Conferences

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Character of Crime (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Registration: $125 ($90 for Conference participants)

In this pre-conference lecture and workshop, award-winning crime novelist David Corbett will guide students in exploring the key roles that make crime fiction work, with specific focus on the specific demands of the three major subgenres of crime fiction—mystery/detective, crime, and thriller—and an emphasis on maintaining dramatic tension, creating moral complexity, and avoiding cliché.

In particular, students will learn:

  • How to create strong, compelling protagonists who push the action forward and serve the story’s theme—instead of victims of circumstance, intrepid boy scouts, ciphers, stiffs, or sleepwalkers.
  • How to create equally compelling opponents or villains who aren’t just another iteration of Lucifer or the Creature from the Black Lagoon—with the purpose of gaining an understanding that the hero’s only as compelling as his enemy, that evil must be justified to be dramatically interesting, and that there’s “no beast so fierce” as man.
  • How to create secondary characters—from sidekicks to gunsels to femmes fatales to sympathetic heavies—who elicit nuance and subtlety from the main characters, flesh out the values in conflict in the story, create moral complexity through ‘four-corner conflict,” serve the hinge points of the plot, and bring to life the story world.

David Corbett worked as a private investigator for fifteen years before becoming the widely acclaimed author of four novels, with short fiction twice chosen for Best American Mystery Stories. He has taught at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, 826 Valencia, Chuck Palahniuk's LitReactor, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: D.P. Lyle - Plotting the Perfect Murder (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Reigstration: $125 ($90 for Conference participants)


 
When your character plans and executes “The Perfect Murder,” he always, always makes a mistake or two. These errors ultimately lead your sleuth to the solution. In this session, attendees will plot the perfect murder. They will then “deconstruct” the crime while considering the many variables that make plotting a murder fun for the writer and a disaster for the antagonist. D.P. Lyle, author of Howdunit Forensics and Forensics and Fiction, discusses the perpetrator’s behavior from the social, psychological, forensic, investigative, and motivational points of view.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

2016 Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend - Day 2 (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 9:00am

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend

Sat. July 16 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm & Sun. July 17 • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm • $375

If you are a Path to Publishing or SCBWI member, please call or visit the store to learn more about a special discount! 

If you are interested in registering for one day of the conference only, please register in store or over the phone at 415-927-0960.

Join us on July 16th & 17th for lots of writing, lots of information, and even more fun!

"Book Passage’s Intensive Writing Weekend for MG and YA reinvigorated my passion for writing, gave me tools to improve my craft and sharpen my creativity, and finally helped me find my agent. Truly a weekend very well spent!"--Carson Buck, previous conference attendee

We have put together a panel of professionals in the young adult and middle grade writing scene—from editors to agents to the authors themselves! During the conference, participants will have a chance to not only learn and network but to workshop! The panels will cover information for both new and established writers like how to make your query letter stand out, marketing and promotion, developing ideas and how to writer a compelling narrative. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in workshops, lunches, and dinner.

Other than a full weekend of panels, the Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Weekend offers participants the opportunity to workshop the first twenty pages of their manuscript in a group of up to five other participants, led by one of the faculty members. You must register for the conference by June 1st in order to participate in the Critique Group Session.

Open to new, established and aspiring writers and illustrators, the Conference takes place in beautiful Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and adjacent to Northern California’s wine country. The Weekend Workshop will include lunch on both days and a dinner on Saturday, during which the faculty and participants are encouraged to mingle.

For an additional fee, optional 30-minute private consultations can be scheduled with members of our expert team during the conference. Take this time to discuss a concept or proposal, or to have a faculty member review and provide feedback on work you have submitted. Faculty members offering consultations: Andrea Alban, Jennifer Alvarez, Gennifer Choldenko, Kristin Clark, Amy Cloud, Kim Culbertson, Esther Ehrlich, Alyson Heller, Jennifer March Soloway, Andy Ross, and Alison Weiss.

