Conferences

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.

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

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.

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

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

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


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Creating Memorable Characters

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Where do these people come from? This session will step through the process of planning and developing memorable characters: from coming up with names to finding those telling details that ignite the character’s first turn on the stage. How to use narrative voice, dialogue, description and setting to illuminate character. And how to create a cast of characters that play off one another.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - Innovative Plotting

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

The key to impactful writing is giving readers what they want in a way they don’t expect. Formulaic adherence to three-act structure cannot deliver that surprise. By focusing on story rather than structure, however, you can craft your plot around the use of hope, promise, and necessity to create the truly meaningful, dramatic, and emotionally powerful episodes that make a good story great. With special emphasis on character, co-chair David Corbett will guide participants on the essential starting points for any compelling story, key decision points that turn a story in surprising directions, and touchstone scenes such as the Inciting Incident, the Establishment of Opposites, the Point of No Return, the Mirror Moment, the Crisis of Insight, the Inescapable Decision, the Validation Scene, the Obligatory Scene, and the Climax.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend - Day 2

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

 

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend
Sat. July 11 • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm & Sun. July 12 • 8:00 am - 5:30 pm • $335

About the Writing Weekend
Books for young adults and middle-grade readers continue to grow in both quality and diversity, and the spectrum of themes has broadened considerably. There is now a wealth of good fiction and non-fiction titles with plenty of room for more. Book Passage is pleased to offer this unique, intensive Weekend Workshop for both advanced level participants and less experienced writers alike. Classes will be organized around separate curriculums for those with different levels of experience. You can expect to write!

Writing sessions will focus on craft, style and structure. We are offering intensive, critique sessions for both beginning and advanced writers.
• Less experienced writers will find themselves immersed in a complete introduction to the book publishing process, followed by an intensive writing workshop centering on their first pages.
• Authors who are further along in the writing process will be given the opportunity to submit 20 pages of their work in advance, which will be circulated to the participants in their group and will form the basis for intensive critique sessions.

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 MG & YA markets    
• Working with an editor
• Creativity and inspiration        
• New opportunities in non-fiction
• 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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Who will be there?
We are assembling a talented team of writers, editors, and agents that we will be announcing in the next newsletter. Here are four of the faculty that participants will be working with:

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. 

Mac Barnett
New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-Honor-winner of over 18 books for children, including The Terrible Two and The Brixton Brothers series.

Karen Benke
Author of a poetry collection Sister and several creative writing adventure books Rip the Page!, Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon! Karen is a Creative Writing Coach for kids and adults.

Minju Chang
Literary Agent for Book-Stop Literary Agency, where she represents middle-grade and young adult writers of all genres.

Shirin Yim Bridges
Author and publisher (Goosebottom Books). Author of Ruby’s Wish, The Umbrella Queen and Mary Wrightly So Politely.

Summer Dawn Laurie
Independent children’s book editor with 10 years’ experience at Tricycle Press and Chronicle Books.

Eric Elfman
Screenwriter, writing coach, and the author of books for children and young adults, including Edison’s Alley & Tesla’s Attic.

John Stephens
Author of the children’s fantasy series The Book of Beginning. He was also writer and producer for popular TV shows, like The O.C., Gilmore Girls, and Gossip Girl. 

Deborah Warren
Agent and founder of East/West Literary Agency LLC.  She represents authors and illustrators—both debut and established—in the board book, concept, illustration, multicultural, non-fiction, middle-grade and young adult markets.

Jennifer Alvarez
Author of The Guardian Herd series. She blogs about her books and the publishing business (www.jenniferlynnalvarez.com) and speaks regularly at schools about creative writing.

Brooke Warner
Publisher/co-founder at She Writes Press and Spark Press. She was previously executive editor at Seal Press.

Lisa Yoskowitz
Executive Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits middle grade and YA fiction and narrative nonfiction. Prior to joining the LBYR team, she worked on children's books across genres and age ranges at Dutton and Disney-Hyperion. Drawn to voice- and character-driven stories, she has a soft spot for misfit, maverick, and mischief-making characters, and for books that can comfortably be called both literary and commercial.

Andy Ross
Literary agent and former owner of Cody’s Books. He represents authors of narrative nonfiction, fiction, science, history, essays, and travel.

Nina Schuyler
Author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. 

Melissa Manlove
Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, Melissa has been with Chronicle for 11 years. Her acquisitions tend to be all ages in nonfiction; ages 0-8 for fiction. When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual. An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 17 years of children's bookselling experience.

