Posted on: May 19, 2016
While this directory doesn't represent all of our regional members, it is a lovely collection of them. We can't wait for you to read about them and find ways to network and connect. If you weren't included in this year's directory, never fear! We're planning put one together again next year and will send out the call for submissions via email and our Facebook group page.
Posted on: September 2, 2015
Drumroll, please … Here's the San Francisco South SCBWI Look Book 2015!
Our goal with this project was to help regional members get to know one another in new ways, and hopefully spur networking and new friendships.
I gathered entries for this book over a number of months, so there is definitely the possibility that an entry was missed. If you sent your materials in by the deadline, but I missed you, I'm so sorry. Please email me so I can update the book and add your information.
Last note: the links in this book aren't live because of the way the images were collected. If someone has a Twitter or Facebook link on their infographic, that link won't be live. However, you can look anyone up on the SCBWI site to connect with them directly. Next year, we may amend how items are collected to fix this issue.
And just in case you haven't downloaded it yet, here's that link again: San Francisco South SCBWI Look Book 2015!
Posted on: June 18, 2015
To help our regional members get the most out of our vibrant community, we're gathering information about what you're looking for from your fellow members. We'll compile for a bit until we have critical mass and then send emails to connect those of you with matching interests and meet-up preferences and goals. We'll send periodic updates as new members add themselves to the list.
In other words, if you're looking for a critique group, mastermind, meet-up group or casual gathering in your area, fill out this form and let us automagically connect you!
Posted on: June 17, 2015
We're gathering a database of members from our region and those nearby who are interested in speaking and/or offering workshops in our region. After we gather information, our leadership team will take a look at the range of offerings and make decisions. We will provide an update on this process in early fall 2015.
Posted on: June 3, 2015
Hey there, SF/South Members!
This summer, we want to get to know each and every one of you better. We huddled up to think it through, and came up with a scheme. Here's the scoop.
There's a new, free online tool called Canva, which will allow you to easily (and for free) create an infographic all about you. Here's mine:
The goal here is to learn more about one another professionally, of course, so do include details about what you write and draw, your skills, areas of professional interest… that kind of thing. Don't forget to also include fun facts to help us get to know you, the living, breathing creative person. My hope is that through this virtual meet and greet, we'll find new connections with colleagues who live just around the corner from us, with surprisingly similar interests and passions.
- Find a nearby member or five to meet for coffee or cocoa or chardonney to talk shop
- Discover the perfect new addition for your critique group
- Stumble across someone who can answer that question that's been plaguing you
- Create a mastermind group to collaborate about marketing, career/creative development, or goal-setting
- Meet new friends who can share rides and rooms with you at regional and international conferences
Sound fun? And productive? Yep, I think so, too.
Here's how to join the Virtual Meet and Greet.
Step One: Create a complimentary account at Canva.
Step Two: Choose the plus sign on Canva's home page to explore "more" templates and find the template that looks like the one I've created above.
Step Three: Click on the template and Canva will take you to the editor. It's so simple and easy, I promise you'll love it! Drag and drop, upload your own images, and customize the text.
Hint: If you accidentally erase something and don't know how to fix it, start from the original template again.
Hint: If you don't like the original icons, you can search under "images" for ones you like better. There are some images in Canva that cost $1, but you can absolutely do this project without using them.
Hint: If you're feeling creative and want to use a different template, or design your own, or use your own design software, feel free!
Step Four: Download your design, and then post it to our region's Facebook group. Here's the group link.
Hint: If you're not a member of our group yet, you can request to become one on that page. If you despise Facebook and don't have an account, then send your infographic to Naomi through the "email us" link on your SCBWI region page. Let me know if you'd like me to upload it to our region's group for you or keep it for step five.
Step Five: I'll compile all of the images uploaded by July 20 into a regional look-book to distribute via PDF to our regional membership.
That's it, the SF South Virtual Meet and Greet, in five quick and easy steps. Hope you'll join in on the fun!
With love, your Regional Advisor,
P. S. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or to the region as a whole on our Facebook group page. As a community, I'm positive we can answer every question, technical and otherwise, that might arise.
