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2018 Houston SCBWI Conference Sunday Intensives

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Sunday Intensive (Choose One Track) Sunday 9AM to 12 Noon Session, Lunch, and 1PM to 3PM session

Picture Book Track

Morning Session by Jennifer Hamburg: Picture Book Punch Up: Taking Your Manuscript from So-So to Spectacular.
In this writing intensive, we’ll focus on fun and effective techniques that will help make your story SING (no actual singing required). We’ll start by going BIG (big ideas, big characters, big humor, big ending). Then we’ll “mold the middle” where your story and signature writing style will really come alive. Finally, we’ll engage in interactive writing exercises to flesh out dialogue, tone, humor, and visual potential. Please bring a work-in-progress – any length is fine, just something on paper to get you going!

Afternoon Session by Sandra J. Howatt: Let’s Rock and Roll with Rhythm and Rhyme: Understanding and Creating the Magic of Verse in Picture Books
If you’d like to add a bit of your own work to the discussion, email with four to eight lines as soon as possible after registering. Indicate if you don’t want your name shared.  She will include as many as time permits.

Novel Track

Morning Session by Linda Sue Park: Word by Word: revision for novelists: Bring the draft of a novel manuscript, approximately the first 50 pages and preferably on a laptop. If you are unable to bring a laptop, please note that for several exercises, you will be taking notes rather than practicing the actual technique.

Afternoon Session by Crystal Allen:  Ignite to Write! Four Fiery Steps to Successful Writing Using the Forgotten Senses
In this session, Crystal Allen will break down four important components to a successful story, and how to utilize our senses to boost the intensity of important scenes.

Illustrator Track

Morning Session by Kelly Light: Freeze Frame: The animated story inside your head becomes a book. Kelly will send out a pre-conference assignment to those registered for this track..

Afternoon Session by Nancy Brennan: The Charm of the Chapter book (Beginner to Professional)
Illustrators need to email their conference assignments to SCBWI Houston IC, Diandra Mae at by August 9, 2018 in order to receive feedback from Viking Art Director Nancy Brennan. Responses will be sent to participating illustrators September 8, 2018. Illustrators will have until the day of the conference to make revisions. They will need to bring revisions and all process steps with them to the conference’s Illustrator Intensive on the September 30, 2018