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Pocono Mountain Retreat 2014

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Date(s) - 05/02/2014 - 05/04/2014
12:00 am

Location
The Barn at Boyds Mills
392 Boyds Mills Road - Boyds Mills, PA

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It's Time to Register for the 22nd Annual SCBWI Eastern PA Poconos Retreat!

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SCBWI Eastern PA will hold their 22nd Annual Pocono Mountain Retreat at the Barn in Boyd's Mills on May 2-4, 2014. 

Join a stellar cast of children's book authors and illustrators at this year's retreat at the beautiful,unique facility,  The Barn, Highlights Foundation, Honesdale, PA.

Network with peers, authors, illustrators, agents and editors.  

Attend Workshops, have your work professionally critiqued, and even find a little creative time if you'd like!

 

 

If you are an SCBWI member, make sure you're logged into the website so you can see discounted member pricing.

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

We're using a new website feature for registration, and as with any new tool, we expect there may be some technical difficulties.  We are hard at work making sure this conference is amazing for all of us and we appreciate your patience along the way.

 

Scholarships: One or two full scholarships are available to SCBWI EPA members who show exceptional promise as writers or illustrators, and who could not otherwise afford to attend the retreat. Scholarships will cover the registration fee and full accommodations for the weekend. Recipients are responsible for their own transportation and will be asked to help with registration on May 2. Please do not apply if you can truly afford to attend.  Those who have received SCBWI EPA scholarships previously may not apply.

To apply: First, ensure that you are in fact a SCWBI EPA member. Then, no later than March 21, please email easternpascbwi@yahoo.com (Use Subject line:  Pocono Retreat 2014 Scholarship Application) the following materials:

1.    One-page description of why you wish to attend and what you hope to gain from the conference

2.    One illustration (in any standard electronic format) OR up to ten (10) pages of a manuscript (12 pt., double-spaced, saved as a .pdf, .doc or .docx). It may be a work in progress, but must not be published or under contract.

 


Faculty Members:

 

 

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Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti's writing career began with a short story she sold to Highlights for Children.She has since published poetry, short stories, picture books, novels, and nonfiction for young readers. Her work includes the Newbery Honor nonfiction book Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow (Scholastic 2005), an acclaimed historical novel set during the Third Reich and based on a true story, The Boy Who Dared (Scholastic 2008), the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor title They Called Themselves the K.K.K. (Houghton Mifflin 2010), and the award-winning picture book Naamah and the Ark at Night, illustrated by Holly Meade (Candlewick 2011). Additionally, she has won the Sibert medal,the Jane Addams Book Award, the SCBWI Golden Kite, and the Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild award for her body of nonfiction work. Her seventeenth book, Down the Rabbit Hole (Dear America/Scholastic 2013) was been named a Junior Library Guild selection. Despite writing about depressing subjects, she insists she has a good sense of humor, no doubt a defense mechanism from the eighteen years she spent teaching eighth grade.

Learn more about Susan at www.scbartoletti.com.

*Susan will not be doing Critiques*

 

 

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Patti Gauch, Author

Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has authored more than 40 picture books and novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed Thunder at GettysburgThis Time, Tempe Wick?; and Christina Katerina and the Box. Her most recent title, The Knitting of Elizabeth Amelia, was published in fall 2009. Patti holds a doctorate in English literature, has taught children’s literature on the college level, and has reviewed for the New York Times. Patti has edited three Caldecott books, including Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr and So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George and David Small. She has worked with many well-known authors and artists, including Eric Carle, Patricia Polacco, Brian Jacques, Andrew Clements, T.A. Barron, and Loren Long. Read more about Patti at her website: http://patricialeegauch.com.

