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May 3-5--Midwest conference, Fort Wayne, IN
The first-ever Midwest conference was a Wild West success!
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June 15, 11:00 am - Akron Art Museum Field Trip
other authors and illustrators to enjoy the marvelous work of Ezra Jack
Keats!! The exhibit only lasts through June, so don't miss this
opportunity right in our own backyard.
the first major exhibition in the US to pay homage to illustrator Ezra
Jack Keats, at the Akron Art Museum. See more than 80 originals,
including preliminary sketches, final paintings and collages.
will meet Saturday, June 15 at 11 am (when it opens) near the ticket
counter. Bring a friend, family, etc. Tickets are: $7 adult, $5
student and senior, free under 17.
Please RSVP to Sophie Cayless if possible by Thursday, June 13.
For more info: www.akronartmuseum.org
June 22, 9:00-4:00 - Summer Progressive Writer’s Retreat with Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton at Roots and Wings Ranch in Medina
a day to focus on your story? This one-day retreat will be a
“progressive” journey through your book’s character’s, setting, story
arc, and character growth. We will critique your story and there will
be time to write. By the end of the day you will have had a
chance to look at your story with fresh eyes and know where your
strengths are and what you need to work on.
DATE: June 22, 2013
TIME: 9:00am – 4:00pm
BRING A LUNCH – snacks and refreshments will be provided
PLACE: Roots and Wings Ranch (Directions will be forwarded to you upon registration), Medina OH.
COST: SCBWI Member - $100.00, Non-Member - $120.00
See http://www.regonline.com/summerwritersretreat for more information. Registration will open April 15 at 10 a.m.
your manuscript, paper and pencil or laptop (laptop battery fully
charged). If we’re having a beautiful summer day this event will
be held in a pavilion. If the weather doesn’t allow, the event will
take place indoors. Please dress accordingly. Bring a bag lunch.
Lemonade and iced tea and an afternoon snack will be
BIO: Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton’s first published work
was a note passed to a boy in third grade. You would have thought this
most embarrassing moment would have stopped her writing career. But
instead, Laurie has gone on to write forty books and is the
author/illustrator of two more.
Laurie has been published in
the trade, educational, craft, and Christian market. WHY COWBOYS
SLEEP WITH THEIR BOOTS ON is Laurie’s best selling picture book.
It won the Premier Print Award given by Eastman Kodak. Laurie wrote and
illustrated GOD BE IN MY HEART, 1999, and RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, 2002.
The Huebner Museum of Children’s Picture Book Art, housed in the Toledo
Public Library, honored Laurie by purchasing and exhibiting a piece of
art from RED, WHITE, AND BLUE. Martha Stewart’s Radio Station
highlighted RED WHITE AND BLUE. The Children’s Book Council
invited Laurie to write about America’s freedoms as related to her
book, RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, for their premier online magazine. The
Children’s Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education selected
A YOUNG MAN’S DANCE, as among the best Children’s Books of the year,
Visit Laurie's web page at www.laurieknowlton.com.
July 20--Critique Meet with author Joan Arbogast
LOCATION: Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (meeting in the conference room), 3512 Darrow Road, Stow, Ohio 44224
TIME: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Registration opens on April 19th – SCBWI members have priority until May 1st. Space is limited to 12 people. See http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1228233 for more details.
GUIDELINES: Joan Arbogast will
moderate the July 20, 2013 critique meeting, accepting the first twelve
who respond. She is glad to critique manuscripts for both magazine and
book markets including picture books (fiction, nonfiction, and
concept), middle grade nonfiction, poetry, query and cover letters, and
all sorts of magazine submissions. She’ll also critique Activity Book
proposals, including overview and 2 sample pages.
(except for Activity Book proposals – see above), 4 pages max,
double-spaced, 1” margins, must be submitted to
firstname.lastname@example.org by May 19, 2013. Critiqued manuscripts will
be returned at the meet.
Joan Marie Arbogast believes writing for the magazine market is as
meaningful as landing the next book contract. As a matter of fact, her
first two book contracts were directly related to her having worked
with two editors who work the “magazine side” as well as the “book
side” of publishing companies.
