Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Central-Coastal 2014 Writers’ Day

October 25, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
California Lutheran University, Preus-Brandt Forum, 60 West Olson Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

$99 SCBWI members  $130 non-members

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Featured Speakers
FIONA KENSHOLE, Literary Agent, Transatlantic Agency
TAYLOR NORMAN, Associate Editor, Chronicle
ANNIE NYBO, Editorial Assistant,
Margaret K. McElderry Books
CAROLYN YODER, Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books

Spotlight Presenters
JOAN BRANSFIELD GRAHAM, Author, The Poem That Will Not End: Fun with Poetic Forms and Voices.
(Amazon Children’s Publishing/Two Lions)
TRACY HOLCZER, Author, The Secret Hum of a Daisy. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
ALLISON CROTZER KIMMEL, Author, Prepped and Punked: Bringing 1980s and 1990s Flair to Your Wardrobe. (Capstone)
CATHERINE LINKA, Author, A Girl Named Fearless, (St. Martin's Press)
JUDITH PRESNALL, Author, Yukon Sled Dog. "(Amazon Children’s Publishing/Two Lions)

Free Writing Contest
Up to two submissions allowed, different genres. No dummies. Fill out the Manuscript Submission Form and attach it to the front of each entry. Click here to see how to format a writing contest manuscript.

Writing Contests Categories
Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry.
Picture Book – Send whole, double-spaced manuscript, 12-point type. Up to 10 pages for a poetry collection.
Middle Grade or Young Adult – Send up to 10 double-spaced pages, 12-point type, plus a 1-page single-spaced synopsis.
NOTE: Place your name on cover sheet only, not on the manuscript. No book dummies. Judges reserve the right NOT to give awards in any category. You must be pre-registered and present to win. Contest manuscripts will not be returned.

Illustrators’ Gallery
Illustrators – You are invited to display a 16” x 20” vertical, self-standing “gallery” of your work. No handouts on the table. Brochures and “gallery” must be contained in same display. Bring it with you on Writers’ Day.

Editors’ Panel and First Pages
Anonymous first pages will be randomly selected and read aloud to the audience, followed by comments from guest speakers. Bring FIVE copies of the opening page of your manuscript for our First Pages Panel (double-spaced, 12-point type, copy starts 1/3 down the page ) and paper clip them together. Identify the GENRE but DO NOT put your name on your entry.

Book Sale & Display
Conference speakers’ books will be for sale. SCBWI P.A.L. members are invited to bring their latest book to display.

Manuscript and Dummy Critiques
Our guest speakers & published reviewers are available to provide critiques of manuscripts and dummies. All children’s genres welcome.
Written manuscript and dummy critiques will be handed out at the end of the conference day. Okay to submit a duplicate manuscript of one contest entry. Send full picture book manuscript, OR picture book dummy, OR up to 10 pages plus 1-page synopsis for all others.

The fee for a manuscript or dummy critique is $45, payable to SCBWI CenCal.
This offer is available only to registered Writers’ Day participants who attend the event.
When paying by check, write one check for the registration and a separate check for the critique. DO NOT combine your registration fee and your critique fee.
Fill out the
Manuscript Submission Form and attach it to the front of your entry. You will be assigned to either an editor, agent or published reviewer, depending on space available. Contest and critique entries and related fees must be postmarked by September 15 or they will be disqualified.

Conference Fees (lunch included)
SCBWI members: $99, Non-members: $130. Manuscript/Portfolio Critique: $45

Contest & MS Critique Deadline: Postmark by September 15
Registration fee must arrive with your entry. DO NOT send manuscripts by certified mail, etc.
Registration Deadline: Postmark by October 16 (This is for those NOT submitting a manuscript.)

Questions? Contact Mary Ann Fraser at:

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Speaker Biographies
Joan Bransfield Graham's award-winning books, Splish Splash and Flicker Flash–shape poems about water and light–inspire students to write their own poetry.  Both books were SLJ Best Books of the Year and NCTE Notables. Her poems appear in anthologies, magazines, on CDs, and in textbooks.  A former teacher, Joan loves encouraging students to think creatively and speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences worldwide.  Her new book The Poem That Will Not End: Fun with Poetic Forms and Voices, is the opposite of Writer’s Block—a boy who can’t STOP writing poetry and does so in many surprising ways.

Tracy Holczer lives in Southern California with her husband, three daughters, two rather fluffy dogs, and two rats that are not so fluffy. Her debut middle grade novel, The Secret Hum of a Daisy, was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in May, 2014, and is forthcoming by Konigskinder/Carlsen in Germany, Fall 2015. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls it "A lovely and captivating debut…nuanced characters engage from beginning to end."

Allison Crotzer Kimmel published her first book, Prepped and Punked: Bringing 1980s and 1990s Flair to Your Wardrobe, with Capstone in January 2014.  She has two upcoming titles, Fact Finders: We Shall Overcome, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and Primary Source History of Slavery, coming out with Capstone in spring 2015. Allison worked as a teacher before earning a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.  After USC, Allison discovered a love of children’s books and soon joined the SCBWI. She now serves as the SCBWI Kern County Coordinator.  Allison lives in Bakersfield, CA with two cute dogs, two even cuter children, and one handsome husband.

Annie Nybo joined Margaret K. McElderry Books in 2012 and assists Karen Wojtyla. She also worked as an editorial assistant at Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and as a reader for Transatlantic Literary Agency. She’s been honored to have the opportunity to work with many talented authors and illustrators such as Susan Cooper, William Alexander, Gary D. Schmidt, Jasper Fforde, Cassandra Clare, and Ellen Hopkins. She held an internship at Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Group, and graduated magna cum laude from Allegheny College. Annie is looking for voice-driven literary fiction across all genres and witty, well-crafted picture books.

Judith Janda Presnall is the author of thirty nonfiction books published by Franklin Watts, Lucent Books, KidHaven Press, and Learning Island (e-books). Her newest book, Yukon Sled Dog, published by Two Lions, a subsidiary of Amazon Children's Books, is her first picture book. Judy has had many research adventures including a police ride-a-long (in the front seat), dog sledding, horse riding lessons, meeting inventors of artificial organs, and climbing Mount Rushmore.

Carolyn Yoder Carolyn P. Yoder is the senior editor of Calkins Creek Books, the U.S. history imprint of Boyds Mills Press. A few of the award-winning titles she has worked on are: Call of the Klondike (Golden Kite award, nonfiction); Black & White (Sibert Honor, ALA Notable); Birmingham Sunday (NCTE Orbis Pictis Honor); and We Are One (Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner). She is also the senior editor of history and world cultures at HIGHLIGHTS Magazine. For many years she served as editor, editor-in-chief, and assistant publisher of Cobblestone Publishing, Inc. She lives and works in Lawrenceville, NJ.

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