Times are strange. Staying inside and shifting to work from home might be new for some, but for those of us used to camping out at our computers for long hours writing and editing on sunny weekends it can feel like an extension of the routine. Both of these realities can be jarring, and sometimes alienating. Especially when it seems like the world is falling apart. Here at Kite Tales we want to let you know: you’re not alone; we’ll get through this; and take some time for healing, whether it be writing or just watching your favorite movie.
In that spirit, we wanted to help provide you with some resources that you can access online. From webinars to virtual meetups, there is a great community of kidlit writers and illustrators sharing thoughts and inspiration.
Our international headquarters has come up with a wealth of resources from published members to aid in home learning for kids. Everything from art lessons to live readings of published books can be accessed by anyone who visits the webpage SCBWI Connects.
While registration can be tough (the first webinar crashed the home page!), you can still access the webinars presented on SCBWI’s Digital Workshop for a month after it has been recorded live. So check out the latest workshop on revision by Kate Messner and a how-to on openers by Sara Sargent. (You must be logged in to access the archives.)
And if you haven’t checked out the Regional Webinars, you should! Charlesbridge is hosting a portfolio review for illustrators on June 11 and several regions are hosting virtual retreats beginning early May.
If you are a Los Angeles member of the SCBWI make sure to join the SCBWI-L.A. Facebook Group Page. This is a safe place created by the SCBWI-L.A. region for its local members to chat and share news, inspiration and discuss kidlit related themes. The CenCal Region also have their own group page for members which you can find here.
Also be sure to follow @SCBWISOCALLA on Twitter to keep informed and follow along with our virtual challenges and live #KTChats! Articles featuring the challenges and #KTChat authors will post here on Kite Tales prior to the events, but be sure to share your work through #KTWriteOn and #KTIllustrates so others can follow!
Some LitMingles in our area are still going on virtually and you can stay updated by visiting the SCBWI-L.A. Facebook Group page or visiting the Friends of SCBWI-L.A. LitMingles Page.
Montrose LitMingle has their own Facebook Group as well with some very active member participants; two of them won placement in our contest for Writers’ Day 2020!
Stay at home orders have already spurred transitions of some conventions to online formats. TeenBookCon in Houston hosted a live Tweet event using #TweetBookCon on Twitter. And YallWest is putting together panels to be shared virtually along with contests and giveaways. So stay tuned to your favorite conventions for possible online connections.
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We are always looking for more contributing authors and illustrators to share their expertise and experience with our readers. Do you have any tips to share on how you’re coping with the changes? Do you have a cool illustration prompt or exercise that gets your creativity flowing? Visit our submissions page and send us your ideas!
If you have any links or info about other virtual kidlit opportunities, please share them in the comments below!
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Images provided by Jessica Chrysler.