I’m the Missouri SCBWI Writing Mentor for 2013

I still can’t believe it — I’ve agreed to be the Missouri SCBWI writing mentor for 2013.  This will be the first time that we’ve ever done a nonfiction mentorship.

I have almost 400 publishing credits, including children’s nonfiction.  My work has appeared in Ladybug, READ, Young Equestrian Magazine, Education.com, numerous Gryphon House collections, Children’s Writer newsletter, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Writer’s Digest and The Writer’s Guide, as well as testing packages for Harcourt and Houghton Mifflin.

What this means is that throughout 2013, I will be working with one writer on his or her nonfiction.   To be eligible this writer must:

  • Be an SCBWI Member.
  • Reside in the Missouri Region.
  • Be unpublished in children’s nonfiction.
My ideal candidate is someone with writing experience who needs a hand learning how to narrow and slant a topic, evaluate resources and refine narrative nonfiction.  I won’t be responsible for helping this person find a publisher or an agent but I will help them improve their nonfiction skills through the development of one project.

The hardest part will be picking someone out.  All applications will be screened by a panel of judges.  Then I’ll get the top 3 and have to pick from among them.  Whew.  That’s going to be tough.

Applications should be sent as attachments to LynneaAnnette@gmail.com.  Include:

  • A personal statement of 200-300 words with your writing habits, your writing goals, and a good sense of your writing persona.
  • The first 10 pages of your nonfiction manuscript.
  • Deadline: August 30, 2011

Encourage the SCBWI Missouri members you know to apply.  I’m really looking forward to helping someone work up a fantastic manuscript.