Missouri SCBWI Annual Conference

Guess who is critiquing manuscripts at the conference this fall?  I am!  I’ll be working with editor Namrata Tripathi (Atheneum), agent Bree Ogden (Martin Literary Management), and fellow author Jeanie Franz Ransom.
Following  are the details for the November 6th event.


All events will take place in the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building.
8-9 a.m. Registration
8:30-9 a.m. New Writers Q&A
9-10 a.m. Keynote Address
Lin Oliver, co-founder and executive director of SCBWI, and Steve Mooser, president and co-founder of SCBWI
10-10:10 a.m. Break
10:10-11:10 a.m. Keynote Address
Namrata Tripathi, executive editor at Atheneum Books
11:10-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
Apprentice: How to Get Published, Cynthia Reeg
Masters: Writing Workshop, Jody Feldman
Illustrators: Illustrators Workshop, Deborah Zemke
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Keynote Address
Bree Ogden, Martin Literacy Management
2:30-2:40 p.m. Break
2:40-3:55 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
Apprentice: Critique Workshop, Lynnea Brumbaugh
Masters: Writing Workshop, Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser
Illustrators: Portfolio Review, Deborah Zemke
3:55-4:05 p.m. Break
4:05-4:35 p.m. Learning Opportunities Panel
4:35-5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Farewell
Lin Oliver and Stever Mooser


Receive a professional one-on-one manuscript critique from one of the following: editor and writer Sue Bradford Edwards, award-winning author Jeanie Franz Ransom, executive editor Namrata Tripathi or agent Bree Ogden.
They will review either the first 10 pages and synopsis of a novel or one complete picture book manuscript. Authors will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Edwards, Ransom, Tripathi or Ogden at the conference, as well as receive a written critique. No requests are taken for faculty preference.
Interested authors must email their manuscripts to  smbearce@gmail.com by Oct. 5. The fee for a critique is $30 (see registration form).
Due to time constraints, critique space is limited. Critiques are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to take advantage of this opportunity!


Illustrators are invited to bring a portfolio or sample of their work to display at the event. No fee or registration is necessary.


Rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate at the Drury Inn in St. Peters, and will be available until Friday, Oct. 22. Simply call 636-397-9700 and give the SCBWI group number: 2099446. There is a flat rate of $79.99 a night per room. This rate is available Friday-Saturday, Nov. 5-6.


Namrata Tripathi, executive director at Atheneum Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuester, works on all types of books, from young picture books to young adult fiction. She describes her tastes as eclectic and literary. She is also an author and has written numerous books for children.

Bree Ogden, agent at Martin Literacy Management, works specifically with children’s authors and graphic novels. Her clients include HC Noel, Anthony Flacco and Jo Anna Hagen.

Lin Oliver, co-founder and executive director of SCBWI, writes and produces movies, books and television series for children.

Steve Mooser, president and co-founder of SCBWI, is an author with over 50 titles to his credit, including The Ghost With the Halloween Hiccups and The Hitchhiking Vampire.

Cynthia Reeg, the Missouri Writing Mentor for 2011, is the author of five picture books for children. She has also published numerous stories in magazines such as Clubhouse, Faces, Highlights and My Friend.

Jody Feldman, award-winning author of the Gollywhomper Games and The Seventh Level, teaches writers and entertains children with her wit and words.

Sue Bradford Edwards, editor, writer, blogger, teacher and past SCBWI regional advisor, has been published by READ Magazine, Ladybug, Young Equestrian, Children’s Writer, Harcourt Brace and Women on Writing.

Jeanie Ransom, award-winning author of five picture books, has previously served as the Missouri Mentor and loves teaching new writers how to succeed in the business.

Deborah Zemke, author/illustrator, has illustrated more than 40 children’s books and brings a serious sense of silliness to her work.

Lynnea Brumbaugh, professor at Washington University, teaches writing and was a primary developer of the university’s children’s literature program. She is a professional editor, a published author and the assistant regional advisor of the Missouri SCBWI.


Children’s Writers Conference

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010

St. Charles Community College

Register online: http://www.stchas.edu/learnforlife

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Early Registration Before Oct. 10

____ SCBWI Member $95

____ Non-member $115

After Oct. 10

____ SCBWI Member $110

____ Non-member $135

One-on-one critique session

____ $30 *Critiques must be submitted by e-mail to

smbearce@gmail.com by Tuesday, Oct. 5.

$____ Total Due

If you have special lunch needs or would like a

vegetarian option, please call 636-922-8233.

Mail, phone or fax registration to:

St. Charles Community College

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive

Cottleville, MO 63376

Phone: 636-922-8233 Fax: 636-922-8686

Make check payable to: St. Charles Community College

Payable by Mastercard, Visa or Discover credit/debit card (please circle):

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