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2014: Shutta’s Scholarship to NY for MI–SCBWI Members

2014: Shutta’s Scholarship to NY for MI–SCBWI Members

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.


Dream Big!



Austin SCBWI Conference. Yee-haw!

Austin SCBWI Conference. Yee-haw!


Austin bound this weekend to meet up with friends, get introduced to the lovely and talented Patrice Barton, and to do a program for writers in the Austin area. Patrice will also be getting her Crystal Kite award for illustrating MINE! (Oh, those darling babies!!!) Rarely do I get to meet  one of the illustrators of a book I’ve written. And this weekend, I not only get to meet her but we will also read together at a Friday night reception, and present together on Saturday. How cool is that?  I hope to have pics to post afterward.  Stay tuned.




Writers’ & Illustrators’ Workshop: Lansing, MI, SHINE #2

Writers’ & Illustrators’ Workshop: Lansing, MI, SHINE #2

Registration has been pushed back to June 14th!  So sign up now for a great day of honing your craft at SHINE #2 :






Where writers and illustrators gather at one conference

and break out into two focused sessions:

Writer Focus: Craft Training for Writers

Illustrator Focus: Critique Elaboration for Illustrators

* Children’s writer development for new and seasoned authors alike

* Understanding the business of children’s writing – past and present

* A day of questions answered by industry professionals

* Illustration critiques with professional Michigan illustrators

and so much more….

For further questions, the conference brochure, and registration information,

visit the website for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Michigan Chapter @: www.kidsbooklink.org

SHINE 2 Conference

Saturday, June 23, 2012

10:00 A.M. to 4:15 P.M.

The Library of Michigan

in Downtown Lansing

See you there!