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2016 Faculty List

2016 Schedule (Some details still TBD)

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Keep checking out our webpage for the most up-to-date information including the full faculty list and conference schedule! 

For more information on the conference, please call Tiffany Jimenez at 415-927-0960 ext. 230 or email her at tjimenez@bookpassage.com

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

2016 Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend - Day 1 (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 9:00am

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend

Sat. July 16 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm & Sun. July 17 • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm • $375

If you are a Path to Publishing or SCBWI member, please call or visit the store to learn more about a special discount! 

If you are interested in registering for one day of the conference only, please register in store or over the phone at 415-927-0960.

Join us on July 16th & 17th for lots of writing, lots of information, and even more fun!

"Book Passage’s Intensive Writing Weekend for MG and YA reinvigorated my passion for writing, gave me tools to improve my craft and sharpen my creativity, and finally helped me find my agent. Truly a weekend very well spent!"--Carson Buck, previous conference attendee

We have put together a panel of professionals in the young adult and middle grade writing scene—from editors to agents to the authors themselves! During the conference, participants will have a chance to not only learn and network but to workshop! The panels will cover information for both new and established writers like how to make your query letter stand out, marketing and promotion, developing ideas and how to writer a compelling narrative. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in workshops, lunches, and dinner.

Other than a full weekend of panels, the Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Weekend offers participants the opportunity to workshop the first twenty pages of their manuscript in a group of up to five other participants, led by one of the faculty members. You must register for the conference by June 1st in order to participate in the Critique Group Session.

Open to new, established and aspiring writers and illustrators, the Conference takes place in beautiful Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and adjacent to Northern California’s wine country. The Weekend Workshop will include lunch on both days and a dinner on Saturday, during which the faculty and participants are encouraged to mingle.

For an additional fee, optional 30-minute private consultations can be scheduled with members of our expert team during the conference. Take this time to discuss a concept or proposal, or to have a faculty member review and provide feedback on work you have submitted. Faculty members offering consultations: Andrea Alban, Jennifer Alvarez, Gennifer Choldenko, Kristin Clark, Amy Cloud, Kim Culbertson, Esther Ehrlich, Alyson Heller, Jennifer March Soloway, Andy Ross, and Alison Weiss.

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2016 Faculty List

2016 Schedule (Some details still TBD)

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Keep checking out our webpage for the most up-to-date information including the full faculty list and conference schedule! 

For more information on the conference, please call Tiffany Jimenez at 415-927-0960 ext. 230 or email her at tjimenez@bookpassage.com

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing (San Francisco)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Join National Geographic Traveler editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in San Francisco. The group meets at our Marin store at 9:00 am and takes the ferry to the historic Ferry Building, while discussing the art of finding, researching and writing travel stories. They continue to S.F.’s lively North Beach, where they will take a short guided tour. After that, participants are let loose to find their own stories before reconvening for lunch to discuss what they found. Participants will write a short piece based on the day’s discoveries. The group returns to Book Passage, where members will discuss their literary creations. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included. Enrollment is limited.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography (San Francisco)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Join award-winning photographer Robert Holmes for a day in San Francisco. After a brief a brief discussion of travel photography at Book Passage in Corte Madera, the group will take the ferry to San Francisco and head to North Beach to photograph and document one of the city’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods. Everyone will return to Book Passage to review the day and look at some of the photographs taken by participants. Digital cameras are recommended so that participants can get instant feedback at the end of the day. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included. Enrollment is limited.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Children's Picture Book Writers & Illustrators Conference - Day 2 (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 9:00am
Children's Picture Book Writers & Illustrators Conference
Sat., Jan. 23 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm & Sun., Jan. 24 • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm • $335

Online registration is no longer available. Walk-ins welcome! Please call or stop by for more details ($335 for full weekend, $200 for one-day registration). Thank you!

