One of the best things about going to the Missouri SCBWI Retreat is having the chance to work with and learn from my fellow writers. But why wait until the next retreat to seize this kind of opportunity? If you are a young adult writer, an SCBWI member and living in Missouri, you can apply for the 2016 YA Mentorship.
The mentorship allows one lucky writer to work for one year with a knowledgable, published writer. It is an amazing opportunity!
This year’s mentor is Jennifer Brown. Brown is the author of the Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away. Her debut novel, Hate List, earned three starred reviews and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA” Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End also received starred reviews. That not enough for you? Jennifer’s debut middle grade novel, Life on Mars, was released in 2014, and her second middle grade novel, How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel will be released in summer 2015. She also writes women’s fiction as Jennifer Scott.
Check out the application procedures on the SCBWI web site (you’ll have to log in first) and be sure to get your material together and turned in by June 30th. This is a fantastic opportunity and I know someone out there will benefit greatly from Jennifer’s wealth of knowledge, you lucky dog.