• 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.     
  • 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  
  • Building Your Fictional World with Strong Secondary Characters         On February 27, Coe Booth led an excellent workshop that attendees are still talking about. In the two-hour masterclass designed to improve writing skills, she shared how she builds fictional families that strengthen the readers’ sense of the story world using tools that she depended on when she was as a social worker in New York. Through exercises, examples, and discussion we delved into our main character’s relationships to create a memorable, believable protagonist with conflicts and emotional moments that resonate with readers. Coe Booth has taught at Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA program, published four books forScholastic, and been a social worker.
  • Two-part Master Class with Legendary  Editor SARAH ODEDINA Friday, March 10 and April 21 from 5-7pm SOLD OUT!! *Sign up for BOTH sessions and get a free critique.*   Sarah began her publishing career selling translation rights and moved in to editorial as the Publishing Director of the children’s list of Bloomsbury Publishing where she worked for 14 years and oversaw the publication of the Harry Potter series as well as many other best-selling prize-winning novels and picture books.  In 2011 Sarah founded the successful and award-winning Hot Key Books.  Sarah is now Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press commissioning titles for the children's and YA list. She is also Editor-in-Chief of SCOOP, a magazine for children.  Sarah regularly talks at writers conferences around the world and is the Director of the Children's Program of FlipSide Literary Festival in Suffolk, England.   PART ONE: Writing with Clarity and Purpose, Friday, March 10 from 5-7pm  Spend two hours in this intensive workshop and learn how to focus on clarity and purpose in your writing and how to make the plot, characters and writing appeal. Sarah will look at common mistakes (overly descriptive writing, poor outline/synopsis, dialogue issues) as well as point out great examples of each. You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of how to make your submission stand out, what to include, and what to leave out. Also, get insider tips on what Sarah is looking for as an editor as Pushkin Children’s Books.    PART TWO: Polished Writing, Friday, April 21 from 5-7pm Join us for the 2nd part of this intensive workshop. In this two-hour session, Sarah will focus on the details of polishing writing skills. She will help you hone fine dialogue, analyze plotting, and study descriptive passages. We’ll end with a look at submission pitches which will stand out to harried and over worked publishers and literary agents. Cost:     SCBWI Member          80E or 50E for one session          (includes a free critique for members who register for BOTH sessions)     Non-members         110E or 65E for one session   For the Critique: submit the first 10 pages of your project and receive written feedback from Sarah. Submissions must be properly formatted. (Information on how to do this is available on the SCBWI website, under the Resource Library menu.) To reserve you place, contact: france@scbwi.org.    
  • Join us on Thursday, November 17 from 6-8pm for a workshop with a professional organizer. She will share her time management expertise and effective exercises to help you set and keep your writing or illustrating goals.   Space is limited.   Cost: 20E for members and 25E for non-members. Early Bird Rates Available! Reserve your spot before October 24 and get a 5E reduction.    To register, please contact France@scbwi.org.
  • Domini, one of our dearest members, gets social media tips at our Tech Talk at the American Library in Paris.
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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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