NEW YORK—June 2, 2016—In honor of the late children’s author-illustrator Ezra Jack Keats’ centenary, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has organized an “Ezra Jack Keats’ 100th Birthday Blowout Weekend,” June 9th through June 11th, in Brooklyn. This special weekend is capped off with the Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert, part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, on Saturday, June 11th.
“Talk about children’s books?” author Rita Williams-Garcia chortled to our moderator, middle grade writer and SCBWI Metro NY Steering Committee member Gina Carey, as the May Professional Series conversation began. “Try and stop me!”
by Sabina Hahn
Steve Light is a children’s book writer / illustrator and a teacher.
As an agent who is also a writer, John Cusick (@JohnMCusick) of Folio Jr. knows what it’s like to juggle the demands of a day job and an artistic pursuit alongside a personal life. At our March Professional Series lecture, Cusick told the intertwined story of how his becoming an agent led to him become a published author (of the YA novels Girl Parts and Cherry Money Baby), and what he’s learned in trying to manage his own life.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi aka @DebbieOhi @inkyelbows and inkygirl, is not only a picture book author/illustrator but a Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram-mer extraordinaire. She gave a social media master class on February 16 for the Tuesday night professional series.
By Adria Quiñones
Agent Joanna Volpe, our January Professional Series speaker, likens a writer’s career to a long journey requiring a team to provide support along the way, just the way the fellowship of the Ring supported Frodo’s journey to Mordor in Tolkien’s books. She and the other members of her agency, New Leaf Literary & Media, are that team for their author and illustrator clients.
by K. Marcus
I think Ernest Hemingway would have liked Scrivener. He rewrote his manuscripts from the beginning, every day or if they were longer, once per week. And he did this all with pen and paper.
On Saturday, January 9, 2016, at SCBWI Metro NY’s On the Road workshop in Westchester, young adult writer and aspiring author, Ghenet Myrthil, (pronounced Janae MIRTH-ul), @Ghenet, taught us how to make that process go more smoothly with Scrivener, an organizational word-processing program designed by aspiring novelist, Keith Blount – a self affirmed geek. (To read more about him and find additional information on Scrivener go to https://www.literatureandlatte.com.)