Words Across Pictures & Picturing Words

Words Across Pictures & Picturing Words: a craft-based, full-day conference in English sponsored by SCBWI & the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Grounds on April 12, 2005. (See sidebar on SCBWI events page).

“Why I Love This Book and Published It” with guest publishers: Anne Schwartz (Random House US); Barry Cunningham (Chicken House UK); Deirdre McDermott (Walker Books Ltd UK) ; Isabelle Bézard (Bayard Editions France); Jennifer Wingertzahn (Clarion Books US); Neal Porter (Roaring Brook US).

Workshops include: “Picture the Book: From Text to Dummy” with artist/author G. Brian Karas (Atlantic); “The Craft of Revision: Examining Motifs, Compression, Structure, & Character”with author Franny Billingsley (The Folk Keeper); and “Book Reviewing: Where Pictures and Words Intersect” with author/reviewer Leonard Marcus (Dear Genius, Parenting magazine).

Cost is: 85 Euros for SCBWI members; 100€ non-members.

Registration fee includes conference, lunch, and closing cocktail. Manuscript and portfolio reviews available upon request for additional fee. First come, first-served. Please note: no refunds. Program subject to change without notice. This event is organized by SCBWI volunteers and is hosted by the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair. Separate registration for the Day-Before Conference and the Book Fair. The Fair is open from April 13 to April 16, 2005. Questions? Register today at:

See photos from the 2004 conference on Erzsi Deak’s Web site.

Cynsational Links

Conversation With Leonard S. Marcus, author of Dear Genius, by Etta Wilson from BookPage.

On the Bloomsbury site, you can send a Folk Keeper e-card or download a Folk Keeper screen saver.

My pal, author Tanya Lee Stone blogged about me yesterday (February 27, 2005). She calls me “sparkly,” but hey now, she’s pretty sparkly herself. Tanya is the author of more than 75 children’s books (really!). Her upcoming titles include Elizabeth Leads The Way (“a picture book biography about Elizabeth Candy Stanton, who spearheaded the women’s suffrage movement”)(Holt, 2006) and A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl (Wendy Lamb, 2006), a YA which will rock your world.

Margery Cuyler’s Web site: official author/editor site. Margery’s recent titles include: Achoo! illustrated by Bruce McNalley (Scholastic, 2002); That’s Good! That’s Bad! In The Grand Canyon, illustrated by David Catrow (Henry Holt, 2002); and Skeleton Hiccups, illustrated by S.D. Schindler (McElderry, 2002), among others. For 21 years, she was Editor-In-Chief at Holiday House and has also worked at Henry Holt, Golden Books, and Winslow Press. She’s been directing the trade program at Marshall Cavendish since June 1.

Editorial Staff Changes At Children’s Publishers and News of Publishers Opening Or Closing from The Purple Crayon. A lot seems to be going on this month. Check it out.