Andrea J. Loney, Ashlyn Anstee, authors, Bethany Barton, Chris Robertson, illustrators, Jake Gerdhardt, LATFoB, Laurenne Sala, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, PAL, Robert Mellette, SCBWI members, Summer
By Jacob Gerhardt
SCBWI members have a legendary reputation for being friendly and supportive. Working the SCBWI LA Times Festival of Books booth with fellow authors proved, as always, that this characterization is well deserved.
I would estimate about half the festivalgoers who stopped by our booth were interested in purchasing our books and the other half curious to learn more about the world of children’s books. We were happy to accommodate on both ends. Continue reading
Puppy dogs and fairy queens, stars and wishes and unseen things . . . as a community of writers and illustrators, we have wondrous tales to spin and dazzling visuals to design. Our hope is that you find in this new year your strongest voice ever. For there are children waiting, children who need your stories of hope and love and adventure and triumph in their hands. Tell yourself, for them, that this is your year, and mean it.
All our best to all our Los Angeles SCBWI members from the Regional Team and Board
On Saturday, February 25, we’ll once again be at the beautiful Skirball Cultural Center for Writers and Illustrators Day, combining two favorite events into one great day. Morning keynote speakers, lunch, and a choice of two afternoon breakout sessions are included in the price of registration. Continue reading
by Sally Jones Rogan, Co-Regional Advisor, SCBWI – Los Angeles
Hello SCBWI –Los Angeles! If you attended our recent Writer’s Day at the Skirball Cultural Center, you will already know that Sarah Laurenson shared some rather “big” regional news. After many years as Co-Regional Advisor, first with Lee Wind and then with yours truly, Sarah has decided to step down for a well-earned rest!
It was on Sarah and Lee’s watch that SCBWI obtained its nonprofit status. With that came more rules, regulations, more scrutiny—and many more RA volunteer hours needed than ever before. Sarah tackled all of these new challenges with aplomb and by the time I came onboard three years ago, there was a “system” in place for just about everything! Who knew that spreadsheets could be an art form?
Happy New Year to all of our Los Angeles SCBWI Members from the Regional Team and Board!
This year, Writer’s Day has an exciting new format that you won’t want to miss.
On Saturday, March 12th, we will be at the beautiful Skirball Cultural Center. Registration opens January 10th. Click on this link for the full details: http://losangeles.scbwi.org/events/la-writers-day-16/.
Main Stage: In the Magnin Auditorium, there will be a morning of talks by publishing professionals and author presentations in the afternoon. Each talk will allow time for questions from you, the audience. We will also have door prizes and the Sue Alexander Service and Encouragement Award.
Some of our faculty and their presentations:
LitMingles: Our new name for the Schmoozes. LitMingles are free meetings throughout L.A. County on a variety of topics. To learn more about one in your area, please visit: http://losangeles.scbwi.org/mingle-calendar/
Mentor Contest: Win a 6 month Mentorship for a MG or YA Author. Contest opens for entries from March 1-31, 2016. Watch for more information on the Mentor and contest details coming soon. SCBWI-L.A. members only. http://losangeles.scbwi.org/contests/mentor-contest/
Upcoming in the L.A. Region
Sept 11-13, 2015 – Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino
A 3-day, 2-night intense revision retreat beginning and ending with a first page (~200 word) pitch session. The retreat opens Friday at noon and consists of critique sessions, revision time, and parties – including Saturday night karaoke. A practice first page session with an Author panel begins the fun which crescendos in a pitch session with four acquiring Editors and Agents. Members only.
Faculty Information and wait list registration: https://losangeles.scbwi.org/events/2015-la-wwr/
SCBWI-L.A. blossomed with ‘firsts’ this Spring with the launching of a new Regional Mentorship Program with the fabulous Deborah Nourse Lattimore. Our first ever SCBWI-L.A. representation at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books takes place April 18th/19th. Please visit our booth #834 and show your support for our signing authors and illustrators – this could be you next year!
It is customary to ponder thankfulness, good cheer, and resolutions at this time of the year, and who are we to break with tradition? Here are a few things we are thankful for:
Awesome Writer’s Days * Peaceful Retreats * Productive Critiquenics * Supportive Schmoozes * Chocolate * Inspiring Illustrators *Encouraging Mentors * Fabulous Volunteers * Enthused Members * Hard-Working SCBWI-LA Board * Talented Teams * More Chocolate!