SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

JambaLAya KidLit 2021 ~ The Virtual One

Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/11/2021 - 06/12/2021
12:00 am


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR, WE HOPE.

So … you have a children’s story and want to get it published? Or, you want to learn how others got their stories and/or illustrations published? Or, you like learning about the fascinating world of children’s books?

Whatever made you click to get here, BIENVENUE! Please be sure to check out last JambaLAya’s portfolio winner’s work by illustrator Dana Drew Beech on instagram @danadrewbeech

Conference Fee $55 Members / $95 Nonmembers – Click HERE to become a member and save on the conference.

Critiques/Consultations $50 – Limited Number Available

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and to keep our attendees and faculty safe, this conference will be held online via the Zoom platform. All of the sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees for 2 weeks after the conference, but we highly recommend you attend as many sessions as you can during the conference to get the most out of the event.

*Closed captioning and/or Live Transcript will be available on live presentations and recordings.*

Looking forward to seeing you soon through the magic of Zoom!


FACULTY/PRESENTERS:

• Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and author of many award-winning books, will give the keynote address.

• Elizabeth Law, Editor Holiday House and freelance book editor. A limited number of in-person consultations are offered.

• Talia Benamy, Associate Editor at Philomel (Penguin). A limited number of 10 consultations are offered.

• Maria Middleton, Art Director for Imprints at Candlewick Press. A limited number of digital portfolios review are offered.

• Alysson Bourque and Lori Orlinsky, Foreword Publicity.


ADDITIONAL EDITOR CRITIQUES:

• Nina Kooij, Editor-in-Chief at Arcadia/Pelican Publishing Company. A limited number of critiques  are offered.

• Catherine Frank, Editor (freelance) at Catherine Frank Editorial and former Executive Editor at Viking. Catherine recently joined Peachtree Publishing as an editor at large. A limited number of critiques are offered.


SCHEDULE OVERVIEW:

Friday, June 11

5:00-5:30pm (CT) – JambaLAya & SCBWI Newcomers; Membership Coordinator, Courtney Warren

6:15pm (CT) – Welcome to Conference & Announcements

6:30-8:00pm – Art Director Maria Middleton, Candlewick; “Digital Portfolio Building”

Saturday, June 12

8:00-8:30am (CT) Morning & Welcome Breakfast

9:00-10:00am – Keynote with Newbery winning author, Linda Sue Park; “Writing Outside of Your Experience”

10:30-11:30am – Editor Talia Benamy, Philomel; “Positioning Your Pitch”

11:40am-12:30pm – Lunch/Open Zoom Meeting

1:00-2:00pm – Editor Elizabeth Law, Holiday House; “The Hook’s The Thing (but don’t forget Structure, Structure, Structure!)”

2:30-3:30pm – Pro Series: Foreword Publicity, Alysson Foti Bourque & Lori Orlinsky; “State of Marketing: How to move “forward” with your book marketing

3:45pm – Closing Announcements/Portfolio Award/Door Prizes

5:00-6:00pm – JambaLAya Social & Shop Talk/Open Zoom Meeting

And stay tuned for a Lagniappe Webinar on Saturday, July 10 ~ Free to all JambaLAya registrants.


SCHOLARSHIP INFO:

EQUITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP: FOR TWO ATTENDEES IDENTIFYING AS A WRITER OR ILLUSTRATOR FROM A MARGINALIZED GROUP

To affirm the need for more diverse representation in the children’s and YA book industry, we are offering two full scholarships to the 2021 JambaLAya Kidlit Conference awarded to attendees who identify as a writer or illustrator from a group that has been traditionally marginalized by the publishing industry. This scholarship has been funded by a gift from Linda Sue Park. This scholarship is open to an SCBWI La/Ms member or non-member. The application window opens on April  7. Simply email our region at: LouisianaMississippi-ra@scbwi.org  with the subject line: JambaLAya Scholarship, and tell us:

  1. About you. For example, what’s your current job or life situation? What drew you to KidLit? Have you attended an SCBWI event before?
  1. Do you want a career in children’s literature? What are your goals?
  1. What do you hope to learn or do as a result of this scholarship?

There are no right or wrong answers; we just want to get to know you and your goals.


TO REGISTER:

Online Registration Only. Once you have selected the options below you will continue to payment. Click on pay online via Paypal. Click on the arrow for Paypal. When you click on Paypal you will be taken to a screen where you can either (1) use your own Paypal account; or (2) pay by debit or credit card through the regional Paypal account. Choose the second option to pay with your credit card. You do not need to open your own Paypal account.