About the Writing Weekend
This unique and exciting conference covers all aspects of creating books for children, from developing ideas to honing your skills to finding a publisher. Conference participants will spend the weekend writing, illustrating, workshopping, networking, and perfecting their craft. Our celebrated faculty of award-winning authors, illustrators, agents, and editors will offer inspiration and guidance in a collegial and intimate setting. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators in a particular area of emphasis, such as writing for picture books or illustration; and have the opportunity to get feedback from experts in a workshop setting. Writing sessions will be offered where participants can workshop something they have been working on in a group with a faculty facilitator. The writing sessions will focus on craft, style and structure. Expert panels feature topics of common interest, such as finding an agent, how to work with your editor, marketing and promotion, and more. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in workshops, lunches, and at evening events.

Open to new, established and aspiring writers and illustrators, the conference takes place in beautiful Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and adjacent to Northern California’s wine country.

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What else will be covered?
When participants are not writing and critiquing their work, they will participate in panels and discussions about a variety of key topics for authors. The topics will include:
• How to find an agent       
• Query letters and pitches
• Trends in the Picture Book market  
• Working with an editor
• Creativity and inspiration        
• Working with a writing group    
• Developing empathetic characters
In addition to these structured sessions, participants will have plenty of time to network and interact. The Weekend Workshop will include lunch on both days and a dinner on Saturday, during which the faculty and participants are encouraged to mingle.

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The Weekend Schedule

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23

9:00 – 9:15 am               Conference Check In

9:15  – 9:30 am              Conference Kick-off/Welcome + Introductions

9:30 – 10:30 am              Against All Odds with Salina Yoon

10:35 – 11:00 am            A Librarian’s Perspective with Jane Ritter

11:10 am – 12:00 pm      KEYNOTE: Why is Where the Wild Things so Wonderful? Deconstructing Three Classic Picture Books with Jon Agee

12:10 – 1:10 pm             Editor Panel featuring Katie Carella and Allison Moore

1:10 – 2:15 pm              Lunch

2:15 – 3:15 pm             The Graphic Novel & Experience Publishing/Promoting with Ian Lendler

3:15 – 4:15 pm             Raising Social Awareness Through Picture Books with Kathryn Otoshi

2:15 – 4:15 pm             TRACK 1: Critique Group Session for Illustrators with Julie Downing

                                     TRACK 2: Critique Group Session for Writers with Amy Novesky

                                     TRACK 3: Critique Group Session for Writers with Katie Carella

                                     TRACK 4: Critique Group Session for Writers with Eve Porinchak

                                     TRACK 5: Critique Group Session for Writers with Andrea Alban

4:25 – 5:50 pm              Agent Panel featuring Eve Porinchak, Abigail Samoun, & Amy Rennert

5:50 – 7:00 pm              Dinner & Networking Consultations

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24

9:00 – 10:30 am               A Query Letter Workshop with Eve Porinchak, Abigail Samoun, & Amy Rennert

10:40 am – 12:00 pm       Picture This: Creating a captivating story in 750 words or less with Andrea Alban

                                        Beginning to End, Creating the Art for Picture Books with Julie Downing

12:10  – 1:10 pm            Lunch

1:10 – 2:10 pm              The Writer and the Illustrator: How They Work Together with Amy Novesky & Julie Downing

                                      Telling Stories with Words and Pictures: How to create more compelling picture books with Bethanie Murguia

2:20 – 3:20 pm             Publishing Panel with Amy Novesky & Simon Stahl

3:30 – 4:30 pm             Collaboration Magic: A conversation between the author of Desiree’s Night Flight and her writing mentor with Andrea Alban & Jacquie Faber

4:30 pm                       Conference Wrap-up & Goodbyes

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Who will be there?