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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: Andrea Alban, Minju Chang, Summer Dawn Laurie, Brooke Warner, Shirin Yim Bridges, Melissa Manlove, and Lisa Yoskowitz.

Add a Consultation

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend - Day 1

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:00am to 8:00pm

 

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend
Sat. July 11 • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm & Sun. July 12 • 8:00 am - 5:30 pm • $335

About the Writing Weekend
Books for young adults and middle-grade readers continue to grow in both quality and diversity, and the spectrum of themes has broadened considerably. There is now a wealth of good fiction and non-fiction titles with plenty of room for more. Book Passage is pleased to offer this unique, intensive Weekend Workshop for both advanced level participants and less experienced writers alike. Classes will be organized around separate curriculums for those with different levels of experience. You can expect to write!

Writing sessions will focus on craft, style and structure. We are offering intensive, critique sessions for both beginning and advanced writers.
• Less experienced writers will find themselves immersed in a complete introduction to the book publishing process, followed by an intensive writing workshop centering on their first pages.
• Authors who are further along in the writing process will be given the opportunity to submit 20 pages of their work in advance, which will be circulated to the participants in their group and will form the basis for intensive critique sessions.

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 MG & YA markets    
• Working with an editor
• Creativity and inspiration        
• New opportunities in non-fiction
• 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.

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

Who will be there?
We are assembling a talented team of writers, editors, and agents that we will be announcing in the next newsletter. Here are four of the faculty that participants will be working with:

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. 

Mac Barnett
New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-Honor-winner of over 18 books for children, including The Terrible Two and The Brixton Brothers series.

Karen Benke
Author of a poetry collection Sister and several creative writing adventure books Rip the Page!, Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon! Karen is a Creative Writing Coach for kids and adults.

Minju Chang
Literary Agent for Book-Stop Literary Agency, where she represents middle-grade and young adult writers of all genres.

Shirin Yim Bridges
Author and publisher (Goosebottom Books). Author of Ruby’s Wish, The Umbrella Queen and Mary Wrightly So Politely.

Summer Dawn Laurie
Independent children’s book editor with 10 years’ experience at Tricycle Press and Chronicle Books.

Eric Elfman
Screenwriter, writing coach, and the author of books for children and young adults, including Edison’s Alley & Tesla’s Attic.

John Stephens
Author of the children’s fantasy series The Book of Beginning. He was also writer and producer for popular TV shows, like The O.C., Gilmore Girls, and Gossip Girl. 

Deborah Warren
Agent and founder of East/West Literary Agency LLC.  She represents authors and illustrators—both debut and established—in the board book, concept, illustration, multicultural, non-fiction, middle-grade and young adult markets.

Jennifer Alvarez
Author of The Guardian Herd series. She blogs about her books and the publishing business (www.jenniferlynnalvarez.com) and speaks regularly at schools about creative writing.

Brooke Warner
Publisher/co-founder at She Writes Press and Spark Press. She was previously executive editor at Seal Press.

Lisa Yoskowitz
Executive Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits middle grade and YA fiction and narrative nonfiction. Prior to joining the LBYR team, she worked on children's books across genres and age ranges at Dutton and Disney-Hyperion. Drawn to voice- and character-driven stories, she has a soft spot for misfit, maverick, and mischief-making characters, and for books that can comfortably be called both literary and commercial.

Andy Ross
Literary agent and former owner of Cody’s Books. He represents authors of narrative nonfiction, fiction, science, history, essays, and travel.

Nina Schuyler
Author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. 

Melissa Manlove
Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, Melissa has been with Chronicle for 11 years. Her acquisitions tend to be all ages in nonfiction; ages 0-8 for fiction. When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual. An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 17 years of children's bookselling experience.

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

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: Andrea Alban, Minju Chang, Summer Dawn Laurie, Brooke Warner, Shirin Yim Bridges, Melissa Manlove, and Lisa Yoskowitz.

Add a Consultation

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in Point Reyes

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

 Please note: this class is now at waitlist. For more information, contact Kathryn Petrocelli at (415) 927-0960 x 239. 

Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographers Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, they demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Marin’s most scenic open spaces. They will then meet over a picnic lunch to talk about their experiences and share their work.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in Point Reyes

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Please note: this class is now at waitlist. For more information, contact Kathryn Petrocelli at (415) 927-0960 x 239. 

Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.

Join acclaimed National Geographic and Gadling.com travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. The group gathers over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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