Seventh Annual Jewish Children’s Book Writers’ Conference

The Seventh Annual Jewish Children’s Book Writers’ Conference will take place Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y at 1395 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan (New York City).

The event is co-sponsored by the 92nd Street Y Buttenwieser Library and the Jewish Book Council. The cost is $80 before Nov. 1, and $95 after Nov. 1. The fee includes a kosher breakfast and lunch.

Featured speakers are editor-in-chief Regina Griffin of Holiday House, editor Jodi Kreitzman of Delacorte Press, marketing and sales director Michael J. Miller of Pitspopany Press, publicist Susan Salzman Raab of Raab Associates, literary agent Rebecca Sherman of Writers House, and production editor Aviva Werner of BabagaNewz magazine.

Author Michelle Edwards, winner of a National Jewish Book Award, will give opening remarks, and the day will include the popular “Query Letter Clinic and First Pages” with the editors, sessions on Sippurim: Israel Books for Kids and the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition, and door prizes.

The registration form is available for download (PDF file). Call 212-415-5544 or e-mail for additional information or to request the form by mail. The final registration deadline is Nov. 14. The conference filled up quickly last year, so register early.

Cynsational News & Links

Thanks to author Lisa Yee for complimenting yesterday’s author interview with D.L. Garfinkle on Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won The Girl (Putnam, 2005)!

“Nonfiction in its Infinite Variety” by Shari Lyle-Soffe, in the Writing Nonfiction section of Writing Tips from the Institute of Children’s Literature.

“Children’s Writing: Poetry, Plays, Picture Books, and Middle-Grade Novels:” a chat with Sue Alexander from the Institute of Children’s Literature. September 2005.