Abigail Samoun
Was an in-house children’s book editor for over ten years, working on a wide range of projects, from board books to young adult novels. Her books received such honors as the CCBC Charlotte Zolotow award, the New York Public Library Ezra Jack Keats award, and the Pura Belpre. In 2011, Abigail made the transition from editing to agenting, co-founding Red Fox Literary with Karen Grencik. She is the author of three children’s books, What’s In Your Purse? (Chronicle Books, 2014) and the Little Traveler board book series published by Sterling Publishing. 

Andrea Alban
Author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers in how to prepare submissions to editors and agents. 

Amy Novesky
Award-winning children’s book editor and author. Her books include Me, FridaGeorgia in HawaiiImogen, The Mother of Modernism and Three BoysMister and Lady Day, and the forthcoming Cloth Lullaby. She lives in Marin.  

Jon Agee
Illustrator of a large collection of children's picture books, such as Little SantaThe Other Side of Town, Nothing, and most notably the National Book Award-nominated Mean Margaret. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.

Ian Lendler
Author of a series of graphic novels titled, The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue (First Second). In addition, he has written two children’s picture books: An Undone Fairy Tale and the upcoming Saturday (Roaring Brook, 2016). Plus, after the children have gone to bed, he has a book for adults titled, Alcoholica Esoterica (Penguin), a non-fiction history of alcohol. He started life as a journalist for the San Francisco ChronicleCNN.com, and Mental_Floss magazine.

Bethanie Murguia
Bethanie Murguia earned an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She has created numerous picture books including Zoe Gets Ready, I Feel Five, and the forthcoming, Cockatoo, Too. Her illustrations and books have received many accolades, including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Awards, Bank Street College Best Books of the Year, and a variety of SCBWI awards.

Katie Carella
Senior Editor, oversees Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, as well as the fiction leveled reader line. Her career began on the adult side of publishing in marketing and publicity. She then earned her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and taught elementary school--all before entering children's editorial in 2007. She has edited many early chapter book series, including The Notebook of Doom and Owl Diaries. She has also edited leveled readers such as The Long Dog. Katie is focused on creating great books for newly-independent readers! 

Allison Moore
Associate Editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers who works on a wide range of books from illustrated titles to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked picture books by Todd Parr, Sujean Rim, Nancy Tafuri, Eric Litwin, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, Todd Tarpley, John Rocco, Bob Staake, Marc Brown and RL Stine, among others. Allison is particularly interested in clever picture books with fresh art styles and stories that appeal to all ages; character-driven chapter books with original premises and a strong sense of voice; and middle grade and YA novels that encourage readers to open their minds and consider unexpected points of view and perspectives. Before joining LBYR in 2010, Allison interned at Bloomsbury & Walker Books for Young Readers, Barefoot Books, the Kneerim & Williams agency, and Simon & Schuster UK; worked as a bookseller and at her hometown library; and graduated from Boston University and the Columbia Publishing Course.

Eve Porinchak
A true omnivore (both literarily and gastronomically), Eve has eclectic tastes in children's literature, with favorites ranging from THE STUPIDS STEP OUT to Walter Dean Meyers’ edgy YA masterpiece, MONSTER. Eve represents everything from picture books to adult novels. A former early childhood educator, Eve is a lover of laugh-out-loud picture books like I WANT MY HAT BACKBAD KITTY, and NO, DAVID! but also adores classics like THE GIVING TREETHE POKEY LITTLE PUPPY, and IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE. A world traveler and lover of fresh adventures, Eve will travel anywhere, read anything, and eat anything (except frog legs - EWH!).

Salina Yoon
An award-winning author/illustrator of nearly 200 books for children, including Penguin and PineconePenguin on Vacation, Penguin in LovePenguin and PumpkinPenguin's Big AdventureFound, Stormy Night, and the forthcoming Be a Friend. She studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in San Diego with her family. Visit her online at www.salinayoon.com.

Simon Stahl
Art director at Creston Books, a small children's book press in Berkeley. He has lectured at Pixar and is the recipient of a Publishing Professionals Network award for book design. More importantly, he is a recent winner of the Zachary's Pizza Art Contest.

