Donations Needed for our Annual Pocono Retreat Silent Auction, by Erik Ammon

donations boxLast year, together, our silent auction raised enough money for two full scholarships for people to come to the Eastern PA SCBWI Annual Pocono Retreat. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and to everyone who bid! Your generosity will allow two promising writers or illustrators to join us in April with no registration or room and board fee.

This year, I want us to raise enough money for three scholarships for next year’s event! I know we can because TOGETHER WE CAN.

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We are seeking donations from members and attendees for this year’s silent auction, which will be held at the Pocono Retreat. What we’re looking for:

  • Writing and illustrating implements or care packages (pens, pencils, journals, paper, brushes, paints, bags, cases, etc.)
  • Books or artwork from our author and illustrator members
  • Professional critiques or consultations for writing or illustrating
  • Books related to the craft of writing and illustrating
  • Handmade crafts
  • Tickets or passes to popular museums or sporting events
  • Children’s book-themed goodies (games, collectibles, etc.)
  • Anything else you can think of!

If you would like to donate, please e-mail me, Erik Ammon, at erik@erikammon.com. In your e-mail let me know what you’re donating, a brief description, and an approximate value. If you’re offering a critique or other services, please let me know how the winner should contact you.

Thank you so much!

Let’s get THREE!

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Eastern PA SCBWI Banner Contest for Illustrators

call for submissionsAnnouncing the Eastern PA SCBWI Banner Contest for Illustrators

Eastern PA SCBWI is updating our region’s web page and we need a new banner. The banner will grace the top of our region’s SCBWI page.

We’re inviting all current SCBWI Eastern PA members to submit their design for a banner to represent our chapter. The one identity standard for SCBWI is that all chapter logos should include a representation of a kite. The kite is not required for the banner, but you can include one if you want. See below for details about what you need to submit.

Your banner design will be displayed during the illustrator showcase at the annual Pocono Retreat, April 17-19. Send your file to epa-ic@scbwi.org by April 10. Please be sure to include your name and contact information in the same electronic file as the illustration (so we can keep track of who created each design). Save your file as a jpg, titled as follows: Lastname_epabanner.jpg. The designs will be anonymously displayed at the Pocono Retreat. The Regional Team will make the final judgement by the end of April. Before judging we’ll eliminate the artist’s name so that the judging will be anonymous. The selected banner will be displayed on our SCBWI regional page for the Spring/Summer seasons.

We hope to change our banner twice a year—Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter—so if you want to think “Spring/Summer” for this one, your image can celebrate those seasons. The selected banner will be posted on our regional SCBWI website at the beginning of May. Then watch for the next opportunity for a Fall/Winter theme.

Banner dimensions: 980 x 200 pixels (it’s important that the entire image be legible when reproduced for these pixel counts)

For web purposes, the banner can be full color in RGB.

If you have any questions, please contact Berrie at epa-ic@scbwi.org.

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Find Out the Scoop About Our Annual Pocono Retreat at an Upcoming Meet & Greet

Are you interested in attending our annual retreat in the Pocono Mountains (April 17-19) but aren’t sure what to expect? Are you on the fence about making the weekend time commitment or the long drive? Do you have questions about the programming or accommodations? Or are you all set to go but want to meet other attendees ahead of time?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, we encourage you to attend one of our free Meet & Greets in the upcoming weeks. We’ll chat about the retreat, our faculty, scholarship opportunities,* our programming, critique opportunities, and the beautiful and hospitable Highlights Foundation where the retreat will take place!

Here are the Meet & Greets . . .

Bucks County Meet & Greet – Feb 6, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Newtown Bookshop
2835 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, PA 18940
RSVP: Virginia Law Manning (SCBWIepaFieldTripCoordinator@gmail.com)

Chester/Delaware/Montgomery County Meet & Greet – Feb 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Aneu
1556 Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301
RSVP: Heather Stigall (scbwiepaCGC@gmail.com)

Reading Area Meet & Greet – March 14, 11:00-1:00Firefly Bookstore
271 West Main Street, Kutztown, PA 19530
RSVP: Nadine Poper (teachna@hotmail.com)

Clarks Summit Meet & Greet – March 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Gathering Place
304 S. State Street – Clarks Summit, PA 18411
RSVP: Kate Foley (katefoleyauthor@gmail.com)

Some details about this year’s Pocono Retreat . . .

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Date: April 17-19, 2020
Location: The Barn at Boyds Mills – at the beautiful Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA

This year our theme will be “Together We Can.” We have a fantastic faculty lineup including:

  • Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Floyd Cooper
  • Agents Wendy Gu and Eric Smith
  • Editor Kathleen Merz
  • Senior designer Erica De Chavez

Important dates:

  • Deadline for scholarship applications – February 15, 2020
  • Deadline for presenter proposals – February 15, 2020
  • Notification of presenter acceptance – February 25, 2020
  • Notification of scholarship recipient(s) – March 1, 2020
  • Deadline to sign up for peer illustrator portfolio critiques – March 20, 2020
  • Deadline for receipt of manuscripts for critique (peer and faculty critiques) – March 21, 2020

Please visit our registration page for more information and to register: https://epa.scbwi.org/events/2020-pocono-mountain-retreat-together-we-can/


*Please note that the scholarship application deadline is February 15, 2020, which is before the Clarks Summit Meet & Greet.
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Member News — January 2020

Member News is a new monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s-book-related news—book deals, releases, awards, author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please e-mail Laura Parnum at epa-ara@scbwi.org before February 20.