With more than one
hundred magazine credits, Arbogast’s stories, articles, poems, crafts,
and recipes have been published in or purchased by: Highlights for
Children, Highlights High Five, Highlights Hello, Cobblestone, Humpty
Dumpty, Pockets, Boys’ Quest, Hopscotch for Girls, and Fun for Kidz. A
former contributing editor with My Friend, The Catholic Magazine for
Kids, Arbogast penned the Q&A column, "Are You Bugged?" as well as
initiated the monthly feature, "Making a Difference in Our World." Her
poetry and verses have also appeared in greeting cards and two gift
book anthologies titled Wishing You Well and Dog Blessings, edited by
Her children’s books include: Buildings in
Disguise: Architecture That Looks Like Animals, Food, and Other Things
(Boyds Mills Press), recipient of an IRA award for middle grade
nonfiction, and My First Communion Remembrance Book (Pauline Books
& Media). Her activity books full of crafts, activities, recipes
and more include: The Advent-Christmas Book, The Lent-Easter
Book, Feast Days & Holidays, all published by Pauline Books &
Media and written for parents/teachers to use with
A member of SCBWI since 1994,
Arbogast has served for years on both the Executive Board and
Conference Committee of NOHSCBWI. A conference, school, and library
presenter, as well as live radio show guest, Arbogast enjoys sharing
the ups and downs of a writer’s journey with those newer to the
challenging path. Check out her website at www.joanmariearbogast.com.
August 17: No More Excuses ... Time Management for Writers
to examine how successful writers and you use time? In this
event, learn how to jumpstart and complete a writing project with ten
essential writing tricks of the trade.
DATE: August 17, 2013
Olmsted Library (big meeting room on first floor), 27425 Butternut
Ridge Road, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
TIME: 10:30am – 12:30pm
(Event co-sponsored by NOH SCBWI and CCPL) RSVP is appreciated –
email NOH SCBWI Regional Advisor, Victoria Selvaggio at email@example.com
Calladine, MSSA, LISW-S is in the second half of life. She writes out
of innate fascination about relationships, life stages, and choices. As
a gifted family life educator and workshop leader, she enjoys sharing
and learning with others. Her master’s degree in social service
administration is from Case Western Reserve University and her
undergraduate sociology degree is from the State University of Iowa.
Her interest in writing has produced three books: Raising Siblings…Raising Brother and Sisters without Raising the Roof (Delacorte & in trade paperback, Winston Press), on family harmony' One Terrific Year: Supporting Your Kids Through the Ups and Downs of Their Year (Winston Press) on the annual, repetitive themes of childhood; Second Story Woman
(Bird Dog Publishing, Inc) on needed midlife changes triggered by a
diagnosis of diabetes. For seven years, she wrote You and Your
Teen-Ager for the Sunday edition of The Plain Dealer. And she was the
guest blogger for one year for Diabetes Sisters.
the Director of Senior Services for the Rocky River Senior Center. She
became a Soul Collage® facilitator in 2011 combining her love of
Jungian psychology and mining for personal insight through images and
words. Carole belongs to three writing groups for camaraderie,
critiques, and courage. Carole is on the executive board for the
Northern Ohio Society of Children’s Books for Writers and Illustrators
where she serves as the photography coordinator.
Carole resides in Rocky River, Ohio with her husband, Andrew, and their cat, Hank.
Questions? Email Victoria Selvaggio, NOH SCBWI Regional Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 20-21--11th Annual Conference at Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel
board has been busy planning N. Ohio SCBWI's annual fall conference!
