If you are interested in attending the 2018 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City, but feel you can’t afford it—think again. The scholarship I fund will send someone off to the wintery wilds of New York from February 2-4, 2018. And to top it off, SCBWI-MI will pay the awardee’s airfare! You can’t beat that!
I will 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 Michigan SCBWI website and HERE. Applications will be taken now up until midnight Oct. 20, 2018. Due to changes in the format, attendance will be limited and recipients will need to act fast if chosen. So make your decision now! The winner will be drawn at random and notified soon after the 20th.
SCBWI-MI will reimburse the scholarship winner for the cost of airfare. (There will be a cap on the maximum coverage of the airfare.)
The conference is Feb. 2-4, 2018. Early bird registration starts in October. See the national SCBWI site at: http://www.scbwi.org for conference details. You never know what magical thing might happen to you there!
Any questions, feel free to contact Shutta Crum, or coRA Leslie Helakoski at: leslie AT helakoskibooks DOT com , or check out the application at the Mich-SCBWi webpage.
Past winners (since 2011) have included: Amy Nielander, Kelly Barson, Vicky Lorencen, Elizabeth McBride, Taraneh Matloob, Lindsey McDivitt, and Andrea Donahoe.
DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE
I hope you take advantage of this opportunity!
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.
I had a great time in Austin last weekend at the 2013 Austin-SCBWI conference. Wonderful conference, welcoming folks, and great food! Also, I absolutely loved getting to meet the hugely talented E. B. Lewis, Neal Porter, Erzsi Deak, Tamra Tuller, Cynthia Levinson, Rubin Pfeffer and others who co-presented. The highlight of the Friday night reception was Patrice Barton getting her Crystal Kite award for the illustrations in MINE! So happy for her! Patty is such a warm, generous person—and very very talented! Here are a few pics to share with ya’all! Thanks to Cyn, Mark Mitchell, and others for these wonderful photos. (And for those of you who did not get a copy of my handouts the link is here to Austin SCBWI 2013 Handout.)
Shutta & Patrice Barton
Greg & Cyn Leitich Smith
Fraternal Order of the Armadillistrators 2013 and the new R.A. of Austin
Shutta and E. B. Lewis
E. B. Lewis painting at Austin SCBWI
Neal Porter, Editor, Roaring Brook
First Pages Panel (Agents & Editors: Tamra Tuller, E. B. Lewis, Erzsi Deak, Rubin Pfeffer, John Cusick, Kathy Landwehr)