MAZZA Museum Summer Conference & Writing Strand

MAZZA Museum Summer Conference & Writing Strand
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          I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be co-teaching the writing strand at the MAZZA Museum Summer Conference this year. FYI:  the Mazza Museum is the largest museum of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. The museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of children’s literature. And it’s in Findlay, Ohio.

 

This year’s artist line-up—Wonderful!

 

 

I’d love to see a lot of writers there, as well. We writers learn so much from how illustrators envision and execute the art of picture books. The link for the conference:  MAZZA Museum Summer Conference, 2015
See you this summer!

Shutta

Hook of the Book Registration Open

Hook of the Book Registration Open

 

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A good one, folks!!

 

The Hook of the Book: Creating Illustrations that Capture the Reader – May 16

THE HOOK OF THE BOOK: Creating Illustrations that Capture the Reader

Illustrator-Writer Conference

Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:00 AM6:00 PM

at Thomson-Shore
a book publisher, printer, and distributor
7200 Joy Road
Dexter, Michigan 48130

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

EARLY BIRD RATES TILL APRIL 1!

lllustrators ​(and ​writers ​who ​appreciate ​the ​magic ​of ​artwork ​ in ​picture ​books) ​will ​enjoy ​an ​all-day ​encounter ​with ​award-winning ​“artistrator” ​E.B. ​Lewis, ​and ​celebrated ​ author/illustrators, ​Matt ​Faulkner ​and ​Leslie ​Helakoski. ​Our ​day  ​of ​intensive ​study ​of ​children’s ​book ​art ​will ​investigate ​ “the ​hook” ​– ​that ​special ​point ​in ​a ​book ​where ​the ​reader ​ is ​compelled ​to ​keep ​reading. ​For ​editors, ​librarians, ​ teachers, ​parents, ​and ​children, ​the ​hook ​is ​what ​pulls ​us ​ in, ​what ​keeps ​us ​reading, ​and ​what ​remains ​with ​us ​after ​ the ​last ​page ​is ​turned. ​This ​one-day ​conference ​will ​explore ​ the ​hook ​of ​the ​book ​from ​many ​angles, ​and ​you ​will ​leave ​ with ​ideas ​on ​how ​to ​improve ​your ​art ​and ​writing ​and ​make ​ your ​work ​stand ​out ​in ​this ​ever-more-competitive ​field.

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            Lewis, who has illustrated and/or written over 60 books, will lead us through formal and informal instruction and critiques, designed to change how we SEE. We’ll have a few others surprises for attendees as well; more details to follow soon.

             E.B. Lewis won the Caldecott Honor for “Coming on Home Soon,” written by Jacqueline Woodson. His books have won several Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, ALA Notable Book awards, and other honors. His fine art is collected and displayed in galleries across the nation. He is a master at identifying the emotion and story in text and showing it in the illustration.

            Lewis taught art in public school for twelve years, continues to teach at the University of Arts in Philadelphia, and privately mentors illustration students. No matter what level of mastery an artist has achieved, Lewis can help to push the craft higher.

            Our Hook of the Book illustrator day will be held at Thomson-Shore, a 100% employee-owned book publisher, printer, and distributor located in Dexter, Michigan.

            Thomson-Shore lies 18 minutes west of the heart of Ann Arbor, an hour and a half east of Kalamazoo, and 2 hours from central Grand Rapids.    

Find out more about E. B. at  http://eblewis.com/
Find out more about this conference at our website:  http://michigan.scbwi.org/
on our Mitten blog:  http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/
on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ScbwiMi, on Twitter at @SCBWI-MI, and our MichKids listserv.

REGISTER TODAY!!!!

EARLY BIRD RATES TILL APRIL 1!

 

 

Enjoy!

Shutta

UH-OH! (It’s coming April 14th . . .)

UH-OH! (It’s coming April 14th . . .)

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Uh-Oh! illustrated by the hugely talented Patrice Barton (published by Alfred A. Knopf) will be released on April 14th. The first early reviews are starting to come out. And Kirkus Reviews (Thank you!)  says: “Though there are as many ‘Uh-oh’ books out there as there are fishies in the sea, this petite charmer is a fine addition to the beach-time shelf.” And I love what they have to say about Patrice’s illustrations:  “Barton’s pencil sketches give the storytelling its heart, her two heroes perpetually wide-eyed, and the occasional jolt of realism . . . is as bracing as the sea air.”

 

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MINE! was also illustrated by Patrice. I am so pleased to, soon, have another book out with this wonderful artist. Just look at that cover! You can pre-order now, and the book should appear in bookstores on April 14th.

 

Happy dancing,

Shutta