Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Southern Breeze Illustrators!


Southern Breeze Illustrators!

As mentioned during this years Illustrator's Day, we will be hosting year-long opportunities to connect with your tribe and get involved with the regional activities.  The Southern Breeze webpage includes all of the regional events:  https://southern-breeze.scbwi.org/events/.  Check out some of the events we have coming up below:



ARTIST SKETCH CRAWL @ Decatur Square
Please RSVP
We will meet in the Decatur Square for some leisure time to sketch some of the great features and people in the area.  Open to all illustrators and writers - All levels are welcome!
JOIN US! Sunday, April 23, 2017  1pm - 3pm  

Please contact TeMika at southern-breeze-ic.org for interest


DIGITAL ARTIST TOOLKIT  @ Lenox Mall Microsoft Office Store
Sunday, May 21, 1pm - 4pm

Join Microsoft Surface and SCBWI for a hands-on demonstration of digital artist tools using Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 4! Artists of all levels will be introduced to hardware, applications, and work processes to advance their work to new levels,  learning how to integrate digital tools into the traditional illustration process.All necessary hardware and software provided by the facility.
Space is limited so registration is required.


 
ANNUAL GALLERY SHOW @ Decatur Arts Festival​

JOIN US at the Decatur Library on Friday May 26th from 7pm - 9pm
for the opening of the Southern Breeze Annual Gallery Show featuring our PAL Illustrators!  Show is open to the public during the Decatur Arts Festival and runs through June.

This event made possible in conjunction with the Georgia Center for the Book.



Please contact TeMika at southern-breeze-ic@scbwi.org for interest

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 Liz Conrad Awardee Jason Bradley Rollins wins Mentorship with Loraine Joyner



2017 Liz Conrad Awardee Jason Bradley Rollins wins Mentorship with Loraine Joyner


Southern Breeze Region Liz Conrad Award is a scholarship awarded annually to one budding illustrator in the children's book field.  It includes tuition to the annual conference and to Illustrators' Day or the Illustrators' Intensive, depending on the conference that year. This year, a mentorship was added to the award.  This scholarship is open to Southern Breeze SCBWI members only and would be an impressive honor to add to one's resume.
Loraine Joyner, Peachtree Publishers Art Director and long-time advocate for our region, judged the submissions.  Applicants were asked to submit representative work and a brief biography and information sharing why they are interested in pursuing a career in the children’s book industry.  After much deliberation over many submissions, Loraine chose Jason Bradley Rollins illustration.

 

Jason’s animated host of characters reflects the real-world antics of animals.  He had this to share:
“….my love for animals pushed me towards the veterinary field and I attended college for my Associate in Science and acquired my registration and license as a veterinary technician. After twenty years of my writing and drawing being on the back burner while wrestling dogs and cats, I am ready for a change. I have recently joined SCBWI in hopes of improving my skills and possibly achieving my dream of sharing my stories and seeing my characters in print.”
We hope he enjoyed this year’s Illustrator’s Day and Springmingle.  We know you will produce great work under the mentorship program.  



Take a look at some of the other submissions:




Southern Breeze has so much talent! Many thanks to everyone who submitted work for the award.  
We look forward to seeing your work next year. 


Monday, April 3, 2017

Breezers In Your Neighborhood - APRIL #SBreeze17

Breezers In Your Neighborhood
April Events


Southern Breeze is kicking up some dust! 

Breezers In Your Neighborhood is a monthly post to list where you can find our authors & illustrators as they are out in the community. Come out and support your local members and invite others to do also!

Alabama:


Florida Panhandle:


Georgia:
  • April 23 1pm – 3pm Artist Sketch Crawl & Lunch in Decatur Square, Decatur, GA

Upcoming May Events...


