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Hook of the Book Registration Open

Hook of the Book Registration Open




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



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.

For more detailed information access the links below:

  • Hook of the Book – Faculty
  • Hook of the Book – Schedule
  • Hook of the Book – Portfolio Review Information
  • Hook of the Book – Homework Assignment
  • Hook of the Book – Lunch Options


            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.







Mentor Monday Interview with Me and Tracy Bilen

Mentor Monday Interview with Me and Tracy Bilen





 Carrie A. Pearson’s site hosts an article or interview dealing with mentors and mentorship every Monday.  Today (March 12, 2012) she’s posted an interview with me (as an SCBWI mentor) and Tracy Bilen (mentoree–is there such a word?) whose teen novel What She Left Behind will be published by Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster later this year.  YAY, Tracy!  For me, it was a fun to read Tracy’s responses and then respond, myself.  Take a look at Carrie’s site . . . click here: http://www.carriepearsonbooks.com/1/post/2012/03/mentor-monday-shutta-crum-and-tracy-bilen-an-scbwi-mi-mentorship-program-success-story.html

Happy Reading!


We Have a Winner! (CWIM giveaway)

We Have a Winner! (CWIM giveaway)


Elizabeth M. is the winner of the free 2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, published by Writer’s Digest Books. (Thank you, Chuck Sambuchino!) The CWIM giveaway was in support of all the writing done this month by folks signed up for the National Novel Writing Month, Picture Book Idea Month, or Picture Book Month–as well as those simply nurturing their muses this past November.

Congratulations to all of you!

One of the requirements of the drawing was to relay what you each did to feed your muse in November.  Elizabeth says,

“I went to “Courting the Muse,” Michigan Writers’ and NWMU’s one-day workhshop for writers and heard/met Jack Driscoll and Fleda Brown, and to MSU’s RCAH Visiting Poet’s Series presentation with Jack Ridl.”

Continue feeding those muses!