SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Advanced Picture Book Workshop: LEVEL UP: The Kitchen Sink Edition with Tara Lazar – Online

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Date(s) - 12/05/2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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EQUITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP

To affirm the need for increased representation in every facet of the children’s and YA book industry, Austin SCBWI is offering two full scholarship slots with critique to writers who identify as part of a community that has been traditionally marginalized by the publishing industry. This includes, but is not limited to: race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship, veteran status, and religion. This scholarship is open to members and non-members in Texas.

Scroll down for scholarship information. Though the workshop is sold-out, two scholarship spots are still available.

LEVEL UP: The Kitchen Sink Edition

Let’s roll up our sleeves, ponchos, and hoodies and get to work! Polish a manuscript you want to take to the next level, or bring a picture book idea for which you’re ready to write a kickin’ first draft.

In this intensive, Tara Lazar will help you start out with a bang. We’ll look at what makes a first line hook the reader, how to add tension throughout the creamy middle, and how to wrap it all up with an imaginative twist—not a neat, tidy bow. (Because bows can be boring.)

Along the way, we’ll discuss high concept, dive headfirst into the always controversial (but necessary) art notes, chew on some repetitive refrains, tickle our tongues with fun language, and, of course, laugh until our heads explode! (SCBWI Austin may require you to sign a waiver.)

Our aim in this three-hour juggernaut is to break your previous picture book HIGH SCORE.

Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books where anything is possible!

Tara’s book 7 ATE 9: THE UNTOLD STORY was honored with the 2018 Irma S. & James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature from Bank Street College of Education, as chosen by thousands of children across the US. Her other notable titles include THE MONSTORE (2013), LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD (2015), NORMAL NORMAN (2016), and THE UPPER CASE: TROUBLE IN CAPITAL CITY (2019), the sequel to 7 ATE 9. Her next book is BLOOP, out in July 2021 with Mike Boldt illustrating.

Tara serves as co-chair of the RUCCL One-on-One Plus conference. She also founded the Storystorm picture book challenge, held annually in January on her blog, taralazar.com. She tweets writing advice at @taralazar and Instagrams ridiculousness at @taralaser. (Don’t miss the avocado that looks like Florida, nearly a viral hit!)

This is a limited attendance, three-hour, intensive workshop.

This workshop will take place online on the Zoom platform, 9 am to 12 pm (CST) on Saturday, Dec. 5. You will receive the Zoom link in an email the day before the event.

Registration for this event is $30 for SCBWI members and $75 for those who are not yet members. For information on SCBWI membership, click here.

Tara will be offering a limited number of critiques in conjunction with this event. Critiques cost $40. To sign up for a critique, choose that option when you register below.

Manuscripts will be submitted a few weeks after the workshop and feedback will be shared one month later. Specific instructions will be emailed to those who register for a critique.

EQUITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP

To affirm the need for increased representation in every facet of the children’s and YA book industry, Austin SCBWI is offering two full scholarship slots with critique to writers who identify as part of a community that has been traditionally marginalized by the publishing industry. This includes, but is not limited to: race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship, veteran status, and religion. This scholarship is open to members and non-members in Texas.

Scholarship Submission Instructions

Prepare one (1) Word document that includes the following:

* Brief cover letter answering these questions (there are no right or wrong answers; we just want to get to know you and your goals):

1. Tell us about you. What’s your current job or life situation? Have you attended an SCBWI event before?
2. Why do you want a career in children’s literature?
3. What are your career goals?
4. What does writing mean to you?
5. What do you hope to get out of this scholarship?

* One writing sample for children. This can be a poem or picture book. This should be formatted with standard formatting rules.

Name the file with your name and PB (e.g.: HarryPotter-PB)

Applications should be emailed to ascbwi-rascholarship @ outlook.com (remove the spaces around the @). Make the subject line: ASCBWI Picture Book Workshop Scholarship Application.

Scholarship Application deadline is Nov. 27, 2020.

If you are hearing impaired and need a sign language interpreter for this event, please register then email Regional Advisor Samantha M Clark at austin@scbwi.org with your request. Please note that we will need a week’s notice.

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