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Date/Time
Date(s) - 02/29/2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location
Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library
96 South Grant Avenue - Columbus, OH 43215

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Calling all writers and illustrators– from beginners to experienced– who are eager to leap into the exciting world of publishing!

Please join us for an all-day workshop on writing and submitting children’s picture books, middle grade, and young adult with industry professionals:

Brent Taylor

Brent Taylor is a literary agent at Triada US. He joined the agency in 2014 to assist Uwe Stender while building his own list of fiction and non-fiction for readers aged 0-18. He was promoted to associate agent in November 2015 and to agent in April 2017. In 2019, he was named a PW Star Watch Honoree. His clients’ books have won major awards, collected starred reviews, and hit the bestseller lists. In addition to his role as an agent, he manages the agency’s subsidiary rights, licensing audiobook and foreign rights to their titles around the world. He describes his reading tastes as upmarket: he’s passionate about books for young readers that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience. Find him on Twitter @btaylorbooks and online at www.btaylorbooks.com.

 

Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, she spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. Her middle grade debut, Midsummer’s Mayhem (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books 2019), is an Indian-American middle grade mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking. Her debut picture book Seven Golden Rings (Lee & Low, 2020) is set in ancient India and explains the basics of binary numbers. She is also the author of the forthcoming Much Ado About Baseball (MG, Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books, 2021), and the picture books Bracelets for Brothers (Charlesbridge, 2021), I’ll Go and Come Back (Candlewick, 2022), and Where Three Oceans Meet (Abrams, 2022). Learn more about her at www.RajaniLaRocca.com and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca

 

L. Philips

L. Philips went to Ohio University for a degree in music education, decided that job was entirely too noisy, and became a librarian instead. When she’s not working, she enjoys belting out show tunes when she thinks no one is listening and watching the same episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine over and over (or at least that’s what she tells her toddler son). She lives in Ohio and is the author of Perfect Ten.

 

WHERE: Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

WHEN: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00-5:00 pm

WHAT: A full-day of programming with sessions on writing queries, crafting picture books, character development and plotting MG and YA books, and a faculty Q&A. A limited number of manuscript critiques will also be available–SEE DETAILS BELOW.

COST: Member Early-Bird price is $75 through January 31. (SEE MORE DETAILS BELOW.) Non-member price is $140.

OTHER DETAILS:

*Lunch is provided as part of the registration fee. If you have a special dietary request, such as vegetarian or gluten-free, please email us by February 15 at ohiocensouth@scbwi.org.

*Critique Opportunity: Eight (8) SCBWI members will receive a 10-minute critique of their manuscript from agent Brent Taylor. Brent will critique one picture book manuscript OR the first ten (10) pages of a middle grade OR young adult novel.

Critiques will be chosen on a lottery basis. If you would like to have your name in the lottery, please select “CRITIQUE LOTTERY” during registration. You must be registered by January 20 to be considered for the lottery, and manuscripts will be due February 1. Each winner will be required to pay an additional $40 for their critique upon notification of being selected.

*Early Bird Registration for members is $75 and will end at midnight on January 31. On February 1, the price will increase to $100.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event! Please email us at ohiocensouth@scbwi.org with any questions.

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    The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.

     

    The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, www.scbwi.org. SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

     

     

    Code of Conduct

    All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

    • intimidation, stalking, or following.
    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
    • Inappropriate physical contact.
    • Unwelcome sexual attention.
    • Abusive verbal comments.
    • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
    • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

     

    Reporting Procedures

    Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

    • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
    • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
    • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: https://www.scbwi.org/anti-harassment-report-form/. Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

     

    SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

    If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.

     

    Non-Retaliation

    The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.

     

    Sanctions

    SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

     

    Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

     

    • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
    • immediate removal from a particular event;
    • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
    • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
    • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
    • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
    • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
    • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

     

    Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

    • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
    • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
    • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
    • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
    • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

     

    If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.

     

    Confidentiality

    SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.

     

       

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