• JOIN US THIS MONTH…   August 12:  Webinar - Get Published in Children's Magazines, with Chris Eboch Author Chris Eboch leads this hands-on workshop, exploring magazine markets, analyzing specific magazines for content and style, brainstorming ideas, and sharing how to put together an article or story for children. * Only $10 for SCBWI members! * Details here.   August 14:  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.   August 16:  Meeting - Reading As Writers: 2014 Printz Award-winner Midwinterblood The third 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: incoming Regional Advisor Tandy Gutierrez will lead this discussion of Marcus Sedgwick's 2014 Printz Award-winning novel for teens, Midwinterblood. FREE event! Details here.     * * * REGISTRATION OPEN! * * * Workshop Day: A Character Calls Instructor: Franny Billingsley November 15, 2014   From Franny: "I believe that a novel is a web in which your character’s history—her wounds, her beliefs about herself and the world—are inextricably tied into both her story and her voice.  Please join me in this day-long workshop as I introduce you to a character schema that will illuminate pivotal elements of your character’s history and lead you to dig into both character and plot by:   * teasing your character’s unique voice to the surface   * identifying the connection between your character’s emotional arc and her narrative arc, and   * zeroing in on a few key pulse-points in the novel in which character and plot connect at the deepest level." This intensive, rewarding, full-day workshop will take place in San Antonio, Texas. * * * Click Here for Details and Registration * * *   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.   Publication:  Member Kay Folkes’s story, “I’ve Got to Hold a WHAT?” appears in the July/August 2014 issue of Cricket Magazine. The story is about fourteen-year-old Melanie who volunteers as a junior docent at the zoo to bring up her biology grade. After overcoming her fear of the boa constrictor she has to handle in school visits, her courage is tested when an unfortunate event occurs. Congratulations, Kay!         Congratulations!  Member Mary Vela's picture books The Littler Car and The Grumpy Fish have been published.                 Appearance:  Authors Kathi Appelt and Rita Williams-Garcia will speak and sign books on Saturday, August 16, 12:30 pm, at Book People in Austin. Details here.   Deadline: New Voices Award from Lee & Low Books, September 30, 2014.     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 January 30 – February 1, 2015:  Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, NY (date updated 8/4/2014) The July/August Bulletin is up! (*Member benefit*) Austin August 9:  Monthly Meeting - Alternate Publishing Options Panel September 13:  Fall Workshop - Research for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Fiction Writers Brazos Valley August 27:  Schmooze - All About Young Adult Voice   Houston August 4:  Chapter Meeting - Best of Books, with Blue Willow Bookshop   North Texas August 23:  Workshop - The XYZs of Picture Books for Today's Kids September 27-28:  Regional Conference - Out of This World! The stellar faculty for the day-and-a-half event is Jordan Brown, senior editor at Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray at HarperCollins, Sarah Davies, agent with Greenhouse Literary Agency, Sylvie Frank, editor, Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster, Ellen Hopkins, YA author, Maria Middleton, associate art director, ABRAMS Kids Books, and Aaron Reynolds, picture book author. They are all phenomenal speakers, and they will also do manuscript and illustration portfolio critiques. The early registration deadline is August 6 and manuscripts are due August 23.     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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Sep 13:  Meeting – Meet Your New Regional Advisor & Illustrator Coordinator!

Meet your new Regional Team, Tandy Gutierrez (Regional Advisor) and Carolyn Dee Flores (Illustrator Coordinator) and learn about their vision for our chapter's future.

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Sep 20:  Book Fair to Benefit SCBWI Southwest Texas

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

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