*Patti will not be doing Critiques*

 

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Matt Phelan, Illustrator

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, and The Higher Power of Luckyby Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel The Storm in the Barn, which won the 2010 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. His second graphic novel Around the World received the 2012 Carolyn W.Field Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association and two Eisner Award nominations. His latest graphic novel, Bluffton, is about summertime, vaudeville, and the young Buster Keaton. 
Visit Matt’s web site http://www.mattphelan.com/ and blog http://planetham.blogspot.com/

Viana Siniscalchi, Asst. Editor

As an Assistant Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Viana Siniscalchi supports the Co-Publisher and a Senior Editor, and edits everything from picture books to young adult fiction. She works with many acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors and illustrators, including Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, Kadir Nelson, Adam Rex, and Maryrose Wood. Before joining Harper, Viana attended the Columbia Publishing Course and interned at W.W. Norton & Company. She is interested in acquiring middle-grade and YA fiction in the following genres: contemporary realism, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, and re-imaginings of classics.

 

 

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Suzie Townsend, Agent

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, she represents adult and children's fiction. She is actively looking to build her list. In adult, she's specifically looking for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). In Childrens' she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the recent movie SUPER 8). She's an active member of AAR, RWA, and SCBWI.

She’s interested in strong characters and voice driven stories: she’s particularly keen on strong female protagonists, complex plot lines with underlying political, moral, or philosophical issues, and stories which break out of the typical tropes of their genre. Some of her favorite novels (that she doesn't represent) are Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Jellicoe Road and Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Jeaniene Frost's Vampire Huntress series, Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series, and Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.

She drinks too much diet orange soda, has a Starbucks problem (those soy chai lattes are addictive), and lives in New York with two dogs who know that chewing on shoes is okay but chewing on books is not.

 

More information on Suzie can be found on publisher’s marketplace (http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/sztownsend81/).  She also keeps a blog at http://confessionsofawanderingheart.blogspot.com and tweets @sztownsend81.

 

 

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Stephen Fraser, Literary Agent

Stephen Fraser is a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City, a full-service agency which handles both juvenile and adult books.

Stephen has been voted top agent for both picture books and middle grade fiction. One of his clients, Margi Preus, won the Newbery Honor Medal for her novel, Heart of a Samurai (Abrams/Amulet, 2010 ); another client, Carol Lynch Williams, won the prestigious PEN International Award for her young adult novel Glimpse (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2010); and another client, Matthew J. Kirby, won both the Edgar award for best juvenile mystery and the PEN USA award for children’s literature for his middle grade novel, Icefall (Scholastic, 2011).

With more than twenty-five years’ editorial experience at publishers including Harper-Collins, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic, Stephen edited such creative talents as Mary Engelbreit, Gail Gibbons, Michael Hague, Ann Rinaldi, Kathryn Lasky, Brent Hartinger, Stephen Mitchell, Dan Gutman, Gregory Maguire, and Daniel Pinkwater.

He is graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and has a Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Stephen is a popular speaker at writer’s conferences throughout the country. 

Learn more about Stephen at www.jdlit.com.

 

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Kelley Cunningham, Art Director 

Kelley Cunningham has been the Art Director of Highlights High Five magazine since its beginnings in 2006, and art directs the new Highlights Hello magazine as well. In her past lives she has been an advertising art director, a packaging designer, a published humor writer, an award-winning fine artist, a weekend poet and a stay-at-home mother. She has illustrated six books for children and many editorial pieces. She lives in Honesdale, PA with her family and looks forward to the day when she can get back to doing some painting.

Learn more at www.highlights.com.

 

 

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Katie Davis

Children’s author/illustrator Katie Davis has published nine books and appears monthly on the ABC affiliate show, Good Morning Connecticut, recommending great books for kids. She produces Brain Burps About Books, a podcast about kidlit, a blog and regular newsletter. Katie has volunteered in a maximum-security prison teaching Writing for Children and over the last dozen years has presented at schools and writing conferences. She’s a 2010 Cybils judge and has also judged the Golden Kite, smartwriters.com, and Frontiers in Writing awards. Recently Katie was selected to be on the Honorary Advisory Board for the Brooke Jackman Foundation, a literacy-based charity.

