I just have to say that I am still on a high from Florida’s SCBWI conference. Way to go Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld and your team!! What a great line-up for the all-day general sessions on Sat. Chris Crutcher (funny & moving), Augusta Scattergood and her editor Andrea Pinkney (sweet), Sara Pennypacker (passionate & inspiring), Peter Brown (thoughtful & zany) and the inimitable Lois Duncan whose first book for teens came out in 1956! (Wise & funny . . . she’d written so many that at one point she had to go onto amazon.com to check and see if she’d written a particular title that a movie producer was interested in! She couldn’t remember. Wonderful stories of the writing life.)
What a way to keep the writing fires stoked! Many thanks to my writing community and to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Shutta’s Scholarship Solution to the (upcoming) Winter Doldrums is Here Again!
If you are interested in attending the annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City but feel you can’t afford it—think again! With a little help you might find yourself at the Grand Hyatt in NY on a blustery wintry day. (Provided you are a member of the Michigan Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.)
For the fourth year in row, I am renewing my offer to pay the full early-bird registration fee for a Michigan SCBWI member to attend. The qualifying rules are listed on the application form which is posted on the MichKids SCBWI website and is now at my site off the “For Writer’s” page and on the sidebar.
The conference is Feb. 21-23, 2014. See the national SCBWI site at: http://www.scbwi.org for details about the conference. But start getting your chicks in line, now, to apply. You never know what magical thing might happen to you there!
Kelly Barson, a past winner said: “Ever since I joined SCBWI, I’ve wanted to attend a national conference. The timing seemed perfect for 2012, but my bank account disagreed. Shutta’s generous scholarship made my dream trip a reality.”
Any questions, feel free to contact me (below by replying to this post), or at my Contact Me page.
I’m head over heels in love with the new CCSS annotated teacher/reader guide that Debbie Gonzales did for DOZENS OF COUSINS (Clarion). At 23 pages (Almost as long as the book!) it is chock full of activities, questions, and hands-on projects. Also included is a matrix that matches the book to the CCSS for teachers.
In addition to being a wonderful writer, Debbie Gonzales was a teacher, a school administrator, an educational consultant, a curriculum designer, a former adjunct professor, and a writing workshop instructor. She has even taught PBS’s Barney kids in a one-room off-set Montessori classroom. She earned her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults and was a Montessori teacher and a curriculum coordinator in Texas. Her forte is in finding educational and fun, supplemental activities to expand the use of books in the classroom.
DOZENS OF COUSINS deals with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, as well as brothers and sisters–all at a family reunion. So Debbie has come up with age-appropriate activities that deal with genealogy for my latest book. My editor at Clarion (HMH) was also thrilled by the guide she created for us.
When Debbie gets a book to work with–stand back! The ideas are gonna come thundering out! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.