Weekend Schedule

This schedule is subject change.

PDF Illustrator Day + Conference General OCTOBER 13-14-15 2017 BROCHURE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

7:45-8:45   REGISTRATION
Outside Grand Ballroom A

 

8:00-8:30   PRE-CONFERENCE ORIENTATION FOR FIRST TIME ATTENDEES
Room 315
There are no strangers here! Are you new to SCBWI-Iowa’s conferences? If so, this session is for you. Meet state volunteers, ask questions, and get to know other new people. Open to all attendees.

 

8:45   WELCOME
Grand Ballroom A
Meet the Leadership Team

 

9:00-12:00   LISA CRON—WHAT YOUR READER REALLY WANTS: 6 STEPS TO WRITING AN IRRESISTIBLE STORY  
Grand Ballroom A
This workshop is perfect for a character-driven picture book, nonfiction work, and graphic novel; for chapter, middle grade, young adult, and adult books; for short story; and for a memoir.

Every writer wants two things: to tell a story that hooks readers and never lets them go, and to find a way to accomplish that without going through the long slog of endlessly writing draft after draft. This workshop will give you actionable ways to meet both goals. Instead of rooting around in your “plot” for the story, you’ll unearth the key elements specific to your story that will then create the plot, bring it to life, drive it forward, and give it meaning.

These elements have little to do with the surface events or “writing well” and everything to do with what we’re hardwired to respond to in every story we read (turns out the brain is far less picky about lyrical language than we’ve been lead to believe).  You’ll be able to zero in on what your story is actually about before you write word one, or if you’re in the midst of your umpteenth rewrite, before you write another word. You'll not only produce a more powerful story, chances are you'll drastically reduce your rewrite time.

 

9:00-12:00   On-Site  Critiques and Portfolio Reviews (40$ fee)
Jennifer Soloway Room 310 & John Sandford Room 315

After registering for On-site Critique:
Mail 2 copies of your manuscript postmarked on or before August 20 to:

Eileen Boggess
6732 Northview Drive
Urbandale, IA 50322

Guidelines: up to 10 pages of a novel or the entire picture book, double-spaced, 12 point font.
Critiques are first come, first serve. You’ll meet with the critiquer during the conference to receive specific feedback on the manuscript. One critique per attendee. 

After registering for Portfolio Review:
Bring Portfolio on conference day. 

12:00-1:00   LUNCH-N-LEARN WITH JOHN SANDFORD
Grand Ballroom B (included in registration)

THE GOLDEN AGE
From wood engravings to late 1800s early color-printing to the advent of today’s apps, we’ll track the growth and changes in children’s storytelling.  Famous names like Caldecott, Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth weave through to Sendak, Ed Young, and Jon Klassen who continue to expand the genre. We’ll look into pixels vs. paper — and what this means for all creatives.

 

1:00-2:00   JILL SANTOPOLO: SETTING YOUR INNER CHARACTERS FREE
Grand Ballroom A
In this talk, we’ll take on our character’s personas and try to get in their skin to make sure they are fully-formed, three-dimensional, and ready to entice readers to follow them through their stories.

 

2:00-3:00   FIRST PAGES—PICTURE BOOK
Jennifer Soloway, John Sanford, Jill Esbaum
Grand Ballroom A
Picture book writers can submit the first page of a manuscript for discussion. This work should be polished and submission ready. A panel of published writers and industry professionals will comment on the work.  Only 10-15 stories can be shared, so there’s no guarantee of inclusion.

Mail 4 copies of your first page postmarked on or before August 20 to:

Eileen Boggess
6732 Northview Drive
Urbandale, IA 50322

Guidelines:  Include the title and genre only. Double-spaced, 12-point font. They are read anonymously, so the audience will not know which story is yours.
 

2:00-3:00  FIRST PAGES—NOVELS
Jill Santopolo, Lisa Cron,  and more
Room 315
Chapter book, middle grade and young adult writers can submit the first page of a manuscript for discussion. This work should be polished and submission ready. A panel of published writers and industry professionals will comment on the work. Only 10-15 stories can be shared, so there’s no guarantee of inclusion.

Mail 4 copies of your first page postmarked on or before August 20 to:

Eileen Boggess
6732 Northview Drive
Urbandale, IA 50322

Guidelines:  Include the title and genre only. Double-spaced, 12-point font. They are read anonymously, so the audience will not know which story is yours.