For a world of valuable information (and some more humorous Bios from Katie), visit her website: katiedavis.com


Workshop Information: 

There will be four sessions of workshops and each session has 3 different workshop options.  When registering, please select one workshop choice from Workshop A, Workshop B, Workshop C, and Workshop D. 

 

Workshop A: 

Choose One of these 3 Choices:

1.      Workshops for Muses, Part 1, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
What magic turns readers into believers? Spins ideas into stories?
Casts people into character? Transforms facts into poetry, fiction,
and nonfiction? During a hands-on workshop, participants will be lead
through creative writing exercises and tips designed to evoke/invoke/provoke the
storyteller within. Bring your muse.

2.     Creating a Graphic Novel Part 1, Matt Phelan
From manuscript to thumbnails to final art, learn how one graphic novelist builds a book using this fascinating medium. Non-drawing authors welcome!

3.   Your Most Powerful Bookselling Tool Part 1 (It's Not What You Think), Katie Davis

 

Why do you want a mailing list? First of all, you don’t want to be relying on just one social media platform to stay strong. Is Facebook your go-to publicity spot? What if it shut down? Or for some reason shut your page down? How about Twitter? Imagine a world without tweets. YouTube could collapse. Doubtful, but you never know. Your entire website could get hacked or collapse for whatever reason and you could lose the entire thing and have to rebuild it. 

 

That’s why your mailing list is the single most valuable thing you can build in your author platform.

 

Imagine two New York Times bestselling authors with gigantic (six figure plus) followings on Twitter, Facebook, and their blogs, neither of whom have mailing lists. All those followers loving them and they have no list! What happens when their next book comes out? They can’t contact their fans! And those fans want that information. Each of those authors had different reasons for why he or she has no list, but whatever the reason, it's still a missed bookselling opportunity. 

 

It’s not pushy to have a mailing list.  It’s actually the opposite of that. It’s considerate. 

 

Learn about all of the above in this must-attend two part session. We'll go into the dos and don'ts, hows, and the whys of mailing lists, and what to do with your list once you have one.

   

 


Workshop B:

Choose One of these 3 choices

1.     Workshops for Muses, Part 2, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
What magic turns readers into believers? Spins ideas into stories?
Casts people into character? Transforms facts into poetry, fiction,
and nonfiction? During a hands-on workshop, participants will be lead
through creative writing exercises and tips designed to evoke/invoke/provoke the
storyteller within. Bring your muse.

 

2.     Creating a Graphic Novel Part 2, Matt Phelan
From manuscript to thumbnails to final art, learn how one graphic novelist builds a book using this fascinating medium. Non-drawing authors welcome!

3.     Your Most Powerful Bookselling Tool Part 2 (It's Not What You Think), Katie Davis

 

Why do you want a mailing list? First of all, you don’t want to be relying on just one social media platform to stay strong. Is Facebook your go-to publicity spot? What if it shut down? Or for some reason shut your page down? How about Twitter? Imagine a world without tweets. YouTube could collapse. Doubtful, but you never know. Your entire website could get hacked or collapse for whatever reason and you could lose the entire thing and have to rebuild it. 

 

That’s why your mailing list is the single most valuable thing you can build in your author platform.

 

Imagine two New York Times bestselling authors with gigantic (six figure plus) followings on Twitter, Facebook, and their blogs, neither of whom have mailing lists. All those followers loving them and they have no list! What happens when their next book comes out? They can’t contact their fans! And those fans want that information. Each of those authors had different reasons for why he or she has no list, but whatever the reason, it's still a missed bookselling opportunity. 

 

It’s not pushy to have a mailing list.  It’s actually the opposite of that. It’s considerate. 

 

Learn about all of the above in this must-attend two part session. We'll go into the dos and don'ts, hows, and the whys of mailing lists, and what to do with your list once you have one.

