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Saturday, February 11, 2017

 

7:45am – 8:45am         Registration

 

8:45am – 9:00am         Welcome and Introduction

 

9:00am – 10:00am       OPENING KEYNOTE: Bryan Collier

 

10:15am – 11:15am     PANEL: Four Types of Picture Books: A Closer Look

Andrea Beaty, Author; Andrea Davis Pinkney, Author/Editor; Greg Pizzoli, Author/Illustrator; Daniel Salmieri, Illustrator

 

11:30am – 12:30pm The “All About…” Workshops Morning Sessions (You will have to choose one when registering)

 

A. Writing the YA Novel

          Sarah Dotts Barley, Senior Editor, Flatiron Books/Macmillan

 

B. What to Expect on Signing with an Agent and What Happens Next 

          Beth Phalen, Agent, The Bent Agency

 

C. Picture Book Art: Creating Your Vision

Kristen Nobles, Art Director, Candlewick

 

D. Creating Books for Diverse Audiences

           Adriana Dominguez, Agent, Full Circle Literary

 

E. Picture Book Pacing

          Sylvie Frank, Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon and Schuster BFYR

 

F. Romance in YA

          Kat Brzozowski, Editor, Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends

 

G. What Makes A Great Picture Book

            Andrea Spooner, VP, Editorial Director, Little, Brown BFYR

 

H. Writing Middle Grade Fiction

          Andrew Harwell, Senior Editor, HarperCollins

 

I. Do This, Not That! How to Be a Beloved Working Children’s Illustrator…and How to Get Work in the First Place

          Lucy Cummins, Art Director, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster BFYR

 

J. Making Your Work Memorable

          Sara Pennypacker, Author

 

K. World Building

Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor, G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Random House

 

L. Creating Unusual Books Outside the Boundaries

Travis Jonker, Blogger

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 (Continued)

 

12:30pm – 1:45pm       Lunch (on your own)

1:15pm – 1:145pm      International/Spanish/Translator Social (Chrystler Room)

 

2:00pm – 3:00pm        The “All About…” Workshops Afternoon Sessions (You will have to choose one when registering)

 

A. Writing the YA Novel

          Sarah Dotts Barley, Senior Editor, Flatiron Books/Macmillan

 

B. Developing Picture Book Characters

          Sylvie Frank, Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon and Schuster BFYR

 

C. The Artist-Led Picture Book

           Kristen Nobles, Art Director, Candlewick

 

D. Acquiring An Agent.

          Adriana Dominguez, Agent, Full Circle Literary

 

E. First Chapters

          Andrea Davis Pinkney, Vice President, Editor-at-Large of Trade Books, Scholast5

 

F. What Makes A Great Picture Book

         Andrea Spooner, VP, Editorial Director, Little, Brown BFYR

 

G. Writing Middle Grade Fiction

         Andrew Harwell, Senior Editor, HarperCollins

 

H. Do This, Not That! How to Be a Beloved Working Children’s Illustrator…and How to Get Work in the First Place

          Lucy Cummins, Art Director, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster BFYR

 

I. Making Your Work Memorable

          Sara Pennypacker, Author

 

J. Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young People

          Emily Easton, Executive Editor, Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House

 

K. World Building

          Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor, G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Random House

 

L.  Writing a Great Query Letter

          Beth Phalen, Agent, The Bent Agency

         

 

3:15pm – 4:00pm        AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Tahereh Mafi, Author

 

4:15pm – 5:15pm        Panel: Children's Books in the Social Media World: A Panel of Influencers: Travis Jonker, Blogger; Cynthia Leitich Smith, Author/Blogger; and Matthew Winner Librarian/Podcast Host/Blogger

 

5:15pm – 6:15pm        Special Autograph Session with Tahereh Mafi and Andrea Davis Pinkney.

5:15pm – 6:15pm        Art Browse: All Illustrators are welcome to display their portfolios for conference attendees and faculty.

 

6:30pm – 8:30pm        Gala Dinner: Drinks and buffet treats organized by regions for easy networking.

 

8:30pm – 9:30pm        Optional Socials:

LGBTQ + Allies    Chrysler Room

Illustrators     Gallery III

New Members & First Time Attendees   Callery I

 

 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

 

8:30am – 9:00am         Awards Presentation: Portfolio Showcase Awards, and the Student Illustrator and Writer Scholarships

9:00am – 9:15am          Presentation of the Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grants

                                    Jane Yolen, Author

9:15am – 9:45am         Presentation of the Tomie dePaola Award

                                    Tomie dePaola, Author/Illustrator

10:00am – 11:00am       Panel: The Current Landscape for Children’s Books

 Ken Geist, VP, and Publisher Orchard Books, Scholastic Press Picture Books, Cartwheel Books, Readers, Branches and Little Shepherd; Andrew Harwell, Senior Editor, HarperCollins; Carrie Howland, Senior Agent, Empire Literary; Eileen Kreit, Vice President and Publisher, Puffin/Penguin Young Readers Group; Edward Necarsulmer, Agent, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency    

 

11:15am – 12:15pm     Workshops (You will have to choose one when registering):

 

A. How to Handle Difficult Subjects: Ellen Hopkins, Author

AND

Writing Within and Across Identity Elements: Cynthia Leitich Smith, Author/Blogger

 

B. A Personal Approach To Illustration: Daniel Salmieri, Illustrator

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A Change is Going to Come: Always Leave Room for Change in Your Point of View: Bryan Collier, Illustrator

 

C. Self-publishing Done the Right Way: Tracy Barrett, Author

 

D. Social Media: An Author’s Best “Frenemy”: Travis Jonker, Blogger

 

E. Unlocking the Power of Your Unconscious Mind: Sonya Sones, Author

 

F.  Nonfiction Picture Books: Sylvie Frank, Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon and Schuster BFYR

 

G. To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme, That Is the Picture Book Question: Jane Yolen, Author

 

12:30pm – 1:15pm      CLOSING KEYNOTE: Sara Pennypacker

 

1:15pm – 1:30pm        Door Prizes

 

1:30pm – 3:00pm        Autograph Party

 

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