Posted on: November 8, 2017
Join your fellow writers and illustrators and kick back for a relaxed evening of conversation, wine, hors-d'ouevres, door prizes and laughter to usher in the holiday season. Celebrate the blessings and gifts of your kidlit community together!
The party will be held on the main campus of the Princeton Theological Seminary, in the Main Lounge of Mackay Center.
WHEN: Friday, December 1, 2017. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton NJ (Mackay Center, Main Lounge)
COST: PRE-REGISTER: SCBWI Members $20 / Non-members $35
WALK INS: SCBWI Members $25 / Non-members $40
Registration closes 11:00 a.m., Sunday November 26, 2017.
Posted on: October 15, 2017
Portfolio Prep for Illustrators and
Saturday Oct. 28, 2017 – 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
Maplewood Memorial Library
51 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ 07040
With topics ranging from the types of books and paper to use for your portfolio to getting the most out of every image you create, Mike will help new and seasoned illustrators alike make strides towards their professional and creative goals.
SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTER EARLY
Mike's debut picture book 'Marigold Bakes a Cake' came out in July 2017 and he is represented by Lori Kilkelly from Rodeen Literary. Mike has worn many hats including: freelance graphic designer, comic book artist, performer and teacher with a career spanning two decades. He is the director of ORNG Ink, an after-school studio for young artists, and he has received several awards and honors for his work in the community with children and teens. You can find more of his work at: http://mikemalbrough.com
Mike will discuss the basic elements necessary for a solid portfolio, and what you need in your back pocket. He will share some thoughts on how to display your work, common mistakes artists make, and stories about his journey from un-agented newbie to his first two-book deal and follow up work. Q&A to follow.
Lunch on your own - lots of restaurants, diners and deli's within 5 min. walking distance of library in downtown Maplewood center.
Cohesion, Clarity, Originality and Realization
Mike will share ways to strengthen your portfolio and individual style through self-critique and exploration.
Round Table Workspace
During a time of discussion, sharing, planning and creating, participants will help one another prepare their work, overcome obstacles and develop their visual voice. Mike will be available for one-on-one or group discussions.
Final Q and A
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR Portfolio Prep for Illustrators
Hope to see you soon,
Illustration Coordinator, NJSCBWI
Posted on: September 29, 2017
Saturday Oct. 14, 2017
Join your fellow NJSCBWI members at our kickoff to workshop and learn how you and your writing can benefit from participating in NaNoWriMo.
(*FREE FOR SCBWI members, $35 NON-members)
SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTER EARLY.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, EVEN FOR SCBWI MEMBERS.
Every November, thousands of children's book writers sign a pledge to write fifty thousand words of a novel during National Novel Writing Month – NANOWRIMO. Spend an afternoon with published author Charlotte Bennardo and learn some tips, tricks and techniques to help maximize your November writing experience!
Until Hollywood calls, Charlotte lives in NJ with her husband, three children, two needy cats and sometimes a deranged squirrel. The Evolution Revolution series: Book 1, Simple Machines, Book 2, Simple Plans, and Book 3, Simple Lessons are her first solo novels. She is co-author of Blonde Ops (St. Martin’s/Dunne) and the Sirenz series: Sirenz, Sirenz Back In Fashion, (Flux), and one of 13 authors in the anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit (Leap). To put books in the hands of kids, she contributed to the fundraising ebook anthology of horror, Scare Me To Sleep. She’s written for magazines and newspapers, and has given presentations and workshops at NJ SCBWI conferences, schools, libraries, and other venues. Currently she’s working on sci fi, historical, fantasy, and time travel novels for middle grade, young and new adult readers. Connect with her on Twitter (charbennardo), Author Charlotte Bennardo on FB, on Pinterest and Instagram as Charlotte Bennardo, and through her blog,http://charlotteebennardo.blogspot.com/
Cathy and the NJSCBWI Team
Regional Advisor, NJSCBWI
Posted on: September 3, 2017
NJ-SCBWI FALL BREEZE CRITIQUE DAY
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN
Saturday 9/16, 9:00 a.m.
Registration Link is below.
(Do not try to register before 9:00 a.m. as it will not be open)
Saturday, November 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Princeton Theological Seminary,
Princeton, NJ 08542
Registration closes October 7, 9:00 p.m. or when sells out.
