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Free EMU Symposium of Writing and Publishing for Children: Oct. 17, 2012

Free EMU Symposium of Writing and Publishing for Children: Oct. 17, 2012

I’ll be on a panel sharing my experiences about getting my work published for children and teens at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center, Room 310A.  There’ll also be time for questions from the audience. From 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 17.

Also on the panel will be Brynne Barnes, author of “Colors of Me,” who has a master’s in creative writing from EMU; Laura Handy (pen name Laura Ellen), author of “Blind Spot,” who has a master’s in children’s literature from EMU; and Shaun Williams, author of “Sea Beds,” who has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from EMU.
The event is free and open to the public. Nicola’s Books will provide books for those interested in purchasing books and having them signed.
For more information, contact Christine Hume at chume@emich.edu or Annette Wannamaker at awannamak@emich.edu.  EMU’s Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/OP4JSZ .


See you there!


Shutta’s Annual Scholarship to the SCBWI Winter Conference in NY!

Shutta’s Annual Scholarship to the SCBWI Winter Conference in NY!

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 will be posted on the MichKids SCBWI website and is now at my site off the “For Writer’s” page.

The conference is Feb. 21-23, 2014 and registration does not open until mid-October. 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, last year’s 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!



Winding up November . . . NaNoWriMo, PiBoIdMo, and Picture Book Month

Winding up November . . . NaNoWriMo, PiBoIdMo, and Picture Book Month


What a month it has been . . .

We’ve celebrated National Novel Writing Month (I met my goal of 1,000+ words a day for a children’s novel. Not done yet–it still needs an ending. Yikes!), Picture Book Idea Month (30 new picture book ideas, one per day. Plus I ended up with a bonus–a draft of a new pic. book from one of my ideas.), and the month that we spread the gospel of the need for picture books: Picture Book Month. (I donated to the cause, did you?)

      Picture Book Idea Month          Picture Book Month




Please drop me a line and let me know what you did for your muse this month!  Also, don’t forget . . . midnight tonight is the deadline to enter the drawing to win a 2012 CWIM (Children’s Writers & Illustrator’s Market guide), through the generosity of Writer’s Digest Books and Chuck Sambuchino. (I’m extending the deadline by one more day . . . in case you all were too pooped from writing to enter before.)  Enter below!!! You must be a member of SCBWI-Michigan to win. I’ll pick the winner and notify him/her tomorrow, Dec. 3rd.

Ciao, all you tired writers!  Just think–now comes the fun part:  REVISIONS!

P.S.: If you’re in southeast Michigan you may want to attend a program I am doing at the Pittsfield Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library on Saturday, Dec. 10th about revision.

Go here for more info: http://www.aadl.org/events/list?id=10677 .




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