Monday, October 7, 2019

And The Winners Are...

Say hello to Debbie D'Aurelio, the Southern Breeze Writing Contest Coordinator! It takes a lot of work to bring the contest together, from gathering judges, to handling all the entries, to getting the results out to all the members. And speaking of results, here's Debbie with big news!


The 2019 Southern Breeze Writing Contest has come to an end. We had a record number of entries in the Illustrated Text and Middle Grade categories this year. The competition was very tough and the judges across all three categories were very complimentary of the entries. The professional judges emphasized that creative writing and NEW ideas were the key to success! They recommended studying your genre and making sure your manuscripts stand out. 

And the winners are . . . 

Illustrated Text
1st - Secretly Poppy The Finder of Lost Things by Candice Marley Conner
2nd - One Bright Star by Amy Dees
3rd - The Sock Who Lost His Friend by Anne Weaver

Middle Grade
1st - Trex by Christyne Morrell
2nd - Rocket Captain by Randall Bonser
3rd - Maybe This Time by Johnna Stein

Young Adult
1st - Fall to Me by Brenda Posey
2nd - Persistence by Kara Bietz

3rd - Secrets Rise by Lisa Stauffer


BIG congratulations to all our winners! And a big thank you to Debbie D'Aurelio for all her hard work!

For all those who participated, check your inboxes in the next week or so for feedback from the judges. Use your professional critique to polish those manuscripts because even if you didn't win today, you could end up published in the future. And to think that it started with the Southern Breeze Writing Contest!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Breezers in Your Neighborhood: OCTOBER!

No time for small talk 'cause we've got BIG doings this month!


Saturday, October 5


Our Local Liaison for North Georgia (West) is Shanda McCloskey and she's brought together a group of seven writers and illustrators for a panel you won't want to miss:

What: Confessions of a Kidlit Critique Group

When:  Saturday, October 5th
              10:30 Am to 12:30 PM

Where:  Hampton Park Library
              Cumming, GA

The Trail Mix Critique Group will speak candidly about what makes success, what keeps them writing, how to critique a friend's writing, and how a successful critique group comes together. Find out this group found (and lost!) agents, dealt with rejection, juggled life, got published, and how each one's journey is so very unique.

Trail Mix is an eclectic assortment of children's book writers and illustrators who have been meeting for almost ten years, all aspiring to be traditionally published. Some have been published, some not yet. Come hear these Southern Breezers tell all--and as always, our Local Liaison events are free!


Sunday, October 6


Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator, TeMika Grooms, is always up to something artsy! If you're a creative, join her at this Sunday meet-up:

What: Sunday Write-In

When:  1:00 to 3:00 PM

Where:  Kavarna
              707 East Lake Dr.
              Decatur, GA

Creating does not have to be a solitary process! Join this meet-up group as they set the time aside to create with writers and illustrators of children's books. ALL ARE WELCOME! Bring your sketch books, pencils and paper, and enjoy the process. There will be time for critiques at the end.


Saturday, October 12


Our Local Liaison in the Coastal area, Melissa Miles, received feedback asking for an illustrator event. So Melissa checked around and found a Southern Breezer happy to help:

What: What It Takes to Get Published (from Author/Illustrator Phyllis Tildes)

When:  10 AM to Noon

Where:  Starland Studios
              114 W. 42nd Street
              Savannah, GA

Author/ Illustrator Phyllis Tildes is a PAL member with over 20 books published by Charlesbridge. She'll share her methods and discuss her publication journey, so bring your questions, and bring a friend. It's free!

Saturday, October 26th



Wednesday, October 30


Mark your calendars for a Lunch and Learn with Lin Oliver, co-founder and Executive Director of SCBWI. And P.S. She's also a New York Times best-selling author of children's books! She and Henry Winkler will be in the Atlanta area for a special appearance in the evening but she's always happy to meet local SCBWI members, so we're firming up the details of place and time for this special lunch. We'll post the particulars as soon as we do!