Julie Downing
Has written and or illustrated over 45 books for children, and has worked with major publishers including Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic Press and Houghton Mifflin. Downing has won many awards for her work, including a Parent's Choice Award, the New York Public Library Best Books Award, Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year and Bank Street Children's Book Award. She was selected to appear in Talking with Artists Too, a book about 12 of the nation’s best Children’s’ Book Illustrators. Downing is most noted for her rich, jewel like watercolor illustrations. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and England. She currently teaches watercolor and Children's Book Illustration at the Academy of Art University and UC Berkeley Extension.

Kathryn Otoshi
A multi-award winning author, illustrator and speaker, best known for her character-building number/color book series: ZeroOne, and Two. She goes across the country to encourage kids to develop strong character assets and help teachers find creative methods to connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature. 

Amy Rennert
Represents several New York Times bestselling authors and illustrators including Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Eric Litwin, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Tom Lichtenheld, the illustrator for Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site which has sold one million copies and been on the list for four years.

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Private Consultations
Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. You may use that time to either discuss a concept or proposal, or have a faculty member give you feedback on a portion of work or portfolio you have submitted. Faculty members offering consultations: Amy Novesky, Andrea Alban, Bethanie Murguia, Eve Porinchak, Julie Downing, Ian Lendler, Simon Stahl, and Katie Carella.

Add a Consultation

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Recommended Local Hotels:
The following is a list of local Marin area accommodations. Please choose based on your own needs:

*Within walking distance. **Within walking distance and offer a discount to Book Passage Children's Picture Book Writers & Illustrators Conference participants. Please call hotels for discount, as discounted rates are not available via online registration.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Children's Picture Book Writers & Illustrators Conference - Day 1 (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 9:00am
Children's Picture Book Writers & Illustrators Conference
Sat., Jan. 23 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm & Sun., Jan. 24 • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm • $335

Online registration is no longer available. Walk-ins welcome! Please call or stop by for more details ($335 for full weekend, $200 for one-day registration). Thank you!

About the Writing Weekend
This unique and exciting conference covers all aspects of creating books for children, from developing ideas to honing your skills to finding a publisher. Conference participants will spend the weekend writing, illustrating, workshopping, networking, and perfecting their craft. Our celebrated faculty of award-winning authors, illustrators, agents, and editors will offer inspiration and guidance in a collegial and intimate setting. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators in a particular area of emphasis, such as writing for picture books or illustration; and have the opportunity to get feedback from experts in a workshop setting. Writing sessions will be offered where participants can workshop something they have been working on in a group with a faculty facilitator. The writing sessions will focus on craft, style and structure. Expert panels feature topics of common interest, such as finding an agent, how to work with your editor, marketing and promotion, and more. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in workshops, lunches, and at evening events.

Open to new, established and aspiring writers and illustrators, the conference takes place in beautiful Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and adjacent to Northern California’s wine country.

..........................................................................................................................

What else will be covered?
When participants are not writing and critiquing their work, they will participate in panels and discussions about a variety of key topics for authors. The topics will include:
• How to find an agent       
• Query letters and pitches
• Trends in the Picture Book market  
• Working with an editor
• Creativity and inspiration        
• Working with a writing group    
• Developing empathetic characters
In addition to these structured sessions, participants will have plenty of time to network and interact. The Weekend Workshop will include lunch on both days and a dinner on Saturday, during which the faculty and participants are encouraged to mingle.

