Have you heard about #KidsNeedMentors? It’s a grassroots program started by a group of passionate people (teachers and a children’s book author/illustrator) who want to move the needle on literacy through real connections between children’s book creators and students. I’d heard about the inaugural program last year and was bummed that I missed the window… Read more »

Looking to Up Your Picture Book Game?

I’m pleased as punch to be a Special Guest for the fifth Picture Books and All That Jazz Workshop at Highlights. Every year, this Workshop receives high praise from attendees. The Workshop is run by award winning authors, Darcy Pattison and Leslie Helakoski (also an author/illustrator) who focus on helping writers bring their manuscripts to… Read more »

SCBWI Writers: Don’t Miss This Opportunity! 

Are you taking advantage of your SCBWI Membership?SCBWI offers several awards and grants for members. I know this because in 2013, I won a Work of Outstanding Promise (WOOP) grant that allowed me to research a new manuscript. [stay tuned for more news on this project]​Work-In-Progress (WIP) Awards assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the… Read more »

Hook of the Book Illustrators (and Authors) Day

Let’s go! Our Michigan SCBWI chapter has been busy creating a stellar spring conference for illustrators (and anyone interested in how art influences storytelling). Although I am drawing-challenged, I am particularly excited about the opportunity to learn how art moves story forward.  Here’s a link to the registration and more information. Maybe I’ll see you… Read more »

You should do this! SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) GRANTS

The SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) Grants assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract, and are made possible by a generous grant from Amazon.com.Award: Seven Grants of $2,000 will be awarded annually, one in each category. Seven Runner-Up Grants of $500 will also be awarded, one in each… Read more »

PiBoIdMo Registration is Here!

If you are a picture book writer or illustrator, I sure hope you will consider participating in Tara Lazar’s extravaganzic Picture Book Idea Month. She’ll have guest posts from some of the industries best thinkers, opportunities for prizes (including critiques from stellar agents), and a community-wide buzz. Go here to learn more.  

Get your application ready: ON THE VERGE EMERGING VOICES AWARD

I’ve shamelessly lifted the full description of this amazing award opportunity. It’s your job to submit!  The SCBWI is  dedicated to fostering the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books. The SCBWI On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award was established in 2012 with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation. The grant will be given to two writers or… Read more »