Conference Artwork by Ashley Belote
JULY 15TH @ 6:00 P.M !!!
The time has come to begin registration for our annual conference, "Crafting Characters!"
We appreciate all the support we've received these past few months in regards to shifting our conference to a virtual format. As we've stated, we are extremely excited about the faculty members who have agreed to participate this year, and we can't wait for you to begin interacting with them. All of our webinars and workshops will be conducted via Zoom. These sessions will begin in September and conclude in November. Our schedule has been set up to ensure the best opportunity for member participation. This conference is being offered to the Carolinas Region membership FREE OF CHARGE, as a goodwill gesture to our region during these uncertain times. Illustrator portfolio reviews and manuscript critiques will still have a fee, but all additional conference content will be of no cost to our members.
Information coming soon to the
SCBWI Carolinas Homepage.
PLEASE NOTE: MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES
There will be no face-to-face manuscript critiques this year. If you choose to have your manuscript critiqued, you will be required to send your manuscripts to your reviewing faculty
BY AUGUST 15th. Critique feedback will be sent via email.
PLEASE NOTE: PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
If you choose to participate in a portfolio review,
you will be required to email your work to:
6 weeks prior to your critique session.
Because space is limited, members will only be able to register for ONE portfolio review and/or ONE manuscript critique.
Crafting Characters Conference
We are thrilled to announce the following faculty who have agreed to participate in this year's online conference.
Aram Kim- Macmillan Children's Publishing
Kirk Benshoff- First Second Books
Brian Geffen- Editor, Macmillan
Kate Meltzer- Editor, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan
Katie Grimm- Don Congdon Associates
Chelsea Eberly- Greenhouse Literary
Additional Agents Critiquing Manuscripts:
Kelly Dyksterhouse- Raven Quill Literary
Tara Gonzalez- Erin Murphy Literary
Wendi Gu- Sandford J. Greenburger Associates
Laurel Symonds- The Bent Agency
Victoria Wells Arms- Wells Arms Literary
Keynotes by authors
Sheila Turnage and Tameka Fryer Brown
We believe that offering this event free to our members is the best option for our region and know that a large percentage of our membership has never had the chance to attend a conference. This will be a way to share a revised version of the traditional "conference experience" in a way that we hope will bring joy and unity.
We hope our members will see this as an opportunity to receive quality programming while also supporting our community at large during this strange time in our history.
Art Prompt Contest
Congratulations to the winner of the SCBWI Carolinas WIN Facebook Page Monthly Art Prompt Contest,
His winning image below illustrates the prompt:
Thank you to all of our participants!
The July prompt has been announced, so be sure to check out the
SCBWI-Carolinas Working Illustrators Network (WIN)
Facebook page. Illustrators can enter this month's contest by creating an image to illustrate the prompt topic and pasting your work into the comments section of the post.
The contest will be open for entries until July 31st.
Images are submitted anonymously to a judge outside of the Carolinas Region. The winning illustration for the month will be showcased in the following month's newsletter. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to design the banner art for the following month's newsletter. An artist can win once per calendar year. See the Facebook page for additional details.
A Warm Welcome to our new webmaster,
Kris Black is an aspiring children’s book author and illustrator. He’s currently working on his first two children’s books.
At his day job with T
, Kris is a web developer and designer focused on creating website experiences that are friendly and easy to use. Kris is not new to the world of publishing. He wrote two books about Squarespace, an online platform for creating websites, to help others create their own websites.
Kris is happily married with two incredible kids and two lazy dogs. He geeks out over anything related to Apple, comic books, and Star Wars.
2021 Calendar Illustration Contest!
Since our region’s conference is virtual this year, we want to offer additional opportunities for you to show your work to your peers and conference faculty.
We will be creating a 2021 calendar to be given to our 2020 conference speakers and also make it available to purchase for SCBWI Carolinas members. The artwork for this calendar will be created by you! See additional information and guidelines
We can't wait to see your work!
Volunteer Regional Administrative Team
Assistant Regional Advisor,
Co-Assistant Regional Advisor,
Regional Illustrator Coordinator,
Volunteer At Large,
Leigh Anne Carter
Membership Outreach Coordinator,
Social Media Coordinator,
Carolyn Bennet Fraiser
Critique Group Classifieds:
Check out the CRITIQUE GROUP CENTRAL area of our webpage to find a critique group near YOU!
If you’d like to start a critique group in your area, let us know and we can place an ad for you in the
Critique Group Classifieds
section of our monthly newsletter! The ad will appear in two consecutive newsletters unless longer is requested.
Did You Know?
- SCBWI's THE BOOK has a plethora of information ranging from legal contracting questions to local speakers. It also contains a listing of freelance editors. It’s an amazing resource.
- Communication within the chapter is conducted via the FaceBook Group and the SCBWI Blue Boards. For those members interested in joining the FB Group, where blogs, announcements, and craft discussion can take place among the membership, find the link on the FB SCBWI Carolinas page and request to join.
Demetrios has been a member of SCBWI since 2019.
He laid the foundations for his career at the Charleston County School of the Arts (a public magnet school), exploring traditional media and techniques as a Visual Arts major. In 2006 he graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Graphic Design and a minor in Motion Graphics. As a young professional he worked in Raleigh, NC as a designer/animator at an ad agency for clients like John Deere, Whole Foods Market and Duke University; however, in 2011 he left advertising to pursue another creative passion: teaching. Over the next 6 years he lived in East Asia, teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to ages 3–18 while also studying Mandarin Chinese. Since returning stateside in 2017, Demetrios has been freelancing as an illustrator, animator and designer. In 2018 he illustrated and co-published ZYGI'S BEANS, a picture book for ages 3-8 exploring friendship, courage and adventure in the face of intriguing mysteries in our universe.
Currently, Demetrios is working on illustrating his second picture book, AMELIA AND CANUTE, about a young couple in love—who become separated when a jealous rival transforms one of them into an owl. It is a classic tale of love's power to endure, as told through a series of Art Nouveau-inspired sequential art.
Demetrios's 2-year goal is to have transitioned into full-time illustration. His 5-year goal is to have published his first written and illustrated picture book for young readers. He's specifically interested in applying his teaching skills to non-fiction projects (in arenas such as linguistics, science and history).
Demetrios is currently seeking agent representation. To learn more and see his work, visit the links below:
A warm welcome to all of our new members—we are so glad you've joined us! If you have any questions, please let me know!
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Some Inspiring News From the World!
Three child artists got the surprise of a lifetime when their artwork was displayed on a giant billboard in Times Square!
Shutterfly held a campaign on Twitter and Instagram titled #CreateThanks, that called for children to submit original artwork meant to "thank" essential workers who have continued to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 450 works of art were
submitted from children
across the country. Among those chosen was 7-year-old Kelli-Rose Simpson Forde, pictured above. Her drawing was inspired by her grandparent, an NYC transit worker.
Shutterfly chose to showcase the artwork next to two of the city’s busiest commuter hubs, Grand Central Stations and Port Authority.
This display serves as a joyful and colorful reminder to the brave front line workers that we all thank them for their service. Art can change the world! Let's keep drawing.
We want to blast your good news throughout our social media, so please send it our way!