Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ANNUAL GALLERY SHOW @ Decatur Arts Festival​


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ANNUAL GALLERY SHOW @ Decatur Arts Festival​

JOIN US at the Decatur Library on Friday May 26th from 7pm - 9pm
for the opening of the SCBWI 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.


TeMika Grooms

SCBWI Southern Breeze Region
Illustrator Coordinator 

Monday, May 1, 2017

JUNE IS SHOW-MO MONTH!

PSSST…  in case you missed the memo,
JUNE IS SHOW-MO MONTH!
So… you SHOW me yours, and I’ll SHOW you mine…

If you’re like me, you’ve attended a Southern Breeze conference or two, and each time you left inspired by the speakers and made a solemn vow that this time, yes, this time you WOULD submit to at least one of them. Then, you get home, and the glow fades, and when you give your writing sample one last review before hitting send… you just can’t. It’s not as brilliant as you remember.  You really wish you had a set of fresh eyes to give it a quick read.

This year, you can have that set and be that set for someone-else. Give your first pages (or art portfolio) one last look, and help a fellow creative shine their work to the that ready-to-hit-submit glow as well.
 
We want you to SHOW us your work during the month of June, and then give it a final revise and SUBMIT it to the SCBWI Southern Breeze Writing Contest. The Contest Deadline is June 30th, so we’re scheduling critique meet-ups in June at various locations hosted by our local liaisons and other willing folks.  Click here to read more about the Contest: https://southern-breeze.scbwi.org/contests/#Writing

This is what you can win:

WRITING CONTEST AWARDS
1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Winners
Each category's winning authors, titles, and manuscripts’ genres will be acknowledged in the:
      •  Southern Breeze News
      •  Southern Breeze Web Site, Blog, Facebook Pages and Twitter
      •  Winners receive a Southern Breeze, SCBWI Writing Contest Award Certificate and Button for their social media pages.

Each 1st Place Winner also receives FREE tuition to the next WIK Conference in Birmingham in March, 2017.  

Let Show-Mo help you get your pages submission ready!

It works like this: You bring your pages or paintings and then read or show your work to other writers and illustrators.  They fill out feedback sheets which they give to you that you can use to improve and revise. In turn, you listen to them read their work, or look at their illustrations, and fill-out feedback sheets for them.

HERE’S THE DETAILS:


COST:  Free and open to the public, so yes, you can bring a non-SCBWI writing friend; however, they will not be able to enter our annual writing contest.

HOW LONG: Each “live” event should last between 1.5 and 2 hours.

HOW MANY PAGES/ILLUSTRATIONS: Your pages up to ten, double spaced pages in a 12-point font. Your pages should be your best work and near submission ready. For illustrators, bring up to four illustrations for feedback. For more of the Writing Contest submission information, see http://southern-breeze.scbwi.org/contests/writing-contest/.

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS:  To insure everyone is reached, where participation exceeds 8 people, we will break into groups of 4-6. This is a similar format to our conference Informal Critiques.

*HERE ARE THE SHOW-MO GATHERINGS WE HAVE ORGANIZED TO DATE:

SHOW-MO HOST                   REGION/LOCATION              DATE/TIME

ILLUSTRATOR’S SHOW-MO GOOGLE HANG-OUT*

TEMIKA GROOMS/MAEGAN PENLEY    ALL REGIONS           6/4/17, 6-7pm
  Contact Temika at southern-breeze-ic@scbwi.org, with attn: #ShowMo Illus
  *Limited to the first ten due to the nature of google hang-out

ALABAMA

MARK MCCLINTOCK                      BIRMINGHAM, AL     6/3,17        1:00-3:00 PM
Hoover Public Library, 200 Municipal Dr, Birmingham, AL 35216
  Contact: markmcclintock3@charter.net

CARRIE DALBY/MeLEESA SWANN MOBILE BAY AREA, AL 6/10/17 1-3pm
Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St., Mobile, Al 36602
           
FLORIDA

SUZANNE PURVIS   NW-FLORIDA                       6/13/17        1pm - 3pm
            Niceville Public Library, 206 Partin Drive N., Niceville, FL 32578
  Contact Suzanne Purvis spurvis500@embarqmail.com, 850-897-5593           

GEORGIA

COLLEEN BENNETT                Canton, GA             6/10/17             2-4 pm
                     RT Memorial Library in Canton
     Contact Colleen Bennett at 770-314-0246 or Colleen4444@gmail.com

BOBBIE CANADA                 PINE MOUNTAIN          6/9/17 10-11:30,
Starbucks on Bradley Park Drive, Columbus, GA 31909
   Contact Bobbie at 706-604-9650.

TEMIKA GROOMES DECATUR, GA                      6/4/17, 2pm-4pm
                        Karvama Coffee House, 707B East Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030
  Contact Temika at southern-breeze-ic@scbwi.org, with attn: #ShowMo wrtr

CATHY HALL                         LAWRENCEVILLE GA          6/3/17, 10am-12pm
Five Forks Library (Gwinnett County) 2780 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
   Contact: Cathyhall55@hotmail.com

STEPHANIE MOODY           N.FULTON CO. (Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Milton, Johns Creek, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Cherokee, Cobb and Gwinnett Counties)
Contact:  moodyviews@bellsouth.net                         6/24/17, 10:30-12:30
Location: Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30022

PAULA PUCKETT                 NORTH GA EAST     Time and location to be determined, but we'll be somewhere on location in the North GA mountains. Contact paulabpuckett@aol.com to help with this event. Thx.

TK READ                                SE ATLANTA                         6/17/17        10am-12pm
tk@tkread.com                  915 COMMERCIAL ST., CONYERS, GA 30013

PHYLLIS TILDES                   SAVANNAH, GA                  6/10/17        2pm-4pm
  Contact: artphyll@comcast.net   Location to be determined, so check back!

TRACEY M. COX       SOUTH CENTRAL GA          Date TBD
tracey@traceymcox.com          Would like to have a meeting at Giggles Cafe in Tifton, GA. Email me, if you are interested.

*Can’t make an event? Email me at tk@tkread.com and I’ll coordinate exchanges during the month so you can participate online.

Hope to see you at one of these!

Here’s to your writing success in 2017!

BEST, TK READ, Critique Group Coordinator, Southern Breeze

QUESTIONS?  WANT TO VOLUNTEER TO HOST A SHOW-MO EVENT?
CONTACT ME AT TK@TKREAD.COM


*ATTENDING A SHOW-MO EVENT? SHARE THE LOVE BY TAGGING YOUR PICS AND THOUGHTS: #ShowMo AND #SBreeze17

Breezers In Your Neighborhood - MAY EVENTS

Breezers In Your Neighborhood
May 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:
  • 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.
    Christian Authors on Tour (CAOT)
    Book Signing, Story Time, and Writers Forum
    Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
    Holmes Hall Auditorium
Region-Wide
  • Sho-Mo... Show Us Your Manuscript!

Upcoming JUNE Events...


Alabama:

Florida Panhandle:


Georgia




~DEADLINE FOR JUNE EVENTS IS MAY 26TH~

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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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