Watch this video of artist Daniel Minter showing how he created the beautiful woodcut illustrations for STEP RIGHT UP
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Watch this video of artist Daniel Minter showing how he created the beautiful woodcut illustrations for STEP RIGHT UP
Austin SCBWI's annual Creators of Diverse Characters Scholarship expanded in 2017 to give scholarships in three categories: novels, picture books and illustration. We awarded two scholarships in each category: The winner gets a full scholarship to the 2017 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, and the honor recipient gets a half scholarship to the conference.
WHOOSH! LONNIE JOHNSON’S SUPER-SOAKING STREAM OF INVENTIONS by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate was named a 2017 Cook Prize finalist.
A manuscript written by Austin SCBWI member Noah Weisz was shortlisted for the 2016 Bath Children’s Novel Award.
STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS by Donna Janell Bowman was selected
LEE & LOW BOOKS announced today that Gloria Amescua, an Austin SCBWI member, has been chosen to receive the New Voices Award Honor for her manuscript Luz Jiménez, No Ordinary Girl.
Kit Rosewater will lead a six-week fiction writing course called “Write the Book!” at BookPeople beginning Feb. 1
About 70 Austin SCBWI members and guests came together to enjoy good company and bid goodbye to 2016.
Carmen Oliver’s debut picture book is on the shortlist for the 2017 Colorado Libraries for Early Literary (CLEL) Bell Picture Book Award
Congratulations to Donna Janell Bowman, whose debut picture book biography has a finalist for the 2016 CYBILS awards.
Cynthia Levinson’s debut picture book, THE YOUNGEST MARCHER, was featured on popular blog From the Mixed Up Files
Carmen Oliver’s debut picture book BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES is on the Austin Statesman’s bestseller list.
SCBWI Austin member Kit Rosewater recently signed with agent Susan Hawk of The Best Agency.
During our November monthly meeting, we were privileged to hear from author Shelli Cornelison, poet and author E. Kristin Anderson, and artist C. S. Jennings. They discussed writing and illustrating for the magazine market.
Author Susan Signe Morrison received the Words on Wings YA Book Award for GRENDEL’S MOTHER.
WHOOSH! LONNIE JOHNSON’S SUPER-SOAKING STREAM OF INVENTIONS by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate (Charlesbridge) is on the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List announced today at the 2016 Texas Book Festival.
Gayleen Rabakukk, an SCBWI member and Austinite, has signed with agent Andrea Cascardi with Transatlantic Agency.
Austin SCBWI member and author Chandler Baker’s ALIVE (Disney/Hyperion) tops Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teens’ Top Ten
Author Mari Mancusi reveals the cover and back cover copy for PRINCESSES, INC.
Author/illustrator C.S. Jennings has taken over as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Austin SCBWI chapter.
Jason Gallaher’s upcoming picture book, WHOBERT WHOVER, OWL DETECTIVE, has a cover.
Picture books seem simple. They’re somewhere around thirty-two pages. They generally don’t have a lot of words. Cute characters galavant throughout. Sitting down, however, to actually create a picture book, the process presents itself as a tangled knot.
Author and illustrator Don Tate will be honored with the 2016 Illumine Award for children’s literature at The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Annual Gala, Illumine.
The list of 2016 Texas Book Festival authors is out!
At our Austin SCBWI September monthly meeting, brand-new Illustrator Coordinator C.S. Jennings led illustrators Emma Virjan (PIG IN A WIG series), Jeff Crosby (THE ROCKABILLY GOATS GRUFF, WEINER WOLF) and Mary Sullivan (NOBODY’S DUCK, BALL) in a discussion about how they use humor on their work.
On Aug. 27, SCBWI Austin members enjoyed a day of full-novel-workshopping with authors Anne Bustard (ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE), Greg Leitich Smith (CHRONAL ENGINE) and P.J. Hoover (TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE).
Donna Janell Bowman launches her new book STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS.
Austin SCBWI member Betty X. Davis has been given a lifetime membership.
Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Anne Bustard on being a finalist for the Willa Literary Award for her book ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE.
For our August monthly meeting, we had the pleasure to hear from author/illustrator Don Tate and author Chris Barton.
Come learn from Austin SCBWI members Lindsey Lane, Shelli Cornelison, and K.A. Holt who are teaching at the Writing Barn this fall.
Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Emma Virjan for winning the Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award in the Beginning Fiction category for her book A PIG IN A WIG.
Austin SCBWI member Judy Beglau recently worked with composer and lyricist Thomas Pavlechko to write the narrative poem ’Twas All Hallows Eve’
Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Donna Janell Bowman for receiving a starred review from Kirkus for her book.
Austin SCBWI members won big at this years Writers League of Texas Awards.
Congrats to Austin SCBWI member K. A. Holt who announced that a sequel to her book HOUSE ARREST will be published.
Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member E. Kristin Anderson.
Congratulations to Bethany Hegedus for her book, BE THE CHANGE: A GRANDFATHER GANDHI STORY.
Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Rivkah LaFille for having her illustrations featured in Spider Magazine.
Austin SCBWI member Nikki Loftin was recently honored by the Texas Center for the Book.
For our July monthly meeting, authors Lindsey Lane and Cynthia Levinson talked about some common tools we all use, whether we write fiction or nonfiction.
Austin SCBWI congratulates member Susan Signe Morrison on winning the Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction.
Austin SCBWI member Susie Kralovansky recently signed a contract with Pelican to publish her picture book THE BOOK THAT JAKE BORROWED.
Shellie Faught signs with Mackenzie Brady Watson of New Leaf Literary & Media!
