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I hope I'll see you in Orlando!

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When I attended my first SCBWI conference in 2005, I instantly became a conference addict.  It's amazing to spend time with others who love children's books as much as I do!  I always leave with so much information and inspiration--and I have to say that everyone is always so friendly and supportive.  I love being part of such a wonderful community!

We have an amazing SCBWI FL Mid-Year Workshop in Orlando on June 25th, with incredible intensives on June 24th.  The hotel is on Disney property, so it's the perfect excuse for a vacation!  Here's a link to more info about our Orlando Workshop at the Coronado Springs hotel, and you can also read the faculty bios. 

 

Intensives--Friday, June 24th 


Picture Book Intensive

Alexandra Penfold: editor at Paula Wiseman, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Lisa Wheeler: author with over thirty titles on library shelves including picture books in prose and rhyme, an easy reader series, three books of poems, and creative nonfiction for the very young


Novel Intensive

Michelle Burke: editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers 

Kathleen Duey: award winning author who has published over 70 books for readers K-YA

Marjetta Geerling: author of FANCY WHITE TRASH and another novel scheduled for release in 2012


Illustrators’ Intensive

Lucy Cummins: associate art director with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Priscilla Garcia Burris: author and illustrator, SCBWI National Illustrator Coordinator & Advisor

Linda Shute: illustrator or author/illustrator of 13 picture books and our FL SCBWI Illustrators’ Coordinator
  

Workshop Tracks--Saturday, June 25th


Picture Book

Alexandra Penfold: editor at Paula Wiseman, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Emma Dryden: 25 year veteran in children's publishing, owner of drydenbks--a multi-faceted company pertaining to all aspects of the children’s book publishing business

Alan Katz: author of many highly acclaimed children's books, including nine Silly Dilly Songbooks

Priscilla Burris: author and illustrator, SCBWI National Illustrator Coordinator & Advisor 

 

Middle Grade

Joanna Volpe: agent with Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation

Gordon Korman: author of more than seventy novels for kids and young adults with over twenty million copies of his novels in print

 

Young Adult

Michele Burke: editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers 

Kathleen Duey: award winning author who has published over 70 books for readers K-YA

 

Poetry

Kristin Daly Rens: editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins

Lee Bennett Hopkins: award winning author and editor

 

Digital Media

Rubin Pfeffer: agent with East/West Literary Agency

Emma Dryden: 25 year veteran in children's publishing, owner of drydenbks--a multi-faceted company pertaining to all aspects of the children’s book publishing business

Loreen Leedy: author-illustrator of 40 picture books for children that often incorporate math, science, and language arts content. She is in the process of creating digital versions of some of her books.

Curtis Sponsler: Creative Director and Animator of AniMill, überNerd, Author of "The Focal Easy Guide to After Effects"

ModeratorJoyce Sweeney: mentor and author of fourteen novels for young adults


Are any of you wondering if the Digital Media Track is the one for you?  Moderator Joyce Sweeney sent me a blurb about it, and it sounds fabulous!


Do you need a gps to navigate the changing landscape of publishing?  Are you app challenged? Social media phobic? Downloads got you down? 

Our panel of experts --  Emma Dryden (veteran editor and founder of drydenbks), Rubin Pfeffer (East West Literary Agency), Loreen Leedy (award winning author and illustrator) and Curtis Sponsler (Creative Director, Animill) will not only demystify the new world of Digital Media, they will show you that there are some great new opportunities out there for everyone from beginners to veteran authors.  Get an insiders view of Digital Publishing from e-books to apps to book trailers. 


Everything looks amazing, it was so hard to choose!  I finally decided to take the Picture Book Intensive and the Middle Grade Track.  I hope some of you take the other tracks and the Novel Intensive, so we can swap notes!

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kimmiepoppins
Apr. 28th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Sounds awesome! I've got to get down there some time. *grin*
mindyalyse
Apr. 29th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
It would be even more awesome if you could make it! It's been way too long since we've seen each other. I really hope we'll meet up at a conference soon!
kimmiepoppins
Apr. 29th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I'd love to see you!!!!!
olmue
Apr. 28th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
It sounds awesome. I'd totally go to Gordon Korman's session if I was there. I've always enjoyed his books, plus he wrote back when I had a school project and wrote to him. Have a fabulous time!
mindyalyse
Apr. 29th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
That's the session I'm taking--I'll share my notes with you, Rose. Aw, it's wonderful that he wrote back to you for your school project! I remember being asked to write to our favorite author in elementary school, and I chose the amazing Judy Blume. I was so excited that she wrote back. I'm still a huge fan of hers, and think her books helped inspire me to become an author. I'd love to meet her one of these days!
olmue
Apr. 29th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
We had to write to two people who had the job we wanted when we grew up, and ask them questions about it. I wrote to him and Madeleine L'Engle. I completely did not believe they'd respond. But they both did! I ran across the letters again just the other day. Makes me want to keep going, so their investment in writing back goes somewhere.
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mindyalyse
Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.

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