I’ve come across several that I am adding to my TBR pile, like Austin author Christina Soontornvat’s debut THE CHANGELINGS, THE WOLF’S BOY by Susan Willliams Beckhorn, and EARNING MY SPOTS by Mark Eastburn. And of course, the book I’m celebrating today from another member of SCBWI’s Discussion Board…
Happy Book Birthday!
by Casey Lyall
Published by Sterling Children’s Books
Twelve-year-old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation. He knows more than anyone how to work with what he’s got: a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else—least of all, friends. So when a hot case of blackmail lands on his desk, he’s ready to take it on himself . . . until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to take her on as a junior partner. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick—and a friend—is such a bad thing after all.
Mac Barnett will discuss and sign his newest picture book for children, HOW THIS BOOK WAS MADE, illustrated by Adam Rex. From Mac Barnett’s website: The people who made this book had to brave dangerous animals, an angry mob, unreasonable editorial demands, high-seas adventure, traffic, and a tense game of chance where EVERYTHING was on the line.
You might even call them American heroes. But they were just doing their jobs. It’s how this book was made.
Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Mac Barnett for book personalization, please purchase HOW THIS BOOK WAS MADE from Blue Willow Bookshop.
SEPTEMBER 6, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI HOUSTON: MTG & WORKSHOP
Tracy Gee Community Center
National SCBWI in Review—Panel Discussion
SEPTEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 2:00-4:00 PM: JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING
Writespace: PLEASE NOTE: There is also a Silver Street event at this time, so please allow extra time to find parking.
COST: Early-Bird Price Until September 5: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members. After September 5: $25 Members, $35 Non-Members
Feeling stuck? Have you not written in a while? Does the work you have accomplished seem stagnant? Join your fellow writers in a friendly, open atmosphere in which creative freedom is celebrated. Using writing prompts, visual inspiration in the form of images and props, and fun freewriting exercises, instructor Holly Walrath will unleash your creativity so that you can get back on track and feel inspired again. Exercises are intended to help spark new ideas, but are also adaptable to works-in-progress, so feel free to come without a particular project in mind or with a current project you’d like to be excited by again.
SEPTEMBER 11, SUNDAY, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM: INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING
COST: Early-Bird until September 5: $65 for Members, $80 for Non-Members. After September 5, $85 Members, $100 for Non-Members
In this workshop with Russell DeGrazier, writers will gain a working understanding of the three-act structure in the context of “the character-driven screenplay.” Building upon this structure, writers will develop the skills necessary to create memorable central characters that compel us to invest in their cinematic stories, from their first moment onscreen to their last. These are characters that draw the high-level talent essential to get films made, regardless of genre or specialized content.
Participants will get the chance to hone their screenwriting skills through exercises designed to help writers create meaningful conflict on the screenplay page. Brainstorming exercises will help attendees discover story ideas that resonate deeply with audiences. Additionally, writers will learn to utilize simple tools for shaping characters and will examine films to help bolster their knowledge of story structure.
All participants will have the opportunity to voice their interests, goals and questions during our discussions. By the end of the day, specific story ideas will begin to take shape and writers will have attained the knowledge they need to complete their first character-driven screenplay.
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Agents, Editors, & Art Directors @ Conferences
OCTOBER 1-2: FLATHEAD RIVER WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, KALISPELL, MT
AGENT: Susanna Einstein/Einstein Literary Management
NOVEMBER 4-5: WRITE IN THE HARBOR, GIG HARBOR, WA
AGENTS: Celia Gore/Martin Literary Management; Taryn Fagerness/Taryn Fagerness Agency;Lindsay Mealing/Emerald City Literary Agency
EDITOR: Samantha McMahon—Acquiring Editor, SoulMate Publishing
NOVEMBER 5: PRAIRIE WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS DAY, PALATINE, IL
AGENTS: Linda Pratt/Wernick & Pratt Agency; Erica Rand Silverman/Stimola Literary Studio; Jennifer March Soloway/Andrea Brown Literary Agency
ART DIRECTORS: Giuseppe Castellano/Penguin Random House; Jordan Kost/Albert Whitman & Company
EDITORS: Nikki Garcia/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Kendra Levin/Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Random House; Viana Siniscalchi/ Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children’s Books
SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1: 2016 L.A. WORKING WRITERS RETREAT, ENCINA, CA
AUTHORS: Stephanie Gordon; Judy Enderle; Edith Cohn
AGENTS: Molly O’Neill/Literary Agent, Waxman Leavell; Eve Porinchak/Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
EDITORS: Jessica MacLeish/HarperCollins Children’s Books; Rhoda Belleza/ Imprint