Volume 2 | March 10, 2020
SCBWI Brazos Valley News
Welcome Romy Natalia Goldberg, the new Regional Advisor for SCBWI Brazos Valley! Read on for comments from Romy Natalia and newly assigned Assistant Regional Advisor Liz Mertz.
Upcoming Events
Monthly Meeting - March 25th
Our March meeting will feature Nancy Inglis, veteran editor who will speak about the trade publication industry. Monthly meetings are currently held the last Wednesday of every month, 10 - 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 711 Texas Ave in College Station. Gentle critique at 9:30 a.m. 

Regional Events and Opportunities

March 14 - Poetic Power Workshop
Southwest Texas SCBWI will be hosting a workshop on The Poetic Power for Writers & Illustrators With Beth Haley Wernick from 10 a.m.-1p.m. at Bonilla Hall, University of the Incarnate Word, in San Antonio. For more details and registration visit the SCBWI Southwest Texas site.

March 20-22 - SCBWI La/Ms JambaLAya KidLit Conference 2020 ~ Editors’ Day
Want to write or illustrate a story for kids? Join us at the SCBWI JambaLAya KidLit Conference March 20-22, 2020 in New Orleans for Editors' Day. See what's on the agenda here .

Mar. 24-27 - Texas Library Association Conference
Exhibit only passes are available for Tuesday, March 24 – Thursday, March 26, and for TLA After Hours Tuesday, March 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. for $60-$80. Click here for more details.

April 1 - Fiction-writing Webinar
Brazos Valley member Dawn Husted is offering an online fiction workshop for authors wanting to write middle grade, young adult, new adult, or adult. The $19.99 registration includes a complimentary digital copy of the workbook, A Wordy Woman's Guide for Writing a Book . Please note this is not an SCBWI event.

April 4 - Agent Day
North Texas SCBWI will be hosting an agent day on April 4th with agent Deborah Warren and her client Erin Dealey. For more details and registration go here .
April 4-6 - First Monday Trade Days Flea Market sales
Alice Brock will be selling books at the First Monday Trade Days Flea Market in Canton, Texas. Authors interested in sharing her indoor sales space may contact her at (979) 820 0801.
April 7 - The Fundamentals of Scrivener 3 Webinar 1-3 p.m. CDT
Scrivener expert Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener for Dummies , will talk about the use of this powerful organizing tool for writers. Beginners and experienced users will benefit from this introduction to Scrivener’s basic features. Learn how to create a new project, understand Scrivener’s interface, organize and work with files and folders, import your existing work and research, color code your files, set word count targets, exporting your work, and more. Sponsored by the SCBWI Rocky Mountain region, attendees need to register by April 4. The cost is $15.00 for SCBWI Members; $30.00 for Non-members. Registration information is here

Knowing that Scrivener is intimidating for many people, please let us know if you are interested in meeting together to watch the replay with the Scrivener program open on our computers.
May 2-3 - Austin SCBWI's 2020 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference 
Faculty includes award-winning authors Cynthia Leitich Smith and Liz Garton Scanlon, author/illustrators Ben Clanton and Don Tate, editors from HarperCollins and Henry Holt, agents, art director and so much more. Registration is now open
2020 Conference Wrap Up
A big thank you to everyone who helped make our regional Leap into Kid Lit conference a big success! To kick things off, conference volunteers enjoyed a lovely, low-key evening with our faculty, hosted by Kathi Appelt. Our speakers, agent Rubin Pfeffer, author Susan Fletcher, associate editor Trisha de Guzman, agent Charlotte Wenger, author Kelly Bennett and art director Saho Fujii did a fantastic job of educating conference go-ers about all aspects of writing and illustrating for children over the course of the day. Afterwards we reconvened at Carino’s for a networking dinner with the faculty. Special thanks to volunteer coordinator, Joyce Husted, silent auction coordinators Lydia Scott and Debbie Skinner, snack coordinator Alice Brock, and to Molly Blaisdell and Covenant Presbyterian Church for the use of their lovely venue.

Please be on the lookout for our post-conference survey. Your feedback is important to us!

Conference attendees are able to submit their work to Rubin Pfeffer, Charlotte Wenger, Trisha de Guzman and Saho Fujii. Check your conference folders for submission guidelines (note: they are different for each faculty member) or email brazosvalley-ra@scbwi.org

Picture book author and educator Samuel E. Pittman II was honored at the Brazos Valley African American History Museum gala on February 29th for his support of the museum and the community. Sam is the author of Alligator Jazz (Pelican, 2019). Congratulations, Sam!   

Sara Alpern Tarlow, PhD, has released How Can I Change That? , a picture book biography about business woman Dorothy Dignam. The book is available on Amazon. Congratulations, Sara!
Welcome Our New Regional Advisor!
A note from incoming Regional Advisor Romy Natalia Goldberg

Howdy! I am extremely excited to be your new regional advisor! A few words about myself: I am Paraguayan-American and grew up moving around Latin America but am now very happy to call Brazos Valley home. I was fortunate to discover SCBWI shortly after moving to College Station and credit our wonderful members with helping me grow so much as a writer from my very first meeting. I have been shadowing Liz for the past year in the hopes of learning how I can best serve our region. My goal as regional advisor is to continue to support the talented kid lit creators in our group as well as grow new talent. I am especially interested in making sure our region is inclusive and reflects the diversity of our state. I have some ideas but welcome your input! Please feel free to email me at brazosvalley-ra@scbwi.org . P.S. Some of you know me as Natalia, others as Romy. Worry not. I answer to both!

A note from Liz Mertz, Assistant Regional Advisor
Hello, friends! It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as the Brazos Valley regional advisor for the past 13 years. My life has been enriched by getting to know so many dedicated, creative people in our region and beyond. I appreciate all the support received for our various programs and events through the years, and I am glad to continue serving the region as Natalia's assistant. My new email is brazosvalley-ara@scbwi.org . Please stay in touch. Exciting times ahead!