Third Saturday of
Our monthly events
quarterly discussion of a current writing topic moderated by one of our
members, followed by a general discussion of writing and/or
illustrating topics, current projects and writing problems and
concerns. Come mentor each other!
special workshops or speaker events. Check our CALENDAR of
meetings and events to learn more.
meetings are held in
Fairlawn, Independence, and Cleveland.
June 15 - Akron Art Museum field trip to see the Ezra Jack Keats Exhibit
June 22 - Summer Progressive Writer’s Retreat with Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton - Roots and Wings Ranch in Medina - see our calendar of events for more information.
Visit our conference page
for more information on the 2013 Northern Ohio SCBWI conference in
September! This year we will offer 4 intensives, our publication
celebration, small group and panel discussion times, pre-order options
for the bookstore, and our calendar contest, along with a full lineup
of workshops with our fabulous conference faculty. Watch for
registration information coming soon!
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Groups meet in West
Akron, Cleveland, Columbus,
Cincinnati, Dayton, Solon, Toledo, Youngstown-Trumbull. Groups for
illustrators and Middle-Grade/YA writers
are now forming. Find or
start a critique group now...
Other News &
Check out our virtual
bulletin board for members' book signings and book release
Ohio Public Radio
featured an interview with Northern Ohio SCBWI members on The Regina
"Children's Books," an hour-long radio show, originally aired Wednesday
September 21, 2011. LISTEN to a
recording of the show.
To assist with planning events for 2013, CONTACT
Middle Grade Author
Mary considers herself primarily a
middle grade writer. After starting out with newspaper work and
freelance writing, she had four books accepted by Little, Brown &
Co., followed by two chapter books with Avon Books. Although her six
children provided a great deal of inspiration, Mary understands that
while the trappings of life have changed, the emotions and feelings of
her own early years are timeless.
came easily. Mary was thrilled when she won the SCBWI
Work-In-Progress grant for the first thirty pages of a novel. However,
the novel was never finished. "It's still languishing in a closet
somewhere, along with an adult mystery," she said. "Sometimes you have
to know when to move on and I'm glad I finally did. But every once in a
while, it still calls me."
In 2000, Mary self-published The Secret in The West Woods, set in a Geauga County park. She recently issued it as an ebook through Amazon.com. Mary later published The Christmas Dragon and an ebook titled Blue Flyers. She now plans to release her Avon books as ebooks. Chapters can be found on her website at www.m-c-ryan.com.
Another self-publishing effort, Twitcher McGee and the Wonderful Tree,
features a small gray mouse. Currently, Twitcher has visions of being a
Broadway star, as Mary is working on a musical version of her book.
previously featured members...