Friday, March 21, 2014

Southern Utah SCBWI Spring Workshop

by Neysa CM Jensen

Down in Cedar City next weekend (March 29), you have the amazing opportunity to learn from some of the best writers in the state. SCBWI (that stands for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) is sponsoring the workshop.

I always recommend that writers and illustrators attend conferences as often as possible. First, it's great inspiration. I almost always come home ramped up and ready with new ideas and techniques. Second, it's a great way to meet others in the writing community, and we all need our tribe. Whether you form a critique group or just have someone else to talk to, writing friends are essential. And third, you will always learn something. And writing is one of those crafts where we never stop learning. Sometimes a speaker will explain a concept you've heard 100 times before, only now it finally clicks. Often, I find that progress I have made leaves me open to the next rung on the ladder that I wasn't ready to really hear in the past.

Here are some of the highlights:
Featured Speakers: 
Ally Condie, #1 NY Times author of the Matched trilogy
Ann Dee Ellis, critically acclaimed author of This is What I Did and Everything is Fine
Ben Sowards, illustrator of Christmas Oranges and the Levan Thumps series
and Robison Wells, critically acclaimed author of VariantFeedback, and Blackout.

Conference Features: 
         Get tips on improving your writing from bestselling authors and our featured illustrator.
         Discover publication paths from current authors and illustrator.
         Learn techniques for getting and giving feedback, and receive feedback on your work.
         Eat with participants and speakers. Catered buffet lunch included.
When: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Where: Cedar City Library in the Park (303 N 100 E, Cedar City)

Book signing by authors and illustrators:
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7-9:30
Main Street Books (25 N Main, Cedar City)

Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a small conversation group with Ally Condie (where they can ask questions about writing and publishing), a one-on-one critique with Ann Dee Ellis or Robison Wells, or a portfolio critique with Ben Sowards. These spots are limited and are $40 each.

To register, go  here and click on the March 29 on the calendar. 

1 comment:

Bruce Luck said...

I agree - something heard 100 times finally sinks in on the 101st. We never learn it all; always new insights to gain with each event like this we attend.