Upcoming Eastern PA SCBWI Member Opportunities and Events!

Happy Summer! We’ve got some amazing events for all our members. Be sure to read through because you don’t want to miss one thing. Not a one!

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 website for Eastern PA SCBWI Critique Groups.

REGISTRATION closes soon for the The Very Hungry Caterpillar Play Eastern PA SCBWI Trip

Sign up today to get the discount and the behind the scenes tour!

 FRIDAY, JULY 15th, 9:30 am-11:30 am
Eastern PA SCBWI MEET & GREET at Keystone College prior to the Gathering (a non-SCBWI event), Fireside Lounge, Hibbard College Center, Keystone College

 Cost $15.00 (coffee and light breakfast included in fee). Contact Kelly Ann Hopkins (hopkins18419@yahoo.com) or register here: The Gathering Registration
**Be sure to mention you’re an Eastern PA SCBWI member.

 FRIDAY, JULY 5-SUNDAY, JULY 17th, The Gathering at Keystone College (A non-SCBWI sponsored event)

The Gathering at Keystone College
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


SCBWI Eastern members can register online for individual events (at the discounted rate of $15) or the entire Gathering. (SCBWI Eastern discount: $300 for commuters, includes meals; $350 for full room
and board)

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 $15 (Brunch & Panel included in fee). 

Contact Kelly Ann Hopkins (hopkins18419@yahoo.com) or sign up here and let them know you are an Eastern PA SCBWI member: The Gathering at Keystone

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.

The 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.

Lindsay Barrett George is an American award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books.

Kim Briggs is the author of several Young Adult and New Adult Novels.

Jan Cheripko is author of seven books for children and young adults,
including the award-winning YA novel, Imitate the Tiger.

 ***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) or register here. The cost for attending both sessions will be $30 and will include coffee/continental on Friday and brunch/panel on Sunday.


AUGUST 14-18: Writing the Children’s Book You Hold in Your Heart with Becky Birtha (An Eastern PA SCBWI member but a NON-SCBWI sponsored event)
LINK: Writing the Children’s Book You Hold in Your Heart

MONDAY, AUGUST 8th, 10 am

Virginia Law Manning and Anita Nolan are hoping to meet children’s book authors and illustrators at a Bucks County Meet & Greet in Yardley, PA on Monday August 8th at 10 AM. Come join us for lively book chat, networking and healthy vittles at Shady Brook Farm.

What: Bucks County Meet & Greet
Where: Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, PA 19067
(Weather permitting we’ll be outside under the pergolas.) 

When: Monday August 8th, 10:00 – 11:30 AM (or stay until noon
when Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream opens!)  

Why: Casual conversation with book-obsessed SCBWI members
No RSVPs necessary.

OCTOBER 17-23, The Friends of Bosler Library in Carlisle, PA,
will hold it’s fifth Celebrate the Book Festival. (A non-SCBWI sponsored event, but Melissa Shepard, SCBWI member, helps coordinate the event.)

 They are offering tables for ‘sale’ to authors, booksellers and others the  opportunity to purchase tables to sell their books.

Author Tables:
$40/half-table, Saturday    $50/half table, Friday and Saturday
$80/full table Saturday       $90/full table, Friday and Saturday

Retailer, publisher, bookstore, organization, association:
$125/ Friday and Saturday



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Eastern PA’s SCBWI Illustrator Day at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 1-4 p.m., Break Into Publishing at the Lancaster Public Library  ***An Eastern PA SCBWI Sponsored Event

Featuring “Agenting 101,” a presentation by Heather Flaherty from the Bent Agency in NY

“My Journey to Publication,” by Jennie K. Brown, debut local author of “Poppy Mayberry, The Monday,” to be released Sept., 2016 by Month Nine Books

Plus networking, snacks, books available for sale/signing by Jennie Brown and local author Sandy Asher, and all-around bookish fun!

Cost and registration information to be posted soon!

FALL PHILLY is coming back. Stay tuned for details!

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 Kim, Alison, and Adrienne at scbwiepa@gmail.com.

 Write on,

Kim Briggs
Co-Regional Advisor

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