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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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List of Available Speakers

Below is our official list of SCBWI PAL members with published books or other accolades who make themselves available for author or illustrator visits to schools, libraries, and other such locations. (Click here for more information about PAL membership.)

Educators are very excited at the prospect of having a central Web page to find speakers in their area, so if you are a PAL member of SCBWI within our chapter and are interested in being listed below, please send an e-mail to David Goldschmidt.

The list is in a random order! Click here to shuffle the order.

   
Peter Marino Dough Boy by Peter Marino Magic and Misery by Peter Marino NAME: Peter Marino
REGION: Albany and surrounding region
EMAIL: pmarino300@yahoo.com
WEB: http://www.petermarino.sunyacc.edu
SPECIALITY: young adult novels
OFFERS: writing workshops and book talks tailored to your curriculum (Peter has taught writing for 23 years); presentations on a variety of themes, including Everyone is a Writer, Writing Makes Sense Out of Chaos, and Boys and Books
Peter De Witt Isabella by Peter De Witt Toaster Pond by Peter De Witt NAME: Peter De Witt
REGION: Albany and surrounding region, Hudson Valley
EMAIL: toasterpond@hotmail.com
WEB: http://www.petermdewitt.com
SPECIALITY: middle grade, young adult novels, and educational topics
OFFERS: school visits (based on availability because Peter is an elementary school principal) about creating stories and the publishing process; also speaks at state and national levels on the topic of struggling learners, which covers literacy, building and district-level interventions, and information/resources for parents
Kyra Teis Words are Like Faces by Kyra Teis The Magic Flute by Kyra Teis NAME: Kyra Teis
REGION: United States
EMAIL: kyra@kyrateis.com
WEB: http://www.kyrateis.com
SPECIALITY: picture books
OFFERS: Pre-K through 8 school visits and workshops; Kyra shares her idea notebook, discusses where her ideas come from and shows how she revises her writing and illustrations; all talks and hands-on creative workshops dovetail with The Writer's Workshop; every visit tailored to individual goals of the school; click here for descriptions and photos of talks and workshops
Marlene Newman Myron's Magic Cow by Marlene Newman NAME: Marlene Newman
REGION: Upstate New York and surrounding regions
EMAIL: marlenen@nycap.rr.com
WEB: http://www.myronsmagiccow.net
SPECIALITY: picture books, middle grade novels
OFFERS: school visits for elementary and middle school classes to read and discuss Myron's Magic Cow; also available for fiction writing workshops that focus on setting, plot, theme, and characterization, as well as nonfiction writing workshops that focus on selecting a topic, developing questions, writing an outline, and performing research (click here for more information)
Jessica Loy Follow the Trail by Jessica Loy When I Grow Up by Jessica Loy NAME: Jessica Loy
REGION: New York State, Vermont, CT, New England, and beyond
EMAIL: loyj@strose.edu
WEB: http://www.jessicaloy.net
SPECIALITY: nonfiction books for children (ages 7-12)
OFFERS: large presentations and class-sized workshops (see Web site) for elementary and middle school students (K-6) based on subjects explored in Jessica's books, including hiking, camping, outdoor education, environment, and careers
Nancy Castaldo Pizza for the Queen by Nancy Castaldo Keeping Our Earth Green by Nancy Castaldo NAME: Nancy Castaldo
REGION: Upstate New York and New England
EMAIL: NTCastaldo@taconic.net
WEB: http://www.nancycastaldo.com
SPECIALITY: nonfiction, environment, middle grade, elementary, picture books
OFFERS: school visits for elementary and middle school covering natural history topics, creating story, and the publishing process
Julie Chibbaro Redemption by Julie Chibbaro NAME: Julie Chibbaro
REGION: Eastern New York
EMAIL: julie@juliechibbaro.com
WEB: http://www.juliechibbaro.com
SPECIALITY: young adult fiction
OFFERS: teaching and speaking at schools, libraries, conferences, etc. (currently teaches fiction at the Gotham Writers Workshop)
Kimberly Sabatini Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini NAME: Kimberly Sabatini
REGION: Upstate New York and New England
EMAIL: kimmiepoppins@mac.com
WEB: http://www.kimberlysabatini.com
SPECIALITY: Young Adult Novels
