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  • NJSCBWI Advanced Picture Book Mentorship Program Registration for NJ SCBWI Members only: Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. Registration for out-of-state SCBWI members & all Non-Members: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. Registration Limited to 28 participants When: Two Saturdays, March 3, 2018 and May 5, 2018 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) Where: Garwood Presbyterian Church, 341 Spruce Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027 Cost: Members: $370, Non-Members: $405 But what is the NJSCBWI Advanced Picture Book Mentorship Program? FOUR Workshops Pacing & Tension (includes plotting) Voice & Point of View (includes character and language) Beginnings & Endings (includes plotting and language) Picture-Book Craft (includes a little spice) THREE Critiques Manuscript 1:  Written critique and 15-minute in-person discussion. Revised Manuscript 1: Written line edits and 15-minute in-person discussion. Manuscript 2:  Written critique only. TWO Editors (click on the name for Bio) Karen Boss (Charlesbridge) Dana Chidiac (Penguin/Random House) ONE Amazing Program In addition to the 4 advanced picture book workshops and the 3 critiques all provided by 2 editors looking to build their lists, participants will have opportunities to: Study what works in published picture books Engage in peer critiques Connect with other members Dig deeply into  writing and hear first-hand what editors look for in a manuscript Have time to implement feedback and receive additional feedback on your revisions Manuscript Requirements Authors will submit a manuscript as a word doc. Author/illustrators will submit a manuscript as a word doc. and a .pdf dummy. You also have the choice of bringing the dummy to the critique. All participants must have at least 2 completed PB manuscripts. The first must be uploaded by February 4, 2018, manuscript #1 revision and manuscript #2 upload dates will be announced. Registration opens on: January 13, 2018, 10:00am (ET) for NJ SCBWI members January 14, 2018, 10:00am (ET) for SCBWI members from other regions and non-members Registration Link: HERE Best wishes for an exciting year ahead, everyone! Cathy, Rosanne, Barbara and the NJSCBWI Team  
  • Registration For New Jersey Summer Conference  June 2-3, 2018 Opens Sunday March 18, 9:00 A.M. EST The registration link is at the bottom of this post. If you try to register earlier than 3/18/2018, 9:00 a.m. you will see 'Access Code Required' which means registration is not yet open. Please do not email the RA or the event organizer for an access code or to ask when registration opens.   End of Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. EST, May 5 NJSCBWI ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018 We are so excited for the 2018 NJSCBWI Annual Summer Conference on June 2 & 3.  We have a great lineup of faculty and over 60 workshops for you to attend, including all your favorite features such as one-on-ones, first page sessions, round tables, agent pitching, illustrator intensive, juried art show, book fair. All to help you on your journey to publication! We have also included Saturday night dinner in the base conference cost. Registration starts later on Saturday this year at 11:00 a.m. Conference kicks off at 12:00 noon with Paul O. Zelinsky as our keynote! Conference Cost: Base Conference: SCBWI Members $375, Non-Members $410 Conference Extras:  $95**     Sunday Illustrator Intensive   $40**     Round Table Session $95**     One-on-one with an Editor/Agent/Art Director for manuscript critique or portfolio review $195**    Two One-on-one's with an Editor/Agent/Art Director for manuscript critique or portfolio review **     $20 Non-member surcharge per each conference extra or one-on-one. $50*      one-on-one with an Author or Illustrator for a manuscript critique or portfolio review       *      $10 Non-member surcharge per each conference extra or one-on-one. Quick tips before heading to the registration site ... Critique spots with editors and agents, first page sessions, round tables and pitch sessions sell out very quickly. To get the most out of your registration and make it as seamless as possible, set aside an hour, before registration opens, 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.Links to all of these documents can be found in the FAQ (link below). 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 2017 dates, simply refresh your browser, or empty your caches (On a PC press Ctrl+Shift+Delete all together and clear data), then refresh the page. 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. FINAL NOTE: If NJSCBWI gave you a credit from 2017 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: CLICK HERE FOR ALL YOUR FAQ (frequently asked questions) Where you will find links to the conference schedule, workshop descriptions, faculty bios, worksheet and more details. CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION WORKSHEET. Use the worksheet to ensure you do not double book the sessions you sign up for.   Hotel Booking: Hyatt Regency New Brunswick (732) 873-1234 2 Albany St New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901Conference 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 HERETO REGISTER SUNDAY MARCH 18, 9:00 a.m. (& not a second before!) plus all the information you need about the conference go to the registration website here. NOTE: If you still see the 'access code required' after 9:00, clear your browser cache (On a PC press Ctrl+Shift+Delete all together and clear data), then refresh the page.  The problem is on your computer, not in our registration system. Can't wait to see you in June! Cathy, Rosanne, Barbara and the NJSCBWI Team
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Meet the NJ SCBWI Regional Team

NJSCBWI_Com_CathyCathleen Thole Daniels • Regional Advisor

Cathleen Thole-Daniels is a picture book and Middle grade writer and illustrator. Her background is in freelance illustration in the fantasy field with previous clients such as Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, Play Station, Sega Genesis, Marvel

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