Sunday, October 29, 2017

Where's the fall conference?

Oh no, October is almost gone and we haven't had wik (Writing and Illustrating for Kids) yet!

What happened? Where did it go?

Not to worry, wik is still around. Our Conference Coordinator, Tay Berryhill, is very busy confirming the final speakers for wik March 10-11, 2018 in Birmingham, and our line-up is already AWESOME!!!!

Let's start with the AMAZING Linda Sue Park! Not only is she a Newbery winner for her novel A Single Shard, but she has written many wonderful books about important issues like A Long Walk to Water, and delightful picture books for the youngest audiences, like Bee-Bim-Bop, Yum - Yuck, and Yaks Yak. Mystery is no mystery to her with two books in the 39 Clues series, and fantasy is one of her fortes with her Wing and Claw series. Linda Sue is the perfect keynote speaker for a conference that boasts "Something for Everyone" and offers more than 30 breakout sessions and a choice of six half day intensives on Sunday.

For our Illustrators, no, we won't be in Decatur this spring -- but don't worry, ILLUSTRATOR DAY is still happening - just in a different location.

And our keynote speaker for Illustrators Day is ....
     (wait for it)...
the phenomenal,
award winning,
fun and fantastic,
illustrator and
illustration instructor,
(drum roll please!)

Pat Cummings!

Pat's work includes illustrations for texts by some of the best children's book authors, including Mildred Walker, Nikki Grimes and Mary Stolz, and her own texts and illustrations, including her beautiful rendering of Carousel, her retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the touching tale, My Aunt Came Back, and the fun filed Harvey Moon books make Pat is the perfect keynote speaker for our first wik Illustrators Day.

Plus, there will be an Art Director led mentorship, agents and editors (yes, the plurals are intentional), including an agent for the Illustrators Day quickfire portfolio review session. Please note that for our first spring wik, our agent One-on-One sessions and intensives will take place on Sunday instead of Friday.

We hope to see all of our regular Illustrators' Day and spring conference attendees at wik in Birmingham in March!Check the registration page (under construction) at for more details about all of the wonderful speakers we have lined up.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Liz Conrad Illustrator Portfolio Award

"The time has come, the time is now!" (Marvin K. Mooney, by Dr. Seuss)

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Is Your Portfolio Ready?
2018 Liz Conrad Award submissions open November 15

Want to attend wik and Illustrators' Day in Birmingham in March? Well now's the time to polish up your portfolio so it is ready to submit for the Liz Conrad Award.

This Award is open to Southern Breeze SCBWI members only and is an impressive honor to add to one's resume. If you would like to apply, check out the details at and email your application and submission to

Applications may be submitted beginning November 15 of each year, so now is the time to get your work ready to submit!

Jason Bradley Rollins
Liz Conrad Entry

Monday, October 2, 2017

Breezers in The Neighborhood!

Lots of Breezers are busy this October! If you’re in their neighborhood, we hope you’ll grab a friend and drop in!

Saturday, October 14:

Patricia Cruzan will be one of the featured authors at Author Day, and signing Poetic Moments, The Wonder in the Woods, My Reflections, Max Does It Again, and Molly's Mischievous Dog.

Where: Clayton County Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236

When: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

It's Indie Author Day, hosted by the Clayton County Library System. Join author/artist Temika Grooms for her breakout session Imagine That! Illustrating and Writing Books for Children and Teens where she'll be sharing creative tips and tricks.

Where:  865 Battle Creek Rd. Jonesboro, GA

When:   11:30 AM (The event runs from 10 AM till 3 PM.)

Wednesday, October 18:

Ruth Spiro, an SCBWI member from Illinois, will be an honorary Breezer for a few days while in Athens, GA. Co-sponsored by Southern Breeze, she’ll be giving a free presentation for writers, “Corral the Creative Chaos! The Five Techniques That Helped Re-Launch My Writing Career.” (And P.S. She’s recently sold seven books!)

Where: Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA

When: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 19: 

Ruth Spiro and illustrator Irene Chan will be on hand for a special storytime! They’ll be signing their books, Baby Loves Thermodynamics and Baby Loves Quantum Physics.

Where: Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA

When: 10:30 to 11:30 AM

Monday, October 23:

Breezer Kelly Bingham wants you to know that Gilmer County is proud to host a writer's group! “We are part of Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association and we meet once a month. It is an informal group and writers of all genres and all levels are welcome. If you are just beginning your writer's journey or if you are published or self-published or whatever--you are more than welcome to come talk shop, share your work, get feedback and support, and meet other writers.”

Where: Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association Bldg. 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA

When: 6 PM (Meets the fourth Monday of each month, except December)

For more information or to confirm the meeting, write to Kelly Bingham at

Saturday, October 28:

Breezer Tracey M. Cox founded and has directed the Books Love and Taters Book Festival since 2012 and of course, she’ll be signing books and promoting literacy at her event!

Where: The Georgia Sweet Potato Festival, Arts and Craft Venue, Ocilla, GA

When: 9 AM to 5 PM

Join Breezer Miles Davis, along with Butterpup and friends for a fun-filled weekend at the Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival!

Where: Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle,  Smyrna, GA

When: 10 AM to 6 PM
            12 Pm to 5 PM (October 29th)


 DIY Publishing with agent and author Sally Apokedak, November 4 in Lawrenceville, GA.

 Book signing with Patricua Cruzan, November 4 in Fayetteville, GA.

 A book reading by Sucheta Rawal in Serenbe, GA on November 7.

Carrie Dalby Cox presenting tips on historical fiction on November 18 in Daphne, AL.

Look for more details about these events in your November Breezers in Your Neighborhood. And if you have an upcoming event, let us know! We’ll see you soon around Southern Breeze!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

NaNoWriMo is Here!

NO, it is not a drool dripping, crispy marshmallow crunching, humpbacked scale covered monster - but some writers find it just as scary.

How do you prepare for National Novel Writing Month? Do you outline? Do you collect pitches and polish them, maybe test them out in an online a pitch fest?

How do you keep yourself motivated when you start to think your writing isn't worth the effort? Of course if this happens to you please don't give up because all writing helps you develop your craft and first drafts are not supposed to be polished.

Do you keep a bowl of chocolate nearby? Have you collected pictures to remind you what your protagonist looks like? Do you have a writing buddy?

How brave are you? Do you plan to post your word counts daily or weekly or simply stun us all at the end of the month?

Whether you plan or don't plan, write alone or with a buddy, we'd love to hear how things are going.

And if you would like some help, check out the novel writing workshop scheduled for November 18 in Covington, GA - right in the middle of the month, perfect for a "pick-me-up" just when you need it. More details at