January 29, 2012

SCBWI-Houston's 2012 Regional Conference

Saturday, March 31, 2012
8:00am until 6:00pm
The Merrell Center
6301 S. Stadium Lane Katy, Texas 77494

Join us for:

*Amazing speakers including editors, author-illustrator, art director, and agents
*One-on-one manuscript critique sessions with speakers and local authors
*Portfolio critiques and showcase
*Selection of Joan Lowery Nixon finalists (winner mentored by Newbery Honor
Winner, Kathi Appelt)
*Book signings
*Mexican dinner social
*Silent Auction & Silent Art Auction
*Door prizes
*Networking Opportunities

Guest Speakers:
Dan Yaccarino, Author-Illustrator
Jen RofĂ©, Literary Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. 
Susan Sherman, Art Director, Charlesbridge Publishing
Heather Alexander, Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers 
Susan Dobinick, Asst. Editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Kathleen Ortiz, Subsidiary Rights Director and Literary Agent Nancy Coffey Literary Agency & Media Representation
Connie Hsu, Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers 

There will also be two Intensives offered on Sunday, April 1st from 9:00am-12:00pm.
One will be led by editor Heather Alexander called "Voice Lessons: Making Your
Manuscript Sing." It will include exercises about the difference between
authentic and inauthentic sounding voice in both narration and dialogue.

The second Intensive will be with dynamic presenter and author-illustrator Dan

Yaccarino: "Inspiration to Publication: The Essentials of A Picture Book Dummy."
Attendees need to come prepared to work. Requirements: writing utensils (laptop
or paper/pen) and a picture book idea (full rough draft preferred). If
participants are an illustrator or author-illustrator they will need to bring
plenty of paper to draw on, rough sketches of their dummy and/or main character
as well as a story idea/ full rough draft.

Go here: <http://www.scbwi-houston.org/calendar/2012-conference-2/> for more
information and to see the conference packet.