SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
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May 14, 2022 – MayFest Conference

Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/14/2022 - 05/16/2022
8:30 am - 5:30 pm


MayFest One-Day Conference 

May 14, 2022, and will be held on Zoom.

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time 

5/12/22 6:37 PM (PT) MayFest Zoom Links have been sent to all who are registered as of this day and time.  If you have not received the MayFest link email, please check you SPAM/JUNK file before emailing Deb Snyder at sandiego-ara@scbwi.org

Later registrations will receive the links by 9:00 PM (PT) Friday evening.

Any registrations Friday 5/13/22 after 9:00 PM (PT) or on Saturday WILL NOT receive the links to attend live, but you will receive the recording link on 5/17/22.

Our annual MayFest for this year will feature four separate two-hour workshops starting at 8:30 AM (PT) through to our 5:00 PM Award presentations.

All four workshops will be recorded and sent to all registered attendees and Season Ticket Holders on May 17th. 

UPDATE, SEASON TICKET HOLDERS PLEASE READ: Season Ticket Holders who wish to submit a Twitter Pitch and/or submit material for one of the workshops WILL NEED TO REGISTER to be included in the Twitter Submission List and/or to pay for the Workshop Submission Option. All Season Ticket Holders WILL RECEIVE A COUPON CODE WITH INSTRUCTIONS via email by Friday, Feb. 25th to use if you choose to do one of the material submission options.

Registration will re-open Sunday, Feb. 27th at 7:00 PM. If you wish to submit to any of the workshops, read below for the registration deadlines per workshop.

MayFest 2022 will feature four virtual, craft-focused workshops: 1) Illustrator Portfolio Showcase Workshop-Feedback; 2) Every Word Counts: Crafting Successful Twitter Pitches; 3) Picture Book: Pagination, Pacing, Page-turns; 4) First Pages: How to Make a Promise to an Editor–and to Your Reader

In each workshop, the faculty will select up to ten of the participants’ submissions to highlight effective techniques and provide positive feedback. Additionally, each faculty will select first, second, and third place winners to receive prizes, including MayFest 2023 registration, a Season Ticket, or an Intensive.

MayFest Registration opens Sunday, February 27 at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time). The registration fee includes all four workshops. Optional Submission Ticket fees are an additional $10. Please note this is an optional fee. Participants are welcome to attend MayFest without submitting work for the workshops.

 

MayFest Registration Fees: 

Free to Season Ticket Holders

$15 For SCBWI Members

$30 for Non-SCBWI Members

The Option to submit material to a workshop is now closed for all workshops. Additional Optional Submission Ticket Fees (Each person, including Season Ticket Holders, may purchase ONE submission ticket, while supplies last, or until March 27th at 7:00 PM PT.):

PLEASE NOTE: Directions for what and how to submit will be emailed to registered participants within 1 to 2 days of registration. If instructions are not received, please contact Debbie at sandiego-ara@scbwi.org OR for Portfolio Showcase contact Katrin Azimi at sandiego-ic@scbwi.org or Lisa Karmel at sandiego-ic2@scbwi.org. 

Copyright notice: All MayFest participants and the faculties’ original artwork and writing are the property of their creators and may not be reproduced, copied, or shared.

$10. Portfolio Showcase-Submit a portfolio. Registration Deadline for this option is March 23rd, with Submission of Materials Deadline being March 26th between 8-10 Am (PT) 

$10. Picture Book-Submit a 500-word picture book text (no art). Registration Deadline for this option is March 25th. Submission of Materials Deadline being March 30th Midnight (PT) 

$10. First Pages-Submit up to 1,000 words of a CB, MG, YA, NF, or Graphic Novel. Registration Deadline for this option is March 25th with Submission of Materials Deadline is on March 28th between Noon and Midnight (PT) 

There is no fee to submit a pitch. The first 150 people to register will receive instructions on How to Submit a Pitch for possible use in Every Word Counts Workshop. Registration Deadline for this option is March 25th with Submission of Materials Deadline being March 28th Midnight (PT) 

Please note: the $10 fee is paid directly to the faculty to compensate them for the time spent evaluating each submission. Participants will receive an email with submission directions by March 14, 2022. Names will not be included in the workshops, but participants may type “That’s mine!” in the chat.

