feinberg –  After earning her master’s degrees in Children’s Literature and English Literature from Simmons University in Boston, Emily joined the editorial team at Roaring Brook Press. She works mostly with picture book, middle grade, and nonfiction titles. She edited Caldecott Honor book Big Cat, Little Catby Elisha Cooper, Cindy Derby’s How to Walk an Ant, Lily Williams’ If Sharks Disappeared, and Richard Ho’s Red Rover (illustrated by Katherine Roy), among others. While she is always looking for solid, voice-driven picture books and middle grade, she also particularly loves nonfiction for young readers of all ages. Emily is not an editor of fantasy.

 


YA/MG Writing Track – Led by Editor Sarah McCabe, Simon and Schuster

Hook, Line, and Sinker: How to catch an agent/editor with your first pages and more!
Your pitch and first pages are extremely important to capture your reader, so let’s make sure they shine! This intensive will help you pinpoint where and how your story should start in order to carry your strong beginning though to the rest of your manuscript. We’ll focus on the basic elements any book needs to be a success, including voice, character, setting, and direction. Come prepared to brainstorm, write, revise, and discuss ways to make your story opening the best it can be, and walk away able apply your knowledge to your whole manuscript! Please come prepared with a title, elevator pitch, synopsis, and first 10 pages of your story.

The weekend will include time for hands-on work and circle critiques as well as opportunities for one-on-one critiques or written-only critiques. Track size – maximum 24 people.

Sarah McCabe is an associate editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. She acquires teen books and the occasional middle grade with a focus in the science fiction/fantasy genres. She particularly gravitates toward darker, character-driven stories that discuss “big picture” questions like morality and the nature of good and evil. Recent books she’s edited include Lisa Maxwell’s New York Times bestseller, The Last Magician, Emily Suvada’s This Mortal Coil, and Nicki Pau Preto’s Crown of Feathers. Follow her on Twitter @SarahRMcCabe.

 


Illustrators Track – Led by Art Director John Sandford, Cricket Media

The Power of Pencils!
Your portfolio may be excellent, but beyond those individual images – can you tell a story? We’ll try to help with this answer, and move beyond that first portfolio viewing. In this track we’ll be diving deep into telling a story in a single piece of art, working on story book dummying, layout and more. The goal is for illustrators to view themselves not just as an artist but as a storyteller!

This track has a pre-conference homework assignment. The weekend will include time for hands-on work and roundtable critiques, as well as opportunities for one-on-one critiques or electronic portfolio reviews. Track size – maximum 24 people.

John Sandford studied painting and illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He has written, illustrated and art directed children’s magazines and picture books since 1978. Moonstick, The Seasons of the Sioux by Eve Bunting, is in its 20th year of publication. This fall saw publication of John’s 65th book, Oak Leaf from Cameron Kids. John and his wife Frances live and work in Chicago.

 


Lodging:

All lodging and meals will be provided by Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa and are included in the price of registration. All presentation rooms and dining room have a 180 degree view of the water. Registrants can choose a single room or shared room with 1 roommate. Each room features a single king bed or two full beds, table and chairs, desk with ergonomic chair, complimentary internet and WiFi access, in-room single K-Cup coffeemaker, iron, hair dryer and iHome docking station. A suite, balcony or king bed can be added as an upgrade. Please contact mddewv-ra2@scbwi.org if you would like to upgrade your room.


Schedule:

Friday, Nov. 1:

5 PM: Registration
6 PM: Dinner
7 PM: Welcome/icebreakers
8-9 PM: Breakout Tracks – Opening lecture/activity with your track

Saturday, Nov. 2:

7:30 AM: Breakfast
9 AM-12 PM: Breakout Tracks – Intensive workshop combining lecture and hands-on activities
12 PM: Lunch
1-5 PM: Attendee work time and one-on-one critiques by appointment
6 PM: Dinner
7 PM: Social activity

Sunday, Nov. 3:

7:30 AM: Breakfast
9 AM- 12PM: Breakout Tracks – Roundtable critique sessions with your track
12 PM: Lunch
1-2 PM: Closing activity

Fees:

Retreat registration (Includes all meals, lodging, and group activities.)

Early Bird Registration rates (until July 1, 2019):

SCBWI Members:
Shared room with one roommate: $510
Single room: $650
Nonmembers:
Shared room with one roommate: $650
Single room: $775

Regular registration rates (after July 1, 2019):

SCBWI Members:
Shared room with one roommate: $560
Single room: $700
Commuter rate (includes all programming and meals, no hotel room): $460
Nonmembers:
Shared room with one roommate: $700
Single room: $825
Commuter rate (includes all programming and meals, no hotel room): $600
Note: If you select a shared room, you will be connected with other registrants who have selected the shared room option to find a compatible roommate. If you have already made arrangements to room with another registrant, great! Each roommate must register separately at the shared room rate.

Critiques:

Face-to-face critique (1 picture book manuscript, 10 MG/YA manuscript pages, or illustrator portfolio review) with your track leader during the retreat (15 minutes): $60
Written-only critique  (1 picture book manuscript, 10 MG/YA manuscript pages, or electronic portfolio review) from your track leader, to be delivered via email 1 month after the retreat: $45

Payment Options:

  • Online with a credit card (processed through PayPal, no account required)
  • Online with a PayPal account balance

No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after October 1, 2019.

Registrants must be age 18 or older.

If you have any questions or need to request accommodations for this event, please contact mddewv@scbwi.org.

Registration for this event is now closed.

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