Posted on: February 5, 2015
Below is the schedule for the SCBWI SF/South 2015 Golden Gate Conference. Subject to change.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Registration
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. New Members Session, Erin Dealey & Naomi Kinsman (Evergreen)
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. CONFERENCE KICK-OFF
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. “Seriously, Wheatbread?" The Pace of Writing and Perseverance, Jodell Sadler
5:20 – 6:15 p.m. Round Table Critiques (Evergreen), Discussion Circles (Fred Farr Forum)
6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner (Crocker Dining Hall)
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. KEYNOTE: Too Good for Grown-Ups: On the Art of Writing for Kids, Anne Ursu
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Portfolio Show, Cocktail Party & Mingling, Local Author Book Sales
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (Crocker Dining Hall)
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Announcements
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Talking with Pictures, E.B. Lewis
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. “I Was So Surprised When My Character Said…” and Other White Lies: A Discussion On How to Write Honest Characters, Taylor Norman
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. BREAKOUT A: What We Mean When We Talk About Voice, Jordan Brown / BREAKOUT B: Polishing Your Picture Book, Diane Muldrow / BREAKOUT C: Group Critique, E.B. Lewis
11:20 – 12:05 p.m. BREAKOUT A, Polishing Your Picture Book, Diane Muldrow / BREAKOUT B: What We Mean When We Talk About Voice, Jordan Brown
12:05 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Crocker Dining Hall)
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Revision Panel Discussion, Anne Ursu, Paul Fleischman, E.B. Lewis, Patricia Newman
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Ann Seaton, Hicklebee’s Books
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Creative Sessions, All Faculty
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Break and/or Creative Exploration
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Faculty Readings / Private viewing of portfolios by faculty judges (Evergreen)
5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Business Panel Discussion, Jordan Brown, Diane Muldrow, Allison Moore, Taylor Norman
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Dinner (Crocker Dining Hall)
7:15 – 7:30 p.m. Announcement of the 2015 Golden Gate Portfolio, Novel, and Picture Book Awards
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. KEYNOTE: New Terrain, Paul Fleischman
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Faculty Book Signings
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (Crocker Dining Hall)
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. BREAKOUT A: Navigating the “New” Nonfiction: How Structure and Style Can Set Your Piece Apart, Patricia Newman / BREAKOUT B: Play Your Way to the Page: A Writer’s Workout, Naomi Kinsman
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Announcements
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Crafting Fresh Narratives Around Common Themes, Allison Moore
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Why You Don’t Need an Agent…Or Do You?, Laurie McLean
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Announcements
11:30 – 12:00 p.m Commitment Ceremony
Noon Lunch (Crocker Dining Hall) / Checkout
Posted on: April 17, 2014
REGISTRATION FOR SF/SOUTH AGENT'S DAY 2014 IS NOW CLOSED!
$110 EARLYBIRD PRICING for SCBWI members begins APRIL 16, 2014 and ends MAY 1, 2014.
Join us for an incredible day that will feature FIVE of the country's leading agents in the field of Children's Literature! This very special event will include agent presentations, an agent panel discussion, a query workshop, and lunch, PLUS an extended “Agent Roundtable Discussion” session allowing attendees to meet with agents in small groups to discuss industry topics and gain a better feel for each agent’s personality and work-style. The best first step to landing an agent is building a relationship from the ground up and finding a connection with the agent that is right for you. This session will give you much needed insight so that you can make a more informed decision about who to submit to after the conference.
Following Agent's Day our attendees will have the opportunity to submit their work to any of the five agents on the faculty with whom they feel their work is a strong fit. This conference is open to published and unpublished authors and illustrators. AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED. Register NOW and give your career the boost that it deserves!
Plan to arrive at 9:00 AM for registration. The event will kick off at 9:30 AM and will end at 3:30 PM. Lunch will be provided.
Agents in attendance:
Deborah Warren, East West Literary Agency
Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Abigail Simoun, Red Fox Literary
Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
Mira Reisberg, Hummingbird Literary Agency
Paid Query and Manuscript Critique:
• Attendees can opt to pay an additional fee of $45 to have one of our agents on faculty critique a query letter and up to 5 pages (double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, 1" margins) of a picture book, middle grade novel, or YA novel in advance of the event.
• The query letter must be in reference to the attached manuscript pages.
• If your picture book manuscript is less than 5 pages, you may NOT send an additional manuscript.
• Please do not address your query letter to a particular agent. However, you may indicate your top 2 preferred agents in your submission email and we will do our best to match you.
• Deadline for submission is 9:00 pm, May 15, 2014.
• You will receive your comments and/or marked materials in an envelope at the end of Agent's Day.
• COMPLETE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES ARE LISTED IN THE DETAILS SECTION WHEN YOU VISIT THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION PAGE FOR AGENT'S DAY.
Posted on: April 2, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: The previously posted date for Agent’s Day has changed due to scheduling issues. Saturday, June 21, 2014 is SF/South AGENT’S DAY at Ft. Mason’s Fire House in San Francisco, located at 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123.
EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION BEGINS: APRIL 16
This event will include agent presentations, an agent panel discussion, a query workshop, and lunch, PLUS an extended “Agent Roundtable Discussion” session allowing attendees to meet with agents in small groups to discuss industry topics and gain a better feel for each agent’s personality and work-style. The best first step to landing an agent is building a relationship from the ground up and finding a connection with the agent that is right for you. This session will give you much needed insight so that you can make a more informed decision about who to submit to after the conference. We will also be offering paid written manuscript critiques.