3:00-4:00   JENNIFER SOLOWAY—PREPARING FOR SUBMISSION: PITCHES AND OPENING PAGES
Grand Ballroom A
So you've finally finished your novel or picture book, and you're ready to query agents. Or maybe you've been querying, but you've only received rejections­­ or worse, not heard back at all. Now is the time to revisit your pitch and opening pages to make your story pop. In this session, we will discuss what it takes to stand out in a sea of slush, including tips on how to (1) craft an attention-grabbing pitch, (2) write a dynamite first line, (3) establish the stakes for the character, and (4) launch into a scene to get the story moving.
                (Attendees are encouraged to bring a first page and pitch to work on, but it's not necessary.)  

 

4:00-5:00   AUTOGRAPH PARTY & BOOK SALE
Grand Ballroom A
With books by our guest speakers and new releases by Iowa authors, we hope you’ll join us for the book signing party.

 

5:30-7:15   DINNER IN DOWNTOWN NEW BO

5:30  Meet in the lobby; walk to Dublin City Pub.

5:45-7:15  Conference goers and guest speakers will take a trip to Ireland via the Dublin City Pub, where libations and conversations flow easily. A buffet-style pizza dinner is included with the registration. Cash bar available.  

         

7:30-8:45   STORY SLAM
Grand Ballroom A
Catching a reader right away is more important than ever! Read your best first page and see if it wows a panel of judges. How the story is read is as important as the content. The Story Slam winner gets a prize!

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

8:00-9:00   LIGHT BREAKFAST 
Grand Ballroom A

8:30-8:45   MEET RENEE HOOKER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR AT GROSSET & DUNLAP  
Renee, who is an off-site critique reader for this conference, will participate in a Skype meet-and-greet with those interested. She'll speak informally about the publisher and what she likes to edit. She'll also take a few questions from the audience. 

9:00-10:30   ROUND TABLE WORKSHOP
Grand Ballroom A
Bring up to 3 full pages of a work-in-progress to share with a table of writers. Each group will have a facilitator who will keep the table moving and a featured guest speaker (Cron, Sandford, Santopolo, Soloway, Devlin, Naberhaus, Skeers) or one of Iowa’s fabulous published authors who will comment last on each piece. Plan on about 10 minutes per person.

 

10:30-11:30   JENNIFER SOLOWAY: THE THREE STAGES OF REVISION AND TIPS ON HOW TO SHARPEN PROSE
Grand Ballroom A
Most of the manuscripts I see have potential, but those same drafts tend to be too raw and in need of more work. Often, the author is still writing to discover, or if they have discovered the end, they have yet to rework the beginning and middle. In this session, we will discuss the three stages of revision and how, over the course of targeted revision, to add plot threads to make a good story great, and emotional depth to make an interesting character fascinating.

 

11:30-12:30   GENRE-BASED BREAKOUTS (CHOOSE ONE)

Sarvinder Naberhaus—Less is More
Grand Ballroom A
With the current trend in picture book writing, less is more. Join me in exploring writing with a minimalist approach. We’ll identify specific words to create a visually rich imagined world. Come play with words.

Linda Skeers—Creating EXCITING Nonfiction! 
Room 314
Nonfiction does NOT have to be dull and boring! Learn how to use specific fiction techniques to make your nonfiction more interesting and suspenseful to keep readers engaged and captivated!

Calla Devlin—Novel Writing Workshop
Room 315
Young adult fiction is a diverse category ranging from realistic, literary, romance, historical, science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, and more. One thing they all have in common is a strong voice, emotional immediacy, and a teen point-of-view. The purpose of this workshop is to focus on the craft of writing, allowing each participant to dig into craft and hone their skills. This includes brief writing exercises, as well sharing work and writing approaches. Author Calla Devlin will talk about her journey becoming a young adult author, writing strategies, and the publishing process. (This session will contain useful information for middle-grade writers, also.)

11:30-12:30   On-Site Critiques and Meetings
Jennifer Soloway, Jennifer Santopolo & John Sanford
Room 310

 

12:30-1:30   BOX LUNCH
Grand Ballroom A

1:00-1:15    SKYPE WITH AGENT CARRIE HOWLAND
Get to know Carrie Howland via this Skype meet and greet. She'll talk about her agency, what she likes to read, and take a few questions.

 

1:30-4:30   LISA CRON: WHAT YOUR READER REALLY WANTS: 6 STEPS TO WRITING AN IRRESISTIBLE STORY (see descriptor from Part 1.)
Grand Ballroom A

 

4:30   DOORPRIZES AND CLOSING
Grand Ballroom A

 

5:00-6:00   SCBWI-IOWA PLANNING MEETING (open to all members)
  Grand Ballroom A