*Note: You must upload by October 7, 9:00 p.m.
- One (single) fifteen minute critique session for full picture book or first 15 pages (+ 2 page synopsis) of a novel or portfolio review.
- Two (single) fifteen minute critique sessions with two different faculty choices for full picture book or first 15 pages (+ 2 page synopsis) of a novel or portfolio review.
- One (double) thirty minute critique session with same faculty choice for first 40 pages (+ 2 page synopsis) of a novel only.
- You will not be able to sign up for more than two critiques. One double session counts as two critiques.
This event is open to all SCBWI members and Non-SCBWI members (with a non-member surcharge).
SPACE IS LIMITED—
so when registration opens be sure to
REGISTER EARLY to guarantee your spot.
ONE Single critique: $90 SCBWI Member / $115 Non-SCBWI Member
TWO Single critiques: $180 SCBWI Member / $230 Non-SCBWI Member
One DOUBLE critique: $180 SCBWI Member / $230 Non-SCBWI Member
Faculty Line Up
Linda Epstein (Literary Agent at Emerald City Literary Agency)
Larissa Helena (Literary Agent at Pippin Properties)
Meg LaTorre-Snyder (Literary Agent Apprentice at Corvisiero Literary Agency)
Rachel Orr (Literary Agent at Prospect Agency)
Amy Stern (Literary Agent at Sheldon Fogelman Agency)
Ellen Cormier (Assistant Editor at Dial Books/PenguinRandomHouse)
Katie Heit (Assistant Editor at Greenwillow, Imprint of HarperCollins)
Chris Hernandez (Associate Editor at HarperCollins Children’s & Harper Teen)
Nicole Otto (Assistant Editor at Imprint, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Christina Pulles (Editor at Sterling Children’s Books)
Chad W. Beckerman (Creative Director, Abrams)
Irene Vandervoort (Art Director, Sterling Children’s Books)
Read all about the guest editors, agents, art directors HERE
FAQ's Answered HERE
Map and Directions HERE
(Parking will be in the Library Lot and registrants will be emailed a parking pass after they register.)
REGISTER 9:00 a.m. HERE
Posted on: March 21, 2017
Registration for the June 3-4, 2017 Summer Conference
Opens Sunday March 26, 5:00 P.M.
End of Registration Deadline: 9 p.m., May 7
Saturday night fun…
This year author Matt Winner will host an evening of stories, humor, observation, and confession inspired by the podcast, Grown-Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids. Join fellow NJCBWI Conference attendees to unearth the stories you wrote in grade school or revisit the journal entries from your youth! The things we write as children shed light on the people we are today. So dust off those old notebooks or looseleaf stories glued to construction paper and take a trip down memory lane. Matthew Winner, co-founder of All The Wonders and host of the All The Wonders podcast, will emcee the event at an offsite location to be determined.
For questions email Matt at: firstname.lastname@example.org
FINAL NOTE: If NJSCBWI gave you a credit from 2016 to apply to this year's conference, you MUST CONTACT THE RA BEFORE registering. (Regretfully, we cannot honor the credit if you have already registered.)
Contact RA Cathy Thole-Daniels at: email@example.com
CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION WORKSHEET. Use the worksheet to ensure you do not double book the sessions you sign up for.
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
2 Albany St
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Conference rate for a hotel room: $125 plus taxes and fees.
Click here to reserve your conference room at the hotel.
If you'd prefer to call, the number is 888-421-1442. Booking is under New Jersey SCBWI
BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment. There are a limited number of rooms.
Map & Directions click HERE
TO REGISTER SUNDAY MARCH 26, 5:00 p.m. (& not a second before!) plus all the information you need about the conference
go to the registration website here.
Posted on: January 16, 2017
WINTER WARM UP CRITIQUE DAY
Polish up your manuscript before our June conference! Join SCBWI New Jersey for a Spring critique with an agent or editor— and hone your skills in children's book writing and illustration toward your ultimate goal: Publication!
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
Registration Closes February 25, 2017 – 9:00 p.m. (EST)
Or When Spots Sell Out!
- One (single) fifteen minute critique session for full picture book or first 15 pages of a novel.
- One (double) thirty minute critique session for first 40 pages of a novel only
- Two (single) fifteen minute critique sessions for full picture book or first 15 pages of a novel.
