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Friday - Sunday, February 22-24, 2013
Friday from 7 - 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - Sunday until 1 p.m.
Where: Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, IL
35 spots available
REBUILDING YOUR NOVEL: SCENE AND SENTENCE - Revision and rewriting strategies
(Linda Sue's Saturday through Sunday workshop)
Linda Sue will focus on strategies for improving your manuscript--*revising* the overall arc as well as *rewriting* on the word and sentence level. Participants will ideally have a completed manuscript to work on (the full manuscript in electronic form--i.e., on your laptops), and will bring the first and last ten pages printed out.
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: How setting informs story
(Julia's Friday evening presentation)
Whether contemporary or historical, fantasy or science fiction, the best settings come alive on the page, creating a rich landscape where characters bloom and stories unfold. In this workshop we will discuss various tools to help us deepen setting and build worlds that will entice readers to stay.
Cost: $175 for SCBWI members and $190 for nonmembers.
This fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. It does not include lodging. Group rates are available at Hawthorn Suites and free lodging is available with local SCBWI member hosts if requested. Registration begins with postmarks of November 5. Registration closes on January 7.
A limited number of written manuscript critiques by Linda Sue and Julia are available for an extra $35 each. Manuscripts for critique should be submitted by January 4th.
Linda Sue Park is the author of several novels and picture books, including A SINGLE SHARD, the 2002 Newbery Medal winner. She writes fiction and poetry for both adults and young readers. Her most recent titles are A LONG WALK TO WATER (a novel from Clarion Books), winner of the Jane Addams Peace Prize; STORM WARNING, Book #9 in THE 39 CLUES series (Scholastic), and THE THIRD GIFT (picture book, Clarion). Linda Sue knows very well that she will never be able to read every good book ever written, but she keeps trying anyway. The daughter of immigrant parents, Ms. Park draws on her Korean ancestry for much of her work. Visit her website at http://www.lindasuepark.com and her blog at http://lsparkreader.livejournal.com
Julia Durango's most recent poetry collection, UNDER THE MAMBO MOON, celebrates Latin American music, community, and family ties, and has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as a spot on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list. Latin America is also the setting of adventure novels, THE WALLS OF CARTAGENA, named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and an Américas Award Honorable Mention, and SEA OF THE DEAD, which won both the Parents’ Choice silver medal and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Fiction. Julia is currently at work on a fantasy series for Disney-Hyperion with co-author Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Read more about her at JuliaDurango.com!
To Register, please contact Patricia Hruby Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Words in the Woods 2013: SCBWI-IL Writer's and Illustrator's Retreat
Friday, June 21 from 5 p.m to Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m.
Villa Maria 1903 E Lake Shore Dr. Springfield, IL
$135/SCBWI members $150/nonmembers
Join us this summer at Villa Maria on beautiful Lake Springfield for a weekend writer’s retreat. Writing retreats are to creativity what a good night’s sleep is to physical well-being. You and your craft both will benefit. There are no instructors, no programs and no speakers. Optional evening readings, meetings with optional critique and focus groups will be offered.
The price includes all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, a double room on Friday and Saturday night (each double has its own private bathroom) and the companionship of fellow writers all weekend long.
We’re planning a Saturday evening bonfire by the lake (bring your own drinks, alcoholic or otherwise). The villa has wonderful lounges where you can sit in an easy chair by yourself or relax with a group. There’s a big porch area and benches overlooking the lake. This is an opportunity to meet and work in the company of beginning and experienced writers and artists and tap into our mutual creative energy.
You can start a new project or polish one in progress. You may want to research potential markets for your work. Perhaps you need some focused time to conduct research for a piece, or to review background materials you’ve already gathered. Even relaxing and doing “nothing” count as valid goals; great ideas often come while we’re gazing at the lake or strolling through the Lincoln Memorial Gardens.
For the price of one night at a B&B you will have a whole weekend of quiet and concentrated work time.