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SCBWI FLORIDA WRITER/ILLUSTRATOR INTENSIVES
AND MID-YEAR WORKSHOP

June 6 and 7, 2008 Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Our two days of workshops feature a Writer and Illustrator Intensive Day (Friday)
and a five track Mid-Year Workshop (Saturday).
A boxed lunch is included in each day’s registration fee.



WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR INTENSIVES
Friday, June 6 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open only to Mid-Year Workshop registrants and carry an additional fee

Writer’s Intensive (Limit 20 people)
Join author Nancy Springer and Nicole Kasprzak, Associate Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons for a workshop emphasizing on craft and critique. Open to PB, MG, and YA writers. Everyone in the Writer’s Intensive will get time with both Nancy Springer and Nicole Kasprzak. You must also register for the Mid-Year Workshop to attend the Intensive.

Illustrator’s Intensive
Join illustrators/authors Linda Shute and Janeen Mason for a one-day event intended for committed illustrators who wish to hone their craft through hands-on activities and discussion. You must also register for the Mid-Year Workshop to attend the Intensive.
Click here for more information.


DISNEY’S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT

Room cost $155. Reservations:
www.disneyconventionears.com or call 1-407-939-1020. Group code G0499430.
Disney discount tickets are available for advance purchase:
http://www.disneyconventionear.com/scbwi

MID-YEAR WORKSHOP

Saturday, June 7 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The workshop features five tracks: Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Humor, and Mystery. Participants stay in one track all day for first page critiques, writing exercises, and market information in that genre. The five tracks ensure small groups and a more focused learning en
vironment.


Picture Book Track
with author Lisa McCourt, illustrator/author Linda Shute,
and Nicole Kasprzak, Associate Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons


PICTURE BOOK TRACK SCHEDULE
June 7, 2008

9:00–9:30 am
General assembly/introduction

9:30–9:45 am
Who we are; Who (by show of hands) are you?

9:45–10:15 am
Nicole Kasprzak

10:15–10:45 am
Lisa McCourt

10:45–11:00 am
Break

11:00–11:30 am
Linda Shute: Manuscript to Picture Book—Story Vision

11:30 am –12:00 pm
First page critiques

12:00–1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00–1:30 pm
Breakout group one

1:30–2:00 pm
Breakout group two

2:00–2:30 pm
First page critiques

2:30–2:45 pm
Break

2:45–3:15 pm
Breakout group 3

3:15–3:30 pm
Break

3:30–4:00 pm
Panel: Presenters’ wish list/Day’s feedback

4:00–4:30 pm
Q & A

4:30–5:00 am
General assembly/closure



Middle Grade Track
with author Bruce Hale and Andrea Tompa, Associate Editor, Candlewick Press

MIDDLE GRADE TRACK SCHEDULE
June 7, 2008

9:00–9:30 am
General assembly/introduction

9:30–9:45 am
Welcome, brief introduction, and overview

9:45–10:45 am
Getting started and plots

10:45–11:00 am
Break

11:00–11:30 am
Revising…and revising…and revising

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
First page critiques

12:00–1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00–2:00 pm
Query letters and other publishing mysteries

2:00–2:30 pm
All about Candlewick

2:30–2:45 pm
Break

2:45–3:15 pm
First page critiques (part 2)

3:15-4:30 pm
Q & A

4:30–5:00 am
General assembly/closure


Young Adult Track
with author Ellen Hopkins and Krista Marino, Editor, Delacorte Books

9:00–9:30 am
General assembly/introduction

9:30–10:00 am
Ellen Hopkins: One author’s story

10:00–10:15 am
Break

10:15–11:00 pm
Krista Marino: One editor’s story

11:00–11:15 am
Break

11:15 am –
12:00 pm
First page critiques

12:00–1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00–2:00 pm
Krista Marino: POV

2:00–2:15 pm
Break

2:15–3:15 pm
Ellen Hopkins: Whose story is this, anyway? (Author vs Character voice)

3:15–3:30 pm
Break

3:30-4:30 pm
Q & A

4:30–5:00 am
General assembly/closure


Humor Track
with author Debra Garfinkle and Nina Hess, Senior Editor, Mirrorstone

Humor Workshop Schedule

9:00 -10:30: It’s all about craft

9:00—Debby Garfinkle gives a lot of humor writing tips,
two of which may be useful.

9:30—Nina Hess talks about voice and character development while
Debby heckles her from the back of the room.

10:00—We test you to make sure you were paying attention: Also known as a writing exercise
applying the humor, voice, and characterization tips.

10:30-10:45: Stretch your legs, powder your nose, or ditch the workshop and hit Disneyworld

10:45-12:00: It’s really all about knowing how to market your work

10:45—Nina talks about query letters.

11:00—Nina critiques your query letters.

11:30—Debby talks about what kind of humor works best for each age group.

11:45—Writing exercise in which you’ll turn the piece you wrote this morning
into a piece for a different age group and perhaps suddenly realize your edgy teen novel
would work much better as a sweet picture book.

12:00-1:00: lunch (please don’t eat the workshop presenters)

1:00-2:45: Okay, it’s really 90% about craft

1:00— First page critiques by Debby and Nina.

1:30— Debby and Nina talk about plotting humorous books and writing a humorous series.

