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Assistant Regional Advisor
University of New Orleans
Education Building, Room 305G
For directions, click
with Kelly Milner Halls, Author
$15 - SCBWI members
$20 - nonmembers
Fee collected at the door.
regular critique meeting
Bring one book chapter or picture book text to read
are planning on reading please be at the meeting by 2:30. We
allocate number of minutes for each reader by how many people are
reading. If you come late, you probably won’t have time to read.
Curious newcomers are welcome to come and observe our critiquing
session. If you like what you see and want to join the group, bring
something to read on your second visit.
Dear Louisiana Members,
There has been a major change that I
wanted to let all of you know about.
It was decided at the international
level of SCBWI to re-organize some regional boundaries, in efforts
to minimize the geographical expanses of regions and make it easier
for members to access events in their regions.
I found out Wednesday that Louisiana
was affected by these decisions. Mississippi will now be partnered
with the LA region. Southern Breeze will now consist of AL, GA and
the panhandle of FL.
To ease this transition, current
members in MS can choose to have their membership remain with
Southern Breeze. Thus, no one is being forced out of their current
regional membership. Any member can be registered in a different
location from where they live. They simply need to contact GeeCee
Addison in the main office and let her know which region they want
to be aligned with.
Of course, membership in SCBWI is
international. You are always welcome to attend events in ANY
Cheryl Mathis will remain Assistant
Regional Advisor, and Virginia Howard, Illustrator Coordinator. We
hope that Southern Breeze volunteers from the Mississippi area will
help with the transition of our growing chapter.
Regional Advisor Louisiana
* * *
As Regional Advisor, I would like to welcome the
Mississippi SCBWI members from Southern Breeze to the Louisiana
Chapter, now Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter. I know some of
you have a strong connection to Southern Breeze and may decide to
stay with them. I fully understand this decision and would like to
invite you to visit our website
http://scbwi-louisiana.org, to keep informed of what we are
doing. We have monthly critique meetings on the third Saturday of
the month and hope to add events in Mississippi in the near future.
As SCBWI members you are not restricted to attending events only in
one region, and we have always encouraged our members to attend
Again, welcome and I hope
to have the privilege of meeting many of you at future events.
Patricia (Pat) Hefler,
Regional Advisor, Louisiana/Mississippi
Cheryl Mathis, Assistant Regional Advisor
Virginia Howard, Illustrator Coordinator
SCBWI Meet and Greet event
On March 9 SCBWI-Louisiana/Mississippi met with a group of
writers and illustrators at a Meet-and-Greet at the Rapides
Parish Westside Regional Library, 5416 Provine Place, Alexandria,
Louisiana. Representing SCBWI-Louisiana/Mississippi were RA Pat
Hefler, ARA Cheryl Mathis, IC Virginia Howard, Terri Hoover Dunham
and Sue Houston. After we had an enthusiastic exchange of ideas and
lots of Q & A, the Alexandria group is planning to organize critique
sessions at the library. We hope to hear more from them.
to the Louisiana Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators was
formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based writers for
children. It is the only international organization to offer a
variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a
vital interest in children's literature. How does it work? The
SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between
writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians,
educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for
young people. There are currently more than 19,000 members
worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children's
writing organization in the world.
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ATTENTION, LOCAL MEMBERS OF
you been receiving your e-mail notices of our upcoming meetings?
If not, we need to hear from you. Our e-mail list needs
updating. If you have not been receiving e-mails, please
LET'S FACE IT...
National SCBWI'ers are invited to friend our
Facebook group, "SCBWI
Louisiana," where members share news, comment, seek advice,
and keep in touch with other children's writers and
illustrators. This is a closed group page on Facebook available
only to members of the Society of Book's Writers and
The SCBWI Bulletin has a new feature, Art Spot Get
your artwork together and click
here for more information.
here for a valuable PDF file, An Illustrator's Marketing and
Promotion Reference List, compiled by Jaime Zollars.
How Not to Blurb
So you got a great critique, and you'd
like to use one of the positive comments in a query letter or blurb on
your self-published book. But can you?
In "The Ethics of Blurbs," Jan Fields with
the Institute of Children's Literature presents Important information
about using blurbs. Read this article carefully. Click
to read Notices of interest.
have any news or something to contribute to the Web newsletter,
contact Virginia at
what's happening in 2013... take a look at our
New Voices Award 2013
Lee & Low Books is now
open for submissions for its 14th annual New Voices
Award writing contest. The Award is given annually by
LEE & LOW BOOKS for a children's picture book manuscript
by a writer of color. For more information, click
J. Steven Spires and illustrator Jonathan Caron launched their
book, The Little Shrimp, on National Shrimp Day (Friday, May 10,
2013). On May 11, 2013, they will have a book signing and meet
and greet from 1-4 pm at T LeBlanc's Creole Kitchen located at
797 Robert Blvd. in Slidell, LA.
Rapides Parish Library's new children's book critique group
meets the second Saturday of each month, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.
[not sponsored by SCBWI]
Louisiana Commissioning Editor at The History
Press, a publisher of local and regional history publisher,
announced an opportunity for children's authors in Louisiana
with the History Press. The company traditionally publishes
non-fiction. They are, however, expanding to create a children's
imprint of historical fiction. For more information, click
visit the website.
contemporary young-adult book recently sold to Spencer
The book is titled
RECLAIMED, in which a girl determined to flee her small
town finds a reason to stay when she falls in love with
twin brothers, one who can't remember his past and the
other who doesn't want him to remember, told in three
alternating points of view. Publication is set for
Philomel has acquired Julie Lamana's debut novel,
Upside Down in the Middle of
Nowhere. The middle-grade novel takes
place in the Lower Nines of New Orleans just prior to
Hurricane Katrina. Publication is set for summer 2014
here to visit the News Archives.
for news of our former members of SCBWI-Louisiana Chapter.