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Falling Leaves FALLING LEAVES 2014: MASTER CLASS RETREAT

Nov 7-9, 2014 >>>
Come to Silver Bay on Lake George for a weekend of inspiration and craft. Our focus this year is on picture books. We have five wonderful editors: Grace Kendall (FSG); Grace Maccarone (Holiday House); Emma Ledbetter (Atheneam); Nancy Paulsen (Nancy Paulsen Books); and Beth Terrill (North South Books). Each participant will receive a one-on-one 25-minute critique from one of these editors. Each editor will also provide a hands-on workshop and writing exercises in the evenings.
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Welcome to the Eastern NY Region of SCBWI!

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Logo Contest Winner!
It was a treat for me to see all of the wonderfully creative logos that were entered in our Eastern NY Region's contest. I'm pleased to announce the winner is artist Jessica Loy for her beautiful logo inspired by our mountains, the Hudson River and the sun. She has artfully combined the sunrise and the idea of a book! Great job, Jessica!

Thanks to all who participated and to our guest judges who had the difficult job of choosing just one!

Follow the region's news on Twitter @SCBWIEasternNY (click here)

Along with hosting two annual events--the Mid-Hudson Valley Conference in Poughkeepsie and the Falling Leaves Master Class Retreat in Silver Bay on Lake George--we have a host of other activities to keep writers and illustrators in the publishing loop!

While writing and illustrating children's books is often a solitary art, many SCBWI members enjoy getting together with like-minded individuals. Shop Talk is where such meetings begin.

Whether you want to hear the latest "inside scoop" on editors or you just want to talk to others who understand what you're going through, attend a "Shop Talk" session near you. We have monthly meetings in the Capital District and the Mid-Hudson areas. Members and non-members alike are welcome and attendance is always free.

Our Eastern NY Region is a part of the larger SCBWI organization. Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals working in the fields of children's literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children's literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.

SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over. As a unified body, SCBWI acts as a powerful force to effect important changes within the field of children's literature, promoting new copyright legislation, equitable treatment of authors and artists, and fair contract terms. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world.

FROM: Nancy Castaldo
Regional Advisor, SCBWI Eastern NY
(ntcastaldo@taconic.net)