Alabama:
  • SCBWI Tuscaloosa members May meeting.  We would love for anyone to come from Birmingham and surrounding areas.
    We will host Kevin Waltman, author of Quicks, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at my home in Tuscaloosa. Kevin teaches writing and literature in the English department at the University of Alabama. He will speak for 15 minutes about his publishing experience, provide any advice he would like, take a few questions and then sell his books as others mingle. http://kevinwaltman.com/
    Anyone who needs additional information, including an address and directions, can email moniquefields@mac.com or call 205-447-3254
    Please let me know if I need to send this announcement to other writers and illustrators.

    Monique Fields

Florida Panhandle:


Georgia

  • May 26-27 Decatur Art Walk Illustrator Gallery Show, Public Library, Decatur, GA
Mississippi
  • Vanessa Fortenberry...   Saturday, May 20, 201710:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
    Children's Story Time and Book Signing
    Sponsored by the Christian Authors on Tour (CAOT)
    Tougaloo College
    500 W County Line Rd. 
    Tougaloo, MS 39174

~DEADLINE FOR MAY EVENTS IS APRIL 26TH~

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

WORKSHOP: So You Want to Write a Book? w/ Connie Fleming & Nancy Craddock


Northeast Georgia History Center
322 Academy St. NE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Saturday, May 6th

9:00 AM – Noon                                      Where Do You Start?                                    Connie Fleming
Explore where successful stories begin. Hint: you don’t have to start at the beginning.
We will look at examples of different beginnings, and discuss the importance of first pages, and titles. There will be hands-on exercises to get the creative juices flowing, and sharing with the group. Handouts will be provided.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                               Self-Publishing Secrets                                    Nancy Craddock

• Which colors on a book’s cover sell the most books.
• Fonts that kill the deal..
• How to price a self-published book.
• How many pages in a self-published book make the most profit.
• What should every self-published book have on the last page.
• The “one word” secret for an award-winning story.

There will be “Question & Answer” time with both speakers during the last thirty minutes.
Numerous Door Prizes
(including a full manuscript critique)

Connie Fleming, SCBWI PAL Member                                             Nancy Craddock, SCBWI PAL Member
2016 GA Author of the Year Finalist for “Halley’s Hope.”                          2016 Moonbeam Medal Winner
2nd Place in WIK Novel Contest 2016 for “Desert Secrets.”                     Author of Five Self- Published Books
Winner of 2014 WIK Novel Contest for “Over a Barrel”                            Author of Numerous Magazine Articles
2008 Nominee GA Author of the Year for “Finder’s Magic”
                            Winner of Numerous Writing Contests

Sponsored by SCBWI (Society of Children Book Writers & Illustrators)
SCBWI Members – 55.00                     Non SCBWI Members – 65.00
Due to limited seating, reserve your spot today at
Questions: “Contact Me” page at www.nancycadlecraddock.com
Or

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mix and Mingle at SM’17!





Mix and Mingle at SM’17!

Whether you’re a newcomer or a long time conference attendee, you’re sure to find folks to help you along your creative journey at this year’s SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle!  Of course, the speakers and sessions will be amazing.  Look at that line-up! Authors. Illustrators. Art Directors. Editors and Agents. Wow!
If this is your first conference or if you’ve lost count of how many conferences you’ve attended, think about the benefits of expanding your network of writers and illustrators. Get out there and meet people!  I know, I know, sometimes it’s hard to be a new person in a situation where it might seem like everybody knows everybody else, especially if you might be a little on the “shy side.” It can also be a challenge for long time attendees to help newcomers feel at ease in a conference setting, too.
We began something at WIK ’16 in Birmingham with a Membership Display and are continuing this at SM ’17 because it seemed to be helpful.  Here’s how this works:
Local Liaison’s names are posted on the Membership Display.  Look for the name of the Local Liaison who is closest to where you are, select the corresponding color slip of paper and put it in your name tag.  Then go out there and meet people! If they have the same colored tab in their name tag, chances are they might live close to where you are and might consider forming a critique group.  Local Liaisons are volunteers who hold local events from time to time in their area.  Some LLs choose to belong to critique groups too, but their main function is to provide opportunities for local members to get together and pass along information.  If there is not a Local Liaison close to where you live, consider becoming one yourself. (Ask us how!)
Let’s say you are a first time attendee at a conference.  You get to know six people there—three of them are writers and three are illustrators.  You ask open-ended questions, listen, get to know what they are working on and share a little bit about yourself and your project(s). Maybe they are in your area and you see them again at a Local Event, or you find other ways to keep in touch through social media.  Maybe you attend the next conference, those six people are there and you get to know six more new people. See how this works? You will begin to develop and expand both your knowledge base of the art and craft of writing/illustrating and your network of creatives.  This also works as long time attendees “pay it forward” by welcoming new members and, who later, express delight by learning something new or by following along in the careers of someone they had met at a conference.  By the time you have attended several conferences you will have met so many people, learned so much more, and your network will have expanded, like when pebbles thrown in a pond begin to overlap one other.
So Welcome to Southern Breeze and I’ll look forward to meeting you at Springmingle.
All my best,
Paula Puckett

