NEWS AND EVENTS: MAY 2017

Posted on: May 2, 2017


May Events:

Check out the upcoming events, and don’t forget to register for the Austin Conference. Also, our Book Bin raffle is well underway. Don’t miss out on great prizes (did we mention free membership, free books, and $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble?). Click here for more about the book raffle

May 6 - Picture Book Salon - WIP/Revision – Great Preperation for the Austin Conference! (10-1) @ UIW, Bonilla Science Hall, Rm 120. For more information, click here. 

May 20 -21 - Austin Conference - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - For more information, and to register, click here

 

Upcoming Events: 

June 10 - YA Book Club Meeting – The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

June 17 – Happy Hour! Stone Werks @ the Rim. 5-7pm. Raffle tickets on sale for $5. Click here to purchase!



 
NEWS AND EVENTS: April 2017

Posted on: April 1, 2017


April Events:

We have some exciting events in April, including the San Antonio Book Festival and the TLA conference. Check out the upcoming events, and don’t forget to register for the Austin Conference. Also, our Book Bin raffle is well underway. Don’t miss out on great prizes (did we mention free membership?). Click here for more about the book raffle

April 8 - San Antonio Book Festival – Come show your support for our local authors. For more details about the event, check out their webpage, here. 

April 19-22 - Texas Library Association (TLA) in San Antonio – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Email swtexas@scbwi.org if you would like to help.

May 6 - Picture Book Salon - WIP/Revision – Great Preperation for the Austin Conference! (10-Noon) Location TBD. 

May 20 -21 - Austin Conference - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - For more information, and to register, here

Member News!!! We’re proud to announce that member Lupe Ruize Flores is one of the winners of the 2017 VIA Poetry on the Move contest. Congratulations, Lupe! Her poem “El Gallo-the Rooster,” will be posted on all VIA Metropolitan Transit buses along with the accompanying art for the entire month of April, which is also Poetry Month.

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NEWS AND EVENTS: MARCH 2017

Posted on: March 2, 2017


Happy March! We're here with your monthly reminder of upcoming events, and a RAFFLE you do not want to miss out on!
 
March begins with our upcoming Picture Book Webinar on Humor in Picture Books with Peter Pearson. This event will take place on March 14 at 7 pm C.S.T. The event is only $10 for members! We're also raffling away a signed copy of How to Eat an Airplane by Peter Pearson. We'll mail it to wherever you are. Register here!

And drumroll…From now, until May 12, we will be selling raffle tickets for our beautiful Be Creative Book Bin. This bin includes a 1-yr membership, a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift card, an SCBWI t-shirt, journals, this year's ALA winners (Radiant Child not-pictured; on order), candy, and much more. Raffle tickets are going for $5. A 1-yr membership alone is a value of $90! You can click here to buy raffle tickets.
 
 
We've got some great upcoming events in our chapter. Mark your calendars with the dates below:

March 14 - WEBINAR: HUMOR IN PICTURE BOOKS with Peter Pearson, author of How to Eat An Airplane. REGISTER HERE

March 25 - TLA Volunteers Meet and Greet – San Pedro Crossing Barnes and Noble  (10 – Noon). If you would like to donate your autographed books to be raffled off at the conference, this would be a great time to drop them off.

April 8San Antonio Book Festival – Come show your support for our local authors. For more details about the event, check out their webpage, here. 

April 18 - Webinar: Beyond the Query Letter: Finding an agent through Conventional, and Not-so-Conventional, Methods with Agent Carrie Howland. To register, click here!!!!

April 19-22 - Texas Library Association (TLA) in San Antonio – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Email swtexas@scbwi.org if you would like to help.

May 6 - Picture Book Salon - WIP/Revision – Great Preperation for the Austin Conference! (10-Noon) Location TBD. 

May 13 - Happy Hour (5 – 7pm) - Stonewerks (The Rim Shopping Center) - Raffle Tickets NOW ON Sale for $5. Click here to purchase a raffle ticket!

May 20 -21 – Austin Conference – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – For more information, and to register, here

June 10YA Book Club Meeting – The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

July 15 - Illustrator's Workshop – Character Development for Authors and Illustrators: The Picture Book Storyboard with Raquel Beechner – Details coming soon.