We're letting the cat out of the bag with a sneak peek at some new and
*Not 1, not 2, not even 3 ... BUT 5 INTENSIVES.
critique got a facelift: Select EITHER a face-to-face critique of up to
10 pages (including synopsis and/or query letter) OR a written critique
of up to 15 pages (including synopsis and/or query letter). The price
is the same for either choice. You pick your faculty. For shorter
works, such as Picture Books, you may send in up to 2 projects to meet
the maximum pages allowed. GET BUSY NOW on writing that manuscript for
*If you do not wish to select an Intensive on
Friday, we have the place for you!! Come join small group sessions in
the Grand Ballroom. A couple of potential topics surfacing are: HOW TO
INTERPRET YOUR CRITIQUE (Kleenex and cookies included!) and
SELF-EDITING AND REVISION (Come on, you know you have to do it.)
afternoon will continue to sport its 3 Q&A sessions, but we are
adding faculty panel discussions for the second half. The format may be
an open Q&A or more topic specific. Either way, here's your chance
to hear it from the experts.
*Don't forget the Publication
Celebration. Last year we moved the event to Friday evening of the
conference. It was a HUGE SUCCESS! More information will come on who is
eligible to participate in the Publication Celebration. Everyone who
pays a conference fee (excluding Saturday-only conference fee) is
welcomed to attend the Publication Celebration.
wonderful Bookstore continues to grow with an added feature this year
of ordering books through the online conference registration! Pick up
your books at the conference! No more waiting in line. No more missing
Bookstore hours. Get the editors' choice books before they sell out.
But don't worry. The Bookstore will be open during the conference to
shop for last minute titles or if you did not order books through the
conference registration. There will be a limited time during online
registration to order books to allow for shipping and bundling.
- you are not forgotten. The popular CALENDAR CONTEST is back. Last
year over 60 copies of the calendar were ordered which included the
conference faculty. This year, contact information for each winner will
be added to the back of the winning illustration(s)! More information
will come from Sophie Cayless, N. Ohio SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator.
And, there is the PORTFOLIO CRITIQUE.
Phew! It's going to be
a great conference this September. And please note that items may
change without notice as we continue to plan.
October 19--Critique Meet with illustrator/author Mike DeSantis at Barnes & Noble in Fairlawn, 10 am - noon
LOCATION: Barnes and Noble, 4015 Medina Road, Akron, Ohio 44333
TIME: 10:00am – 12:00pm
opens on September 1st and is a first come, first served
basis. SCBWI members have priority until September 19th.
Limited to 20 submissions – attendance is not limited.
Mike DeSantis prefers to critique picture book text and/or
illustrations. All projects must be received by October 2nd to
to be reviewed before the meeting. (Note –
Deadline is firm. Nothing will be accepted after date above.)
Please note: at the time you RSVP, you will need to note if you
are pre-submitting or not.
A few days before the critique meeting we will have a good idea on how
many copies to bring (optional) and will email that information
(if you are reading). They will be returned to you at the
If you are reading and have secured a spot: Send
4 pages (4 pages MAX) - double-spaced for text (standard 1" format) –
in Microsoft Word (no other formats, please) to me at
Please note: Mike is
not doing a line edit or written critique. These pre-submissions allow
him to have ample time to review your work to better advise you on
improving the project.
BIO: Mike DeSantis creates
puzzles and illustrations for children's books and magazines. He
attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and received a BS in Management
from Case Western Reserve University. Mike lives near Cleveland
with his wife, three wonderful children, and two barking dogs.
Samples of his work can be found at www.MikeDeSantis.com.
November 16--Marrying Creativity and Business with Carol Topp, CPA and Steven Grant, Sr. Attorney
this paneled session, learn valuable tools from professionals on how to
navigate through the “business” side of writing and illustrating.
Registration is tentatively set to open on October 5th. This
event is still being finalized – more information to come!
TIME: 9:00am – 12:00pm – Refreshments will be provided. *Event includes both Presenters and will not be separated.
Holiday Inn STRONGSVILLE (please note - this IS NOT at Independence),
15741 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH 44139 www.histrongsville.com
Member - $56.00, Non-member - $66.00. Additional
Consultation by Carol Topp, CPA - limited to 6 @ $20.00
Registrations will be processed on a
first-come, first-received basis. Northern Ohio SCBWI is not
responsible for non-received items. Registration begins on
October 1, 2013 and ends November 6, 2013. No REFUNDS after
November 6, 2013.
