Join us this February in New York City for an incredible weekend with the top editors, agents, art directors, authors and illustrators in the children's publishing world. The Annual Winter Conference in New York is an excellent opportunity to learn, get inspired and network with others in the children's book industry.
Keynotes include the acclaimed authors and illustrators:
EDITOR'S PANEL: Marketplace 2015: Report from the Front Line
AGENT'S PANEL: Charting Your Career Path
Special breakout sessions with editors, agents and art directors discussing craft, marketing and illustration
Opportunity to display your illustrations in the Portfolio Showcase
Optional Friday intensives for writers and illustrators who want to dive deep into their craft:
Writers' Round Table
The Writers’ Roundtable Intensive is intended for committed writers with submission–ready material. All intensive attendees have the opportunity to have the first 500 words of a manuscript reviewed during round table critiques lead by an editor or agent during a morning and an afternoon small-group critique session. This is a unique opportunity for serious writers to present their work, and get feedback from peers and decision-making professionals in the field.
Writers’ Intensive: World Building-A Hands-On Workshop
This intensive, moderated by veteran Editor and Publisher Emma D. Dryden, provides seminar-style instruction on how to build a rich, imaginative and believable world for you fiction. Although all children’s book creators are welcome, (since world-building applies to every work of fiction) the topic and speakers may be of special interest to creators of fantasy, science fiction and other genres of imaginative fiction.
Building Your First Website
Bring a laptop and your brain, leave with a website. Screen, TV, and children’s book writer Nick Confalone will cover the basics of building and maintaining a website, whether it’s an author/illustrator homepage or a showcase a particular work. There will be no coding involved—everything is graphical and right-brained, and Nick will be giving one-on-one help during building sessions. We’ll also cover how your website fits into an overall presence online. Participants will get more specifics on what materials to gather ahead of time so we can jump right in.
Illustrators' Intensive: In The Beginning There Was The Picture: When An Illustrator Creates A Story
Learn how to tell stories as an illustrator with esteemed illustrators and children's book professionals including: Pat Cummings, Christie Ottaviano, Nancy Paulson, Neal Porter, David Ezra Stein, Hervé Tullet, and Laura Vaccaro Seeger