AugustYA/MG Webinar @ UIW – TBD

August - Happy Hour – TBD

SeptemberPicture Book Salon – TBD

September - Illustrator's Workshop – The Issue of Styles

 

*If you would like to see something at a Chapter Meeting, please email swtexas@scbwi.org with your ideas. 



 
News and Events: November 2016

Posted on: November 5, 2016


Upcoming Events (Click on an event to view details and register):

For all our Chapter Meeting dates, please click on the ‘Events’ link on the purple menu to the right, but below are some highlights. See you then!

November 19 - Gestures and Character Development for Illustrator: Hints for writers with Raquel Beechner DETAILS HERE

December 3 - Holiday Gathering – TBD

 

Other Events (these are outside of SCBWI):

The Writing Barn in Austin is hosting some great events in the South Austin Area. The Writing Barn is a great supporter of SCBWI, and we encourage you to attend some of their great workshops. You can view the calendar and all event details at www.thewritingbarn.com.

 

Awards/ Honors:

To view the guidelines, submission process, and more about the award itself, visit www.scbwi.org and click on “Awards & Grants” on the purple ribbon.

 

Member News:

Member Peggy Caravantes has just published two books. The America Revolution: 12 Things to Know by 12 Story Library and Gauarding the Federal Reserve Bank of New York by The Child's World. Peggy's book Marooned in the Arctic: The True Story of Ada Blackjack, 'The Female Robinson Crusoe' was selected for 2017 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens. And Peggy has also just signed a two-book contract for books about popular teen entertainers: Zendaya and Shawn Mendes. Amazing accomplishments! Congratulations, Peggy!

 

Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  November 12 – Monthly Meeting – Writing and Illustrating for the Magazine Market – Panel Discussion

Details here.

 

Brazos Valley: November 11-13 – Work-on-your-own Beach Retreat

Details here.

 

Houston:  November 7 – Houston Conference Recap

Details here.

 

North Texas:  December 6– N. Texas Happy Hour

Details here.

 

Let us know if you have any news you would like to share with the chapter by emailing swtexas@scbwi.org. S

 



 
News and Events: October 2016

Posted on: October 1, 2016


Upcoming Events (Click on an event to view details and register):

For all our Chapter Meeting dates, please click on the ‘Events’ link on the purple menu to the right, but below are some highlights. See you then!

October 29 – Picture Book Salon: Ask the Librarian @ UIW Bonilla Science Hall RM 129 from 10 AM to NOON. Details found here.

https://swtexas.scbwi.org/events/picture-book-salon-ask-the-librarian/

 

Other Events (these are outside of SCBWI):

The Writing Barn in Austin is hosting some great events in the South Austin Area. The Writing Barn is a great supporter of SCBWI, and we encourage you to attend some of their great workshops. You can view the calendar and all event details at www.thewritingbarn.com.

CLASSES CLASSES CLASSES!!

Writing Picture Books I (WPB I) with Charlotte Sullivan: Building A Picture Book $280 ($40/session). 7 sessions, 2.5 hours each. Classes capped at 7-8 students. Two sections offered: Wednesdays – PM CLASSES (10/5 – 11/30) and Thursdays – AM CLASSES (10/6 to 12/1).

Class description: In this course, students will dig into the fundamentals of creating picture books. Discussions will focus on techniques for creative process, how to focus and develop a project, how to establish a unifying style and structure, and how keep “the child audience” at the center. As we address craft and process, we’ll closely examine published books and touch on realities of the market. In-class and take-home exercises will bridge craft concepts to students’ actual work. This class is open to beginners and experienced writers looking to explore familiar concepts in new ways. Writers and illustrators are welcome, though the class will be approached from a writing perspective.

For more information or to register for this class, contact charswild@gmail.com with the following information:

1)      A brief manuscript in progress OR a brief description of a project idea

2)      Provide a brief statement about where you are in your creative journey (Brand new to picture books? Been working for a long time? Published?)

3)      Indicate the section you wish to attend: Wed PM or Thurs AM.

