Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cowabunga! Raise the Roof! Prescott Hill is New Illustrator Coordinator!

It's been chirped and posted, leaked and mentioned, but the Southern Breeze Leadership Team wishes to officially proclaim this great news! We waited for headquarters to get back from a much-deserved rest, and give us the official go-ahead. (They had just completed a phenomenal International Summer Conference in Los Angeles. More about the conference later!)

Many of you know Prescott as the art director of our Southern Breeze Newsletter and the one responsible for the amazing re-do of the newsletter design. How great is it that he will bring his mad skills to the Illustrator Coordinator position? Prescott previously served as Assistant Illustrator Coordinator with our beloved Elizabeth Dulemba, which only added to his already significant résumé.

Prescott has always been interested in visual storytelling media and immersed himself in photography, filmmaking and animation early in his teens. He attended the New England School of Art and Design in Boston to become a filmmaker, but graduated as a designer. He has been a repertory stage actor, a photo studio assistant, a video company grip, set designer and has operated several freelance businesses. He served as a senior graphic designer at Hasbro, where he had the opportunity to hire and work with the top names in illustration. This fueled his desire to become a professional illustrator.

Prescott moved to Atlanta and began a freelance career doing conceptual illustrations, branding, and packaging illustration with clients that included his former employer, Hasbro. By 2003, he was the lead illustrator for the newly revived Littlest Pet Shop line, which is still enjoying great success. Prescott has illustrated nineteen published children's books. The latest is another in the Littlest Pet Shop series published by Scholastic. It is slated for release in December. He has a backlog of his own books waiting in the wings, including an illustration tutorial series. Check out his web site for more information.

Prescott joined SCBWI/Southern Breeze in 2011, and says he has grown quite a bit as an artist and member of our fabulous creative community. He is already brimming with ideas for growing and engaging our wonderful Southern Breeze members. Please join us in welcoming Prescott to the SCBWI Southern Breeze leadership team!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome to the New Southern Breeze Writers Blog

Are you serious about writing or illustrating for young readers? Then you've found the write place!

Welcome from the SCBWI Southern Breeze Region, serving children's book writers and illustrators in Georgia, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida. We are glad you found our blog page! We will be posting information here about our local and regional activities and events, most of which are open to anyone interested in writing or illustrating books for young readers -- and some are FREE! We will also be posting interviews and guest blogs from our members, full of great tips for both beginners and those who are already published. Be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss any of the wonderful opportunities or valuable information.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an international non-profit organization with more than 22,000 members. For market reports, (including a listing of children’s book publishers and agents, and calls for submissions), information about grants and awards from SCBWI (including the Spark Award for non-traditionally published books and the Amber Brown Award for school visits), school and library speaker profiles and links, online chat groups, critique forums, and our online bookstore, visit (some information only available to members).