Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2017 Middle Grade & Young Adult Workshop

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Date(s) - 03/24/2017 - 03/25/2017
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

SpringHill Suites by Marriot
115 Arnold Palmer Drive - Latrobe, PA 15650


Non-fiction and historical fiction workshop
with author Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Written and face-to-face manuscript critiques with author Clara Gillow Clark

Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, 2017
Springhill Suites, Latrobe, Pennsylvania

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Registration will be open from 10 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017 through 10 pm Friday, March 3, 2017.
Registration for the Friday evening information session only will be open from 10 am Saturday, March 4, 2017 through 10 pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
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SCBWI Members without critique: $65
SCBWI Members with critique: $90
Non-SCBWI Members without critique: $95
Non-SCBWI Members with critique: $125

SCBWI Members without critique, Friday informational session only: $30
SCBWI Members with critique, Friday informational session only: $60
Non-SCBWI Members without critique, Friday informational session only: $60
Non-SCBWI Members with critique, Friday informational session only: $95

Hotel workshop rate: $109 + taxes and fees
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Susan Campbell Bartoletti will present a workshop geared specifically to YA and MG writers (although all writers would benefit from the workshop info), with an emphasis on nonfiction, historical fiction and realistic fiction. The workshop will focus on research and how to find and use it appropriately and when it is necessary, as well as finding your ideas, developing them, and taking the ideas through the process to publication.


Friday, March 24
7:00-9:30 pm: Registration and overview of research, writing process, plus assignment

What magic turns readers into believers? Spins ideas into stories? Casts people into characters? Transforms facts into historical fiction and nonfiction? What basic craft elements do poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing share? During this muse-friendly workshop, Susan Campbell Bartoletti will share her research and writing process and answer these questions. You will be guided through the prewriting, writing, and rewriting stages in lectures and hands-on activities that will generate new work, deepen your current work, and give you strategies for revision in the true sense of the word.

Saturday, March 25
8:00-11:30 am: Workshop intended to generate new work or deepen present work
11:30 am-12:30 pm: Lunch at hotel
12:30-3:00 pm: Workshops with the goal of having a manuscript that's well on its way to being submission-ready, plus workshop wrap-up

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is an award-winning author of nonfiction and historical fiction YA, MG, and PB. She has presented workshop sessions all over the country, including the NYC and LA SCBWI Conferences. Susan has published 19 books with three more under contract. Her work includes picture books, novels, and full-length nonfiction, as well as short stories and poetry. She has received dozens of awards and honors, including the Newbery Honor, the ALA Robert F. Sibert Award for Nonfiction, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Honor, the Charlotte Zolotow Honor for picture book writing, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, and the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Clara Gillow Clark is a critically acclaimed author of six novels of historical fiction for middle grade readers. In addition to many of her books being shortlisted for numerous State awards, her novel, Willie and the Rattlesnake King won an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice Award, and her novel, Hill Hawk Hattie was a Bank Street College Best Book. Clara studied writing at New School for Social Research and has taught writing for over sixteen years for the Writer’s Institute.