Following Agent's Day our attendees will have the opportunity to submit their work to any of the six agents on the faculty with whom they feel their work is a strong fit. This conference is open to published and unpublished authors and illustrators. Come out and join us. Give your career the boost that it deserves!
AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED! WE WILL SEND YOU A REMINDER EMAIL BEFORE EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION BEGINS.
Note: If you decide to add a paid query letter critique, the deadline for submission will be May 15. More details to come.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Your SCBWI SF/South Advisory Committee:
Naomi Kinsman, RA
Tim McCanna, assistant RA
Lea Lyon, Illustrator Coordinator
STAY UP TO DATE! Be sure to Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scbwisf
Posted on: February 28, 2014
It was another AMAZING Golden Gate Conference February 7-9, 2014! We had cool, drizzly weather throughout the weekend, but at the gorgeous Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, even overcast weather can be beautiful and relaxing. If you weren't able to attend this year's conference, here's a brief rundown of how things went:
On Friday, Regional Advisor Naomi Kinsman, Assistant RA Tim McCanna, and Illustrator Coordinator Lea Lyon kicked off the event in Asilomar's Fred Farr Forum. Along with a musical slideshow of our attendees' recently published works, we celebrated "good news" in a new breakout format, met the Faculty, and each attending illustrator introduced themselves and their portfolios. After author Laura Ruby's inspiring opening session titled "The Writer's Journey," we broke out into Round Table Critiques and Discussion Circles. While some attendees received Pitch critiques from agents, others gathered for First Pages manuscript critiques with editors. All other attendees were invited to participate in Discussion Circles on a range of industry-related topics. Following dinner, Caldecott Honor Winner David Shannon presented his keynote, "Fibs, Whoppers, and Other Methods of Improving the Truth," and we topped off the evening with a combination portfolio showcase, local author book sale and cocktail party.
Saturday's agenda started right after an early breakfast with an astounding lineup of informative and enlightening presentations. From author Elizabeth Partridge's talk on non-fiction writing, to agent Jennifer Unter's "Demystifying Book Contracts," to media maven Katie Davis's multi-media introduction to using video, attendees enjoyed a wide array of fascinating topics from industry pros. Illustrators were also offered a breakout opportunity to have an hour-long Q&A session with David Shannon and art director David Saylor. Throughout the day, attendees who opted for one-on-one faculty consultations for manuscripts, portfolios, or marketing plans ducked out for those, then jumped back into Fred Farr for more presentations. After dinner, the Fifth Annual Golden Gate Portfolio Award was given to Julie Bayless, with an honorable mention to Andrea Zuill. Writer Sally Engelfried received the Third Annual Golden Gate Writer's Award. That evening, Printz Award winning author Carolyn Mackler presented a rousing and thought provoking keynote, followed by faculty book signings and plenty of merriment.
Sunday's sessions began with an introduction to the Hamline University Children's Writing MFA program by Mary Rockcastle. Then Scholastic editor Emily Seife and local author Sue Fliess rounded off the weekend with their sessions. After final announcements, we closed the conference with our traditional Commitment Ceremony by a roaring fire in the forum's huge stone fireplace.
The 31st Annual Golden Gate Conference was another huge success! We truly hope that attendees returned home invigorated and hungry to jump into whatever creative endeavors awaited them. And, we hope to see YOU there next year.
[PHOTO 1: Regional Advisor Naomi Kinsman polls the attendees at the 2014 Golden Gate Conference. PHOTO 2: David Shannon, Julie Bayless (Portfolio Award Winner), Andrea Zuill (Honorary Mention), and Naomi Kinsman. PHOTO 3: Naomi Kinsman, Jill Davis, Sally Engelfried (Writer's Award Winner), Aubrey Poole, and Emily Seife.]
Posted on: January 24, 2014
We are excited to announce a new opportunity for you to make connections at the 2014 Golden Gate Conference. Due to high demand, we have added a special Agent Pitch Roundtable opportunity! Now, in addition to our First Pages Manuscript Roundtable with an editor, you can choose to craft a pitch and hear from the two agents (Jennifer Unter and Marie Lamba) at the conference. Roundtables are a great way to get immediate feedback from an agent or editor, and sit in on your peers’ pitches and critiques as well. Interested? Simply add a Roundtable ticket when you register for the conference on Eventbrite.
After you book your Roundtable, please email our Regional Advisor Naomi Kinsman at Naomi@naomikinsman.com to let her know whether you prefer the "Agent Pitch Roundtable" or "Editor First Pages Roundtable." We will assign opportunities on a first come-first served basis. Both options will be highly valuable, and we encourage you to jump on the opportunity!
Availability is limited, and time is running out! The conference will be held at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA on February 7-9, 2014.