Speaker: Carol Topp, CPA, will cover the subjects below:
hopes that writers see themselves as business owners. Through her
presentation, attendees will better understand the business and tax
terms they hear. They will also gain some practical ideas on how a blog
or social media can be used. Supplies needed – bring a
highlighter, paper, pen/pencil, and laptop (full battery).
- “Business Structures for Writers”: Understanding your choices using pictures
- How to read and understand a tax form
- Easy record keeping for people who hate numbers
- Marketing: What works for one author
- Social Media: Can we avoid it? Creating a Blog for your writing life
Services offered: Carol has offered to do up to 6 private
consultations after the event. This consultation will allow an
author to bring their record keeping or tax return (or questions and/
or other related business paperwork) and receive tips and advice from a
professional. This consultation will allow for “more” private
questions on taxes or record keeping that one may not want to discuss
or ask in a Q & A session. Each consultation will be 20
minutes and a charge of $20.00.
If interested – register for this additional option where noted on the registration.
Biography: Carol Topp, CPA (http://TaxesForWriters.com and http://CarolToppCPA.com) is an author and accountant specializing in tax
preparation, small/micro business accounting, and nonprofit accounting.
Through her writing, speaking, and consulting, Carol
converts tax rules and business language into clear, easy-to-understand English
for readers. She is the is the author several books including Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, the
Micro Business for Teens series, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run
Them and Not Burn Out.
Carol is a
member of the Ohio Society of CPAs Speakers Bureau and has presented numerous
workshops on money management, business start up, taxes, and budgeting to
various writers groups and community organizations.
born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in
Engineering. She worked for the US Navy as a cost analyst before obtaining her
CPA license in 2000. Carol lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two
daughters where she enjoys walking, traveling, good conversations with friends
***Speaker: Stephen Grant, Senior Attorney,
will focus on legal issues facing writers and illustrators in today’s
rapidly changing publishing industry. This presentation will be a
freeform manner so that the group can get as advanced in the topic as
the attendees are prepared to get. Stephen is particularly
interested in how writers and illustrators are compensated. No
supplies needed – paper, pen/pencil or laptop (full battery) for
Stephen Grant received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical
Engineering from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate (cum
laude) from the University of Akron. Steve is admitted to the practice
of law in Ohio, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office,
the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and
the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Stephen is a member of the Ohio
State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Columbus Intellectual
Property Law Association, where he served as president in 2007-08 and
is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law
Section council. He has over twenty years of experience in intellectual
property law practice.
Prior to law school, Steve spent over ten
years with The Standard Oil Company of Ohio, where he had a number of
corporate positions, including research, human resources, business
planning and technical procurement. He is an inventor of two United
Steve has been a frequent speaker at
conferences and continuing legal education seminars, especially in the
area of copyrights. He is currently an adjunct professor at Capital
University Law School and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State
University. He has taught as an adjunct law professor at the University
of Akron and Ohio Northern University. He has taught classes in
copyright, patent, intellectual property and art law.
is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and at
seminars on intellectual property subjects directed at writers, artists
and inventors. He has written several articles on intellectual property
topics for the Ohio State Bar Association.
Steve focuses his
practice on the preparation and prosecution of chemical, mechanical and
medical patents, copyrights and trademarks. He has particular
experience in the prosecution in the United States of patent
applications originating in Europe and Canada, as well as in the
prosecution of foreign patents under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. For
more information view www.standleyllp.com
We've had a great year so far with presentations on a wide
topics. A special thanks to the four authors who agreed to serve as
moderators for our critique meets this year. We look forward to topping
off the year with our 11th annual conference in September.
- January 19--Critique Meet with Author Mary Ryan
- March 2--Speaker meet with Charles Colman (combined Feb/Mar meeting): THE MAGIC OF PUBLICATION:
A Personal Story of Two Paths Taken
- March 18 (or as determined by class members) - Soup to Nuts! Creating a Children's Book from Scratch with Sandra Philipson
- April 20--Critique meet with author Judith Irvin-Kuns at Parma Heights Library
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