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:

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!


Florida Panhandle:

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

Upcoming May Events...

  • 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:


  • May 26-27 Decatur Art Walk Illustrator Gallery Show, Public Library, Decatur, GA
  • 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


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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