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The Weekend Schedule

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23

9:00 – 9:15 am               Conference Check In

9:15  – 9:30 am              Conference Kick-off/Welcome + Introductions

9:30 – 10:30 am              Against All Odds with Salina Yoon

10:35 – 11:00 am            A Librarian’s Perspective with Jane Ritter

11:10 am – 12:00 pm      KEYNOTE: Why is Where the Wild Things so Wonderful? Deconstructing Three Classic Picture Books with Jon Agee

12:10 – 1:10 pm             Editor Panel featuring Katie Carella and Allison Moore

1:10 – 2:15 pm              Lunch

2:15 – 3:15 pm             The Graphic Novel & Experience Publishing/Promoting with Ian Lendler

3:15 – 4:15 pm             Raising Social Awareness Through Picture Books with Kathryn Otoshi

2:15 – 4:15 pm             TRACK 1: Critique Group Session for Illustrators with Julie Downing

                                     TRACK 2: Critique Group Session for Writers with Amy Novesky

                                     TRACK 3: Critique Group Session for Writers with Katie Carella

                                     TRACK 4: Critique Group Session for Writers with Eve Porinchak

                                     TRACK 5: Critique Group Session for Writers with Andrea Alban

4:25 – 5:50 pm              Agent Panel featuring Eve Porinchak, Abigail Samoun, & Amy Rennert

5:50 – 7:00 pm              Dinner & Networking Consultations

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24

9:00 – 10:30 am               A Query Letter Workshop with Eve Porinchak, Abigail Samoun, & Amy Rennert

10:40 am – 12:00 pm       Picture This: Creating a captivating story in 750 words or less with Andrea Alban

                                        Beginning to End, Creating the Art for Picture Books with Julie Downing

12:10  – 1:10 pm            Lunch

1:10 – 2:10 pm              The Writer and the Illustrator: How They Work Together with Amy Novesky & Julie Downing

                                      Telling Stories with Words and Pictures: How to create more compelling picture books with Bethanie Murguia

2:20 – 3:20 pm             Publishing Panel with Amy Novesky & Simon Stahl

3:30 – 4:30 pm             Collaboration Magic: A conversation between the author of Desiree’s Night Flight and her writing mentor with Andrea Alban & Jacquie Faber

4:30 pm                       Conference Wrap-up & Goodbyes

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Who will be there?

Abigail Samoun
Was an in-house children’s book editor for over ten years, working on a wide range of projects, from board books to young adult novels. Her books received such honors as the CCBC Charlotte Zolotow award, the New York Public Library Ezra Jack Keats award, and the Pura Belpre. In 2011, Abigail made the transition from editing to agenting, co-founding Red Fox Literary with Karen Grencik. She is the author of three children’s books, What’s In Your Purse? (Chronicle Books, 2014) and the Little Traveler board book series published by Sterling Publishing. 

Andrea Alban
Author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers in how to prepare submissions to editors and agents. 

Amy Novesky
Award-winning children’s book editor and author. Her books include Me, FridaGeorgia in HawaiiImogen, The Mother of Modernism and Three BoysMister and Lady Day, and the forthcoming Cloth Lullaby. She lives in Marin.  

Jon Agee
Illustrator of a large collection of children's picture books, such as Little SantaThe Other Side of Town, Nothing, and most notably the National Book Award-nominated Mean Margaret. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.

Ian Lendler
Author of a series of graphic novels titled, The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue (First Second). In addition, he has written two children’s picture books: An Undone Fairy Tale and the upcoming Saturday (Roaring Brook, 2016). Plus, after the children have gone to bed, he has a book for adults titled, Alcoholica Esoterica (Penguin), a non-fiction history of alcohol. He started life as a journalist for the San Francisco ChronicleCNN.com, and Mental_Floss magazine.

Bethanie Murguia
Bethanie Murguia earned an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She has created numerous picture books including Zoe Gets Ready, I Feel Five, and the forthcoming, Cockatoo, Too. Her illustrations and books have received many accolades, including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Awards, Bank Street College Best Books of the Year, and a variety of SCBWI awards.

Katie Carella
Senior Editor, oversees Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, as well as the fiction leveled reader line. Her career began on the adult side of publishing in marketing and publicity. She then earned her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and taught elementary school--all before entering children's editorial in 2007. She has edited many early chapter book series, including The Notebook of Doom and Owl Diaries. She has also edited leveled readers such as The Long Dog. Katie is focused on creating great books for newly-independent readers! 

