CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE IN COLORADO

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Children’s book authors, agents, and editors from acclaimed
publishing houses will gather in Colorado for the Rocky Mountain region’s largest annual event dedicated to the children and young adult publishing industry.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is hosting a two day conference on Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19 at the Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood, Colorado. The purpose of the event is to bring together established professionals and aspiring writers and illustrators to provide inspiration, information, and guidance in the quickly evolving publishing world.

Award-winning author Bruce Coville opens the conference with the keynote speech The Art of the Heart: Writing True for the Child and will conduct a session on writing series fiction for kids. He is the author of 95 books for children and young adults, including the international best seller My Teacher is an Alien, and the Unicorn Chronicles series.

The lineup of editors and agents attending include Elizabeth Law, Vice President and Publisher at Egmont USA; Kate Harrison, Senior Editor at Dial/Penguin; Rotem Moscovich, Editor at Cartwheel Books/Scholastic; and Anna Webman an agent at Curtis Brown Literary Agency.

With the objective of helping writers and illustrators prepare submission-quality work, the conference features local and nationally renowned author presentations on the crafting and marketing of manuscripts and artwork. There are many breakout sessions including Children’s Publishing 101 with author Denise Vega; Story Structure in a Nutshell with author Hilari Bell; Social Media 101 (And Maybe a Bit More) with author Drew Shope; Pop-Up Books from A to Z: What Makes Your Work Pop? with paper engineer Jane McTeigue; and Critique Connect to facilitate creation of critique groups. Other local authors and illustrators on the faculty include Alece Birnbach, Roberta Collier-Morales, Meghan Dougherty, Lindsay Eland, Julia Kelly, Traci L. Jones, Jean Reidy, and Linda Arms White.

The Conference offers opportunities for conference participants to receive feedback from publishing professionals, including several First Pages sessions where the editors and agents read from the manuscripts of conference participants and an
illustration critique session with an editor. Additionally, SCBWI is sponsoring a manuscript critique opportunity. Writers can submit a portion of their manuscripts to be evaluated by a panel of experienced authors. The panel will recommend the best submissions for editorial critique with one of the editors or agent in attendance. Those not chosen will receive a written critique from a published author. Participants can also take advantage of a first-come/first-serve opportunity to pitch a picture book or novel to literary agent Anna Webman, who represents picture book authors, novelists, and
author/illustrators. The deadline for submission for critique and/or pitch session is July 26, 2010. The cost for a manuscript critique is $40 for SCBWI members and $55 for non-members. A limited number of agent pitch sessions are included in the cost of registration. Illustrators have opportunities for critique and self-promotion at the conference.

Take advantage of early registration until August 14, 2010 and the cost for the two day event including meals is $189 for SCBWI members and $215 for non-members. Please visit our website at http://www.rmcscbwi.org for a complete conference schedule and to register.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is a
professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature. It is the largest writer’s organization in the country and the only one specifically for those working in the fields of children’s books, multimedia, magazines, film and television.

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