This event is open to all SCBWI members and Non-SCBWI members
SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTER EARLY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT!
Single critique: $90 SCBWI Member / $115 Non-SCBWI Member
Double critique: $180 SCBWI Member / $230 Non-SCBWI Member
Two Single critiques: $180 SCBWI Member / $230 Non-SCBWI Member
Faculty Line Up
Eliza Berkowitz, Senior Editor, Sterling Publishing
Victoria Doherty-Munro, Agent, Writers House
Alice Jerman, Associate Editor, HarperCollins Children's Books
Liz Kosnar, Asociate Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Victoria Marini, Agent, Irene Goodman Agency
Sean McCarthy, Owner/agent, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
Lauren Spieller, Literary Agent Assistant, TriadaUS
Erin Stein, Publisher of Imprint, part of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Read all about the guest editors and agents HERE
FAQ's Answered HERE!
Read the FAQ and still have Questions? Email Kelly Calabrese, Event Organizer, firstname.lastname@example.org: HERE
We've moved! This year's conference will be at the Hyatt Hotel in the heart of New Brunswick. Registration is scheduled to open early March.
Posted on: October 8, 2016
Are you sure you checked everything off
your published author to-do list?
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Words Bookstore, The Event Space (downstairs), 179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Cost: $45 SCBWI member/$75 non – member
*NOTE: Registration has limited seating and closes by 9:00 pm Friday, October 28 or when capacity is reached.
10 a.m. Welcome
10:05 to 11:05 a.m.
A Conversation with Lauren Donovan
Meet Lauren Donovan, assistant director of publicity, Penguin Young Readers for an informal QA-style chat about best practices for “off-season” visibility and PR for authors/illustrators in between books.
11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
The Long Haul: Twelve Tips for Novelists with Audrey Vernick
For many of us, each time we start another novel we face a whole new learning curve. This presentation will provide tips for learning from our experiences and gathering knowledge that can help us the next time we face that steep curve.
12:10 to 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Make Your Voice Heard: Creating—and Booking—Speaking Engagements as an Author/Illustrator with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
For most children's book authors/illustrators, speaking engagements represent a significant portion of our income and our promotional efforts. If you have done it before, it can be difficult to figure out how to book more speaking engagements. If you've never done it before, it can be a daunting thought to create and conduct a workshop or school visit presentation. This workshop will take you through the essentials of your school-visit toolbox, from advertising to execution.
Come ready to ask questions, take notes and learn tips about PR, getting school visits and more.
Cathy and the NJSCBWI Team
Regional Advisor, NJSCBWI
Posted on: September 2, 2016
Princeton Theological Seminary November 12 & 13, 2016
(You can sign up for just Saturday or Saturday & Sunday)
Registration closes October 14, 2016
$25 SCBWI Members / $50 Non-SCBWI Members
Enjoy an afternoon of craft-related workshops with published author/illustrator presenters to help you further your writing/illustrating skills in the world of children's books. The afternoon includes picture book, MG/YA and illustration workshops as well as an editor/agent panel tailored to questions sent when you register. We also provide a designated quiet room for writing, sketching or just relaxing.
Saturday Dinner With Faculty ($70 SCBWI members / $95 Non-SCBWI Members)
When you sign up for Saturday you have the opportunity to attend an intimate dinner with editors, agents, art designers and author/illustrators.
Author/Illustrator Critiques ($50 SCBWI Members / $60 Non-SCBWI Members)
*New this year, available to both Saturday and full weekend attendees: Here's your chance to receive a manuscript critique or a portfolio review with a published author or illustrator! Take advantage of this opportunity to gain suggestions for moving your manuscript or dummies/portfolio to the next level. SCBWI authors/illustrators are notorious for their generous spirit and insightful comments. Don't miss out! Note: If you sign up for a manuscript critique you must upload your manuscript when you register.
Art Designer Critiques ($65 SCBWI Members / $75 Non-SCBWI Members)
*New this year, Available to both Saturday and full weekend attendees. Here is your chance to receive a 15-minute one-on-one portfolio/dummy critique with an Art Designer from Little Brown or Scholastic. This is a great opportunity for those signing up for the Sunday writer's day events but want feedback on a dummy or portfolio. For those already signing up for the Sunday Illustrator events this is also a great opportunity to receive feedback on multiple dummies or portfolio work.