Allison Moore
Associate Editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers who works on a wide range of books from illustrated titles to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked picture books by Todd Parr, Sujean Rim, Nancy Tafuri, Eric Litwin, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, Todd Tarpley, John Rocco, Bob Staake, Marc Brown and RL Stine, among others. Allison is particularly interested in clever picture books with fresh art styles and stories that appeal to all ages; character-driven chapter books with original premises and a strong sense of voice; and middle grade and YA novels that encourage readers to open their minds and consider unexpected points of view and perspectives. Before joining LBYR in 2010, Allison interned at Bloomsbury & Walker Books for Young Readers, Barefoot Books, the Kneerim & Williams agency, and Simon & Schuster UK; worked as a bookseller and at her hometown library; and graduated from Boston University and the Columbia Publishing Course.

Eve Porinchak
A true omnivore (both literarily and gastronomically), Eve has eclectic tastes in children's literature, with favorites ranging from THE STUPIDS STEP OUT to Walter Dean Meyers’ edgy YA masterpiece, MONSTER. Eve represents everything from picture books to adult novels. A former early childhood educator, Eve is a lover of laugh-out-loud picture books like I WANT MY HAT BACKBAD KITTY, and NO, DAVID! but also adores classics like THE GIVING TREETHE POKEY LITTLE PUPPY, and IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE. A world traveler and lover of fresh adventures, Eve will travel anywhere, read anything, and eat anything (except frog legs - EWH!).

Salina Yoon
An award-winning author/illustrator of nearly 200 books for children, including Penguin and PineconePenguin on Vacation, Penguin in LovePenguin and PumpkinPenguin's Big AdventureFound, Stormy Night, and the forthcoming Be a Friend. She studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in San Diego with her family. Visit her online at www.salinayoon.com.

Simon Stahl
Art director at Creston Books, a small children's book press in Berkeley. He has lectured at Pixar and is the recipient of a Publishing Professionals Network award for book design. More importantly, he is a recent winner of the Zachary's Pizza Art Contest.

Julie Downing
Has written and or illustrated over 45 books for children, and has worked with major publishers including Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic Press and Houghton Mifflin. Downing has won many awards for her work, including a Parent's Choice Award, the New York Public Library Best Books Award, Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year and Bank Street Children's Book Award. She was selected to appear in Talking with Artists Too, a book about 12 of the nation’s best Children’s’ Book Illustrators. Downing is most noted for her rich, jewel like watercolor illustrations. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and England. She currently teaches watercolor and Children's Book Illustration at the Academy of Art University and UC Berkeley Extension.

Kathryn Otoshi
A multi-award winning author, illustrator and speaker, best known for her character-building number/color book series: ZeroOne, and Two. She goes across the country to encourage kids to develop strong character assets and help teachers find creative methods to connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature. 

Amy Rennert
Represents several New York Times bestselling authors and illustrators including Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Eric Litwin, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Tom Lichtenheld, the illustrator for Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site which has sold one million copies and been on the list for four years.

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Private Consultations
Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. You may use that time to either discuss a concept or proposal, or have a faculty member give you feedback on a portion of work or portfolio you have submitted. Faculty members offering consultations: Amy Novesky, Andrea Alban, Bethanie Murguia, Eve Porinchak, Julie Downing, Ian Lendler, Simon Stahl, and Katie Carella.

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Mystery Writers Conference: Tony Broadbent - The One After 9:09

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

Mystery Writers Conference Event

The One After 9:09: A Mystery with a Backbeat opens in Liverpool in 1961. The city is about to explode with the sound of raw-edged rock 'n' roll—reborn screaming. Beat groups outnumber street gangs. Teddy Boys terrorise dance halls and clubs with flick-knives and bicycle-chains. Gangsters demand protection money and firebomb clubs that don't pay. But nothing can stop the beat. The beat goes on. The demand for drink, cigarettes, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll just keeps growing. But The Beatles are going nowhere fast—and they know it. Liverpool's grown much too small. Hamburg has become a drag. It’s the same old grind—day in, night out. The big question: Who can get them a recording contract down in London—get them to ‘the toppermost of the poppermost’? 

