In 2013, I was lucky enough to receive a grant from SCBWI to pursue a writing project involving coast Redwood trees. Recently, I visited Redwood National and State Parks and made a brief video about my way-too-short time there. Be sure your audio is turned on, relax, and enjoy the magnificence of these very real giants... http://animoto.com/play/7EIRj8Axpl1d0pHpbTu0Fw
Let's say you REEEAAALY want to write and/or illustrate a children's book but after getting the idea, and maybe starting to put it on paper, you don't know what the next steps should be. Whenever I'm quizzed on this topic, my first recommendation (aside from patting yourself on the back!) is to join the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). It is simply the best community to learn, grow, connect, and move your dream to reality.
If you are still trying to decide whether to join, read this great post at Ink and Angst http://inkandangst.com/gate-crashers-ask-why-scbwi-2013/ and you'll get it.
Many thanks to Lee Wind for his post in the official SCBWI blog about our Mentor Monday series. He's passionate about mentorship as well. Check it out and add his blog to your follow list. He and SCBWI have some great stuff going on http://networkedblogs.com/s8KIV.
I've just returned from the 2011 SCBWI-Michigan fall conference and even though this was my 6th fall conference with this group, I am still in awe of their comraderie, support and skill. If you are a children's book writer and/or illustrator and you haven't joined the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, do it today (www.scbwi.org). So many members swear it is what has kept them going during long, dark rejection nights, taught them how to improve their craft, and pointed them in the direction of publication. Join up, go forth, and conquer!
A small but curious group attended the SCBWI Networking Day gathering on Saturday, March 6 -- despite a postcard-perfect day in Marquette. UP here in the land of six months of snow and cold, we live for a heady 59 degrees in March. Coming inside on this day was a testament to passion. I'm sending a special shout out to Boni Ashburn, the traditionally published author in our midst, who answered hundreds of questions with grace and good humor. Additional attendees included Meredith Ammons Ollila, Larry Buege and Phyllis Pokela.
Click on "News" above and you'll find out more information about Networking Day in our area. I'm hosting and bringing something chocolate, something caffeinated, and something interesting. You'll have to come to find out what. RSVP required to email@example.com or 906-228-4465 (so I know how much of the stuff to bring.)
This is a great opportunity to share, get new ideas, and move forward on your dream of writing and/or illustrating and publishing children's books.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.