SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PROGRAM

Friday, May 3, 2019

We have a variety of optional activities planned for the Friday before the conference. These are a great way to spend some time with other attendees before the conference starts on Saturday.


15:00 – 17:30 SCRAWL CRAWL at the ZÜRICH ZOO

Let the animals in their natural habitats, or the people who come to see them, inspire your sketching or writing at the beautiful Zürich Zoo.

COST: local public transportation costs and zoo admission fees (paid by the individual).

Pre-registration is required. Register by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form.

15:30 – 17:30 CREATIVE CAFÉ

Join other creators in the lobby of the youth hostel, where there are plenty of tables and comfy corners where you can work on your writing or illustration project. Beverages are available (at own cost) from the hostel. Look for the SCBWI sign on a table in the lobby.

COST: free

Pre-registration preferred but not required. Register by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form.

16:00 – 17:30 ZÜRICH WALKING TOUR

Would you like to see some of the city of Zürich while you’re in town for the conference? Join us for a professionally guided tour of this historic city.

COST: free, but tips for the guide are appreciated.

Pre-registration is required. Register by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form.

18:00 BEHIND THE SCENES at the offices of publisher NordSüd

Renowned picture book publisher NordSüd (NorthSouth Books) is generously opening their offices to our attendees for a behind-the-scenes tour and apéro. Places for this unique event are limited, so pre-registration is required.

Register by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

NOTE: lunches, coffee breaks and the Apéro are all included in the conference package.

7:45 – 8:30 AM            REGISTRATION

8:30 – 8:45 AM           WELCOME

8:45 – 9:15 AM            OPENING KEYNOTE: Chitra Soundar

“Scaffolding Your Success – How to Scale the Castle of Imagination”

9:15 – 10:00 AM           PANEL DISCUSSION: Andrew Rushton, Chitra Soundar, Molly O’Neill, Naomi Colthurst

“Getting the Most out of a Book: Marketing and Promotion in the Current Publishing Market”

10:00 – 10:30               coffee break

10:30 – 12:00               WORKSHOPS

“How to Get Your Picture Book onto the Page (Part 1)” with Elizabeth Dulemba
How does your picture book manuscript translate into the finished, fully-illustrated item that will enchant readers whether they’re opening your book for the first time or the fifty-first? In this workshop award-winning picture book author-illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba offers a hands-on session with storyboards, four-panel, and full-length “dummy” picture book prototypes to help you move your existing picture book text or well-developed picture book idea onto the page. This workshop intensive will help you think visually and get to the heart of the structure of your story. This workshop is perfect for picture book authors as well as illustrators working on a draft picture book project. Bring a well-known picture book that you admire and colouring supplies to play with. This is a two part workshop. Please select both parts when registering.

“First Pages & First Pages in Reverse” with Molly O’Neill

Join Agent Molly O’Neill for a session in which she gives candid, on-the-spot feedback on the first pages of MG and YA novels written and pre-submitted by conference attendees. Then, we’ll dig deeper! Molly will share first pages of published books that she’s worked on as an agent and/or editor as they were submitted to her, and as they were eventually published. We’ll talk about what changes were made along the way, and why, so that you can walk away with new ways of thinking about your books and their beginnings.

“The Fiction Big Five” with Naomi Colthurst

What are the fundamental things you should consider when sitting down to write your book? This workshop highlights the key elements an editor or literary agent is looking for in a must-have manuscript, and is designed to help you craft your story around them. We’ll be looking at world-building, characterisation, plot, readership and trends.

“Writing a Picture Book: Is It As Easy As It Looks?” with Chitra Soundar

In this session, Chitra will introduce basic concepts of picture books and through hands-on exercises, will demonstrate key aspects of sculpting a picture book.  Topics covered in this session will include: understanding the different readers and gatekeepers, understanding the medium, the structure of a picture book, characters, and plotting. Whether you’ve just embarked on your creative journey or are well on your way, this session is for all writers and illustrators who want to channel their imagination into a picture book.

12:00 – 13:00               lunch

13:00 – 14:30               WORKSHOPS

“Making Light: Humor’s Serious Place in Children’s/Young Adult Literature” with Jennifer Whistler

Jay dispels two myths: that humor is insignificant because it is lighthearted, and that you’ve either got it or you don’t. She’ll discuss the craft of humor and demonstrate how to purposefully write funnier. She’ll talk about how humor lies at the intersection of truth and pain, and how it gives effective means to speak to pain and injustice, offering healing, hope, and light. And we’ll spend time tickling our own humerus with hands-on exercises designed to help you find your funny. (Suggested reads: Because of Winn-Dixie; Wonder; Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl; and Wintersmith.)

“Going Beyond the Basics” with Naomi Colthurst

How do you make sure your work shines in a hugely competitive submission space? You’re confident you’ve nailed the building blocks of your work, and now it’s time to make sure your manuscript is in the best shape possible ahead of sending it out. This workshop focuses on the ‘nitty gritty’ of crafting a stand-out story – such as backstory vs exposition, and creating realistic dialogue – and includes tips on self-editing.