 

Member Catherine Stier will be teaching an NEISD Community education class this fall for adults on writing picture books for children called “Beyond Once Upon a Time: Writing Children’s Picture Books with Author Catherine Stier.”

 

Course description:  Writing picture books for publication is a deceptively complex pursuit that requires dedication and an understanding of this genre and current market practices. Award-winning author Catherine Stier will offer insights on crafting stories and non-fiction works that engage young children. She will discuss myths of writing for children, current trends in traditional publishing and the experience of working with critique groups and editors to complete a final draft. Participants will be invited to write, share, and receive feedback on their own picture book manuscript in class.

 

The course will be held at Reagan High School and will run for 4 weeks. Fee is $85. For more information, and to sign up for the class, visit www.communityed.neisd.net.

 

Awards/ Honors:

To view the guidelines, submission process, and more about the award itself, visit www.scbwi.org and click on “Awards & Grants” on the purple ribbon.

 

Member News:

 

Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  October 8 – Monthly Meeting – How to not be Weird and other Branding Tips with Tannie Smith

Details here.

https://austin.scbwi.org/events/

 

Brazos Valley: November 11-13 – Work-on-your-own Beach Retreat

Details here.

http://brazosvalley.scbwi.org/

 

Houston:  October 22 – Houston Conference Registration Open Now! Surrender to the Story.

Details here.

http://houston.scbwi.org/2016-houston-scbwi-conference/

http://houston.scbwi.org/chapter-events/

 

North Texas:  October 22 – Drawn to Write Children’s Books with Author/Illustrator/Editor Ben Clanton

Details here.

https://northtexas.scbwi.org/events/

 

Let us know if you have any news you would like to share with the chapter by emailing swtexas@scbwi.org. See you soon, be safe, and Happy Holidays!

Tandy & Carolyn (Regional Advisor & Illustrator Coordinator)



 
News and Events: September 2016

Posted on: September 3, 2016


Upcoming Events (Click on an event to view details and register):

For all our Chapter Meeting dates, please click on the ‘Events’ link on the purple menu to the right, but below are some highlights. See you then!

September 10 – Southwest Texas Happy Hour! @ the Park North Lion and Rose Pub from 5-7 PM. Come talk about books, writing, illustrating, etc., over drinks. Click here for more details.

September 24 – Member Guadalupe Garcia McCall will be launching her new book Shame the Stars. She’ll be doing a book signing and reading at the San Pedro Crossing Barnes and Noble at 2 PM on September 24. Save the date! Congrats, Guadalupe!

October 29 – Picture Book Salon: Ask the Librarian @ UIW Bonilla Science Hall RM 129 from 10 – noon. Details Here.

December 3 – Holiday Party.TBD

 

Other Events (these are outside of SCBWI):

The Writing Barn in Austin is hosting some great events in the South Austin Area. The Writing Barn is a great supporter of SCBWI, and we encourage you to attend some of their great workshops. You can view the calendar and all event details at www.thewritingbarn.com.

 

Member Catherine Stier will be teaching an NEISD Community education calss this fall for adults on writing picture books for children. The class is called “Beyond Once Upon a Time: Writing Children’s Picture Books with Author Catherine Stier.”

Course description:  Writing picture books for publication is a deceptively complex pursuit that requires dedication and an understanding of this genre and current market practices. Award-winning author Catherine Stier will offer insights on crafting stories and non-fiction works that engage young children. She will discuss myths of writing for children, current trends in traditional publishing and the experience of working with critique groups and editors to complete a final draft. Participants will be invited to write, share, and receive feedback on their own picture book manuscript in class.

 The course will be held at Reagan High School and will run for 4 weeks. Fee is $85. For more information, and to sign up for the class, visit www.communityed.neisd.net.

 

Awards/ Honors:

To view the guidelines, submission process, and more about the award itself, visit www.scbwi.org and click on “Awards & Grants” on the purple ribbon.

 

Member News:

Member Xavier Garza has just signed a contract with Arte Publico Press for his thirteenth book, titled Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite, a new book that will be a Day of the Dead Cuento. Congrats, Xavier!