 

MayFest Schedule (Pacific Time): 

Saturday, May 14th

8:30 AM – 10:20 AM: Illustrator Portfolio Showcase Workshop-Feedback with art director Brian LaRossa, Scholastic Inc. in the hardcover picture book group – Portfolio pieces to be submitted ahead of time, Saturday, March 26th between 8:00 and 10:00 AM (PT). Instructions will be emailed to you prior to the March 26th submission deadline, and you will find instructions by clicking HEREIf you choose to participate in this option, there will be $10.00 reviewer’s fee. 

This workshop will take a deep dive on Illustrator portfolio best practices and will shed light on what art directors are looking for. We will discuss:

  • the role of social media in discoverability.
  • how an illustrator’s portfolio can help support an art director’s efforts.
  • the types of pieces art directors need to see.
  • the importance of UI design.
  • why particular portfolios are working well, and how other portfolios could be improved.

10:30 AM – 12:20 PMEvery Word Counts: Crafting Successful Twitter Pitches with agent Charlotte Wenger, Prospect Agency – Workshop: Twitter pitch events are day-long, hashtag-based events that give writers (and illustrators) the opportunity to pitch their work to agents and editors. They make pitching accessible to people who might not otherwise be able to attend other book events like conferences and be seen by publishing professionals who might not otherwise know about their work. During this workshop, I will provide information about specific events, guidelines, and hashtag tips; go over important story elements that can be helpful to include in a Twitter pitch; and read aloud and provide feedback on pitches submitted ahead of time by participants. There will also be time for a Q&A at the end. Pitches to be submitted ahead of time, the date, time, and how to submit will be emailed to the first 150 to register prior to the March ?? deadline. 

12:20 to 1:00 PM: Lunch Break with Art Slideshow

Art Slideshow Submission Instructions will be sent to those who submit to the Portfolio Showcase Workshop.

1:00 to 2:50 PM: Picture Book: Pagination, Pacing, Page-turns with Danielle Collins (she/her) | Editorial Assistant for Paula Wiseman and Beach Lane Books at Simon and Schuster Workshop: Pagination, pacing, page-turns—these are some key elements that can make or break a picture book. In this workshop, you’ll learn the mechanics of picture book pagination. Such as, what’s a signature? And how do those lovely endpapers factor into the page count? Then, we’ll look at pagination from a craft perspective, exploring examples of how careful pagination can keep the reader engaged by building tension, orchestrating surprises, encouraging pauses, and making them want to reread time and again. We’ll break down the pagination of some published books in real time and take a look at sample picture book manuscripts from attendees to discuss the pacing and potential pagination. PB pages to be submitted ahead of time, date and time TBA here soon. Instructions will be emailed to you prior to the March ?? deadline. If you choose to participate in this option, there will be $10.00 reader’s fee.

  • Please bring along some computer paper (10 pieces or so), scissors, and sticky notes if you would like to participate in hands-on pagination practice.

3:00 – 4:50 PM: First Pages: How to Make a Promise to an Editor–and to Your Reader with Harold Underdown, Executive Editor at Kane Press. 

Workshop: Are you as dissatisfied as I am with the simple idea that writers must “hook” a reader in their first page, or risk losing them? As an editor I’ve come to believe that a writer must make a promise to a reader—a promise about what they can expect to find in the story they are beginning to read. Readers, after all, are active participants in the reading process, and bring past experiences with books, expectations, and hopes to each new book they begin to read.  There are different kinds of promises for different kinds of stories, with a “hook” being one kind of promise for one kind of story. In this workshop, I’ll demonstrate this idea of the “promise to the reader” by using examples from published chapter books, middle grade novels, YA novels, graphic novels, and narrative nonfiction. I’ll then apply it to ten samples taken from your submissions.  Underdown also will teach writers how to craft a compelling first page by sharing positive examples from participants’ submissions. First Page of a CB, MG, YA, NF, or a Graphic Novel to be submitted ahead of time, date and time TBA here soon. Instructions will be emailed to you prior to the March ?? deadline. If you choose to participate in this option, there will be $10.00 reader’s fee.

