Many thanks to our conference coordinators for a fabulous conference – Genetta Adair (Midsouth RA), Sharon Cameron, Courtney Stevens Potter, and Susan Eaddy (Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator).
Until next year...
PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY:
The Noisy Ninja by Jessica Young
Feed that Monster by Evelyn B. Christensen
Dove Love by Tina Seago
Winning Middle Grade Entry:
Who Brainwashed the World? by Janice Erbach
Middle Grade Honorable Mentions:
Orion’s Hunt by Hannah Dills
Skirmishes by Elizabeth Muster
The Knuckerhole by Howard Shirley
YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY:
Winning YA Entry:
The Wild (The Regime Trilogy) by Stephanie Cardel
YA Honorable Mentions:
Liberation/ Geurin vs. the Greater Good by Millie Bullington
Next by Tiffany RussellBellum by Sharon Wilharm
Newbery Medal winner Linda Sue Park believes scenes are the building blocks of fiction. She writes in scenes, not chapters. She believes Character, Plot, and Setting are interconnected and cannot be separated.
Each scene shows the character’s progress or impediment (both internal & external). Characters are acting or reacting in each scene.
The level of progress/impediment in your story changes depending on what type of story you are telling.
Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s SELLING HOPE won the 2011 Crystal Kite Award given by SCBWI. The Crystal Kite is the only peer-given award in publishing for young readers. SCBWI members in Kansas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Tennessee/Kentucky/Missouri awarded SCBWI-Midsouth member, Kristin O'Donnell Tubb this honor in the award’s inaugural year.
Ruta Sepetys, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray talked about creativity and sparking ideas for stories.
Ruta’s upcoming novel was sparked by a pair of engraved antique opera glasses she received as a gift.
Use Writing Prompts such as a phrase, photo, or an advertisement. Ask yourself what’s going on, who you see, etc. Every writer will see the prompt differently and create a different story idea.
The Library Police arrived on the scene at the SCBWI-Midsouth dessert party last night. They were interviewing author/illustrators, not suspects. The Library Police is a weekly book podcast by two Nashville men. Our conference faculty authors and author/illustrators were interviewed for a special Children’s Book Episode. Watch their blog here for info on the upcoming podcast.