SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Intensives

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1:30pm – 5:00pm

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

For an additional $75.00, a limitied number of SCBWI Members may preregister for one of the five optional intensive workshops below (choose only one)

These dynamic intensives are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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, Jerilyn Patterson at registrar.rmc.scbwi@gmail.org)


OPTION ONE

=> Illustrator Intensive (3 hours)

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF IMAGINATION! – Judy Schachner

This no-pressure, fun-filled, workshop is guaranteed to loosen up the hand, the heart, and the mind. Reference imagery, music and words will be provided for the purpose of inspiring a series of quick multi-media studies. Participants are required to bring their own non-digital art supplies such as pencils, pastels, watercolor, gouache, scissors, collage materials (decorative papers and magazines) glue sticks and a journal. Be aware that you may need a designated driver at the end of the 3 hours.


OPTION TWO

=> Writing Craft Intensive (3 hours)

Earning the Transformation – Todd Mitchell

Join award-winning author Todd Mitchell for this three hour interactive session focused on the most helpful and effective techniques he’s found for increasing conflict, revealing characters, and writing stories that readers (and editors) won’t be able to put down. Topics covered will include:

• Developing sticky stories and elemental plots
• Spotting the difference between a story and a situation
• Creating effective hooks and discovering ways to begin in medias res
• The three most important things to know about your characters
• Pulling plot from character, and using plot to reveal character
• Increasing conflict, and manifesting internal conflict through external events
• Visualizing plot and character arcs 
• Pushing your character to the end of the line to earn the transformation
• Techniques for plotting novels (plot/counter plot, snowflake method…)
• Developing an effective story map (not a straight jacket)

An extensive packet is included with the session, as well as worksheets so you can immediately apply concepts to your stories and get feedback during the session. By the end of the session, participants will have a broader understanding of how to structure novels and how to make their characters’ journeys both compelling and believable.

What to Bring:  Your current work-in-progress


OR choose one of the following Roundtable Intensives

=> Roundtable Intensives

Each roundtable intensive will open with a 30-40 minute presentation by the facilitator. The remaining time will be devoted to participants reading 3-5 pages of their manuscripts and receiving a critique from the editor (and other participants as time permits). Each participant will have approximately 9 -10 minutes for read and critique (depending on how the editor organizes the time).

BRING: 16 STAPLED copies of your manuscript pages and give them to the moderator for sorting (yes, we realize for first pages we want the pages paperclipped, but for intensives we'd like them stapled.)

Thanks for your help with this!smiley


OPTION THREE

Novel Roundtable Intensive (Limited to 15 participants – 3 hours 30 minutes)

LIVE EDITING WITH EDITOR KAT KZOZOWKI plus Games to Unlock Your Writers Block – Kat Brzozowski  

This roundtable intensive will open with a thirty-minute session on games to unlock writer’s block. Are you stuck and you can't get unstuck? Have you fallen down the Twitter rabbit hole? Is your Netflix queue exhausted but your keyboard remains untouched? In this intensive, we'll have some fun and play games that will help reignite your creative spark and get the words flowing, and then each participant will be allotted roundtable time to read/discuss their work-in-progress.

WHAT TO BRING:

Sixteen copies (enough for each participant, plus you and Kat to receive a copy) of a properly formatted manuscript (one-inch margins, double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, printed on single side, three to five stapled pages). Keep in mind, a timekeeper will be present, so if you use all your minutes reading, you cut into your time to receive valuable feedback.

 


OPTION FOUR

Picture Book Roundtable Intensive (Limited to 15 participants – 3 hours 30 minutes)

Dummies for Smarties: Taking "Good Design Fosters Good Reading" to Heart – Sylvie Frank (SOLD OUT)

Picture books are typically thirty-two pages—but why? And why does this matter to an author? In this jam-packed session, editor Sylvie Frank will dive into the details of the physical picture book, taking a close look at how production and design elements affect the text. Once we’ve explored picture book production and design, we will put our new-found knowledge to use by making picture book dummies out of works-in-progress. We’ll take a look at how a dummy can help to improve plot and pacing and show where to cut words. Finally, we will do a workshop on revising and selecting just the right words. Please note, this will also be a roundtable discussion where each participant will get to read and receive feedback on their work. 

WHAT TO BRING:

All participant in DUMMIES FOR SMARTIES  should bring a work-in-progress picturebook manuscript text, plus scissors, glue stick, and four pieces of blank 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Also  bring sixteen copies (enough for each participant, plus you and Sylvie to receive a copy) of a properly formatted picture book manuscript (one-inch margins, double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, printed on single side). You should plan your manuscript to be three to five stapled pages–that's up to you, but keep in mind, a timekeeper will be present, so if you use all your minutes reading, you cut into your time to receive valuable feedback.


OPTION FIVE

Picture Book Roundtable Intensive (Limited to 15 participants – 3 hours 30 minutes)

Writing Irresistible Picture Book Characters – Stephanie Pitts, Schwartz & Wade (SOLD OUT)

What makes a new picture book character stand out to an editor? Topics to be discussed include using voice to establish character, creating memorable and unique character traits, writing character arcs, and writing characters for nonfiction. 

WHAT TO BRING:

Sixteen copies (enough for each participant, plus you and Stephanie to receive a copy) of a properly formatted picture book manuscript (one-inch margins, double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, printed on single side, three to five stapled pages). Keep in mind, a timekeeper will be present, so if you use all your minutes reading, you cut into your time to receive valuable feedback.