This month we heard from Jennifer Hamburg who spoke about writing for children’s television.
Austin SCBWI member Liz Garton Scanlon recently announced that she will be joining Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) in their Writing for Children and Young Adults as visiting faculty.
PJ Hoover’s cover reveal for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD
Austin SCBWI members Chris Barton and Don Tate win the Carter G. Woodson Book Award.
Congratulations to the winner of a year’s mentorship with award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon.
Our 2016 Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentor, Marsha Riti, talks about why she chose Kristin Wauson’s work as the recipient of this year’s award.
Austin SCBWI celebrates 20 years at its biggest conference yet!
Austin SCBWI Don Tate has been awarded SCBWI’s 2016 Crystal Kite award for the Texas/Oklahoma region.
Cynthia Leitich Smith’s picture book JINGLE DANCER gets new recognition.
Don Tate and Brian Yansky both win Texas Institute of Letters Awards!
Austin SCBWI members Cory Putnam Oakes and Nikki Loftin make Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award list.
Austin SCBWI member Don Tate recently won two very big awards in the children’s book industry.
Our April monthly meeting focused on critique partnerships. Bradley Wilson, from Yellow Bird Editor, taught us how to apply the Golden Rule to such partnerships. “Critique unto others as you would have them critique unto you.”
Austin SCBWI is cheering for member Liz Garton Scanlon, who recently made another sale.
Several Austin SCBWI writers were recognized as finalists by the Texas Institute of Letters.
In our March meeting, author Brian Yansky gave us an overview of how to write an entire novel. He covered a lot of material in one hour, but here are a few of the highlights.
Congratulation to all the Austin SCBWI members featured on Bank Street Book’s Best Children’s Books of the Year list!
Austin SCBWI member Donna Janell Bowman mentioned on School Library Journal list for her upcoming picture book STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS.
At our February monthly meeting we had a panel discussion about writing middle grade books. We heard from authors Mari Mancusi, Cory Putman Oakes, and Jo Whittemore.
Austin SCBWI was thrilled to offer a diversity scholarship to our upcoming May SCBWI Conference! We received so many wonderful entries, and it was very hard on the selection committee to select just one. So we are pleased to announce that in addition to selecting a winner, we have also selected a runner up.
Christina Soontornvat reveals the cover for her new book, The Changelings.
Don Tate wins the 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award in the new writer category for his book, POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON.
Austin SCBWI congratulates member Jessica Lee Anderson on the recent signing of a new book contract for her middle grade Texas Bigfoot novel, titled UNCERTAIN SUMMER!
Cynthia Levinson’s latest book Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can was the catalyst for a write up in the Kirkus Reviews on January 15th.
Austin SCBWI member Nikki Loftin’s book Wish Girl was recently featured by the Austin American Statesman.
Join Texas Center for the Book and Children’s Author and SCBWI member Pat Mora at a special performance of Tomás and the Library Lady Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at ZACH Theater to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Día – Children’s Day, Book Day.
Author Anne Bustard spoke about revisions at our January monthly meeting. She offered three questions we can ask that will help us clarify who our characters are and what our story is about. If we focus on these questions during revisions, we can take our work-in-progress to a higher level.
Congratulations to Austin SCBWI members Don Tate and Chris Barton for being recognized on Chicago Public Library’s Best Informational Books for Younger Readers of 2015 for their book The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch.
Two Austin SCBWI members were named to the TLA’s Spirit of Texas Reading Program’s Middle Grade Author list.
Austin SCBWI is celebrating member Kari Anne Holt’s big news, from Publisher’s Weekly.
We wish a hearty Happy Birthday to Austin SCBWI member Betty Davis on her 100th birthday!
Congratulations to Austin SCBW member Don Tate on his book, POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON, being recognized by Kirkus Reviews as one of their Best Books of 2015.
In our November monthly meeting, Varian Johnson graced us with the keynote speech he gave at the Los Angeles SCBWI 2015 Summer National Conference.
A big congrats to P.J. Hoover who recently announced that she signed with Trish Tony Lawrence at the Erin Murphy LIterary Agency.
Two Austin SCBWI members, author Chris Barton and illustrator Don Tate, have been included in the 2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet List.
The topic for our October monthly meeting was understanding and manipulating time to strengthen your novel.
Austin SCBWI member Debra L. Winegarten’s book, ”Oveta Culp Hobby, Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist,” was awarded a 2015 gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America.
Our Austin chapter is proud that Austin member C.S. Jennings was chosen as the featured illustrator for the national SCBWI site for the month of September.
Austin SCBWI member and illustrator Christy Stallop had a piece accepted into Georgetown Art Center’s Small Works Exhibit.
Donna Janell Bowman has recently also won the SCBWI Work-In-Progress award for her book on Blanche Stuart Scott.
Austin SCBWI members Varian Johnson and Chris Barton both had excting news to report recently.
Former Austin SCBWI Regional Advisor Debbie Gonzales recently announced her contract with Charlesbridge.
Austin SCBWI member Kari Ann Holt recently sold her middle grade novel.
Austin SCBWI member Liz Garton Scanlon as sold her picture book.
We’re cheering for Austin SCBWI member Donna Janell Bowman who just won the SCBWI Book Launch Award.
For our August monthly meeting Brian Anderson taught us an ingenious way to craft realistic characters using the Enneagram.
Austin was representing at the 2015 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles this month.
Austin SCBWI has a tradition of helping worthy causes, and this year the chapter is holding a book drive for Old Books for New Teachers.