Thursday, September 12, 2019

ART CALL!

Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator TeMika Grooms has announced an art call:

Southern Breeze Illustrators, it's that's time again! We are seeking a talented illustrator to share his or her work on our conference brochure.

Send your samples of art and spot illustrations to be featured on our marketing materials. The art will be seen by our faculty of art directors, editors, and agents for children's books--submit your best work! Details and directions on how to apply can be found on the Southern Breeze website at the Illustrators Lounge: https://southern-breeze.scbwi.org/illustrators-lounge-2/

You must be a member to apply.
Regular and student memberships are available: https://www.scbwi.org/join-scbwi/

DEADLINE FOR THIS ART CALL IS NOVEMBER 1, 2019!

Note: Selected artist receives complimentary attendance to Illustrator's Day!

(Featured Artist: Shannon Day at Shannon Day Illustration.)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Breezers In Your Neighborhood: September!

How is it September already? But that's what the calendar says, so let's see what our Southern Breeze members are up to this month:

Sunday, September 8


Join TeMika Grooms for a Sketch Crawl at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. You'll view the works of Maira Kalman in the exhibit, "The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman's Books for Children." Afterwards, you'll meander through the museum for inspiration. This event is open to writers and illustrators. Meet at the Children's Exhibit Hall at noon at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA.

Saturday, September14th


It's not too late to sign up for nErDcampGA! nErDcamp is a free literacy event where teachers, librarians, authors, and illustrators get together to discuss reading, writing, and books. We have several Breezers who'll be there, including Jennifer Swanson, Shanda McCloskey, Monique Fields, R. Gregory Christie, and Lola Schaefer. Tickets are still available (they're free!) so see the website for more information about this nerdy event in Lawrenceville, Georgia!




Saturday, September 21





Author Sucheta Rawal will be at JapanFest with her Beato Goes To book series, including Beato Goes to Japan. JapanFest takes place at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia. Sucheta will be selling and signing books both Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 6 PM.







Also on Saturday, we have an SCBWI Southern Breeze Workshop at the Five Forks Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia. If you're an aspiring author or illustrator, here's an opportunity to hear a panel of published authors and illustrators share their experience and tips of the trade. There will be plenty of time for questions, and bring the first page of your manuscript or a sample from your portfolio for feedback. It all starts at 1:00 at the Five Forks Public Library--and it's FREE!



Thursday, September 26

Author Sucheta Rawal's having a book launch party at the Consulate of Brazil in Atlanta and all Breezers are invited! Click on the flyer to expand it and get all the information for Beato Goes to Brazil.


Saturday, October 5th

Because this next event is the first Saturday of October, we're including it in September, too!

It's Confessions of a Kidlit Critique Group, with a panel of SEVEN children's book writers and illustrators (some published, some not) from the Trail Mix Critique Group. Come hear the good, the bad, and the ugly, straight from these Breezers: Shanda McCloskey, Christi J. Whitney, Jaclyn Paris, Colleen Bennett, Shannon Marrs, Bonnie Clark, and Kim MacPherson. It's all happening at the Hampton Park Library, 10:30 to 12:30. Click here for more information.






Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Breezers in Your Neighborhood: Labor Day Weekend at the DBF! (Part III)

We've got something for everyone at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, happening Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia! You can find the detailed list of talks, panels, and live drawings, along with the times our members will be appearing here at the Southern Breeze website. But here's a sneak peek of book covers and the activities, authors and illustrators. Recognize one of your Breezer friends? Come out and bring your friends and say hello! (And if you don't know us yet, come out and make a new friend in the kidlit writing world!)

Look for these SCBWI books (and authors and illustrators!) at Booth #405 on Sunday, starting at noon:




We're starting with an illustrator Sketch-Up! Join Miles Davis and Tara Garrigan for drawing fun.





Judi Howe will give tips on teaching hard history.












