SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PWID 2017: The Breakouts

BREAKOUT SESSION 1

A. From Renovation to Decoration: How the Revision Process is Like an HGTV Show  This talk is about the author/editor relationship and the ways that revising a novel is like renovating a house. Using my own revision tips and feedback from authors I work with, we discuss the ups and downs and finish up with a couple of exercises. Alex Arnold, Editor, Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins   

B. An Illustrator’s Studio, More than Space  Creating the perfect workspace… not so much where you work, it’s how you work. I was offered a month-long fellowship residency at the Anderson Center in Minnesota, where I was provided a studio to work on anything of my choosing –essentially four empty walls.  It proved to be an important experience, causing me to reflect on all aspects of my work as an illustrator and beyond. Joe Cepeda, Author/Illustrator

C. True Blue Voice in Picture Books  Voice is the most unique part of any story, and it can only come from YOU. But, what IS it, and how do you find it? We will examine text samples from picture books to help you find and develop your own voice. Caitlyn Dlhouhy, Vice President/Editorial Director, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum

D. Beyond Bookstores: Tips for Cracking the School/Library Market  While bookstores struggle to compete with Amazon, the school and library market provides expanding opportunities for savvy authors. What does it take to get your book noticed by educators? Learn what you can do, together with your publisher’s marketing department, to position your book for success in this market. Hannah Ehrlich, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Lee & Low Books

E. Great Openings Your opening lines and paragraphs are crucial in capturing an agent or editor's interest — learn what the most effective openings have in common, how they work and what you can do to make yours grab attention! Susan Hawk, Agent, Upstart Crow Literary
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BREAKOUT SESSION 2

F. Building "Strong Female Characters" in YA  As this phrase is tossed around more and more, what does it mean to write a strong female character? What does it mean to write "likable" characters? Do YA writers have a responsibility to think consciously about these ideas while developing characters? If so, how can it be done without veering towards didacticsm? This workshop will be a discussion and include concrete examples and writing exercises.  Alex Arnold, Editor, Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins  This breakout is full

G. Working with an Illustration Agent   What does an illustration agent do? In this workshop we will discuss how agents work and how to determine when you are ready to submit your illustrations to an agency. Merial will touch on the benefits of having an agent, what to look for in an agent, and tips for being part of a great artist/agent team. The session will end with a Q & A. Merial Cornell, agent/founder Cornell & Company, LLC. Illustration & Design.

H. Behind the Scenes: Your Picture Book from Acquisition to Publication  A lot happens from the time a picture book dummy is submitted to the time it hits bookshelves. Acquisition paperwork, revisions, copyediting, revisions, marketing, revisions: here is a comprehensive look at what to expect on this journey, what goes on behind the scenes at a publishing house, and how to prepare for it before you submit. Kelly Delaney, Associate Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

I. True Blue Voice in Novels  Voice is the most unique part of any story, and it can only come from YOU. But, what IS it, and how do you find it? We will examine text samples from middle-grade and YA novels to help you find and develop your own voice. Caitlyn Dlhouhy, Vice President/Editorial Director, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum  

J. Role of the Literary Agent  This session will discuss the responsibilities of an agent ranging from sourcing books to the submissions process, negotiating the publishing contract and managing an author’s career together with the publisher.  Tanusri Prasanna, Agent, Foundry Media

 

BREAKOUT SESSION 3

K. How to Craft the Perfect Villain  Voldemort, Draco Malfoy, the Dursleys: villains can be just as memorable as heroes, and your protagonist’s adversary can make or break your novel. Knopf Associate Editor Kelly Delaney discusses how to avoid stereotypes and humanize your bad guy to make your villain as compelling as your hero. Kelly Delaney, Associate Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers   

L. How to be an Art Director’s Favorite Illustrator  What do art directors actually do? How do they choose an illustrator? What should a portfolio include or not include—and how can you get an art director to look at it? How is illustrating for a magazine different from illustrating a book? Hear from an art director with 17 years in the industry about developing your portfolio to market it to art directors and how to become an art director’s favorite illustrator. Karen Kohn, Senior Art Director, CricketMedia

M. Queries Workshop  What makes a query work?  What should they include?  What can you leave out?  How do you find the right agents to query?  We'll cover all this and more in the workshop.  Please bring your query along — we'll have time to read queries aloud and workshop them together! Susan Hawk, Agent, Upstart Crow Literary

N. Diversity in Children’s Books  This session will discuss the need for more diversity in children’s books and how we can move together as authors, agents, publishers and consumers to create, discover and promote books that truly reflect the reality of the world around us. Tanusri Prasanna, Agent, Foundry Media