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SCBWI-Illinois’ 8th Annual Prairie Writer’s Day

SOMETHING BRILLIANT THIS WAY COMES
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WHEN?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

(registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

 

                             WHERE?

                             Wojcik Conference Center

                             Harper College

                             1200 W. Algonquin Rd.

                             Palatine, IL

 

                                                          REGISTRATION FEE?

                                                          Member cost:       $140.00

                                                          Non-members:      $165.00

 

WICKEDLY BRILLIANT SPEAKERS:

Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Author Extraordinaire

                Brenda Bowen, Agent, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

                      Dianne Hess, Executive Editor, Scholastic Press

                        Beverly Horowitz, VP/Publisher, Delacorte (Random House)

                          Meredith Mundy, Executive Editor, Sterling Children’s Books

                              Elizabeth Parisi, Creative Director, Trade Publishing, Scholastic Inc.

                                         Lisa Yoskowitz, Editor, Disney-Hyperion

                                      Marietta Zacker, Agent, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

 

 

Join us at this year’s Prairie Writer’s Day. There is something for everyone:

  the addition of extended, hands-on, interactive workshops

      multiple breakout sessions

         MORE opportunities than ever before to get your work in front of our speakers

            a mock agent/editor negotiation

               a publishing panel

                  our traditional Mix ‘n Mingle

                     a folder containing handouts from ALL workshops/breakouts

                        the ability to submit, post-conference, to all of our speakers

                         (including closed houses)

 


 

This day will be something spectacular!

 

We will begin with something inspirational: a keynote address by Newbery Honor and Sibert Honor winner Susan Campbell Bartoletti (www.scbartoletti.com).  Next, something illuminating: meet the rest of our esteemed speakers during a rousing publishing panel.  Then head off to your chosen workshop for something interactive.  After something delicious for lunch, reboot and find out what happens when an editor and an agent meet behind closed doors (sure to be something revealing).  Leave room in your brain for something custom-made: two breakout sessions of your choice.  Close out the day with something engaging at our Mix ‘n Mingle, where you’ll be able to chat one-on-one with our speakers.

 

Something Additional :

 

Opportunities for Writers (see the registration form for more details):

 

Written Critiques: A limited number of manuscript critiques (written only) will be offered for an extra fee.  Written critiques will be provided by one of our editors or Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

 

Contest: Enter a manuscript for a chance to win written comments plus a 30-minute, one-on-one chat during Prairie Writer’s Day with Brenda Bowen or Marietta Zacker.  (There will be two winners – one per agent.)

 

 

Opportunities for Illustrators (see the registration form for more details):

 

Portfolio Reviews: Elizabeth Parisi will be offering a limited number of private 5-minute portfolio reviews for an extra fee.

 

Display: Display and distribute samples of your work.

 

 

Workshop/Breakout Session Details

Workshops:

 

Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Author Extraordinaire

Something Restorative: learn critical repair tips for novels and works of nonfiction.

 

Dianne Hess, Executive Editor at Scholastic Press

Something Dramatic: sharpen your creativity with improv.

 

Meredith Mundy, Executive Editor at Sterling Children’s Books

Something Memorable: examine the importance of first and last lines in picture books.

 

 Elizabeth Parisi, Creative Director for Trade Publishing at Scholastic Inc.

Something Eye-Catching: analyze the critical components of a book cover. Illustrators may complete a book cover assignment prior to Prairie Writer’s Day – see the registration form for details.

 

Lisa Yoskowitz, Editor at Disney-Hyperion

Something Spine-Tingling: gather tips on how to create suspense in your manuscripts.

 

Marietta Zacker, Agent at Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

Something Marketable: discover how to position your book in the marketplace.

 

Breakout 1:

 

Meredith Mundy, Executive Editor at Sterling Children’s Books

Something Hopeful: enjoy a detailed discussion of the submissions/acquisitions process.

 

Lisa Yoskowitz, Editor at Disney-Hyperion

Something Revelatory: squirrel away tips for writing query letters and synopses.

 

Brenda Bowen, Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Something Enlightening: practice editing your work -- an analysis of your (yes, YOUR) first page.  Please bring a copy of your first page to the breakout session.

 

Breakout 2:

 

Marietta Zacker, Agent at Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

Something Demystifying: explore what is involved in the agenting process.

 

Dianne Hess, Executive Editor at Scholastic Press

Something Constructive: understand the market by learning about some of the day to day challenges involved in building a list and publishing great books.

 

Beverly Horowitz, VP/Publisher at Delacorte(Random House)

Something Authentic: create characters with great narrative voice -- commonsensical assumptions YA writers should never forget.

 

Elizabeth Parisi, Creative Director for Trade Publishing at Scholastic Inc.

Something Visual: improve your writing by thinking visually.

SCBWI-Illinois’ 8th Annual Prairie Writer’s Day

LINKS
Prairie Writer's Day Registration Forms |   Prairie Writer's Day Checklist and Book List  |  Prairie Writer's Day Announcement (this page as PDF) | Book Cover Assignment