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SCBWI-IL Prairie Writers Day VII: Get Hooked!

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

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

Member cost: $140
Nonmembers: $165


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 Publishers
Daniel Nayeri, Editor, Clarion Books
Molly O’Neill, Editor, Katherine Tegen Books
Mary Rodgers, Editor-in-Chief, Lerner Publishing Group

Industry Professionals:

Bruce Hale, Author
Esther Hershenhorn, Author
Debra Kass Orenstein, Literary Attorney
Roxanne Owens, Chair of the Teacher Education Department, DePaul University

Take the bait and join us for SCBWI-Illinois’s largest event of the year! With more speakers, more slots for manuscript critiques, and more breakout sessions than ever before, this year’s Prairie Writer’s Day is sure to be another sold-out phenomenon.

Prairie Writer’s Day: Get Hooked will feature a brand new format, enabling you to customize your Prairie Writer’s Day experience:

An opening panel will reel you in!  You will get to know our agent and editors, their agency/houses, and the rapidly morphing children’s book industry.

Four breakout sessions (see full event PDF linked below) will enable you to choose the speeches you want to hear.  Regardless of which breakout sessions you attend, you’ll receive copies of ALL handouts.

We’ll all hear from the fabulous Bruce Hale, author of the Chet Gecko series and the comic/novel hybrid Underwhere, as well as numerous picture books.  Known for his “seriously funny” writing, Mr. Hale will speak to us via Skype on how to “Hook Your Readers with Humor.”  Witness the interactive possibilities of Skype for virtual school visits!

The “Catch of the Day” panel will conclude the program.   Speakers from breakout sessions 2 and 3 will share the highlights of their speeches, as well as their memorable moments from our grand fishing expedition.   The day closes with our Mix ‘n Mingle where you will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with all of our publishing and industry professionals.

All attendees will be able to submit work to our speakers after the conference, even if a house is closed to unsolicited submissions.

AND, as if all of the above weren’t enough, the cost to attend Prairie Writer’s Day has been reduced for members (thanks to the support and encouragement of the national SCBWI office)!

Additional Opportunities for Illustrators:
Display and distribute samples of your work (see Registration pg. 3).

Be sure to sign up for the Session 4 breakout with Karen Kohn.

Additional Opportunities for Writers:
A limited number of manuscript critiques will be offered for an extra fee (see Registration pg. 3).  Critiques are with editors/agent and are written only.

If you choose to attend a first pages session, you are encouraged to submit a first page for free (see Registration pg. 3).

And for those of you who prefer your instructions in verse…

Here’s a list of DOs and DON’Ts,
to help with registration.
Within ten days of its receipt,
we’ll send a confirmation.
Print out pages 1 and 2,
and fill them in completely.
Use page 3 when sending work . . .
and kindly scribble neatly!
You want to send first pages too?
Include two copies, please.
Follow the guidelines on page 3 . . .
cross your fingers and your “t’s”.
If a critique is what you want,
It’s better not to wait.
The spaces fill up pretty fast,
So don’t procrastinate.
Send your papers all at once,
and double-check the list.
Be sure to put your checks inside,
or you’ll be sorely missed.
Standard mail is all you’ll need,
be sure they stamp the date.
To prove just when you sent it out . . .
in case we get it late.
If something isn’t making sense,
just ask us – don’t be shy.
None of us know everything,
as hard as we may try.
If everything goes swimmingly,
we’d love to hear your cheers!
But if it doesn’t, please be kind,
we’re all just volunteers!
–Lori Degman

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