Saturday, April 19, 2014

Indiana SCBWI MG/YA Meet-Up

June Critique Session
Registration is CLOSED.
SCBWI Writers of middle grade and young adult fiction are welcome to Meet-up on June 14. Hosted by Manju Howard and Gail Nall. Bring 5 copies of the first 5 pages of your MG or YA work-in-progress to critique. 

This is a FREE SCBWI event. Writers will need to bring their own lunch.

Space is limited to 12 writers.

To register email Manju Howard:
In the subject line: MG/YA Meet UP
Please include the following information in your email:
Full name
Title of MG or YA WIP
Email address

Date / Time:
Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Zionsville Library's Hussey/Hoffman Room
250 N 5th St, Zionsville, IN 46077

Saturday, June 14 - SCBWI MG/YA Meet Up
10:00 - Introductions: Name, writing background & critique experience
10:30 - Critique Guidelines

10:40 - Critique 1 MG/YA First 5 Pages *
11:20 - Critique 2 MG/YA First 5 Pages *
12:00 - Bag Lunch  
1:10 - Critique 3 MG/YA First 5 Pages *
1:50 - Critique 4 MG/YA First 5 Pages *
2:30 - Break
2:40 - Critique 5 MG/YA First 5 Pages *
3:20 - Critique 6 MG/YA First 5 Pages *
4:00 – Session Ends
* 1. Author being critiqued will read their 5 manuscript pages aloud.
   2. Writers in each group will individually write a brief critique.
   3. Group discussion on manuscript’s good points and concerns.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Writers' Conference Tips

10 Things to Bring to a Writers' Conference

by Rachelle Gardner 

1. Concise and fascinating answers to questions like, “So, what do you write?” and “Tell me about yourself.”

2. Organized thoughts about the book(s) you’re pitching, so you can easily give a 1 or 2 minute pitch when asked.

3. One-sheets for each book you’re pitching—plenty of copies in case agents or editors want to keep them.

4. Business cards.

5. A printout of the first chapter of your novel. You just need a few of copies since you will show them in meetings but probably won’t leave them with agents or editors.

6. A camera if that floats your boat.

7. A tote bag or brief case (not too big) to carry around your stuff, or simply a folder to hold your papers and keep you organized.

8. A professional-looking, business-casual wardrobe with comfortable shoes. A nicer outfit for the banquet Saturday night.

9. Personal goals for the conference… and an open mind so that you don’t miss opportunities and connections that come your way unexpectedly.

10. A big smile, since it’s the best way to forge connections with others and keep yourself relaxed.

For more Writers' Conference Tips:

Writers’ Conference Etiquette 
by Scott Hoffman 

Get Thee to a Writers Conference 
by James Scott Bell