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I sent out the latest FL SCBWI listserv last night, and love being able to share fantastic news for our members, market info, and a list of the incredible faculty who will be participating in the 2012 FL SCBWI Regional Conference in Miami on January 13 – 15.  Just wait until you see the amazing line-up!  I've been a conference addict since I attended my first one in 2005.  It's always incredible to spend time with others who love children's books as much as I do--and the information and inspiration I come home with is priceless!  My writing has leaped up at least one level thanks to new info and feedback I received at the Orlando Workshop, and I can't wait to see what new tools I'll bring home with me from Miami.  

I'll share more details about intensives and the conference theme soon, and hope to see many of my online friends in Miami!  Here's the faculty list: 
 
 
Writers:
Donna Jo Napoli 
Greg Neri
 
 
Editors:
Diane Muldrow—Editorial Director, Golden Books at Random House, Inc.
 
Bonnie Bader— Editor-in-Chief of Grosset and Dunlap and Price Stern Sloan, two imprints of the Penguin Young Readers Group
 
Cheryl Klein—Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic)
 
Tamar Brazis—Editorial Director at Abrams
 
 
Agents:
Marietta Zacker—agent at the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency
 
Jill Corcoran—from the Herman Agency.  I’ve included many of her wonderful blog posts in our listserv.  If you’re wondering what types of manuscripts interest her, check out this post.
 
Barry Furrow—Barry is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Health Law Program at the Earle Macke School of Law at Drexel University in Philadelphia.  Although his expertise is in the field of health care, he has significant experience in publishing law. Barry has represented Donna Jo Napoli as her agent/lawyer since 1988.  He has negotiated more than fifty book contracts on behalf of Napoli, with such publishers at Dutton, Simon & Schuster, Disney Hyperion, Wendy Lamb Books,  National Geographic, Houghton Mifflin, and others. For a more information, you can visit www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu to view Barry's faculty profile.  
 
 
Illustrator:
E.B. Lewis
 
 
First Books Panel:
Laura Murray—scroll down to see her SCBWI Success Story here.
Augusta Scattergood—keep an eye out for her Success Story in a future listserv!
Medeia Sharif—scroll down to see her SCBWI Success Story here.
 
 
Workshops:
Laurie Calkhoven
Jan Godown Annino
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olmue
Sep. 10th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Wow. I wish I was closer. I'd go just to hear EB Lewis. Definitely one of my favorite illustrators ever!
mindyalyse
Sep. 11th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
I wish you lived close enough to go, too. It would be amazing to see you in person!

I heard EB Lewis speak years ago at the Poconos Retreat and think he's wonderful. I had him sign When You Were Born to my daughters, and he also drew a beautiful picture on top of his name.
nancy_v
Sep. 10th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Keep me posted as to when registration takes place.
:)
mindyalyse
Sep. 11th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
I think registration will start in early October, and will definitely let you know. It would be great to hang out in person after knowing you online all these years!

I'm sorry you didn't receive the listserv at first. I wonder if it's hiding in your Spam file somewhere--yours is the only invite that didn't go through, because it said you were already signed up. I hope the future ones make it! It keeps showing up as Spam for me...even though it says it's sent from my e-mail! I get a test copy that I need to approve and clicked the 'not Spam' button, and then the actual listserv still showed up in my Spam. Strange!

vonnacarter
Sep. 11th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
I have always heard such great things about the Florida conference. One of these days I will make the trip.
mindyalyse
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Vonna. Our RA always puts together fantastic events.

It would be great to see you at a conference one day! I love being able to meet online friends in person. :)
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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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