Sharon Cameron's Book Launch
Sharon's debut novel sold out at the lovely book launch party at Parnassus Books in Nashville on Monday, August 27, 2012!
Spring Issue of BorderLines (Midsouth Newsletter)
To download the Spring 2012 issue of BorderLines, the Midsouth newsletter, click the link below.
[BorderLines, Spring 2012.pdf]
Winter issue of BorderLines (the Midsouth newsletter)
To download the Winter 2011 issue of BorderLines, the Midsouth newsletter, click the link below.
[BorderLines, Winter 2011.pdf]
Patsi Trollinger is interviewed about her book on YouTube
While Patsi was in East Tennessee for the Oct. 29 Schmooze, the host community
college wanted their student news station to produce a segment for broadcast on
their cable channel and posting on YouTube.
The interview is about 25 minutes and focuses on both Patsi's book, PERFECT
TIMING, and her connection to SCBWI Midsouth! You'll notice a few of our
regional members' books on a table which received quite a few close-up shots,
but strangely enough they didn't focus the camera on Patsi's book.
This video might be especially interesting to people new to writing for
children. Congratulations on a great interview, Patsi!
Master Class on Plot with Cheryl Klein, executive editor, Arthur A. Levine Books
Master Class on Plot
with Cheryl Klein
executive editor, Arthur A. Levine Books
SCBWI regions Midsouth and Carolinas jointly offer a Master Class on Plot
with Cheryl Klein, executive editor, Arthur A. Levine Books, for MG/YA authors with a completed MG/YA manuscript.
This event is open to SCBWI members only.
Cost: Early bird rate (January 20 to February 12, 2012 ) - $100.00 includes lunch. Late rate (February 13 to February 20, 2012) - $145.00 includes lunch.
Where: Holiday Inn Biltmore East, Asheville, NC
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
What: A story is what happens in a book; plot is the structure of what happens in a book, as well as the techniques the author employs to control pacing, tension, character development, and reader reaction. In this INTENSIVE master class with editor and writer Cheryl Klein, we’ll examine the care and feeding of a plot, including a number of those techniques, the DNA of action and emotional development in a novel, and the uses of subplots. You’ll also learn methods for analyzing your own plot and identifying its strengths and weaknesses, and tips for completing a thoughtful and effective revision. Participants will be asked to create a bookmap of their novel before the event (instructions will be provided), and to read one particular novel and a few handouts (also to be announced/provided later.)
Register ONLY if you have completed a MG/YA novel manuscript.
At the close of registration, registrants will receive instructions from Cheryl Klein on how to prepare bookmaps for this class. Each registrant MUST bring their bookmap to the Master Class on Plot.
Registration opens January 20, 2012 for SCBWI Midsouth and SCBWI Carolinas members. Sign in at scbwi.org and see your Midsouth or Carolinas regional page, then click on Regional News for instructions on how to register.
If the workshop is not filled by February 3, 2012, registration will open for SCBWI members outside SCBWI Carolinas and SCBWI Midsouth.
Late registration rates begin February 13, 2012, and all registration will close February 20, 2012, to allow enough time for registrants to create their bookmaps for the event.
Holiday Inn Biltmore East
450 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
Toll free for reservations (888) 298-5611. Room rate code "SCBWI" through March 30, 2012. $95.00 plus taxes for single, double, triple or quad, includes breakfast and Wi-Fi.
SCBWI Midsouth Donates Books
SCBWI Midsouth Donates Books
During registration for the 2011 Midsouth Fall Conference, registrants were asked to help purchase books for a pro-bono school visit by faculty member Linda Sue Park while she was in Nashville. Linda Sue selected Wright Middle School, whose student population is 90% under-resourced (with a significant number of Kurdish and Sudanese), and she spoke about her latest book A LONG WALK TO WATER, the story of a Sudanese immigrant. (See the picture below, taken at the Wright Middle School author visit.)
We asked people to donate either when they registered for the fall conference or to send checks. The community of children's book writers and illustrators donated enough money to give every one of the 250 eighth grade students a copy of Linda Sue's book (for which she received no royalties) and we even had $300 extra! So the Midsouth gave a $300 check to the school library to purchase more books for the students! Doesn't that delight your soul? :-)
To read what Linda Sue Park wrote about this on her blog, go to http://lsparkreader.livejournal.com/2011/09/18/ . To read the Publishers Weekly write-up about the event, go to <http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/48888-in-brief-september-29.html>
I want to thank all of you who gave. Without your donations, this wouldn't have been possible. Because of you, many students have a new appreciation for reading!
I received a thank you note from Allison Barney, the Wright Middle School Librarian and will copy it below my name.
On behalf of Wright Middle School, I would like to thank you and the SCBWI Midsouth Chapter for your effort and donations that brought Linda Sue Park to our school. Our 8th graders left school that day talking about her visit and anxious to read their books. Many of them read the book over the weekend and came back excited to talk to their teachers about it! SCBWI's generous donations put an amazing story into the hands of children who have very few books, especially with characters they find so relatable and captivating. I've talked to at least 3 non-readers who devoured their books and are now looking for more. We cannot thank you enough for what your gift has done for those students.
I'd also like to thank you for the monetory donation to our library. I plan to order books that will keep our more reluctant readers excited about reading.
Wright Middle School Librarian
In addition to giving books to Wright Middle School, a book drive was coordinated by Kristin Tubb. Attendees of the 2011 Midsouth Fall Conference brought hundreds of new or "gently" used books to be given to help four schools (two elementary, one middle, and one high school) in Joplin, MO. These schools were devastated by a tornado in May 2011. The books collected helped re-stock the teacher resource center for the district, which was also decimated by the tornado.
2011 Crystal Kite Award winner from the Midsouth!
For the Crystal Kite Division of:
the winner is Midsouth member, Kristin O'Donnel Tubb
for her novel Selling Hope (Feiwel and Friends)!
Midsouth member's debut novel #8 on NYT Bestseller List
Midsouth member Ruta Sepetys’ debut novel BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY debuted at #8 on the New York Times list this week! Congratulations, Ruta!
Louisville Chit Chatters Schmooze
Midsouth members in Louisville met for the inaugural Louisville Chit Chatters Schmooze at Java Brewing Company on April 4th and will continue meeting every month. For more information, contact Charles Suddeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Tubb's Book Signing
Many Midsouthers attended Kristin Tubb’s book launch party for Selling Hope on Friday, December 3rd at Fairytales Bookstore, Nashville, TN. Pictured from left to right: Susan Eaddy, Sharon Cameron, Genetta Adair, Kristin Tubb, and Tracy Barrett.