OFFERS: happy to speak at schools, libraries, conferences, book clubs, etc.
Lyn Miller-Lachmann Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann Once Upon a Cuento by Lyn Miller-Lachmann NAME: Lyn Miller-Lachmann
REGION: Albany and surrounding region, Hudson Valley, NYC, Connecticut
EMAIL: lynml@mac.com
WEB: http://web.mac.com/lynml
SPECIALITY: young adult novels; Editor-in-Chief of MultiCultural Review
OFFERS: school visits (7-12), including writing workshops for English and ESL classes and presentations for teens and adults about writing historical fiction, creating characters from diverse cultures, and exploring through fiction human rights, immigration, and Latin American history and culture; presentations suitable for English, social studies, and Spanish classes
Rose Kent Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent NAME: Rose Kent
REGION: Upstate NY, Long Island, CT, New England
EMAIL: RosemarieKent@yahoo.com
WEB: http://www.rosekent.com
SPECIALITY: middle grade fiction
OFFERS: "What's Your Message In A Bottle?" engaging school and library visits for elementary and middle school students that connect to curriculum, promote writing, celebrate multiculturalism, and give how-to tips for revising
Steve Sheinkin Two Miserable Presidents by Steve Sheinkin The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin NAME: Steve Sheinkin
REGION: Northeast
EMAIL: ssheinkin@gmail.com
WEB: http://www.stevesheinkin.com
SPECIALITY: history books kids actually want to read (grades 5-9)
OFFERS: school visits in which Steve confesses to having been a textbook writer for years, explains why those things are so terrible, tells kids some of the great stories he was never allowed to put into textbooks, and shares the books he writes these days
Lisa Thiesing Scarecrow's New Clothes by Lisa Thiesing The Aliens are Coming by Lisa Thiesing NAME: Lisa Thiesing
REGION: Mid-Hudson Valley
EMAIL: contact@lisathiesing.com
WEB: http://www.lisathiesing.com
SPECIALITY: early readers and picture books
OFFERS: school visits (K-3) covering the steps that go into making a book, from writing, to editing and drawing (click here for more information)
Carol Parenzan Smalley What's So Great About Lewis and Clark? by Carol Smalley Threat to the Spotted Owl by Carol Smalley NAME: Carol Parenzan Smalley
REGION: Upstate New York, New England, Pennsylvania, and surrounding regions
EMAIL: Carol@CarolSmalley.com
WEB: http://www.CarolSmalley.com
SPECIALITY: creative nonfiction for elementary and middle school ages, including special hands-on programs about explorers (Henry Hudson, Lewis and Clark), environmental topics, and state history (please see Web site for complete listing and current promotions)
OFFERS: large assemblies, classroom workshops, teacher and librarian training, family workshops, and customized programs; all programs are interactive and hands-on; also teaches Writing for Children through 2,400 colleges and universities around the world
Donna McDine Hockey Agony by Donna McDine A Sandy Grave by Donna McDine NAME: Donna M. McDine
REGION: Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, and CT)
EMAIL: donna@donnamcdine.com
WEB: http://donnamcdine.com
SPECIALITY: picture books, nonfiction, elementary and middle grade
OFFERS: invite multi-award winning children's author, Donna M. McDine, to your school for a fun day of hands-on workshops based on the Educator Guides from The Golden Pathway, Hockey Agony, and Powder Monkey, or presentation "How a Book Comes to Be"; prior to Donna's school visit, she will meet with you in person or discuss via telephone your curriculum and how best to structure the workshops around your state guidelines
Jennifer Roy Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy Trading Faces by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy NAME: Jennifer Roy
REGION: Within one hour of Saratoga Springs
EMAIL: jroy2@nycap.rr.com
WEB: http://www.jenniferroy.com/
SPECIALITY: middle grade and young adult novels
OFFERS: "Yellow Star" school visits (grades 6-10) covering World War II/Holocaust history, literary elements, writing process, and what it's like to be an author
Daniel Mahoney The Saturday Escape by Daniel J. Mahoney A Really Good Snowman by Daniel J. Mahoney NAME: Daniel J. Mahoney
REGION: United States
EMAIL: danjean@nycap.rr.com
WEB: http://www.danieljmahoney.com/
SPECIALITY: the process of writing and illustrating, elementary, middle grade, picture books, and board books
