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2013 MNSCBWI Conference: From Start to Finish

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U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul, MN

Sat. October 12, 2013
9:00 am – 7:00 p.m.
Conference, Book Signing, Portfolio Showcase & Reception

Sun. October 13, 2013
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
NEW This Year! Half-Day Intensives*

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Are you looking to kick-start your writing, polish that manuscript or take the next steps to get it out the door? From start to finish this conference promises to be inspirational, motivational and, well, just plain fun! In addition to our full day line-up we have added something NEW this year – a half day of intensives.

William Alexander, Keynote Speaker, Author (Goblin Wars)
* Dan Yaccarino, Keynote Speaker, Author/Illustrator (Doug Unplugged)
• Joe Monti, Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary
• Jennifer Bell, Illustrator (Little Dog, Lost)
• Annie Stone, Assistant Editor, Harlequin Teen
• Elena Giovinazzo, Agent, Pippin Properties
* Marsha Qualey, Author/Teacher
* Marsha Chall, Author/Teacher (One Pup Up)

2013 Illustrator's and Writer's Mentorships

The mentorship program is a competition for members of Minnesota SCBWI in which the prize is a one-year, one-on-one mentoring relationship with an established author or illustrator. The 2013–2014 Writing Mentor is Quinette Cook and the Illustration Mentor is Stephan Shaskan.

For more information, download a PDF of the 2013–2014 MNSCBWI Mentorships.

2013 MNSCBWI August Workshop: Verse Novels: Once Upon a Poem OR One Poem at a Time

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Have you ever wondered if your poem(s) could become a story or if your
story could be written entirely in verse? Or maybe you have never heard of novels-in-verse, or if you have, would never, ever be caught dead writing poetry.

Quinette Cook will discuss reasons why you might want to consider writing a verse novel; what a verse novel is and is not; examples of verse novels for children & YA; a brief discussion of poetic forms; and, how she wrote her YA verse novel “GILT.”

Writing a YA Series? Practical Considerations Before You Begin

Saturday, April 27, 2013

In this session Anne Greenwood Brown will discuss ways to plan and plot a series, as well as how to pitch a series to agents. Anne is the author of “Lies Beneath” and “Deep Betrayal” (Delacorte Books for Young Readers).

Ebooks: How to Make Them, How to Publish Them, and How to Sell Them

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The market for ebooks is growing, and in this workshop, Joan Marie Verba will tell you how to format your manuscript as an ebook, publish it, and sell it. The emphasis for this class is on Kindle ebooks in general, and the KDP Select program in particular, though other outlets such as Smashwords will be included briefly.

MNSCBWI Mixer [mix-ser] Noun

1. a fun, free event hosted by MNSCBWI where writers & illustrators can mingle.
2. an activity or field trip where MNSCBWI members can get together to have a good time (i.e. a field trip to the zoo).
3. a gathering of MNSCBWI members to discuss topics of interest and share information.

©2013 Minnesota SCBWI