BP Energy & Conference Center

Anchorage, Alaska

 Registration Opens for Illustrator Intensive
  10:00 - 12:00
 Illustrator Intensive with Kristen Nobles
   12:00  Registration Opens for Roundtable Critiques
   12:30 - 2:30  Roundtable Critiques: Lane Heymont, Patricia Nelson, & Kristen Nobles
  2:15  Registration Opens for Afternoon Intensives
   2:45 - 5:45  Self Publishing Intensive (TBA) with Pamela Fagan Hutchins
   2:45 - 5:45  Author Craft Intensive (TBA) with Robert Dugoni
  2:45 - 5:45  Get Submission Ready with CM McCoy
 3:15 - 5:15  Picture Book Intensive with Kristen Nobles
 5:30 - 7:00
SCBWI Meet n' Greet Event: Come enjoy appetizers and refreshments while you chat with fellow
SCBWI Members, writers, and illustrators, and our guest speaker from Candlewick Press.


BP Energy & Conference Center

Anchorage, Alaska

 General Registration Opens
 8:15 - 8:45 SCBWI Welcome & Opening Remarks with Kristen Nobles
 8:30 - 8:50 General Welcome & Opening Remarks
 8:50 - 9:40 Keynote Address, Robert Dugoni: Pulling Weeds, One boy's quest to avoid hard work by reading books.
 9:40 - 9:50 Break

 Traditional PublishingSelf Publishing & Author MarketingKidLit / SCBWI Writing Craft
 9:50 - 10:50  Breakout Session 1-A Patricia Nelson: Rookie Submission Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them); Learn about common pitfalls of queries and first chapters, along with a crash course in best practices for catching an agent's eye.

Breakout Session 1-B
Kathi Diamant: Best Practices to Present
Your Book, How to Present Your Book to an Audience so They Will Buy It. 
Breakout Session 1-C
Kristen Nobles:
The Successful Blind Date (or Author Seeks Illustrator): You've written a picture book manuscript and now  need to find your other half. An inside look at how manuscripts are paired with illustrators at Candlewick Press.
Breakout Session 1-D
Tam Linsey: Why Should I Care? Writing Characters People Actually Want to Read about.

10:50 - 11:00 Break             
11:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 2-A Lane Heymont: The Art of the Query; Learn what makes a query work, what doesn't, and how to really stand out in that never-ending slush pile!

Breakout Session 2-B
Susan McBeth:
Strategic Event Planning and Book Signings, How to Plan the Launch of Your Book NOW!
Breakout Session 2-C
John Weddleton:
What a Kid Wants; Diving into the Sandbox of Manga & Comic Books
Breakout Session 2-D
Marivi Soliven:
Native Tongues; Blending "The Other" in English Through Dialogue

 12:00 - 1:00          Lunch with Conference Faculty
Juried Illustrator Portfolio Display and Member Book Sales & Signings

 1:00 - 2:00 Breakout Session 3-A
CM McCoy:
Pitch Perfect! Cook Your Manuscript Down to its Juiciest Bits and Tantalize Your Audience
Breakout Session 3-B
Pamela Fagan Hutchins
: Let's Talk Readers, Branding, & Image; Tips on both essential and overlooked elements to include in your books, how to build a following and keep it, and how to convert that following into cash.
Breakout Session 3-C
Kristen Nobles:

The Illustrator as Illuminator, an introduction to what the art department looks for in an illustrator, including visual examples of what works and what doesn't.

Breakout Session 3-D
Robert Dugoni
: Playing God; Creating Memorable Characters: What is it about certain books that make the characters stay with us for days, or even years?

 2:00 - 2:10Break             

 2:10 - 3:10Breakout Session 4-A Lane Heymont: Landing Your Dream Agent, and How to Keep Them; Learn how to get an agent, work with an agent, and stay with an agent!
Breakout Session 4-B
Jenny Fast:
The Web, Be There or Be Square. How to start your blog and use social media to self-promote.
Breakout Session 4-C
Patricia Nelson: What's Working NOW in YA and MG; Tips and Tricks for navigating the children's market and writing MG and YA that sells!
Breakout Session 4-D
Kitty Morse:
Cooking Up Memoirs, How to Record Your History, and Others'

 3:10 - 3:20Break
 3:20 - 4:20Faculty Panel: Robert Dugoni, Pamela Fagin-Hutchins, Patricia Nelson, Lane Heymont, & Tam Linsey        
 3:20 - 4:20SCBWI Panel: Kristen Nobles, CM McCoy, & Dan Walker
 4:30 - 5:00Saturday Closing Remarks and Awards

 Turkey Red Restaurant in Palmer:  Taste of Morocco dinner event with author Kitty Morse

* Times, speakers and topics subject to change

For more information on our annual writers conference, email the conference chairman Brooke Hartman at bahartman@me.com



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