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Kings Beach conference is for children’s book writers

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Top editors, professional authors, an art representative and other publishing experts will headline a one-day conference April 8 at North Lake Tahoe for aspiring and professional children’s book writers and illustrators.

The Summit Symposium II, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, will feature speaker presentations as well as small-group, hands-on workshops to help participants reach the next levels of their craft. The event will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the North Tahoe Conference Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., in Kings Beach. The cost is $105 for SCBWI members and $120 for non-members. For more information and a registration form visit; e-mail; or call (775) 849-9585.

Workshop topics include how to prepare an artist portfolio, write biographies with passion, break into nonfiction writing for children, prepare and market manuscripts, develop a winning Web site, prepare grant applications and write compelling dialog. In addition, local novelist and nonfiction author Ellen Hopkins will share the story of her publishing journey.

Conference faculty include Carolyn Yoder, editor of Calkins Creek Books and senior editor of history at HIGHLIGHTS magazine; Timothy Travaglini, senior editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons; art representative Chris Tugeau; Ginger Wadsworth, author of 20 nonfiction books for young readers. Ellen Hopkins, novelist and author of 20 nonfiction children’s books; Virginia Castleman, author and children’s literature writing instructor; Stacey Spain, artist administrator, Bitsy Kemper, author and Web site designer.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an international organization offering networking opportunities and support to people who write, illustrate or share an interest in children’s literature. The local chapter is always open to new members – from beginners to seasoned professionals – and it regularly sponsors conferences to help writers and illustrators break into publication.