 


Workshop C:

Choose One of these 3 Choices

1.     Voice, Patti Gauch

Perhaps the most important aspect of the writing craft, whether in a novel, nonfiction or picture book, is Voice. Even the definition is
elusive, but it is one thing to identify voice in someone else's book, another thing to discover your own  – or your character's – voice. This workshop will talk about how to discover and use your own voice.  And how voice sometimes leads to the very heart of your story, whatever genre.

2.    How to Use Video to Explode Your Writing Career, Katie Davis

Cisco Systems says that 90% of Internet traffic will be via video within the coming years, if it's not already. Writers need to learn creative and easy ways to take advantage of the Internet using video. In this session you'll learn

·         Why video is the must-use tool for all writers, published or pre-published. If you're looking to build a fanbase, get the attention of editors and agents, or establish your “brand,” video is your secret weapon. 

·         How to make the two top search engines work for you so you can start being found by millions of people in seconds. 

·         The top 10 videos every writer should and can be making.

·         Four easy ways to get video content, as well as secrets and tips to free audio and free and low-cost online resources for video creation.

·         All about a new program that's helping authors with absolutely no technical ability make incredible videos on their own.  This info can save thousands of dollars in video creation costs.

 

3.     Behind the Scenes at a Magazine, Kelley Cunningham

Art Director Kelley Cunningham explores the unique process of working with a high-end children’s magazine — from manuscript stage to final product; 
what to expect of an illustrator when working with a magazine, and how to market yourself as a "brand".

 


Workshop D:

Choose One of these 3 Choices

 

1.     Home Repair Tips for the D.I.Y Writer, Susan Campbell Bartoletti

This presentation will offer some tools, insights, instructions, and practical advice that writers can use to assemble and revise their manuscripts. It will even offer something for those who throw instructions away. If you're ready – or getting ready – to revise, this workshop is for you. 

2.     First, Draw the Brain, Matt Phelan (Illustrators only)
How do you draw emotion? Explore the murky, challenging pursuit of creating illustrations that resonate with your reader.

3.    Stellar Query Letter Workshop, Stephen Fraser

How to Write an Irresistible Query Letter – Learn the dos and don'ts and increase your chances to have your work considered.  Bring a query letter you wish to improve.

 


ARTWORK/PORTFOLIO CRITIQUES: Bring your art to the conference. Please do not send your work in advance. Submit your payment of $40/critique with your conference registration online or by mail no later than March 28, 2014.


MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES: Email up to 10 pages of one manuscript to easternpascbwi@yahoo.com  using Subject Line “MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE POCONOS 2014”.

 Please follow standard formatting guidelines, double-spaced, 12 point font. Manuscripts must be received by March 28th, 2014. Note: Although a picture book may have fewer than ten pages, each manuscript counts as a separate submission. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your manuscript.  If you do not receive confirmation by email, please let us know as we may not have received your submission.  Upon arrival, you will be informed of the time and faculty critiquer assigned to you. We do NOT honor requests for specific critiquers.

Submit your payment of $40/critique with your conference registration online or by mail no later than April 4, 2014.


Peer to Peer Critique-a-thon:  (Free with registration)

Deadline:  Email your submission to eruvane@ptd.net no later than April 6.  Include your name, email and the genre at the top.  No cover letter. 

·         For picture books:  Send the entire manuscript (up to 10 pages). 

·         For chapter books, MG, YA:  Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis. (Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) 

·         Format:  Double-space, one-inch margins, page numbers, and use .doc or .docx format.  Synopsis can be single-spaced. 

·         Any questions: just email eruvane@ptd.net !



First Pages/First Looks:  We’ve planned two 1-hour sessions where a panel from the faculty will give feedback from selected First Pages/First Looks.  To be considered, please use Subject Line “Pocono First Page/First Looks” and submit the first page of your manuscript, double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one page only (starting at the top of page) or up to 3 illustrations (in one email) to easternpascbwi@yahoo.com.  Names should not be visible anywhere on the page.  We regret we may not be able to use all submissions due to time constraints but we will try to accommodate a variety of genres. 