Join Sheri Dillard for a fun storytime that preschoolers will love!










Author Monique Fields explains how real life can spark a book idea.








Need inspiration? Author Loie Chambers has it covered.











Illustrator Tatjana Mai-Wyss will show the step-by-step process of making words come to life, and you'll want to stick around for her Sketch-up!










Teri Polen will talk about making the leap from indie publishing to traditional publishing.












It's all about birds with author Heidi Stemple. Want to learn how to call owls? Be there!









We'll have an illustrators panel where you can ask questions of Miles Davis, Tara Garrigan, Art Roche, Laura Freeman, and Tatjana Mai-Wyss. What do you want to know about illustrating children's books?






Cool off at a storytime with Melinda Falgoust, author of Ten Little Crawfish.

Tara Garrigan will help you draw and create your own characters (no matter what your skill level may be).



The struggle is real, finding books for 13 and 14-year-old readers. Author Theresa Kiser can help.








Join Christyne Morrell for storytime with Bob the Bunny and a bit of magic.

Peggy Shaw will share a not-to-be-missed talk about the ten things that make a good book editor.




Author Susan Riley has a mystery for you to solve in this secret message hands-on activity.













Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon with Heidi Stemple.






You can read all about Saturday here on the Southern Breeze blog, and remember, books will be available for purchase and authors and illustrators may appear in more than one time slot during the day. But if you want your purchase specially autographed, make sure to be there when the author or illustrator is signing. So check the schedule here and make your plans!

To find out more about the AJC Decatur Book Festival, including parking and where you can find our booth, check out the DBF website here. We can't wait to show you all that SCBWI and Southern Breeze has lined up for you, so come spend the day with us on Saturday, August 31st or Sunday, September 1st for Breezers in the Neighborhood at the DBF!



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Breezers in Your Neighborhood: Labor Day Weekend at the DBF! (Part II)






We've got something for everyone at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, happening Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia! You can find the detailed list of talks, panels, and live drawings, along with the times our members will be appearing here at the Southern Breeze website. But here's a sneak peek of book covers and the activities, authors and illustrators. Recognize one of your Breezer friends? Come out and bring your friends and say hello! (And if you don't know us yet, come out and make a new friend in the kidlit writing world!)






Look for these SCBWI books (and authors and illustrators!) at Booth #405 on Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 PM:







Come join illustrators Shanda McCloskey and Laura Murray for a Sketch-up! (That's live drawing,y'all, and so interesting to watch artists talk through the process while they sketch!)











Author Nathaniel Lachenmeyer (The Singing Rock and Other Brand New Fairy Tales) will talk about the art of writing graphically.













Author Nina Moreno will speak about connections and selling a novel.













Let Shelli R. Johannes introduce you to Cece, a budding and inquisitive scientist, at her storytime.












You'll have fun with author Jodi Wheeler-Toppen and her dog and cat interesting facts!













Michael Lackey, multi-published author, answers all your questions.







Join Doris Brown as she reads her book, Pauly Penguin and Friends, a storytime for kids age 5 to 10.






Come hear Loie Chambers' inspiring story about never giving up on your dream!





Learn the ropes about developing exciting characters for your books from author and illustrator, Miles Davis.








Judi Howe will give a talk about what to do (or not to do) when it comes to teaching American history. Suitable for parents and educators.











Storytime with Christian author, Vanessa Fortenberry. (There may be laughing and singing!)













Author Rhonda Knight wants you to know how to keep your children mentally tough through books!








You can read all about Saturday morning here on the Southern Breeze blog, and remember, books will be available for purchase and authors and illustrators may appear in more than one time slot during the day. But if you want your purchase specially autographed, make sure to be there when the author or illustrator is signing. So check the schedule here! And stay tuned to the blog this month for more highlights of the Sunday authors and illustrators at the festival.

