• JOIN US THIS MONTH…   July 10:  Field Trip - Second Thursday @ The McNay Great for illustrators AND writers! Join IC Akiko White for free admission to the McNay's permanent collection. Enjoy food truck snacks, drinks, and live music on the patio. Details here.   July 19:  Meeting - Reading As Writers: 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award-winner Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass The second of three special Reading As Writers meetings this summer! Not Your Typical Book Club: Reading informs our writing. Reading with intent can push us to the next level of our craft. Our goal in this special series is to examine how three award-winning authors have brought their stories to life, and in doing so, learn how we may apply those same techniques. Please read each book before its assigned meeting, then roll up your sleeves for a lively discussion of the craft techniques used by the author. This month: 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award-winner Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. FREE event! Details here.     * * * SAVE THE DATE * * * November 15, 2014 Workshop Day: A Character Calls Instructor: Franny Billingsley   From Franny: "I believe that who your character is—how she announces herself on the page—is inextricably tied into her history.  Please join me as we examine your character’s history and wounds, her controlling beliefs and obsessions, and begin to (1) understand the connection between your character’s emotional arc and her narrative arc, and (2) tease her unique voice to the surface." This intensive, rewarding, full-day workshop will take place in San Antonio, Texas * * * Details and Registration Coming July 15 * * *   NEWS & EVENTS SCBWI Book Fair:  Barnes & Noble (San Pedro) will hold an all-day book fair on Saturday, September 20, to benefit our chapter! Events will include panels with member authors and illustrators with recently published books, and will have lots of volunteer opportunities. If you're interested in speaking or volunteering, please email PAL Coordinator Carolyn Dee Flores: carolyn (at) carolynflores (dot) com.   Summer Meeting Series: Heads up! Our Reading As Writers meeting series continues this summer. Each meeting will be a lively group discussion of one of this year's American Library Association award-winning books. Plan to read each book before its meeting:  * July 19:  Pura Belpré Author Award winner - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina  * August 16:  Printz Award winner - Midwinterblood, by Marcus Sedgwick     Appearance:  Member Diane Gonzales Bertrand will read from her new short story collection for teens, There's a Name for This Feeling on Thursday, July 10, 2:00 pm, at Barnes & Noble (La Cantera) to benefit Gemini Ink. Details here.     Book Launch:  Member Carolyn Dee Flores will launch Dale, dale, dale! / Hit It, Hit It, Hit It!, a new bilingual picture book written by Rene Saldana, Jr., and illustrated by Flores, on Saturday, July 19, 1:00 pm. Details here.     YA Event:  As part of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) National Conference in San Antonio this month, the Young Adult chapter of RWA will present A Day of YA, on Wednesday, July 23. This full-day event includes workshops, panels, and networking opportunities for YA authors. Details here.     Appearances:  Member Christine Kohler will present a session at SCBWI's Annual Summer Conference in L.A., with fellow authors Chris Eboch and Ginger Wadsworth.     Deadline: New Voices Award from Lee & Low Books, September 30, 2014.     Publishing Contract:  Member Jeff Anderson has signed with Sterling Publishing for the 2015 publication of his middle grade novel, Luke Veracruz Stands Up. Congratulations!     Congratulations!  Member Mary Vela's picture book Lucky's Lick has won the 2014 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine in the Books for Kids category. Lucky previously received a Five Star Rating from Readers Favorite. Mary's next book, The Fearless Grandfather, will launch soon.   Guest Interview:  Members Lupe Ruiz-Flores and Carolyn Dee Flores created a guest interview for Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog, Cynsations. Read the interview here.   Web Tools:  SCBWI has created a series of web badges for members' blogs and other online platforms. View and download badges here.     2014 Book Releases:  Will you have a book published in 2014? PAL Coordinator Carolyn Flores is putting together a list so we can celebrate your achievement and mark each book's launch day. Please email Carolyn (carolyn@carolynflores.com) with your book title, publisher, release date, and cover image. If you don't have all of your information or cover yet, please email Carolyn with whatever info you DO have, so we can include you!   We share chapter news on our website, Twitter, and Facebook. To share writing or general interest news, email details to Shannon Morgan (ra.scbwiswtx@gmail.com). To share illustration news, email details to Akiko White (akiko@akikowhite.com).   MORE SCBWI NEWS & EVENTS   National August 1 – 4, 2014:  Annual SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, CA The July/August Bulletin is up! (*Member benefit*) Austin July 12:  Monthly Meeting - Getting & Working with Agents September 13:  Fall Workshop - Research for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Fiction Writers Brazos Valley July 30:  Schmooze - Alternative Avenues of Publishing   Houston July 7:  Chapter Meeting - Worldbuilding in Every Genre   North Texas July 26:  Workshop - Unraveling the Digital World, with Creative Cat Media     Shannon Morgan, Regional Advisor Akiko White, Illustrator Coordinator SCBWI Southwest Texas   *Not a member of SCBWI yet? Membership costs $95 for your first year, then $80 annual renewal. With member-only discounts at SCBWI events, exclusive grant and award opportunities, and access to member benefits, your membership will pay for itself in no time! Click here for membership information.
  • We're so proud to announce that Illustrator Coordinator Akiko White  has won the 2014 Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award!   Every year, Tomie gives illustrators a prompt. Part of this year's prompt: "Illustrate a poem (see below) in full color for a book of poems that will be "pitched" to parents to read to their babies, toddlers, etc. Poem:  Sneeze A sneeze Is a breeze In Your Nose."   Akiko's Winning Submission...   From Akiko: "The poem that Tomie dePaola assigned to us made me immediately think of an elephant with its extremely long trunk. I was also inspired by a children's book that was given to me by my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Clampitt, in 1974: "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going To Sneeze!" written by Patricia Thomas and illustrated by Wallace Tripp. It is a fun and beautifully illustrated story about an elephant who is about to sneeze, but unexpectedly laughs instead. [For my piece] I used fondant, gum-paste, isomalt (very little for the mouse's whiskers), and the cake is a vanilla yellow cake covered in buttercream. I added the font in Photoshop. I almost didn't enter the contest because I had a cake order for a vineyard but [the event] fell through so it allowed me to put my time into this image."   Beautiful work, Akiko. CONGRATULATIONS!   The Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award is given annually to an illustrator of promise chosen by Tomie himself. Akiko will receive full tuition, transportation, and accommodations to the 2014 Winter Conference in New York in February, where the award will be presented. SCBWI will feature her winning piece at the Illustrator Showcase. As a special addition to the prize this year, she will also get to have lunch with Tomie at the conference!   Click here to read SCBWI's official announcement of this year's award. Click here to view past winners.
About Us

The Southwest Texas chapter meets in San Antonio, serving writers and illustrators from the Alamo City to Midland, and south to the Rio Grande.

Our monthly events include topical meetings, sketch days, workshops, and schmoozes.

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Aug 1:  Deadline (Nominations) – Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant

Nominate a deserving mid-list author.

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Aug 12:  Webinar – Get Published in Children's Magazines

Author Chris Eboch leads this hands-on webinar to explore magazine markets and brainstorm writing ideas.

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Aug 16:  Meeting – Reading As Writers: Midwinterblood

Incoming Regional Advisor Tandy Gutierrez will lead this discussion of craft techniques in Marcus Sedgwick's 2014 Printz Award-winning novel for teens.

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Sep 20:  Book Fair to Benefit SCBWI Southwest Texas

Join us at Barnes & Noble for a full day of panels, readings, and fun!

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