Member Catherine Stier will have an article published resulting from the picture book research she conducted while at UTSA along with her professor and other peers. This will be published in academic journal Children’s Literature in Education. The article is called “Judging a Book by Its Cover: An Investigation of Peritextual Features in Caldecott Award Books.” You can read it here. Congrats, Catherine! Great work!

 

 

Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  September 24 – Project Picture Book – Picture Book Workshop in Round Rock

Details here.

 

Brazos Valley:  November 11-13, Work-on-your-own Beach Retreat

Details here.

 

Houston:  October 22 – Houston Conference Registration Open Now! Surrender to the Story.

Details here.

 

North Texas:  September 24– Publishing Knights of the Revision Round Table Retreat

Details here.

 

Let us know if you have any news you would like to share with the chapter by emailing swtexas@scbwi.org. See you soon, be safe, and Happy Holidays!

Tandy & Carolyn (Regional Advisor & Illustrator Coordinator)



 
News and Events: August 2016

Posted on: August 8, 2016


Upcoming Events (Click on an event to view details and register):

 

For all our Chapter Meeting dates, please click on the ‘Events’ link on the purple menu to the right, but below are some highlights. See you then!

August 20 – Author Reading and Book Signing for A Story Circle/ El Circulo de cuentos by member  Diane Gonzales Bertrand. 11:30 AM @ Barnes and Nobles San Pedro Crossings. 321 NW Loop 410, STE 104, San Antonio, TX 78216.

August 20 – Southwest Happy Hour! 5-7 PM  at the Park North Lion and Rose Pub. We’ll provide a few light appetizers. Click here for more details.

August 30 – Texas Webinar: What is Author Platform Building Anyway? The Ins and Outs of Building Your Niche with Elaine Kiely Kearns and Sylvia Liu of KidLit 411. Registration is open now! Click here to register.

 

 

Other Events (these are outside of SCBWI):

The Writing Barn in Austin is hosting some great events in the South Austin Area. The Writing Barn is a great supporter of SCBWI, and we encourage you to attend some of their great workshops. You can view the calendar and all event details at www.thewritingbarn.com.

 

Awards/ Honors:

To view the guidelines, submission process, and more about the award itself, visit www.scbwi.org and click on “Awards & Grants” on the purple ribbon.

 

Member News:

Member Diane Gonzales Bertrand will be doing an Author Reading and Book Signing for her book, A Story Circle/ El Circulo de cuentos, on Saturday, August 20 at 11:30 am at the Barnes and Noble San Pedro Crossings. Come support Diane and get a book signed!

 

Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  August 13 – Monthly Meeting – From Critique Partners to Collaborators with Don Tate and Chris Barton

Details here.

Austin: August 27 – Full Novel Workshop – Master the nuts and bolts of novels. REGISTER HERE.

 

Brazos Valley: August 15 – Social at Starbucks

Details here.

 

Houston:  October 22 – Houston Conference Registration Open Now! Surrender to the Story.

Details here.

 

North Texas:  August 27 – Two Picture Book Workshops featuring Authors Pat Miller and Penny Parker Klostermann

Details here.

 

Let us know if you have any news you would like to share with the chapter by emailing swtexas@scbwi.org. See you soon, be safe, and Happy Holidays!

Tandy & Carolyn (Regional Advisor & Illustrator Coordinator)



 
News and Events: July 2016

Posted on: July 6, 2016


Upcoming Events (Click on an event to view details and register):

For all our Chapter Meeting dates, please click on the ‘Events’ link on the purple menu to the right, but below are some highlights. See you then!

 

July 23 – Chapter meeting at Barnes and Noble  - The Picture Book Process from Contract to Actual Publication and Distribution

 

August 30 – Texas Webinar: What is Author Platform Building Anyway? The Ins and Outs of Building Your Niche

 

 

Other Events (these are outside of SCBWI):

The Writing Barn in Austin is hosting some great events in the South Austin Area. The Writing Barn is a great supporter of SCBWI, and we encourage you to attend some of their great workshops. You can view the calendar and all event details at www.thewritingbarn.com.

