The Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators announces its Fall 2006 Conference, "Follow Me" (PDF). The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Texas School for the Deaf at 1102 South Congress in near south Austin.
Featured speakers will include agent Sara Crowe of the Harvey Klinger Agency, author Bruce Coville, author-book doctor Esther Hershenhorn (interview), Clarion associate editor Lynne Polvino, illustrator Tony Sansevero, and illustrator Don Tate (interview)(blog). Faculty also includes Dianna Hutts Aston (interview) and Cynthia Leitich Smith.
The program is designed to meet the needs of writers and illustrators at every stage, from beginners to career builders.
Special events will include: an art portfolio contest with a special prize for the winner; a silent auction of items created by member artists; and a bookfair-signing featuring the works of the speakers and chapter members.
Spaces are limited, so register as soon as possible. Early registrants will be eligible for a manuscript or portfolio critique. The fee is $105 for SCBWI members and $115 for non-members. Fee includes a continental breakfast, plus a box lunch from Sweetish Hill Bakery. Vegetarian items will be available. Registration must be postmarked by Oct. 16 to guarantee a lunch.
For more information, see conference program (PDF), including faculty biographies, and registration form (PDF).