5:00 to 5:30 PM: Awards will be presented for Twitter Pitches, First Pages, Picture Books, and Portfolios 1st and 2nd Prize (Choice of Season Ticket or MayFest 2023 a $50 to $90 Value), and 3rd place (Choice of one Intensive next season $35 to $50 Value.) We will also thank our presenters and the San Diego Volunteers.

Art Slideshow Submission Instructions will be sent to those who submit to the Portfolio Showcase Workshop.

 

Faculty

 Danielle Collins is the Editorial Assistant for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books at Simon & Schuster, where she works on fiction and nonfiction picture books and middle grade. Danielle is drawn to both the factual and fantastical, or even a little bit of both, and she is passionate about stories that inspire curiosity and empathy in young readers. Danielle is actively looking for stories featuring traditionally underrepresented identities and communities, particularly queer and intersectional perspectives. She enjoys picture books with heartwarming and page-turning storylines, and literary-leaning middle grade with an accessible voice. Across the board, Danielle values themes of discovering identity, navigating uncertainty, found family, and embracing adventure. A dash of magic never hurts. Above all, she is looking for books with captivating plots, memorable characters, and a whole lot of heart. Danielle lives in Brooklyn and can often be found browsing in bookstores and vintage shops, trying her best at baking, or strolling through Prospect Park.

 Brian LaRossa (he/him) is an art director in the hardcover picture book group at Scholastic Inc., the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. After hours he teaches a course on design criticism for The City College of New York. He also participates in Adobe’s Type Advisory Council, manages his own display font foundry, which developed a typeface for Google Fonts, and has written many essays for publications such as Design Observer and AIGA’s Eye on Design. His work has won awards from the Type Directors Club, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Print Magazine, and his experimental poetry is included in the permanent collection of the MoMA Library. He lives and works in New York City.

   Charlotte Wenger is a literary agent in the Boston area with Prospect Agency. Prior to joining Prospect, she was an associate editor at Page Street Kids. She has her Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from Simmons College (now University) and serves on the national advisory board of the Mazza Museum, which celebrates the original art of picture books using education, exhibits, events, and artist visits. Charlotte is drawn to children’s literature and art for all ages—board books through YA, but especially picture books. You can find her on Twitter at @WilbursBF_Char.

 Harold Underdown, Executive Editor at Kane Press. Before joining Kane Press, Harold worked as an independent editor and publishing consultant. Previously, he worked as an editor with McGraw-Hill Education, Charlesbridge, and Orchard Books. Harold also speaks and gives workshops through the Highlights Foundation and SCBWI’s national and regional conferences. He offers workshops, online programs, and retreats focusing on revision in partnership with Eileen Robinson. He wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded, and runs, “The Purple Crayon,” a web site with information about the children’s publishing world at www.underdown.org.

 

 

UPDATE, SEASON TICKET HOLDERS PLEASE READ: Season Ticket Holders who wish to submit a Twitter Pitch and/or submit material for one of the workshops WILL NEED TO REGISTER to be included in the Twitter Submission List and/or to pay for their Workshop Submission Option. ALL Season Ticket Holders WILL RECEIVE A COUPON CODE WITH INSTRUCTIONS via email by Thursday, Feb. 24th to use if you choose to do one of the material submission options.

Registration will re-open Sunday, Feb. 27th at 7:00 PM. If you wish to submit to any of the workshops, read above for the registration deadlines per workshop. 

Copyright notice: All MayFest participants and the faculties’ original artwork and writing are the property of their creators and may not be reproduced, copied, or shared.

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