SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Intensives

Optional Writer and Illustrator Post-Conference Intensives 

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Additional Fee: $85 (includes boxed lunch and beverage)

Pre-registration required, 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. 

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. Distribution 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 adjustment available if you forgo the boxed lunch.

NOTE: 

(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)

Pre-register for one of the following:

 

Novelist Craft Intensive led by Laurie Halse Anderson Space Available! If you’d like to add this intensive to an existing registration, contact our registrar, Lindsay Eland atregistrar.rmc.scbwi@gmail.com

Revision Without Tears: bring your manuscript and all your hard questions for a deep dive into the revision process.
 

 

Novel Workshop with Will James Limón Space Available! If you’d like to add this intensive to an existing registration, contact our registrar, Lindsay Eland atregistrar.rmc.scbwi@gmail.com

Space Limited to 15 participants

Plotting your Novel: Blending Character and Plot 

Have an exciting opening but can’t figure out what’s next? Love that character but don’t know his/her story? Have a manuscript that lacks punch or has “holes”? Solve these problems by blending character and plot in a structure that satisfies on all levels. Learn how the four Plot-Character Layers guide dramatic tension, develop character, and illuminate theme. Bring a 1-page plot outline. If you only have an idea, brainstorm: 1) Who is in your story? 2) What happens? 3) When and where? 4) Why do you want to tell this story? Don’t worry if you can’t figure it all out. You’ll get new insights to make your story better. This workshop is for writers of all levels, from beginner through published.” 

 

 

Novel Roundtable with Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Sold out! To inquire about a wait list, contact our registrar, Lindsay Eland at registrar.rmc.scbwi@gmail.com.

Space Limited to 10 participants

Pre-register for this roundtable for middle grade or young adult novelists. Space is limited to 10. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first three pages of your manuscript from an agent. (Yes, it must be the beginning, first three pages of a manuscript; Please format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback on your work-in-progress, you also grow by hearing constructive comments from an agent on everyone else’s work, too.

NOTE: All participants should bring 11 STAPLED copies of the first three pages of their work-in-progress middle grade or young adult novel (one for Kristin, one for you, and one for each participant = 11) Please format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins.

 

 

Picture Book Roundtable with Tim Travaglini Sold out! To inquire about a wait list, contact our registrar, Lindsay Eland at registrar.rmc.scbwi@gmail.com.

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 format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. 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: All participants must bring 16 STAPLED copies of the first five page of one work-in-progress picture book manuscript (only one PB manuscript per person may be worked in this session). (One for Sean, one for you, and one for each participant = 16) Please format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins.

 

 

Illustrator Intensive with Laurent Linn Sold out! To inquire about a wait list, contact our registrar, Lindsay Eland at registrar.rmc.scbwi@gmail.com.

Exploring YOUR Illustration Style 

What is an illustrator’s style? It’s more than art materials used, genre (realistic, animation-influenced, etc.), format (traditional media, digital, etc.), or subject matter. Style shows the artist’s vision—their way of taking all the tools in the illustrator’s toolbox (composition, line, color, contrast, emotion, narrative storytelling, research, etc.) and creating art that is singularly them. It doesn’t look like anyone else’s art and shows the unique way in which that artist sees the world.

This assignment will be to create a finished illustration by challenging you to use your own style in interpreting a classic work of art. Hopefully, this will be fun, artistically challenging, and will let you have a great new portfolio piece when we’re done!

ASSIGNMENT:

From the provided images of art masterpieces, select one to illustrate in your style. Select one of these choices that speaks to you and could show how you would interpret it in your own, unique way. Feel free to change or alter it in any way you like—substitute the people with newly invented characters or your own established characters, or children, animals, etc. Whether you change the costumes and scenery or simply interpret the images as rendered but in your way, the final image should clearly be a recognizable interpretation of the original, but showcasing your style.

Masterpieces to choose from (jpegs provided below):

Arnolfini Portrait, by Jan Van Eyck (1434)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1485)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marie Antoinette and her Children, by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1787)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Mother Sewing, by Mary Cassatt (1900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Portrait, by Malvin Gray Johnson (1934)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowflakes, by Uemura Shoen (1944)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By September 14, 2018, send a jpeg of your final illustration to rmc-ic@scbwi.org.

On the Conference Illustrator’s Intensive day, please bring your original final art piece (or printout if you work digitally). As a group, Laurent will discuss each attendee’s final piece projected on the screen, looking at how it is successful in showing style as well as how it could perhaps be improved.

The goal is to challenge you to truly analyze your style—how do you create art in a way like no one else? Also, our goal is for everyone to learn from each other and be inspired and energized by talking about art with fellow creative people. While attendees may be at different experience levels and perhaps a bit shy of sharing their art in front of others (aren’t we all?), the day will be positive with a good energy of children’s books.