April 20, 2013
CONTACT: Victoria Selvaggio, Regional Advisor
Parma Heights Library. 6206 Pearl Road, Parma Hts., Ohio 44130 (meeting room A) 10:00am - 12:00pm
WE are pleased to have Author, Judith Irvin-Kuns as our Moderator for this April Critique Meeting!
Judith prefers to critique middle grade, chapter books and YA -- although she will accept picture books.
All manuscripts must be received by March 31st to be accepted to email@example.com
- see full rules before sending anything!
RSVP opens on March 1st - SCBWI members have priority to Vicki Selvaggio, Regional Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
-- At the time you rsvp - you must note if you are pre-submitting (yes or no - not maybe).
Before submitting/rsvp - visit our website www.nohscbwi.org
for more instructions and information regarding this event.
I first realized I was destined to be a writer in about the third grade. I loved the challenge (and the deadline!) of being assigned to write a story or a poem using all 20 of our weekly spelling words. To this day, I am drawn to entering writing contests for the same reasons, the challenge and the deadline.
In junior high I worked on the school newspaper, and in high school was a member of the yearbook staff. After reading IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote as a sophomore in high school, I decided I wanted to enter the medical profession. But after earning less than stellar grades in my science classes in college, I eventually found my way to the English department where I belonged.
Many years later, after marriage and four children, I learned about the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program being offered by Vermont College. Even though it was hard to tear myself away from my four young children in order to attend the 12-day residencies, once there I finally knew I had finally found my village.
As a result of the MFA program, my first middle grade novel, WHILE YOU WERE OUT was accepted for publication by Dutton, and another middle grade novel, PURGATORY BINGO was awarded the Marguerite de Angeli prize, sponsored by Delacorte. Since then I have written two other middle grade novels, ORANGE AROUND THE EDGES and THE FAMILY OF THINGS, which I plan on submitting in 2013. I have also had several short stories published in Children's Digest, Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty Magazines.
Questions? Contact Vicki Selvaggio, Regional Advisor at email@example.com