Intensives

Optional Writer and Illustrator Post-Conference Intensives 

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Additional Fee: $110 SCBWI member-participants

Pre-registration reguired, limited space

SCBWI Members Only (it's not too late to join!)

 

Intensive sessions provide an opportunity to work on individual projects in a smaller setting under the guidance of a faculty professional. They are reserved for SCBWI members only and on a first-to-register, first-filled basis. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference in order to register for an intensive. 

New this year:  Those who register for an intensive will also receive a boxed lunch and beverage!

We noticed in past conferences that it has been hard to get lunch prior to the start of the intensive, so this year's intensives are inclusive of a boxed lunch of your choice (selections will be made during online registration) and a beverage. Marriott catering staff will be ready to distribute boxed lunches in exchange for your registration ticket. Distrubution will happen immediately following the close of the conference. Please note, box lunches are only for those who registered for a post-conference intensive. Sorry, there is no price adjustments available if you forgo the boxed lunch. 

 

Pre-register for one of the following:

 

Illustrator Intensive with Vanessa Brantley Newton

Character Building with Diversity in Mind

Diversity is vital to children's books, and knowing how to illustrate characters with authenticity will set you apart. This isn't as easy as putting a child of color into a scene; it must be genuine. In this workshop, we will explore what makes a pitch perfect character and what is considered cliche or offensive to other cultures. I'll share my process of creating hair, skin colors, and clothing and how to keep a journal or catalog of interesting clothing, accessories, facial features, hair dos and textures. I'll also demonstrate my collage technique and you'll be asked to create a special piece to stretch yourself and try something new. Collage papers will be supplied. Please bring a notebook or sketchbook big or small, your favorite drawing or painting supplies, scissors, and a glue stick.

 

Novelist Craft Intensive with authors Denise Vega and Melanie Crowder 

Building Emotion & Tension in MG/YA Novels

Experiencing visceral emotion and tension helps readers care about your characters and keeps them reading late into the night. Using published books and our own works in progress, we'll discuss what works, what doesn't, why these elements of story are essential to reader engagement, and how to elevate the emotion and tension in your own writing, while avoiding clichés. Please bring a scene you want to work on and the writing implements of your choice (pen/paper, laptop, tablet, etc). You will be working during this intensive!

 

 

Novel and Chapter Book Roundtable with Editor Matt Ringler, Scholastic Books 

Space Limited to 15 participants

Pre-register for this roundtable for middle grade and young adult novelists and hear how an editor responds to the first five pages of your chapter book, middle grade, or young adult manuscript. Space is limited to 15. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your work-in-progress (yes, it must be pages one-five starting from the beginning; please format 12 point font, double spaced, Times New Roman, one inch margins). Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback from an editor on your work-in-progress, but you also grow by hearing constructive comments on everyone else’s work, too.

NOTE: Format pages in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. All participants should bring 16 STAPLED copies of the first five pages of their work-in-progress chapter book, middle grade, or young adult novel. (one for Matt, one for you, and one for each participant = 16) 

 

Picture Book Roundtable with Agent Sean McCarthy 

Space Limited to 15 participants

Pre-register for this special roundtable gathering and hear how an agent thinks. Space is limited to 15 writers each. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your picture book manuscript (please see detailed instructions). Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback on your work-in-progress, you also grow by hearing reactions and comments on everyone else’s work, too.

NOTE: Format pages in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. All participants must bring 16 STAPLED copies of a work-in-progress picture book manuscript. (one for Sean, one for you, and one for each participant = 16)

 

 

Picture Book Roundtable with Editor Emily Feinberg, Roaring Brook Press 

Space Limited to 15 participants

Pre-register for this special picture book roundtable gathering and hear how an editor thinks. Space is limited to 15 writers each. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your picture book manuscript (please see detailed instructions). Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback on your work-in-progress, you also grow by hearing reactions and comments on everyone else’s work, too.

NOTE: Format pages in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. All participants must bring 16 STAPLED copies of a work-in-progress picture book manuscript. (one for Sean, one for you, and one for each participant = 16)

 
 

You must be registered for one or both days of the conference to register for an intensive. 

(If you've already registered and would like to add on an intensive, please contact the registrar, Lindsay Eland at registrar.rmc.scbwi@gmail.org)