Upcoming Eastern PA SCBWI Events

Happy Almost Summer! We’ve got some fantastic upcoming events we wanted to share with you.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7th, 6:30-8:30 pm

NEW CRITIQUE GROUP!!! A new critique group is forming for kid lit writers who live in the Royersford/ Limerick/ Collegeville area of Montgomery County. Prior publication is not required, only dedication and enthusiasm. The group will meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Towne Book Center in Collegeville from 6:30-8:30 pm. Please send your information, including a brief note about your writing journey and your PB manuscript/first five pages of your novel to laurenkleblanc@yahoo.com. First meeting is June 7th, and spots are going fast. Please email promptly!

SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 4:00-6:00 pm 

Eastern PA SCBWI member Diane Guscott is starting a new critique group in the Lancaster area and looking for members to join. The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 26th at 4pm. It will be held at Aaron’s bookstore on Main Street in Lititz, PA. Please contact Diane at DGuscott@acschools.org if you’d like to attend or if you’re interested in participating in the group but cannot attend at that time.
Several other new groups have been added recently — see the web site for updates on groups in all Eastern PA locations.EPA SCBWI Local Critique Groups

FRIDAY, JULY 15th, 9:30 am-11:30 am

SCBWI MEET & GREET at Keystone College prior to the Gathering (a non-SCBWI event)  Cost $15.00 (coffee and light breakfast included in fee). Contact Kelly Ann Hopkins (hopkins18419@yahoo.com)

SUNDAY, JULY 17th at 1:00pm, Keystone College 

KIDLITINK Marketing Group will run a panel discussion on Sunday, July 17th at 1:00 PM in the Main Banquet Room of Evans Hall at Keystone College. Cost $25 (Brunch & Panel included in fee). Contact Kelly Ann Hopkins (hopkins18419@yahoo.com)

Look Once, Look Again
Critical Analysis in Children’s Literature

Once thought the stuff of babes, children’s literature now serves as a place to discover the intricacies of our world. Our panel will discuss strategies for uncovering both self and world connections in children’s books. We will explore both classic and contemporary pieces from picture book through young adult novels.

By bringing a critical lens to children’s books participants will understand the visual and cultural dimensions present in each work we cover. Please join us in the Main Banquet Room of Evans Hall at Keystone College.

Our panel led by the Kid Lit Ink, an Eastern PA author/illustrator marketing group, includes Clara Gillow Clark, Jan Cheripko, Lindsay Barrett George, and Kim Briggs. The panel is comprised of experienced educators, editors, artists, and writers. For today’s discussion our panel will analyze picture book text, picture book illustration, classic and contemporary middle grade novels, and classic and contemporary young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.


Clara Gillow Clark is a critically acclaimed author of six novels of historical fiction for middle grade readers. In addition to many of her books being shortlisted for numerous State awards, her novel, Willie and the Rattlesnake King won an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice Award, and her novel, Hill Hawk Hattie was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year 2004. Clara studied writing at New School for Social Research, and has taught writing for over twelve years for the Writer’s Institute.
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Lindsay Barrett George is an American award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books. George has achieved her greatest notoriety for her popular Long Pond and Who’s Been Here? series of books.

Kim Briggs writes Young Adult and New Adult Novels, along with nonfiction picture books. Her New Adult, And Then He, released in October of 2015 to rave reviews. The first of her Young Adult series, Starr Fall, debuts in November of 2016, followed by Starr Lost in January 2017, and Starr Gone in March 2017. When she’s not reading or writing, Kim spends her time encouraging future writers through her writing coach services. She enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages. She often runs writing workshops for adults, middle and high school students, along with animated story time for elementary school students. She serves as the Co-Regional Advisor for the Eastern PA SCBWI chapter.

Jan Cheripko is author of seven books for children and young adults, including the award-winning YA novel, Imitate the Tiger. For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Cheripko worked with at-risk teens at a private school in upstate New York. He has been a featured author at NCTE, IRA, and numerous regional, state and local educational conferences. He has addressed audiences throughout the country and abroad on the topics of writing, at-risk youth, addiction, and more. His wife, Val, daughter, Julia, and dog, Max, and he are residents of Bethany, Pennsylvania, where he (Mr. Cheripko, not Max) serves as a council member.

FRIDAY, July 15-Sunday, July 17th, The Gathering at Keystone College (A non-SCBWI sponsored event)

Registration is open for The Gathering at Keystone. SCBWI members can register at the following link for commuter or room and board options. (SEE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.) If SCBWI members only want to attend the Meet & Greet and panel, those sessions can be reserved individually by contacting Kelly Ann Hopkins (hopkins18419@yahoo.com). The cost for attending both sessions will be $40 and will include coffee/continental on Friday and brunch/panel on Sunday.

(Friday separately is $15, Sunday brunch/panel is $25).

We hope SCBWI members will attend all three days. Gail Carson Levine and Martine Rothblatt are just two of our dynamic presenters this year. And, as a multi-year attendee, I have to say the food and wine receptions are exceptional!

On behalf of the Gathering Committee, I hope SCBWI enjoys our event and I look forward to meeting you!

–Kelly Ann Hopkins: hopkins18419@yahoo.com

The Gathering at Keystone College – Innovation
The Gathering at Keystone College - Innovation
The Gathering at Keystone College

July 15-17, 2016

Innovation: Radical Dreams for the Real World

Join them and their featured writers, artists, scientists, philosophers, and entrepreneurs who have broken through established ways of thinking to change the world in ways large and small. The aim of Radical Dreams for the New World is to inspire and challenge participants to break new ground in their creative lives.

Featuring presentations by:
Martine Rothblatt– scientist, entrepreneur, author

Christopher Impey – astronomer, professor, author

Pamela Muñoz Ryan – award-winning author of novels for young readers

James Becket – film-maker, environmentalist

Gail Carson Levine – award-winning children’s author, poet/dreamer,

Jason P. Vest – science fiction expert, professor

Interested in The Gathering? Here’s more information: The Gathering at Keystone College Event Information and Registration

If you have an idea for an event or would like to host one (no worries, we’ll help guide you if you need it), contact the Regional Team of Donna, Kim, Alison, and Adrienne at scbwiepa@gmail.com.

Write on,

Kim Briggs

Co-Regional Advisor


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