Only two men have vision enough to do it. Sam Leach—a pushy, local, rock ‘n’ roll mad promoter with towering dreams way beyond his means. And Brian Epstein—the sophisticated, urbane owner of a local record store. A group of rival promoters are plotting to push Sam Leach out of the business for good. The man convicted of beating, robbing, and blackmailing Brian Epstein has not only vowed to kill him, but is about to be released from prison. Everyone, it seems, wants to spoil the party.

Into the swelling scene steps art student Raymond Jones, an angry young man desperate to find something—someone—to believe in after the death of his dad in a road accident. Picasso, Pollock, and de Kooning don't have the answers. Neither do Kerouac, Camus, or Sartre. So, just maybe, he'll find his salvation in rock 'n' roll. 

Tony Broadbent is the author of an award-winning series about a Cockney cat burglar in austerity-ridden, black-market-riddled, post-war London who gets blackmailed into working for MI5:The Smoke, Spectres in the Smoke, and Shadows in the Smoke. His short stories have appeared in the anthologies A Study In Sherlock and Mystery Writers of America: The Mystery Box.

 

The One After 9: 09: A Mystery with a Backbeat Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780996372299
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Plain Sight Press - July 4th, 2015

Liverpool 1961. A city about to explode with the sound of raw-edged rock 'n' roll—reborn screaming. Beat groups outnumber street gangs. Teddy Boys terrorise dance halls and clubs with flick-knives and bicycle-chains. Gangsters demand protection money and firebomb clubs that don't pay. But nothing can stop the beat. The beat goes on.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

2015 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference: An Evening with Susan Casey & Tim Cahill

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:30pm

2015 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Event
Free for Conferees; Tickets for General Public: $12

From Susan Casey, comes a breathtaking look into the mysterious world of dolphins and their conflicted history with man. Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seems like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades, scientists have discovered dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, adorn themselves, rescue one another, deduce, form cliques, throw tantrums, and scheme. They are the stars of multimillion dollar aquatic theme parks, money that has fueled a sinister illicit trade as shown in the documentary Blackfish. The U.S. Navy has a secret program using dolphins as undersea soldiers. The theory that they are a superior, extraterrestial species is popular among the New Age fringe. They are the victims of brutal slaughters as depicted in the documentary The Cove. No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey in her thrilling new book Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins, imbedded with personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose.

Susan Casey is the development editor of Time Inc. She was previously the editor in chief of Sports Illustrated Women and an editor at large for Time Inc.'s 180 magazine titles. She also served as the creative director of Outside magazine, which received three consecutive, history-making National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. At Outside she was part of the editorial team that developed the stories behind Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm. Her writing has appeared in Esquire, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. She lives in New York City.

Tim Cahill is a travel writer and founding editor of Outside magazine as well as an "Editor at Large" for the magazine. Cahill spent his childhood primarily in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Along with professional long-distance driver Garry Sowerby, Cahill set a world record for speed in driving the entire length of the American continents, from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina up along the Pan-American Highway to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in twenty-three days, twenty-two hours, and forty-three minutes. This trip was the source material for his book Road Fever. He has written several books recounting his adventurous travel experiences and blends his own brand of humor into his stories. He is the author of several travel books including Jaguars Ripped My Flesh: Adventure is a Risky Business, A Wolverine is Eating My Leg, Pecked To Death By Ducks and many more. He is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Aventure magazine and currently lives in Livingston, Montana.

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385537308
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - August 4th, 2015

From Susan Casey, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Wave" and "The Devil's Teeth," a breathtaking journey through the extraordinary world of dolphins


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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