The Power of Literature
Nov 9-10, 2012
6:00 p.m. until dark
South Park in Allegheny County
Willow Tree Grove
April 27-29, 2012
Bethany, West Virginia
Scholastic Editors: Grace Kendall and Mallory Kass
The spring writing retreat is a chance to meet fellow children’s writers, develop new friendships or renew old, get up-to-date on industry news, and make professional contacts. Scholastic editors Grace Kendall and Mallory Kass will join us for a working weekend of critique circles and fellowship.
- More Information and Registration
- WPA, EPA, and MD,DE,& WV SCBWI
- Nov. 11-13,2011
- Keynote speakers: E. B. Lewis, Patricia MacLachlan, and Jim Murphy
- Editors: Bonnie Bader, Jordan Brown, Grace Kendall, Wendy Loggia, and Carolyn Yoder
- Agents: Sarah Davies, John Rudolph, and Marcia Wernick
- Art Director: Chad Beckerman
- Also Lin Oliver, Executive Director SCBWI, And authors and illustrators
June 29, 2011 7 to 9 PM
Peters Township Public Library
SCBWI Members ONLY
Not everyone will have their first page read but we will read and Jennifer will respond to as many as we can. She will also offer a brief Q and A session. Even if your manuscript is not read this is a valuable opportunity to hear her repond to writing to get a feel for what she looks for.
Send your registration to Pat Easton, 135 Orchard Drive, McMurray, PA 15317. Be sure to include your name, address, email, and phone number.
Wednesday, July 13 5:30 to 9 PM
Bring five manuscript pages or a finished illustration to have critiqued in peer critique groups.
Also bring either a main dish salad, side dish salad, or a dessert.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, email address, phone number, and what dish you will bring.
Directions will be posted after June 12.
April 15-17, 2011
Mountainside Conference Center
Bethany, West Virginia
Join a small group of writers and editors Kate Sullivan and Connie Hsu from Little Brown for a weekend of critiques and fellowship.
Many of us feel this is the most valuable event we hold for serious writers. It is very popular and usually sold out. To hold a place, send your first payment in a check made out to WPA SCBWI to David Amaditz, 6190 Irishtown Road Extension, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Be sure to include your name, address, phone, and email.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis with preference given to SCBWI members
$75 right away
$100 due Feb. 15
$100 due March 15
$100 due April 5
This year, our annual spring retreat will feature two editors from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Connie Hsu and Kate Sullivan.
Connie Hsu is an Associate Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She acquires picture books, novelty, and selected fiction. She has an affinity for Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, and graphic novels, and has acquired a similarly hilarious middle grade novel, The Adventures of Nanny Piggins and Happyface, a fully illustrated YA novel by the Emo Boy comic creator Stephen Emond. She most recently acquired a novelty project by Salina Yoon, a picture book biography based on Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim, and is working with Samantha Berger, author of Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry and the upcoming Crankenstein. Prior to jumping into children’s books in May 2006, Connie worked as a reporter for In Touch magazine and TV Guide, where she wrote in-depth articles about Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua and watched television for a living.
Kate Sullivan is looking for literary or commercial novels. Kate works on the Darren Shan program including The Saga of Larten Crepsley, his highly anticipated prequel series to Cirque Du Freak, and his standalone reimagining of Huckleberry Finn, The Thin Executioner. She is the editor of Ash by Malinda Lo, an ALA William C Morris YA Debut Award finalist and Lambda Award for YA nominee. Her most recent acquisition, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by debut teenaged author Kody Keplinger, came out September 2010. She is primarily looking for novels that make her laugh aloud on a crowded subway, are smart without being boring, or have strong, defiant characters (who may or may not have a penchant for monstrous behavior). Previous to working at LBYR, Kate was an editorial assistant at Walker Books for Young Readers, where she also worked on picture books.