CBI and SCBWI Ireland present:
Between The Lines
An information seminar on writing and illustrating for children – all welcome.
Jane Yolen, Keith Gray, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Adrienne Geoghegan, Faith O’Grady, Julia Churchill, Clodagh Feehan, Paddy O’Doherty, Mary Webb and Judi Curtin
When: Saturday September 11th 2010
Cost: Seminar Day = €55 for CBI/ SCBWI members or €65 for non-members
Where: South Dublin County Library and Red Rua Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Enquiries and bookings: 01 872 7475
Between the Lines is a one-day seminar which aims to show budding writers and illustrators how to take the first steps towards making their ideas a published reality. You will learn about every stage of the process - writing and illustrating techniques, getting an agent, targeting your chosen audience - from the people who do it for a living: professional writers, illustrators, agents, and editors.
You will also have the opportunity to meet these experts for a personal critique to help you make the most of your ideas. Writers can meet with an editor, an agent or a published author, while illustrators can meet with an agent or illustrator. In addition, the writer and illustrator who submit the bestwork on the day will be presented with a year’s membership to SCBWI.
A limited number of slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your work submission-ready and apply early to avoid disappointment! See ‘Critique’ section on the Booking Form for details on how to apply.
Join Children’s Books Ireland and SCBWI Ireland on 11th September for Between the Lines, and make your story a reality.
10.00am Registration in South Dublin Libraries
10.15am Judi Curtin: based in Limerick, Judi has written many books for both children and adults, including the best-selling Alice and Megan series. www.judicurtin.com
11.00am Comissioning Editors’ Panel: Clodagh Feehan (Mercier Press), Paddy O’Doherty (Penguin) and Mary Webb (O’Brien Press) discuss the publishing and submission process. www.mercierpress.ie www.penguin.ie www.obrien.ie
12.15pm Option A: Young Adult Fiction with Keith Gray. Acclaimed author Keith Gray writes gripping teenage fiction as well as participating in residencies and workshops with young people. He is also a regular contributor to The Guardian and The Scotsman. www.keith-gray.com
Option B: Creating Picture Books with Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Based in Dublin, award winning and internationally acclaimed author and illustrator Marie-Louise has won many awards for her work, including several Bisto Book of the Year Awards.
2.00pm Agents’ Panel – Agents Julia Churchill (Greenhouse Literary Agency, UK) and Faith O’Grady (Lisa Richards Agency) discuss the agents’ role in the publishing process and what makes a submission likely to catch their eye. www.greenhouseliterary.com www.lisarichards.ie
2.45 pm Option A: Writing Technique with Jane Yolen Option B: Illustration Technique with Adrienne Geoghegan. Adrienne is a successful children’s book author and illustrator who has also worked in editorial illustration. Join her as she demonstrates her illustration process and answers your questions. www.myveryownpicture.com
3.30pm Jane Yolen: Jane is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction. She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. www.janeyolen.com
To apply for a 15-minute personal critique: submit your work, along with a cheque for €25/€30 for SCBWI/CBI members and €35 for non-members, payable to SCBWI-Ireland* to CBI (Address: Children’s Books Ireland, 17 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1) before August 21st 2010 – no submissions will be accepted after this date.
*Successful applicants will receive your meeting time and name of the professional reviewing your work at Saturday morning registration. Unfortunately, requests to meet particular experts cannot be accommodated. If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a critique slot, your cheque will be returned to you.
Writers: Manuscripts should be typed, and double spaced in an easy-to-read font: 4,000 words maximum plus a 1 page synopsis. On the first page include your name, story title, word count, target age range and contact details; subse- quent pages should be numbered with your name and story title at the top. Picture-book writers need not include any sample illustrations.
Illustrators: Submit your portfolio with your seminar application. Do not include original artwork in your portfolio, which should contain no more than 10-12 representational pieces of your best work and any dummies or sketchbooks that you may wish to show. Please label all your artwork and your portfolio case with your name and brief contact details