$285 SCBWI Members / $325 Non-SCBWI Members
(includes free registration for Saturday Craft Day)
Note: If you sign up for the Sunday Writer's Day, you must upload your manuscript when you register.
Writers Day Enjoy the benefits of our Sunday opening editor/agent panel, participate in a first-page session, gain feedback in a one-on-one manuscript critique (scheduled on Saturday) with an assigned editor/agent and … Propel your writing with our 2-hour round table session where you share 500 words with an assigned editor or agent and other peers in a group setting.
*Note: All critiques are scheduled on Saturday so Sunday attendees must attend the Saturday portion to receive your critique.
Illustrators Day Show and discuss your pre-assigned illustration project in a group setting with two art designers from Little Brown and Scholastic. The intensive also includes artwork display and promo card display. Propel your work with our 2-hour round table session where you share up to five pieces of art with Art designers plus other peers in a group environment.
Faculty Line Up
Carolyn Bull, Art Designer at Hachette Book Group, Little Brown
Dana Chidiac, Assistant Editor at Dial BFYR, Penguin
Kristin Daly Rens, Executive Editor at Balzer & Bray, Harper Collins
Christa Heschke, Literary Agent at McIntosh and Otis Literary Agency
Alexa Pastor, Assistant Editor at Simon and Schuster BFYR
Jessica Sinsheimer, Agent at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Jessica Tice-Gilbert, Senior Art and Novelty Designer at Cartwheel, Scholastic
Roseanne Wells, Associate Literary Agent at The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
Cathy and the NJSCBWI Team
Regional Advisor, NJSCBWI
Posted on: April 28, 2016
June Conference Faculty Update
Kurestin Armada From P.S. Literary Agency
Kurestin will be joining us this year, replacing Maria Vincente from P.S. Literary who has had to cancel. Kurestin will be filling Maria's spot in First page sessions, Editor/Agent Panel, Pitch Sessions, One-On-One Critiques and meal tables. Kurestin will also be doing Maria's workshop on 'An Agent's Guide To Pitching Your Novel'.
Kurestin Armada began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing, and spent time as an assistant at The Lotts Agency before joining P.S. Literary. She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, as well as a publishing certificate from Columbia University. On the children's side she is actively looking for young adult, middle grade, illustrated picture books, and on the adult side she is looking for science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and literary fiction. She is especially drawn to stories with a compelling voice, a well-built and diverse world, and a touch of humor. Kurestin is based in New York City, and spends most of her time in the city's thriving indie bookstores.
An Agents Guide to Pitching Your Novel
In this workshop, Kurestin will share exactly what it is that literary agents are looking to find in your query letter. She'll discuss strategies for pitching your MG or YA novel that will get you noticed in the slush pile as well as the most common query letter mistakes-and how you can avoid them. Kurestin will also help you pull out the best parts of your query for an in person pitch, and give tips for nailing the pitch. It is recommended that you bring a draft of your query letter.
Looking forward to seeing you in June!
The NJ SCBWI Team
Posted on: March 3, 2016
Registration is Now Open
for the June 2016 Summer Conference!
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 9 p.m., April 4
Regular Pricing Deadline: 9 p.m., May 7
is still open with a few spots left!
- MODEL MAKING FOR ILLUSTRATION REFERENCE: Find out more and to register HERE
- EVOLUTION RESOLUTION: SOLD OUT / To be added to our waiting list email Karen HERE
NJSCBWI ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016
Quick tips before heading to the registration site …
To get the most out of your registration and make it as seamless as possible, set aside an hour with your favorite beverage and follow the general registration instructions. Have the general schedule, faculty bios and workshop descriptions handy and use the registration worksheet to help you stay on track. There are space limits to certain sessions and other info to be aware of, so be sure to click a 'details' link where you see it. Also, when registering, if a pdf pops up with 2015 dates, simply refresh your browser, or empty your caches, then refresh.
Most important tip of all: DO NOT USE THE BROWSER BACK BUTTON when you are registering, because you will lose everything and have to start again. Simply, take your time, and if you need to go back to a previous page, simply click one of the tabs within your registration.
Cathy Thole-Daniels at email@example.com
To register—and for all the information you need about the conference go to the registration website here.