Here’s some exciting news from members in our region this month:

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Author Katey Howes has two upcoming books for publication: Woven of the World, a picture book illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova that explores weaving as a global art form and celebrates each person as a rich tapestry woven from many cultures and traditions (Chronicle, fall 2020); and Rissy No Kissies, a picture book to be illustrated by Jess Engle that explores the concept of body autonomy and consent with the message that your body and your heart are yours—and you choose how to share and show love (Lerner/Carolrhoda, spring 2021).


 

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Author/Illustrator B. E. Exon’s debut picture book, Moxie and the Kite-Bite’n Ash (Austin Macauley), was released in November 2019. In the story, a brash young boy named Moxie and his concerned companion, Mr. Cat, go out one day to fly a kite in the perfect meadow—perfect except for one tree . . . BEWARE! This tree bites kites . . . to eat! B. E. Exon will be appearing at the Swarthmore Community & College Book Store, attached to the Swarthmore Inn, for a presentation in the Sycamore Room, followed by a signing in the book store, Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (presentation 40 minutes). All are welcome!


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Author Laura Sibson will be speaking at a Jewish Teen Leadership Convention in February and will be appearing at the Southern Kentucky Book Festival (SOKY) in March. She also has an article coming out on 88 Cups of Tea (88cupsoftea.com).


 

Author Sue Gagliardi’s Fairy Tale Science books (Focus Readers, North Star Editions, 2020) were released in early January. Titles include Making a Bridge for the Gingerbread Man, Making a Windproof House for the Three Little Pigs, and Making a Raft for the Three Billy Goats Gruff. In many fairy tales, characters must rely on quick-thinking to overcome challenges. In this fun series, readers complete hands-on activities using science and engineering to help beloved fairy-tale characters. Each title includes an “In the Real World” special feature.

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Call for Proposals for Our Annual Pocono Mountain Retreat

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EPA SCBWI Members Are Needed to Lead Sessions at Our 28th Annual Pocono Mountain Retreat

Our Eastern PA team of volunteers are once again looking for EPA members to lead sessions at this year’s Pocono Mountain Retreat. The sessions are for single presenters (unless willing to split the stipend with co-presenters.) We welcome proposals from published and/or pre-published authors, illustrators, or author/illustrators. Member-led sessions will take place on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19. These sessions will be 50-minutes in length, with access to technology.

This year’s theme is TOGETHER WE CAN. We look forward to sessions on the “togetherness”
of pictures and words,
of plot and character,
of pacing and anticipation,

as well as sessions on self-care, critique groups, support groups, and nurturing the GREAT community of writers and illustrators we have here in Eastern PA.

We will announce our lead faculty, agents, and editors soon, with registration for the retreat opening February 1 at 8:00 a.m. Today, we look to our amazing EPA members and ask, “What will you teach us about TOGETHER WE CAN?”

  • What brings us together as creatives?
  • Why do our young readers need to know TOGETHER WE CAN?
  • What does togetherness have to do with crafting stories? Plots? Themes? Characters? Casts? Illustrations? Series?
  • Why is togetherness as a community important to us as writers and illustrators?

We know that you will come up with wonderful ideas . . . and when you do, send them to the EPA Team where we will pick six members to present at the 2020 Pocono Mountain Retreat.

Details about submissions, compensation, and deadlines are at this link.

The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2020.

If you have any questions about the call for proposals or about the Pocono Retreat in general, please contact Alison at scbwiepa@gmail.com.

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Meet the Authors and Illustrators at Our 2020 ALA Midwinter Conference Booth—Liz Steinglass and Nadine Poper

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We are gearing up for our booth at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. In this blog series we are featuring each author or illustrator (two per day) who will be at our booth. Check out the description in each hour-long block. If you are planning to be at the exhibit hall at the Philadelphia Convention Center on January 25 and 26, please stop by to meet the authors and illustrators from our region and beyond. You may be entered to win a book, receive some cool swag, learn about bringing one of the authors to your school or community organization, or walk away with a signed book. NOTE: You must have an exhibit hall pass to attend (you can register here).

If you can’t make it to the ALA Midwinter conference, consider joining us at our Meet & Greet after the booth closes on Sunday evening. We’ll be gathering at the lobby bar at the Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market Street, on Sunday, January 26, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

And if you can’t make the Meet & Greet either, join us virtually on Twitter (@SCBWIEastPA) with the hashtag #ALAMW20.

And now it’s time to meet two of the authors . . .

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Meet the Authors and Illustrators at Our 2020 ALA Midwinter Conference Booth—Laura Renauld and Nicole Valentine

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We are gearing up for our booth at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. In this blog series we are featuring each author or illustrator (two per day) who will be at our booth. Check out the description in each hour-long block. If you are planning to be at the exhibit hall at the Philadelphia Convention Center on January 25 and 26, please stop by to meet the authors and illustrators from our region and beyond. You may be entered to win a book, receive some cool swag, learn about bringing one of the authors to your school or community organization, or walk away with a signed book. NOTE: You must have an exhibit hall pass to attend (you can register here).

If you can’t make it to the ALA Midwinter conference, consider joining us at our Meet & Greet after the booth closes on Sunday evening. We’ll be gathering at the lobby bar at the Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market Street, on Sunday, January 26, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

And if you can’t make the Meet & Greet either, join us virtually on Twitter (@SCBWIEastPA) with the hashtag #ALAMW20.

And now it’s time to meet two of the authors . . .

Laura R ALA

Nicole ALA

 

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