Blind Date with a Book:  Finished with a good book?  Pass it on!  Wrap it up in paper (a brown bag is fine) and decorate it with a few words describing the book and bring it with you.  Those participating will receive a "ticket" to choose a "blind date" book to take home.  

*Books will not be returned to their original owners, but you may fall in love with something new*  

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Lodging/Meals: (not included in registration) 

Lodging is available on site at the Highlights Foundation or at the nearby Central House.  Rooms for two nights (Friday and Saturday) and onsite meals from Friday–Sunday lunch are $283.40 for a single and $200.20 for a double, triple or quad. Price includes room and meals for the weekend.  Single rooms are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.  For reservations, please contact Jo Lloyd at the Highlights Foundation at Jo.Lloyd@highlightsfoundation or call 1(877) 512-8365 or (570) 251-4557.  A free shuttle will be provided to and from the Central House. 

If you are choosing the Saturday-Only option, accommodations for meals can be made by contacting Jo.Lloyd@highlightsfoundation or call 1(877) 512-8365 or (570) 251-4557.  Cost is $72.50.  

Single night room accommodations can also be arranged if needed.  Cost is $85.  Please contact Jo.Lloyd@highlightsfoundation or call 1(877) 512-8365 or (570) 251-4557.

If you will not be staying onsite, please contact Jo Lloyd (above) to make necessary meal arrangements.

*Please inform of any dietary restrictions when making lodging arrangements* MEALS: Are included in lodging costs from the Highlights Foundation but are not included in the registration costs.  If you will not be staying onsite, please contact Jo Lloyd to make meal arrangements.  If you have any special dietary preferences or requirements, please inform the Highlights Foundation when making lodging.


PORTFOLIO/ART EXHIBIT: Illustrators, table space can be provided for you to exhibit your portfolio on May 2nd and 3rd just before dinner. Be sure to have any display props you may need (such as a tabletop easel). Original art is not permitted, as SCBWI cannot be responsible for any loss or damage. Please contact Adrienne Wright at Adiillustrate@gmail.com for more information. 


BOOK SALES: Speakers, workshop leaders,and critiquers, and attending conference may sell their books through our on-site independent bookseller The Book Connection. If you would like to have your book(s) available for purchase, please email easternpascbwi@yahoo.com with your book titles/ISBN numbers. 

PAL SCBWI members may sell their books at the conference, but must do so at their own table, not through the bookseller.  Only PAL (Published and Listed) members are eligible to sell their books. Please visit https://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/SCBWI-Market-Surveys to ensure your publisher is PAL-approved.

The conference bookstore will be open Fri., Sat., & Sunday, and author signings will be scheduled on Friday and Saturday.

REGISTRATION: Register online at epa.scbwi.org by, or use the printable registration form and snail-mail along with check payable to: Eastern PA SCBWI c/o Donna Boock, 47 West Shore Drive, Jefferson TWP, PA 18436


REGISTRATION COSTS: Our full conference schedule runs from Friday, May 2nd, 2:00 PM (registration beginning at 11:00 am), through Sunday, the 4th, at 1:00 PM and the cost is $275 for SCBWI members ($325 for non-members).  Sorry – no refunds after 3/27/14.

NEW SATURDAY ONLY OPTION – You told us and we heard you!  Life is busy!  We understand if you can't get away for a full weekend, but don't miss the entire event!  You can register for our new Saturday-Only option and still hear fantastic keynote and presentation by Patti Gauch, hone your craft in your choice of 3 Workshops (choose 1 from each selection A B and C), and opt to add in a professional critique too!  Cost for Saturday-Only Registration is $215 for SCBWI members ($245 for non-members).  Sorry – no refunds.

Meals and Lodging are not included in Registration fees.


QUESTIONS? Contact SCBWI Co-Regional Advisor,Donna Boock at 570-470-9300, or
donnaboock@hotmail.com. 

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