Missouri SCBWI Confluence Conference

Here is the detailed info I promised you on the upcoming conference!


When:  November 7, 2009 from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm

Where:  St. Charles Community College

Sessions and Faculty Bios:

The Art of Children’s Books
An Illustrator’s Life
Group Portfolio Review

Floyd Cooper has illustrated more than fifty books, many of them for such award-winning authors as Virginia Hamilton, Eloise Greenfield, and Patricia McKissack. His illustrations have won a number of honors, including four Coretta Scott King Awards. Some of his books include The Blacker the Berry, Miss Crandall’s School for Young ladies & Little Misses of Color, and Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea.


On Egmont Books

Greg Ferguson is the editor at Egmont USA. Egmont is one of the largest publishers in Europe with activities in 23 countries. Their first list of 15 books will publish in fall 2009. Greg’s primary acquisition interests include boy’s adventure fiction, middle-grade ghost stories, horror novel (or series) for tweens, edgy and realistic YA fiction, and humorous stories for middle-grade or tweens.


On Andrea Brown agency

Jen Rofe is an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  Jen handles children’s fiction projects only, from picture books through young adult, and is particularly interested in literary, multicultural, offbeat, paranormal, and commercial-with-heart material. She enjoys magical-realism and reality-based fantasy; ghost stories (though not gore); stubborn characters who learn lessons the hard way; and unassuming heroes and underdogs.


Establishing a Writing Career

Sue Bradford Edwards is an editor, writer, and book reviewer who lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.  Sue is the Managing Editor of 21st Century Family, a virtual magazine for families of all kinds.  She is responsible for locating and editing content and now understands the editorial phrase, “I’ll know it when I see it.”  As a writer, her work has appeared in Children’s Writer, The Children’s Writer Guide, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, READ, Ladybug, Young Equestrian magazine, The Gaited Horse,  and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. 


The Business of Writing

Judy Young is an award-winning children’s author and poet who specializes in school visits and writing workshops for students. She also speaks at events such as children’s literature festivals and young author conferences as well as conducting poetry writing workshops for elementary and middle school students nationwide. Judy is also a frequent featured speaker at professional educational conferences nationwide as well as for individual school districts’ professional development workshops and school in-services.


Creative Writing Workshop

Leslie Wyatt is a solid and enduring writer who delights in bringing the commonplace to life and in putting words to the undefined. Leslie has published well over 100 articles for children and families.  Her work appears in numerous anthologies. Her most recent book, Poor is Just a Starting Place has had critical acclaim from Booklist review, and School Library Journal. Leslie also gives workshops on the craft of writing, has written numerous articles equipping writers to excel, and edited the work of other writers.

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