2:15— Group exercise in which we all create a main character and plot a book with series potential
and subsequently sell it at auction for seven figures and retire to Tahiti together.

2:45-3:00: Time to call a travel agent and book one-way tickets to Tahiti

3:00-4:15: Oops. Never mind what we said earlier. Change everything you wrote.

3:00— Nina and Debby talk about revision.

3:45— Participants revise the stories they wrote earlier and/or their first pages and/or their query letters.
Alternatively, they circle Nina and Debby, torture them by shouting out lines from Rob Schneider movies,
and then stone them to death with celebrity picture books.

4:15—4:30 Q and A. Sample question: Who the heck invited you guys here?


Mystery Track
with author Nancy Springer and Nancy Siscoe, Associate Publishing Director and Executive Editor,
Knopf & Crown Books for Young Readers

MYSTERY TRACK SCHEDULE
June 7, 2008

9:00–9:30 am
General assembly/introduction

9:30–10:00 am
Where worlds collide
Nancy Siscoe: the editor’s world
Nancy Springer: the writer’s world
Mrs. Higby (Nancy Springer): the child’s world
Brainstorming exercise: the child sleuth

10:00–11:00 am
Pacing! Avoiding the sagging, dragging middle

11:00–11:15 am
Break

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
The first page, the first paragraph, the first line
First page critiques

12:00–1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00–2:00 pm
Character(Nancy Springer) debates with Plot (Nancy Siscoe)
Writing exercise: The exciting setting—setting is a character, setting catalyzes plot

2:00–2:15 pm
Break

2:15–3:00 pm
Research: Advice from an editor and an author

3:00–3:30 pm
First page critiques

3:30–4:30 pm
Q & A

4:30–5:00 am
General assembly/closure


FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES
Track leaders will select a few submissions to read aloud and critique. Bring to your workshop track the first page of your novel or picture book, double spaced, 12 point type, 250 words or fewer, one page only. You may include the title and genre but do not include your name or other personal information.

PAID CRITIQUES
are available to registered participants for an additional fee and are limited to four per person.
Sorry, we can NOT honor requests for specific critiquers.

Illustrators bring to the workshop artwork/portfolios/dummies. Mail the Critique Submission Form, your check, and registration form by May 2, 2008.

Writers include TWO copies of your manuscript (up to 10 pages* in standard submission format**) with your Critique Submission Form. Mail this and your check and registration form no later than May 2, 2008.

*Although a picture book may have fewer than ten pages, each separate story counts as a separate submission.
**Submission format is explained at www.scbwi.org “From Keyboard to Printed Page: Facts You Need to Know”

BOOK SALES:
Workshop Leaders, Critiquers, and SCBWI members registered for the conference may sell their books through our on-site bookseller, Barnes & Noble. Contact Rebecca Rector at [email protected] by May 2, 2008 with the name of your book and the ISBN number to be added to the list. Sorry, no self-published books.

BOOKSTORE UPDATE:
To be certain that your book is available for sale at the Workshop, contact Rebecca Rector NO LATER THAN APRIL 30. (Our bookstore rep has informed me that some books take longer than others to acquire, and so they need a minimum of 6 weeks to be safe.)

IMPORTANT DATES:
May 2, 2008: Author and illustrator critique requests, manuscripts,
registration and fees must be postmarked by May 2.
May 9, 2008: Last day for early registration.

REMINDER:
You may want to bring a sweater.



Mid-Year Workshop Coordinator:
Vivian Fernandez [email protected]
Illustrator Intensive Coordinator:
Janeen Mason [email protected]



DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE HOTEL:
FROM ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO
DISNEY'S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT

• Take the Airport South exit to SR 417 South (please note 417 is a Toll Road)

• Travel 417 south to exit #3 for Osceola Parkway West

• Continue west on Osceola Parkway through Disney's Welcome Archway

• Go through two traffic lights, then exit for All-Star Resorts/Blizzard Beach/Coronado Springs

• Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp on to West Buena Vista Drive

• Proceed through the traffic signal by Blizzard Beach

• Turn left at the next traffic signal in to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

FROM ORLANDO TO DISNEY'S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT

• Take I-4 West to exit 65 (Osceola Parkway)

• Then exit at 65 onto (Osceola Parkway West)

• Continue West on Osceola Parkway through Disney's Welcome Archway

• Go through two traffic lights, then exit for All-Star Resorts/Blizzard Beach/Coronado Springs

• Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp on to West Buena Vista Drive

• Proceed through the traffic signal by Blizzard Beach

• Turn left at the next traffic signal in to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

FROM TAMPA TO DISNEY'S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT

• Take I-4 East to exit 64 B (World Drive)

• Then exit for Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort Area (Osceola Parkway)

• Continue West on Osceola Parkway, then exit for All-Star Resorts/Blizzard Beach/Coronado Springs

• Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp on to West Buena Vista Drive

• Proceed through the traffic signal by Blizzard Beach

• Turn left at the next traffic signal in to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort


QUESTIONS?
Illustrator Intensive Coordinator: Janeen Mason [email protected]
Mid-Year Workshop Coordinator: Vivian Fernandez [email protected]

Information, forms, and updates are available at www.scbwiflorida.com

Registration form
Critique Submission Form
Faculty