 

Awards/ Honors:

To view the guidelines, submission process, and more about the award itself, visit www.scbwi.org and click on “Awards & Grants” on the purple ribbon.

 

Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  July  7 – Monthly Meeting – Expanding Your Toolbox: how Non-Fiction and Fiction Writers Use the Same Craft Tools Differently with Cynthia Levinson and Lindsey Lane

Details here.

 

 

Houston:  October 22 – Houston Conference Registration Open Now! Surrender to the Story. Register at the jump. 

Details here.

 

 

North Texas:  July 23 – Using Book Talk to Guide Revision

Details here.

 

 

Let us know if you have any news you would like to share with the chapter by emailing swtexas@scbwi.org. See you soon, be safe, and Happy Holidays!

 

 



 
News and Events: May 2016

Posted on: May 2, 2016


Upcoming Events (Click on an event to view details and register):

For all our Chapter Meeting dates, please click on the ‘Events’ link on the purple menu to the right, but below are some highlights. See you then!

 

May 21 – Sketch Day at the Alamo with Carolyn Dee Flores

May 28 – Chapter Meeting @ Barnes and Noble – Recap of Austin Writers & Illustrators Working Conference (held May 14-15)

May 31 – Webinar: Turning the Page with Words and Pictures with Author/Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 

Other Events (these are outside of SCBWI) :

The Writing Barn in Austin is hosting some great events in the South Austin Area. The Writing Barn is a great supporter of SCBWI, and we encourage you to attend some of their great workshops. You can view the calendar and all event details at www.thewritingbarn.com.

Oppurtunity for TLA in SAN ANTONIO IN 2017- Roundtable chair, Troy Lawrence, is looking for 3-5 authors, either indie or small press, who could attend a panel during the next TLA Conference to discus their authoring process. You will need to fill out a form and submit by MAY 19, 2016 to be considered for the panel. Click here to see the form. You will need to be a member of TLA to particpate. 

 

Awards/ Honors:

To view the guidelines, submission process, and more about the award itself, visit www.scbwi.org and click on “Awards & Grants” on the purple ribbon.

 

Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  May 14-15 – Austin 2016 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference

Details here.

 

Houston:  May 2 – How-Tos of Professional Appearances: Dress, Etiquette, Table/Booth Display, Props, Make ‘n Takes

Details here.

 

North Texas:  May 21 – The Hoarse Whisperer: Finding Your Voice Without Going Hoarse, Part 2 with Illustrator Jeff Amano

Details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
News and Events: April 2016

Posted on: April 4, 2016


Upcoming Events (Click on an event to view details and register):

For all our Chapter Meeting dates, please click on the ‘Events’ link on the purple menu to the right, but below are some linked highlights. See you then!

 

April 19-22 – TLA Conference in Houston – SCBWI Booth #1642

April 23 – Picture Book Salon – Paths to Publication with Moderator Charlotte Sullivan Wild, including Agent Minju Chang, of BookStop Literary Agency, and Aimmee Bisonnette, picture book author and lawyer for children’s writers without agents.

 

Other Events (these are outside of SCBWI) :

The Writing Barn in Austin is hosting some great events in the South Austin Area. The Writing Barn is a great supporter of SCBWI, and we encourage you to attend some of their great workshops. You can view the calendar and all event details at www.thewritingbarn.com.

Awards/ Honors:

To view the guidelines, submission process, and more about the award itself, visit www.scbwi.org and click on “Awards & Grants” on the purple ribbon.

 

Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  April 9 – Monthly Meeting: Applying the Golden Rule to Critiquing with Bradley Wilson

Details here.

 

Brazos Valley: April  18 – Social at Starbucks

Details here.

 

Houston:  April 23 – Illustrator Workshop with Special Guest, Geisel Award Winner; Greg Pizzoli

Details here.

 

North Texas:  April 16 – Rockin’ Revision Techniques featuring Author Denise Vega

Details here.

 

Let us know if you have any news you would like to share with the chapter by emailing swtexas@scbwi.org. See you soon, be safe, and Happy Holidays!

Tandy & Carolyn

Regional Advisor & Illustrator Coordinator