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SCBWI-Houston provides another great workshop on writing for children

The local Houston chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is having another great mini-con at the end of the month. If you’re interested in writing for children, you might want to check this one out. The published writers, all part of SCBWI-Houston’s Speaker Bureau, include Kathi Appelt, Varsha Bajaj, Kelly Bennett, Carmen Bredeson, Julia Castilla, Kathy Combs, Kathy Duval, Marianne Dyson, Laura Edge, Dotti Enderle, Steve Gall, Sherry Garland, JoAn Martin, Kimberly Morris, Carol Shough, and Mary Wright.

SCBWI is an excellent professional, international organization and provides a lot of resources and contacts for aspiring and published writers. Anyone interested in writing for children should consider joining the national organization. National dues include membership in the local chapters. Houston has a strong and vibrant chapter. The workshop at the end of the month is only one of their many events throughout the year. While it may be too late to submit a manuscript for critique, it’s not too late to attend.

Academy 101 Part 2
Saturday, August 28, 2004
More of EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about publishing for children but didn’t know WHO to ask, HOW to ask, or WHAT to ask!
(It is not necessary to have attended Academy 101: Part I)
Maybe you want to know the answers to these questions? How do I submit a children’s manuscript? or What is a query letter? If you’ve written a book, you might ask: Do I need an agent? How do I know when my work is ready for publication? Or How do I know which publishers to approach?

Answers to all these questions and MORE in a daylong series of presentations by published professionals from our Houston SCBWI region. It’s a day that will change your life!

Who:
Picture book, Middle Grade, Young Adult authors. Fiction and Non-Fiction. A faculty that represents an entire arena of children’s writing professionals – available to TALK TO YOU, and answer your questions.

What:
A series of seminars, break-out sessions, Q and A,
one-on-one discussions and critiques . . . about picture books, children’s magazines, nonfiction, middle-grade and young adult fiction. Continental breakfast, lunch, door prizes, book sales and signings.
Critiques: Individual critiques of your work are available. To schedule a critique with one of our professionals, send one chapter of a novel, one article, or one picture book manuscript with your registration form.

Manuscripts must be received by August 15.

When:
Sat., August 28, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where:
North Harris College
2700 WW Thorne Blvd, Houston, TX 77073

Cost:
$45 SCBWI members
$50 Non-SCBWI members
$25 for individual critiques

For more information contact Kelly Bennett, at 832-978-4620 or kelly@kellybennett.com


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