Membership Coordinator

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Breezers In Your Neighborhood - March Events #SBreeze17

Breezers In Your Neighborhood
March Events


Southern Breeze is kicking up some dust! 

Breezers In Your Neighborhood is a monthly post to list where you can find our authors & illustrators as they are out in the community. Come out and support your local members and invite others to do also!

Alabama:

Florida Panhandle:


Georgia:

Upcoming April Events...


Alabama:


Florida Panhandle:


Georgia

~DEADLINE FOR APRIL EVENTS IS MARCH 28TH~

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Why Picture Books Writers Should go to Illustrator Workshops


Why Picture Book Writers Should go to Illustrator Workshops 

Springmingle is almost sold out this year, only one spot left, but we want picture book writers to know all about the opportunity they still have to attend Illustrators Day on March 10 at the Decatur Library.

You may ask, "Why would a picture book writer want to go to an illustrators' workshop?"

I'll start with personal experience.  When I registered for my first SCBWI conference in New York all of the writers' intensives were full, but I was studying the way text and image work together in picture books at Hollins University (for my Masters in Children's literature), and decided to see if Lin Oliver would let a non-illustrator attend the illustrators' intensive. She approved and it was one of the best decisions I have made in my writing life. You can read about illustrations creating tension on a page, and I was certainly doing a lot of that at Hollins, but when it is explored in an illustration workshop the term gains a deeper meaning.

It is also hard to comprehend the full nature of the collaboration between the writer and the illustrator. Picture book writers know they need to think visually when they write, but often this comes out as detailed verbal descriptions instead of active texts that offer visual possibilities for the illustrator.
In a blog about creating SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE with Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett says,
"I feel like a big part of my job in writing a picture book manuscript is to create opportunities for the illustrations to do the storytelling. And really the picture book writing is the art of finishing an unfinished thing. So there were crucial things to the book that I had no idea how [Jon was] going to solve: What were the spectacular things Sam and Dave were going to miss? How would falling from the bottom of the earth work visually? And how would [Jon] indicate that they’d landed somewhere else?" http://blog.picturebookmakers.com/post/129136224036/mac-barnett-jon-klassen (emphasis added)
The art of leaving things "unfinished" for an illustrator to flesh out is often contrary to our writer's instinct to describe everything in detail for the editor and illustrator so they will see how we envision the story unfolding. Understanding what it means to leave space for the illustrator to contribute to the story is essential to writing great text.

Similarly, as writers we know to include pauses and "cliff hangers" in text that signal a good place for a page turn, but maybe we are not thinking how that will work in the illustrations. Seeing and hearing how editors and art directors structure the text and illustration together helps us understand how we can improve what we submit, make it more acquirable, and be better partners in the collaborative process. 

So if you didn't register in time to attend Springmingle'17, consider coming for Illustrator Day. You'll learn a lot and we'll get to see you at the reception on Friday night! And as an added bonus, there are still a few slots available for consultations with an agent!

Claudia Pearson
Regional Advisor
SCBWI/Southern-Breeze