Silent Auction Coordinator Carmen Oliver has been busy collecting a great list of items for the 2014 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference.
The conference's Silent Auction is a great fund-raiser for Austin SCBWI. Funds raised help defray costs for the conference, but any extra money will be used for scholarships and go toward future events. We are hoping to be able to offer our members some free events in the coming years, and the Silent Auction will help.
Here are some of the things you can look forward to seeing on the table in 2014:
- Kindle Fire 8GB 7" HD display with Wifi donated by Austin Family Magazine
- Kobo 16GB 7" HD display with Wifi donated by the Book Spot
- 20-minute agent consultation with Liza Pulitzer Voges
- A 1-hour skype Q&A with National Book Award finalist & Newbery Honor winner author Kathi Appelt
- Full manuscript critique with Bloomsbury editor Laura Whitaker
- Picture book critique with award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon
- A professional first chapter critique for a middlge grade/young adult novel from Yellow Bird Editors
- A Writing Barn lecture series from Bethany Hegedus, owner of the Writing Barn
- Sam Bond Photography session with 10 photos from author/photographer Sam Bond
- 2014 Tomie dePaola award-winner Akiko White is designing a cake!
- Art work donated by award-winning illustrator Kelly Murphy
- Art work donated by illustrators: Patrice Barton, Vanessa Roedner, Frances Yansky, Amy Farrier, and Shelley Ann Jackson
- "Lucky Duck" themed gift basket donated by Liz Scanlon, Lindsey Lane, Anne Bustard, Bethany Hegedus
- "Old is New" themed gift basket donated by Don Tate, Donna Bowman Bratton, Marsha Riti, Shelley Ann Jackson, Amy Farrier, and Carmen Oliver
- "Create" themed gift basket by author Alisha Gabriel
- "Horse and Dog" themed basket by Shelley Ann Jackson
- "Timeless Audio Reading" themed gift basket donated by author Jeanette Larson
- "Hummingbird" themed gift basket donated by author Jeanette Larson
- Book basket donated by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Art Director Laurent Linn
- Book basket donated by Candelwick Editor Sarah Ketchersid (autographed by Sarah's authors)
- Signed copies of The Living and We Were Here by award-winning author Matt de la Pena
- book-shaped platters and bowls.
Also, some of our best illustrators have created decorated nesting dolls.
- Author/illustrator Jeff Crosby
- Author/illustrator C.S. Jennings
- Illustrator Marsha Riti
- Illustrator Amy Farrier
And there will be book sculptures that you can bid on too.
If you'd like to donate an item — art, book sculpture, nesting doll, basket or whatever — please email Carmen Oliver. Or if you're a last minute kind of person, bring your donation to the conference Saturday morning during registration and we'll move mountains to make some room!
Thank YOU to our generous faculty!
Thank YOU to our amazing SCBWI members!
Y'all make the silent auction a success! We look forward to seeing you at the conference in February.