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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Letters and Lines Coming this Fall

This beautiful illustration is by SCBWI member Brooke Boynton Hughes

Attention Plucky Few:  Letters and Lines Conference Coming this Fall
September 28th and 29th The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is excited to announce the annual Letters and Lines Conference will take place at a new location, the Denver Marriott West in Golden, Colorado. Letters and Lines will be an intimate conference where participants can mingle with a panel of publishing super stars. The faculty includes three editors, two agents, a Newbery winning author, a distinguished and award winning author/illustrator, several local celebrity illustrators and authors, and a queen (okay, maybe not an official queen, but a PR Maven) .
Many dream of writing or illustrating a children’s book, but few have the courage to pursue the goal. If your interest is piqued, then count yourself as one of the plucky few. Maybe you’ve written several manuscripts, or maybe you have ideas bursting in your head, ready to be committed to paper. Since you’re spirited enough to be on this path, why not help your dream come to fruition? Attending a conference is the quickest way to fast track your goals. Conferences are an opportunity to make connections, get useful feedback, and learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry. 
If you’re still reading this post, then maybe you’re at the point when you’re wondering what the heck happens at a conference. Letters and Lines will be packed with various sessions—some structured as lectures; others structured in an interactive format with instant advice.
 or take a brief glimpse of what’s on the menu:
Execute your fantasy novel
Examine the nature of a character driven Picture Book
Hear agents and editors read and give feedback to participants’ first pages
The secret to picture book writing
How to create a storybook App (w/app genius Julie Hedlund)
The eBook
Spotlight on an illustrators career
Taking your novel from concept to completion
First impressions: illustrator participants get immediate feedback
How to weave character with plot and setting
The nitty gritty of framing a story
And much much more! In addition to the great classroom and interactive session, participants can also preregister for a one-on-one personal consultation with a publishing professional. This experience alone makes the entire conference worth the effort. Writers get the first ten pages of their manuscript read and critiqued by either an agent, editor, or published author. Illustrators can also sign up to receive a professional one-on-one critique.
Still want to know more…like who will be there?
·                      Newbery Award winner Linda Sue Park
·                     Arianne Lewin, executive editor, G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Young Readers Group)
·                     Kelly Barrales-Saylor, editorial director, Albert Whitman & Company
·                     Wendy Loggia, executive editor, Delacorte/Random House
·                     Brianne Johnson, agent, Writers House
·                     Sara Megibow, agent, Nelson Literary Agency
·                     Bitsy Kemper, author and PR Queen!
·                     Award winning Illustrator/Author Michael Garland
·                     A full list of local authors and illustrators (see brochure for details)

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