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News & Regional Updates

MAY 19, 2105

Conference Recap
Survey results show an almost 9 out of 10 rating for the conference overall! Yippeeee. Some of the sessions were overwhelmingly loved, many speakers were gushed about, and we got some great ideas for the future. Based on feedback, we'll be looking to offer more sessions for the advanced writer, a little more on self publishing, and even more access to the editors and agents. 

We had about 65% "pre-published" attendees ;-) , a little under 10% self published, and about 25% published in the traditional sense.  Ages were mostly equally distributed, with the under 35 crowd the least represented.
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The conference survey will be up until Weds, May 20, so if you'd like to share your thoughts and ideas and haven't done so yet, please complete by Weds. We're offering FREE registration to any upcoming North/Central event in 2015 to a random/lucky attendee who fills out the survey COMPLETELY. Winner will be announced by end of the week. (Note: Please DON'T take the survey if you didn't attend.) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NZvbz3fFu4ejjrGcpvyCb1IVDckHquWhODR0X1tDq90&authuser=0
 
Critique Groups Update
We are in the process of updating the way we form and use critique groups in our region. Lou Ann Barnett, Co-Assistant Regional Coordinator, will be creating a Critique Group Survey. The more we understand your needs, the better we can meet them. 
 
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Future Events
We are working on hosting more smaller events, more often, in more parts of our region. We're looking at both advanced PAL-level events as well as beginner sessions. Stay tuned!
 
 
LA Grant Winner
We are excited to announce the winner of the $1,000 L.A. Conference Grant! Three cheers for Melissa Erin Jackson of Sacramento, our winner. Thanks to the many of you that applied! Our judges had a tough time picking just one <appluading all entries>.
 
If anyone else is considering attending the annual Los Angeles conference, sign up soon as it will sell out. To save some buckaroos, ask around for a roommate to share hotel costs, or to carpool. There are lots of ways to save…and lots of connections to be made! Everyone should consider attending at least one international conference at some point, it's really that good. Our region hopes to to find more ways to earn grant monies to pass on to more members.
 
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Crystal Kite Winner–in our region! Squee!
We have another exciting winner to announce! The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. Our very own Connie Goldsmith and her book "Bombs Over Bikini" is winner for the California/Hawaii area. Congratulations Connie!
 
What are YOU up to? Drop us a line, post on our Facebook page, and/or Tweet us your news. We honestly love knowing what you're working on! 
 
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APRIL 15, 2015

Our conference is almost sold out! If you or a friend is planning on attending, please register ASAP. Registration will be CLOSING SOON! You'll get conference-only access to editors and agents at closed houses, as well as a bevy of expertise from all our 15 professional authors, artists, editors, and agents. It's the best deal in town. Click here to take care of it while you're thinking of it: https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/2015-spring-spirit-conference You won't want to miss Spring Spirit 2015!

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If you've already registered for the super cool event, be on the lookout for a conference email. It'll have reminders, addresses, etc. It will also have a reminder about the L.A. Conference Grant that our region offers every year. A winner will get up to $1,000 for travel and conference expenses to attend the annual international SCBWI conference in LA this year (first weekend of Aug). You can get a head start by clicking that link or by clicking on the LA Conference Grant Challenge link to the right, in the purple column. We've already received some applications, so take a looky.

 

The Spring Mixer in Clovis went very well. There were about 20 members showing samples of their work and works in progress, and many new ideas were shared. Look for new learning events/workshops in the Stockon/Fresno area this year! Looks like we've got an active group eager for more!

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We had several members presenting at the Sacramento Library event last weekend, were you able to attend?

 

Let us know what you're working! We love sharing member activity.

 

See you May 2nd?

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