Current IssueDon't MissFall 2013Happenings

Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day

Saturday, November 9
9:00 – 6:00

Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine IL 60067

Don’t miss Illinois’s annual conference!

Some things to look for this year:

LUCKY (back by popular demand)
• Industry panel
• Manuscript critiques
• Manuscript contest
• Portfolio Reviews
• Mix ‘n’ Mingle
• …plus all the speakers (even those from closed houses) will accept attendee submissions after the conference

LUCKIER (new

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Current IssueDon't MissHappeningsSpring 2013

SCBWI Summer Conference

By Cherie Colyer

Three things every writer should do…

Enjoy their craft
Laugh a lot
Attend at least one SCBWI Summer Conference

Six years ago I registered for my first SCBWI Summer Conference with the hopes of learning more about writing for children from professionals in the field. I wasn’t sure what to expect, wondered what to pack, and hoped

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Current IssueDon't MissHappeningsWinter 2013

Wild, Wild Midwest SCBWI Conference

This spring, in lieu of our annual Spring Thaw, SCBWI-Illinois is co-sponsoring a multistate conference. The Wild, Wild Midwest SCBWI Conference will be a shindig to remember—three days of learning and connecting with editors, authors, agents, and illustrators. The conference is scheduled for May 3–5 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The programming is still being finalized, but

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Don't MissHappenings

SCBWI-Illinois Prairie Writers Day VIII: Something Brilliant This Way Comes

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
Nonmembers: $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,

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Current IssueDon't MissHappeningsSpring 2012

Words in the Woods, an SCBWI-IL Tradition, Evolves

By Louann Brown

How did Words in the Woods begin?

After Woodstock, a very popular SCBWI weekend conference, ended several years ago, it left a void that one-day conferences could not fill: a large block of reserved time to focus on craft with those who share the same desires and dreams. A weekend retreat provided an environment that

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Current IssueDon't MissWinter 2012

Spring Thaw: SCBWI-IL Proudly Welcomes Dynamic Duo Steve Mooser and Lin Oliver

Mark your calendars, save the date . . . and prepare to be inspired!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL

SCBWI~Illinois is in for a treat this spring! If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser speak at one of the national conventions, now is your chance!

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Current IssueDon't MissFall 2011Happenings

SCBWI-IL Prairie Writers Day VII: Get Hooked!

WHEN:
Saturday, November 12, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

WHERE:
Wojcik Conference Center
Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine, IL

Member cost: $140
Nonmembers: $165

SPEAKERS:

Publishing Professionals:

Josh Adams, Co-Founder, Adams Literary
Stacey Barney, Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Michele Burke, Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Karen Kohn, Senior Art Director, Carus Publishing
Kathy Landwehr, Vice President & Associate Publisher, Peachtree

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Current IssueDon't MissHappeningsSpring 2011

Words by the Lake: Reflections Retreat

When: July 8–10, 2011, begins Friday at 5 p.m., ends Sunday at 3 p.m.
Where: Villa Maria Retreat Center, Springfield, IL
Cost: $135 SCBWI members; $150 non-SCBWI members

Join us for a relaxed writing retreat at the Lake of the Woods facility
(Villa Maria) on Lake Springfield. Your price includes all meals from
Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, a double

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Don't MissWinter 2011

Spring Thaw: The Publishing Scene with Arthur Levine

Mark your calendars now and do everything in your power to SAVE THE DATE!

SPRING THAW

Saturday, April 16, 2011
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
National-Louis University’s North Shore Campus in Skokie

After a long winter of manuscript hibernation, nothing could be better than melting the ice with Scholastic’s winsome editor Arthur Levine. Our info-packed day will help you

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Don't MissWinter 2011

Lisa Wheeler Picture Book Boot Camp: February 2011

Does your fiction feel flabby?
Are your sentences sagging?
Does your happily-ever-after seem long-ago-and-far-away?
If so, it’s time to pump up those pages and exercise your editing power!
Award-winning children’s author Lisa Wheeler will help you strengthen your picture book writing.

You’ll learn to:

Trim the fat!
Cut unnecessary word-calories!
Add muscle to your manuscripts!

When: February

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