To find out more about the AJC Decatur Book Festival, including parking and where you can find our booth, check out the DBF website here. We can't wait to show you all that SCBWI and Southern Breeze has lined up for you, so come spend the day with us on Saturday, August 31st or Sunday, September 1st for Breezers in the Neighborhood at the DBF!




Thursday, August 1, 2019

Breezers in Your Neighborhood: Labor Day Weekend at the DBF!









We've got something for everyone at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, happening Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia! You can find the detailed list of talks, panels, and live drawings, along with the times our members will be appearing here at the Southern Breeze website. But here's a sneak peek of book covers and activities, authors and illustrators. Recognize one of your Breezer friends? Come out and bring your friends and say hello! (And if you don't know us yet, come out and make a new friend in the kidlit writing world!)





Look for these SCBWI books (and authors and illustrators!) at Booth #405 on Saturday morning, starting at 10:00 AM:





Illustrator Lina Maslo will kick off the fun with "How to Draw Famous People." (And you can try your hand at drawing, too!)








   Author Sandra Godfrey talks about the remarkable dragonfly (and her book!)





Heather Montgomery takes a #Fresh Look at Roadkill.














Lyssa Sahadevan brings us a Building Bridges Hands-on Activity.









Join author Andrea Cassell for storytime with Kibby, the Space Dog?











Author Vanessa Fortenberry talks about Families Growing in Faith.














Storytime with Author Sheri Dillard (and the Farmer)!












Author of Two by Two, Lisa Lowe Stauffer will rev up your writing through reading in how to Read Like a Writer.











Author and illustrator Laura Murray shares all about coloring books and amazing spots in Georgia.











Published in several different genres, author Michael Lackey wants you to Meet the Author and bring your questions.








Authors and illustrators may appear in more than one time slot during the day, and books will be available for purchase, too. But if you want your purchase specially autographed, make sure to be there when the author or illustrator is signing. So check the schedule here! And stay tuned to the blog this month for more highlights of the Saturday afternoon and Sunday authors and illustrators at the festival.

To find out more about the AJC Decatur Book Festival, including parking and where you can find our booth, check out the DBF website here. We can't wait to show you all that SCBWI and Southern Breeze has lined up for you, so come spend the day with us on Saturday, August 31st or Sunday, September 1st for Breezers in the Neighborhood at the DBF!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Non-Fiction Workshop Rocked!

Southern Breeze is bursting with talent, from our vital volunteers to our illustrious illustrators to our winning writers! So when Local Liaison, Melissa Miles, met with non-fiction author, Jennifer Swanson, it’s no surprise that they were able to plan Non-fiction Rocks!, a terrific workshop, in Savannah, Georgia. I asked about the event and here’s what Melissa had to say:

 “On a hot, steamy Saturday in Savannah, a group of lucky writers discovered new and exciting ways to rock those non-fiction projects—thanks to the guidance of award-winning author, Jen Swanson. On July 13th, writers from Tampa, Birmingham, Atlanta, Beaufort, and Augusta joined local Savannah area writers to learn about writing proposals, finding and interviewing experts, obtaining photo releases, and more. Most of those in attendance were already members of SCBWI, but the few who were not expressed interest in joining after the workshop. 

One workshop attendee stated, “Jennifer was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and I especially
learned a lot about expert interviews.” Another said, “I gained a good deal of behind the scenes help.” Overall, the writers in attendance expressed their appreciation for an affordable, one-day workshop with a non-fiction focus. Hopefully, this will be the first of many workshops held in beautiful Coastal Georgia offered by SCBWI Southern Breeze.”

Right now, the Regional Team is busy planning for wik’20, our spring conference in Birmingham, Alabama, and pssst! We’ve got a great slate of agents and editors and authors and illustrators coming your way!

But we hope to bring more workshops like Non-fiction Rocks your way! So if you’re one of our talented Southern Breezers with an idea for a workshop, contact your Local Liaison and/or your Regional Team. There’s still time to do something terrific in 2019!