• YOUR NEW REGIONAL LEADERS From Shannon:  On September 1, the leadership of the Southwest Texas chapter of SCBWI moves smoothly to a new Regional Advisor, Tandy Gutierrez, and Illustrator Coordinator, Carolyn Dee Flores. It's been my pleasure to serve as RA for the past three years, not least because I got to meet so many of you. I'm very excited about the fresh ideas and energy Tandy and Carolyn are bringing to their new positions. Be sure to stop by Barnes & Noble on September 13 to meet them (see below)! From Akiko:  I would like to first thank Shannon for all that she has done for our SCBWI-SWTX chapter. I would also like to thank everyone for their support during my term as the Illustrator Coordinator. We are all looking forward to Tandy and Carolyn enthusiastically leading our SCBWI-SWTX chapter in the coming years. SCBWI has been and will continue to be my resource and guide for my literary and illustration career.   Tandy Gutierrez, Regional Advisor I am a graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Creative Writing and Journalism. I write Young Adult novels with a mix of reality and fantasy. As the new Regional Advisor, I am looking forward to broadening our membership and bringing more events to our chapter that focus on craft and a life with writing. I am honored and proud to support our chapter in any way I can.                   Carolyn Dee Flores, Illustrator Coordinator I am an illustrator and have illustrated three books for children. SCBWI has been a tremendous resource for me in my career. I look forward to working with our chapter's new RA, Tandy, and to doing the very best I can for all of our SCBWI-SWTX chapter members. It should be an exciting time. Thank you, Shannon and Akiko. My website is www.carolynflores.com.             JOIN US THIS MONTH… September 13:  Meeting - Meet Your New Regional Advisor & Illustrator Coordinator Since our book fair will take place on our usual third Saturday, we've added a special meeting to introduce our chapter's new Regional Advisor and Illustrator Coordinator. Join Tandy Gutierrez (RA) and Carolyn Dee Flores (IC) to learn about their vision for the chapter's future and ideas for upcoming events! Details here.   September 20:  BOOK FAIR to Benefit SCBWI Southwest Texas Join us at Barnes & Noble for a full day of fun! We'll have book launches and readings by notable authors Marjorie Brody, Carolyn Dee Flores, Xavier Garcia, Geraldine Guadagno, Miranda Koerner, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Lupe Ruiz-Flores. Get interactive with a cakelustration demonstration by award-winning illustrator Akiko White, and learn essential clowning skills form former Ringling Brothers performer Alberto Ramirez. A portion of your purchases will benefit our chapter! Details here.     * * * REGISTRATION OPEN! * * * Workshop Day: A Character Calls Instructor: Franny Billingsley November 15, 2014   You don't want to miss this unparalleled opportunity to work with an award-winning writer in our field. 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 Congratulations!  Member Catherine Stier's recently published WWII historical fiction picture book, Welcome to America, Champ! (Sleeping Bear Press) made the prestigious Bank Street College of Education's "2014 Best Children's Books of the Year" list, the second time one of her books has received this honor. Recently, The Dragon Lode, a peer-reviewed publication of the International Reading Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group featured Catherine's article titled "Examining the Actions of Child Characters in Historical Fiction Picture Books" in the Spring 2014 issue. The article is the result of independent research Stier completed in the Reading and Literacy Masters program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.   Congratulations!  Member Irene Kistler, librarian at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio, has been named one of only three secondary-teacher finalists for Texas Teacher of the Year. Irene is a tireless advocate for education and youth literature. Her efforts toward Ed White Middle's receipt of a Laura Bush grant will hlep develop the school's library collection, including a Spanish-language collection for bilingual students. Watch a video of the surprise announcement 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.   We share chapter news on our website, Twitter, and Facebook. To share writing or general interest news, email details to Tandy Gutierrez (ra.scbwiswtx@gmail.com). To share illustration news, email details to Carolyn Dee Flores (carolyn@carolynflores.com).   MORE SCBWI NEWS & EVENTS   National February 6 – 8, 2015:  Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, NY (date updated 9/1/2014) The September/October Bulletin is up! (*Member benefit*) Austin September 13:  Fall Workshop - Research for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Fiction Writers Brazos Valley September 24:  Schmooze - Sell Your Books! Sage Advice   Houston September 8:  Panel Discussion - National SCBWI in Review   North Texas 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.      Tandy Gutierrez, Regional Advisor Carolyn Dee Flores, 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.
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The Southwest Texas chapter meets in San Antonio, serving writers and illustrators from the Alamo City to Midland, and south to the Rio Grande.

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August 29 – Picture Book Salon @ Barnes and Noble with Moderator Charlotte Sullivan Wild. Details Here!

September 12 - Chapter Meeting @ Barnes and Noble

October 20 - Webinar: Chapter Book Craft 101 with Simon & Schuster editor, Amy Cloud Register here!

October 31 - Picture Book Salon @ Barnes and Noble with Moderator Charlotte Sullivan Wild. Details here!

November 14 – Chapter Meeting @ Barnes and Noble

December 5 – Holiday Luncheon @ La Madaleine. RSVP HERE!