OFFERS: the nuts and bolts of picture book making, the publishing process, character development, story idea development, illustration demonstration, and writing and illustrating a story with the class
Eric Luper Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets by Eric Luper Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper NAME: Eric Luper
REGION: Albany and surrounding region
EMAIL: eric.luper@gmail.com
WEB: http://ericluper.com
SPECIALITY: middle grade and young adult novels
OFFERS: Eric Luper is the author of numerous books for young readers and teens. He enjoys speaking to groups of students (small or large), teachers and librarians about the writing process, revision, young adult fiction, writing humor or any other related topics that might be of interest. He also does single-day and multi-day writing workshops aimed at specific writing goals. Eric is available in person or via Skype.
Alexandra Siy Cars on Mars by Alexandra Siy Bug Shots by Alexandra Siy NAME: Alexandra Siy
REGION: Northeast
EMAIL: alex@alexandrasiy.com or siy.science@gmail.com
WEB: http://www.alexandrasiy.com or http://www.instastem.com
SPECIALITY: putting art into science (making STEM into STEAM); science nonfiction that uses storytelling, "science as art" photography and imagery, and creative literary structures to bring science nonfiction to life
OFFERS: school visits for all grade levels that use scientific imagery and content (insects, spiders, Mars, space exploration, microscopic world) to get kids to think and write creatively; Alexandra works with large audiences as well as small groups in a workshop setting; she offers live interactive videoconferencing through iNK (http://www.inkthinktank.com) and InstaSTEM, a science based photography workshop (http://www.instastem.com); her keynote speech is "Got STEAM!"
Timothy Tocher Odd Ball by Timothy Tocher NAME: Timothy Tocher
REGION: Hudson Valley, Albany and surrounding areas, CT, NJ
EMAIL: To2im@aol.com
WEB: http://sites.google.com/site/tochertales/
SPECIALITY: age appropriate, interactive programs for grades K-8, teacher and PTA presentations
OFFERS: school visits feature presentations on poetry, parodies, fiction, nonfiction, sports
Kathy Ceceri Discover the Desert by Kathy Ceceri Around the World Crafts by Kathy Ceceri NAME: Kathy Ceceri
REGION: Eastern New York and New England
EMAIL: Kathy@CraftsForLearning.com
WEB: http://www.craftsforlearning.com
SPECIALITY: science and history activity books for elementary and middle school readers
OFFERS: school visits on science and history topics, which can include hands-on activities or crafts; also presentations for teachers or parents looking for ideas, tips, and information on doing hands-on learning projects in the classroom or at home
Karen Beil Jack's House by Karen Beil Fire in Their Eyes by Karen Beil NAME: Karen Beil
REGION: Upstate New York and New England
EMAIL: karen@karenbeil.com
WEB: http://www.karenbeil.com
SPECIALITY: picture books, nonfiction, elementary, middle grade
OFFERS: large presentations and class-sized workshops for elementary and middle school (K-8) students on the craft and process of writing fiction and nonfiction, revising, interviewing, research, and personal stories
Anita Sanchez The Invasion of Sandy Bay by Anita Sanchez The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion by Anita Sanchez NAME: Anita Sanchez
REGION: Upstate New York and New England
EMAIL: anasanchezh@aol.com
WEB: http://www.anitasanchez.webs.com
SPECIALITY: historical fiction and environmental science nonfiction for middle grade and young adult
OFFERS: school visits for elementary and middle school classes; a fun and participatory program on document-based historical research
Sandra Dutton Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth by Sandra Dutton Dear Miss Perfect by Sandra Dutton NAME: Sandra Dutton
REGION: Upstate NY, New England, Long Island
EMAIL: sjsdutton@hotmail.com
WEB: http://www.SandraDutton.com
SPECIALITY: middle grade novel, picture books
OFFERS: For grades 1 and up, I show how Dear Miss Perfect: A Beast's Guide to Proper Behavior, a picture book I wrote and illustrated, evolved, then help students create their own picture book; for grades 4 and up, I discuss how geological history informed my novel Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth, then help students begin stories of their own; I have taught both art and writing at the elementary, high school, and university levels

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