FARGO, N.D. — The Dakotas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) will hold its 2019 Conference, “Harvesting Our Stories,” on Saturday, Sept. 13-14, 2019, at the Country Inn and Suites in Fargo, N.D. Optional workshops are available on Friday, Sept. 13.

The conference is for writers, illustrators and anyone interested in creating children’s and young adult books or magazine articles. Topics include writing a great first page, sparking creativity, writing chapter books, finding your voice for middle grade audiences, how to make time to write productively, and what to know about finding and working with a literary agent.

Conference speakers include Sara Sargent, senior editor at Random House Books for Young Readers; Tim Travaglini, agent at Transatlantic Agency; Alexa Pastor, editor with Atheneum Books for Young Readers; and Claudia Mills, award-winning writer of almost 60 books for young readers. Critiques and consultations are available for those who register by Aug. 1.

In Friday workshops Travaglini examines the “Anatomy of a Picture Book,” and Sargent shares observations for “Writing Character Driven Fiction.”

Registration fees are discounted until July 31. For more information and to register, go to www.dakotas.scbwi.org/ (and click on the green event link) or contact Betty Raum, SCBWI Dakotas Regional Advisor, at Dakotas@scbwi.org.


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