• The Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators in France presents     FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY:  The craft of creating a great story and maximizing its marketing potential    A workshop led by agent Sarah Davies founder of Greenhouse Literary Agency with offices in the UK and US former editor at HarperCollins, Transworld/Random House, and Macmillan   Saturday, October 3 10:00-4:00pm  rue St. Roch, Paris 75001     The publishing industry can seem impenetrable, but this is an opportunity to get an inside, confidential look. The workshop will focus on crafting a book publishers will want.   Participation is limited, so you’ll get personalized feedback that goes beyond general information to what it really takes in concept, craft, and industry knowledge. You’ll also get insight into agents’ decision-making processes, client relationships, query-writing, and how deals are constructed, as well as tips on surviving the publishing roller-coaster to building a career.   Expect handouts, interactive sessions analyzing actual queries, and expert advice on choosing an agent and developing your craft.      Registration: For SCBWI Members:  75E For non-members:        90E   A limited number of individual critiques are available.  For SCBWI Members:  40E For non-members:        50E     Special Offer: If you’re an SCBWI member, and you bring a non-member, you get 10E off your registration fee.    To Register, please contact: France@scbwi.org  
  •                 One of the great things about having the Bologna book fair close by, is that agents often swing through Paris on their way back home. This year we were spoiled by having two agents from the Andrea Brown Literary Agency available to participate in a SCBWI workshop: Jennifer Laughran (@literaticat) and Jennifer Mattson (@jannmatt). The focus of the workshop was pitching – what makes a great pitch and how to do it successfully. As the agents explained, authors often have only one minute to get across the essence of their book, so learning to distill the important points is extremely important. As Jennifer Laughran explained, a good pitch should give an idea of what the book is about, i.e. who the main character is, what he or she wants, what’s stopping them from getting it, and what choices they must face. The agents also emphasized that while it is good for the tone of the pitch to match your book, it’s important to keep it simple and – no opening with rhetorical questions or didactic explanations of the themes. Be specific, and don’t forget to mention the genre and age range. Using comparative titles (books, movies or TV shows that are similar to your project in story or style) is also a useful tool. Finally, Jennifer Mattson reminded illustrators to include samples of their work and a description of the mediums used. Everyone in attendance got a chance to practice pitching their work and have the agents respond, which was an invaluable learning experience. Towards the end of the workshop, we broke into smaller groups so we could pick the agents’ brains about everything from the role of an editor to where to workshop query letters (the SCBWI Blue Boards, of course). We’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to Jennifer Laughran and Jennifer Mattson for sharing their time and experience with us. Reported by Elizabeth Brahy                                                                                                   Photo by Marie Cambolieu  
  • The American Library in Paris is hosting the first ever Teen Author Smash where you'll get a chance to meet young adult authors, ask lots of questions, and get books signed. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/events-programs/library-events/teen-events/eventdetail/1367/-/teen-author-smash.html Saturday, April 25 from 7:30-9:00pm
  • SCBWI France Board Member Elizabeth Brahy (on right) with SCBWI EU members taking a lunch break during the Europolitan 2015 conference in Amsterdam.
  •    It's always nice getting together with fellow SCBWI members for our monthly meetups, but sometimes we have surprise guests who make the gathering extra special. This time we were joined by: Bree Despain, YA author of the DARK DIVINE and INTO THE DARK trilogies, YA thriller author J. R. Johansson of the NIGHT WALKER series and CUT ME FREE, and  Mark Pett, author and illustrator, or as he likes to say, authorstrator of the wordless picturebook THE BOY AND THE AIRPLANE and THE GIRL AND THE BICYCLE. I'm particularly fond of his book THE GIRL WHO NEVER MADE MISTAKES ;-) You can't see her in this photo, but Brodi Ashton, author of the EVERNEATH triology also joined us for a cup of very good hot chocolate.   Hope you will join us next time for Show & Tell.     
  • Domini, one of our dearest members, gets social media tips at our Tech Talk at the American Library in Paris.
  • Author/Illustrator Jeanne B. de Saint Marie at a Show & Tell, sharing her latest project, an animated app of her picture book. Writers and illustrators, long-time members and new friends are always welcome at Show & Tell meetups. These informal gatherings are a chance to talk about your goals, share your work, discuss the latest industry news or just listen.  Dates and details are confirmed one month in advance on the Friends of SCBWI France Facebook page. Please check there for more information and to register.   2015 Show & Tell Dates: February 17, March 10, April 7, May 19, and June 16 from 5:00-7:00pm.   
  • Members Sarah, Gudrun and Lindsey met for breakfast during our annual June 21 Scrawl Crawl.
About SCBWI FRANCE

SCBWI France was launched in June 1996 and is now a dynamic group from a variety of countries and backgrounds. About half of the SCBWI France membership is made up of published authors and illustrators; the other half is comprised of aspiring creatives and industry professionals.

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Show & Tell

 

Writers and illustrators, long-time members and new friends are always welcome at Show & Tell meetups. These informal gatherings are a chance to talk about your goals, share your work, discuss the latest industry news or just listen. 

Dates and details are confirmed one month in advance on the Friends of SCBWI France Facebook page. Please check there for more information and to register.

 

Show & Tell Dates: March 29, April 26, May 24, and June 21 from 5:30-7:30pm.

 

 

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