The Weekly 411 (9/4/15)

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Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Issue #36                                                                                  

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Free Webinar on Sept. 9, 8 p.m. EDT, with Kidlit Writing School (Alex Slater, Leeza Hernandez, and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen) on character in picture books.

Free Webinar on Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m. PDT with Macmillan's Kristie Radwilowicz, Associate Designer/ Art Director for Farrar, Strauss and Giroux and Mira Reisberg: 10 Things Every Picture Book Creative Should Know

Illustrators: Sign up for Dani Duck's Smart Dummies Challenge going on all month.

Free Sneak Peek of Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen's Picture Book A to Zs: Character Building in Picture Books course


Our author in the spotlight is YA author Heather Petty, whose widely-anticipated novel LOCK & MORI is debuting on September 15, 2015.

Big List of Poetic Forms

Query Shark: Effective Query Letters

Sept 21  The Children's Book Academ's Craft and Business of Illustrating Chidren's Books Fearful beginners, courageous writers, and accomplished illustrators, join Kristie Radwilowicz from Macmillan/FSG and Dr. Mira Reisberg in making a dummy, color samples, or portfolio pieces. Early bird specials are still available for the course with top industry experts, bonuses, and multiple Golden Ticket skip the line submission opportunities. Extra special bonuses available through Labor Day, Sept 4th. Click here  to find out more.

Notes from the Slushpile: Notes from the Critique Group

  • What: annual competition for illustrators, GUIDELINES POSTED for 2016
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: free trip to NY SCBWI conference in Feb. 2016

Sept 14 Picture Book A to Zs: Character Building in Picture Books     This class is part of the series of master level classes that cover the fundamentals of picture book craft. Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and author-illustrator Leeza Hernandez offer a five-week course focused on creating compelling characters in picture books. Here is a SNEAK PEEK OF WEEK 1.


  1. I love this site...tons of great info! Looking forward to LOCK & MORI...what a wonderful premise.


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