“How to Get Your Picture Book onto the Page (Part 2)” with Elizabeth Dulemba
How does your picture book manuscript translate into the finished, fully-illustrated item that will enchant readers whether they’re opening your book for the first time or the fifty-first? In this workshop award-winning picture book author-illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba offers a hands-on session with storyboards, four-panel, and full-length “dummy” picture book prototypes to help you move your existing picture book text or well-developed picture book idea onto the page. This workshop intensive will help you think visually and get to the heart of the structure of your story. This workshop is perfect for picture book authors as well as illustrators working on a draft picture book project. Bring a well-known picture book that you admire and colouring supplies to play with. This is a two part workshop. Please select both parts when registering.

14:30 – 15:00                coffee break

15:00 – 16:00               WORKSHOPS

“Ask Me Anything! (About Publishing)” with Molly O’Neill

Molly O’Neill has worn a number of publishing hats during her 16+ years in the publishing industry: she’s worked in marketing and publicity, as an editor, as a publishing-adjacent start-up executive, and now as a literary agent. This diverse background allows her to understand the industry and its processes, trends, and decisions through a unique and deeply-contextualized lens. Registrants for this session will be able to submit questions via email prior to the conference. In the session, a moderator will present the questions and Molly will do her best to illuminate your understanding of whatever aspects of the publishing industry you find most curious, puzzling, or downright perplexing.

“Author visits – How to Come Out of the Shell and Shine!” with Chitra Soundar

In this 60-min session, Chitra will talk about how she plans, prepares and conducts an author visit into schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals. What works and what might not be suitable? When is it ok to work for free and why it is not a good thing in the long run? There will be an opportunity for a few willing and brave volunteers to do a mock talk (2 min) to the audience and for the audience to pretend they are school children and ask questions.

“Creative Process” with Marcus Pfister

Marcus is the author/illustrator of nearly 50 picture books which have been illustrated in a variety of mediums, including pencil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. As an illustrator, Marcus has never bound himself to a definite style of art and surprises his audience again and again with new techniques and images. One can see this in “The Magic Book” with an elaborate folder-technique, the split pages in “Milo and the Magical Stones” which tells a story with two different endings, and in “The Rainbow Fish” series with the use of holographic foil. This session offers a unique opportunity to hear him talk about his creative and artistic process.

16:15 – 18:15                APÉRO and NETWORKING GROUPS: Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Illustration

PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE

CRITIQUES   (16:15 – 17:30)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

8:15 – 8:45                   ANNOUNCEMENTS: Door Prizes & Portfolio Showcase Winner

8:45 – 9:30                  PANEL DISCUSSION: Kathi Appelt, Maria Middleton, Alice Sutherland-Hawes

9:30 – 10:00                coffee break

10:00 – 12:00             WORKSHOPS

“Getting it Covered: the Art of Illustrating Jackets” with Maria Middleton

If a cover is the face of a book, learn how to put your best face forward! This hands-on workshop will provide a comprehensive framework for conceptualizing strong illustrated covers for picture books and middle-grade fiction. This workshop will focus on: the anatomy of a book and how to maximize its potential; the interaction of typography and art; the impact of white space; how to turn on the flow of ideas; and crafting a pitch perfect narrative for your intended audience. Please come with pencil and paper and be prepared to sketch.

“Character Matters” with Kathi Appelt

In this session, intended for writers in all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and picture books, we’ll spend some time exploring the core issues of characters, including motivation, voice, structure and the stakes of the story.

“Rights, Rights, Rights” with Alice Sutherland-Hawes

What are foreign rights and why are they so important? And how do you sell your book in other markets? As the children’s agent, and a rights agent at the Madeleine Milburn Agency, Alice has a unique look across these two aspects and will be sharing her knowledge with you. Talking about selling a book in your home market (outside of the UK and US), and why, particularly in the UK, foreign rights matter so much, she will take you through this hugely important and potentially lucrative aspect of publishing. Suitable for writers across all age groups.

12:00 – 13:00              lunch

13:00 – 15:00              WORKSHOPS

                 “Digital Portfolio Building & Foundational Skills for Illustrators” with Maria Middleton

Wow your next art director with a beautifully crafted digital portfolio that showcases the breadth and depth of your talent! This workshop will cover how to craft, edit, and organize your best work in a suitable online platform; creating a cohesive catalog of images that includes more than one style, plus personal and professional work; the dos and don’ts of portfolio basics; and what an art director looks for when viewing potential work.

“Angels, an Ocelot and a Bayou: A Short History of a Fat Novel” with Kathi Appelt

Kathi’s newest novel, The Angel Thieves, took four weeks to draft and three more years to put it to bed. What began as a short story in the wake of 9/11, became the author’s hard look at religion, parenting, freedom, and history, all woven together around an angel. In the process, she worked with professional readers, dug into musty archives, and followed the waters of the ancient bayou that rambles through one of the world’s most dynamic cities, Houston. In this session, she’ll share the beginning, middle and end of how this book came to be.

“Querying Basics” with Alice Sutherland-Hawes

So you’ve finished your book, polished it to within an inch of its life and are ready to show it to the world. What now? This session is intended for writers and illustrators across all age groups, and will be looking at how to present your work to agents to make it stand out. With some hard truths about querying and some brilliant (and not so brilliant) examples, get answers to all your querying questions in this workshop.

15:00 – 15:30              coffee break

15:30 – 16:00               EUROPOLITAN: Mentor Program & Upcoming Regional Events

16:00 – 16:30               CLOSING KEYNOTE: Kathi Appelt

“Whirled Ps”

16:30 – 17:45                NETWORKING GROUPS (Europolitan Regions)

CRITIQUES