Golden Gate Conference at Asilomar 2014
The 31st Annual Scbwi Golden Gate Conference and Retreat will be held at Asilomar from February 7-9, 2014.
Please Note: Registration for Asilomar requires Two steps. Your registration here with Scbwi covers conference attendance only. Attendees must then register directly with Asilomar for housing, for which there is an additional housing cost in addition to the conference fee. Your confirmation email will provide a document to complete for Asilomar housing registration.
Asilomar Rates (includes… Show more lodging and meals:)
SINGLE Occupancy: $492.14
Double Occupancy: $328.44 per Adult
Over the years, the Scbwi Asilomar conference has gained a reputation as one of the best intimate gatherings of authors and illustrators. This year’s conference theme is the Art, Business and Craft of Writing for Children and Young Adults. Our diverse faculty will address the varied roles that all writers must play regardless of whether they are just starting in their career or are seasoned professionals. Attendees will come away with craft-intensive take-aways, new business know-how, and inspiration for the year ahead.
This year's speakers are David Shannon, Carolyn Mackler, David Saylor, Jill Davis, Melissa Manlove, Aubrey Poole, Jennifer Unter, Elizabeth Partridge, Laura Ruby, Katie Davis, Sue Fliess, Emily Seife and Marie Lamba. Carolyn Mackler and David Shannon will deliver our keynote speeches. Please see below for full bios of our faculty.
The conference is limited to a small group of approximately 140 people. The Asilomar grounds are on the Pacific Ocean near Monterey Bay in Northern California, two hours south of San Francisco. Many of the Asilomar buildings are historic, and the famous dining hall, designed by Julia Morgan, provides a friendly, personal gathering place for conference attendees and speakers. You can see the conference grounds in more depth at www.visitasilomar.com .
Important Conference Information
Off-Campus registration: Due to the limited number of off-campus tickets we have, off campus registration is reserved only for attendees whose residential zip codes begin with 93950 or surrounding areas within a 10 mile radius. Because we Must have the vast majority of participants stay on campus (due to Asilomar requirements), we can only allow those who live in the area to stay off campus. We appreciate your understanding and adherence to this policy.
Awards: Each year, we award the annual Golden Gate Writer’s Award and the Golden Gate Illustrator’s Award. Editors will choose candidates for the Writer’s Award from those writers who submit their work for a paid manuscript critique, and an Art Director/Illustrator committee will select candidates from those illustrators who submit their portfolio for a paid critique .
We offer paid manuscript and illustration portfolio critiques, marketing consultations and round table critiques. Please note: there is no refund on consultation fees.
Manuscript Consultations: A 15-minute manuscript critique with a faculty member. Your manuscript will be sent to the faculty member best suited to critique it. The submission policy is as follows:
• one picture book manuscript of up to six pages in length or, for longer works, up to 10 pages max, including a one page optional synopsis
• author-illustrators may include a dummy (No original art. Max 8.5 x 11)
Format for manuscripts
• double spaced
• text starting half-way down the first page
• 1 inch margins all around, with name and page number in the header
• 12 point Courier, Times or Arial type
**Send two copies of your Manuscript.
Manuscripts Must Be Postmarked No Later Than December 30, 2013
If you miss the deadline, you will not get a critique and you forfeit the fee.
Marketing Consultation: Sit down with Katie Davis, marketing expert, to discuss your writer platform in this thirty minute consultation. Whether you are published or pre-published, it is never too early to start thinking through the online presence that will be key to your marketing efforts. Katie’s passion is video, but her forte is social media and platform building through many outlets. Prior to the consultation, you will complete a form that will give Katie a picture of your current marketing efforts and your interests, be they video, blogging, social media, etc, for next steps. During the consultation, Katie will discuss this form with you and help you set specific action steps. Also, after the consultation, Katie will provide you with her e-book, How to Promote Your Children's Book, as another rich resource to further your marketing efforts.
Round Table Critiques: Note: Agent Pitch Roundables Are Sold Out. There is still availability for First Pages Manuscript Roundtables. The round table critiques will be held with up to five participants and one editor. Each participant will bring to the conference 6 copies of the first full page of their manuscript (either novel or picture book). Text should begin at the top of the page, double-spaced, 12 pt. font. Please include your name. You will be paired with like-genre, if possible. The submission will be read at the beginning of the critique session and critiqued openly by the editor. Each writer will be given the opportunity to ask questions for clarification after the editor comments on his/her piece, but otherwise, writers are asked to remain silent while listening to the editor’s valuable feedback. In this way, you will have the opportunity to receive your own critique and listen to the critiques of others.
Illustration Portfolio Consultation: A 15-minute illustration portfolio critique with a faculty member. Please bring your portfolio to the conference.
Format for portfolios
• No original art
• Maximum 11 x 17
We will be hosting our annual illustration portfolio display, so we encourage you to bring your illustration portfolio even if you choose not to purchase an individual consultation. However, only portfolios of illustrators who submit their work for a paid critique will be eligible for the Golden Gate Illustrator's Award.
Refunds: There will be no refunds after December 15, 2013, unless we can fill your spot from the waiting list. There will be absolutely no refunds after January 15, 2014, except in the case of a family emergency. All refunds will be minus a $25 processing Fee.
Our faculty this year includes:
David Shannon, Author/Illustrator
Internationally acclaimed picture-book creator David Shannon has written and illustrated numerous award winning picture books including A Bad Case of Stripes, Alice the Fairy, The Rain Came Down, Duck on a Bike, the Caldecott Honor Book No David!, How I Learned to be a Pirate, and Good Boy Fergus . He is also one of the collaborative illustrators in Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. In 1993, Shannon published How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, the first book he wrote himself (as an adult!). It was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and in 2011, the Blue Sky Press published it again with a colorful new cover. Shannon’s illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone . He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, their daughter, and their dog, Fergus.
Carolyn Mackler, Author
Carolyn Mackler is the bestselling author of the teen novels, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Printz Honor Book), The Future of Us (co-written with bestselling author Jay Asher), Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words . Carolyn’s novels have been published in more than thirty countries. Carolyn regularly writes middle grade short stories for American Girl . In 2008, she was a judge for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.
David Saylor, VP, Creative Director and Editorial Director for Graphix, Scholastic Inc. (Trade Division)
David Saylor is VP, Creative Director in the Scholastic Trade Publishing Group. In 2005, he founded Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, Graphix. In addition to art directing the American editions of Harry Potter, many of the books Saylor art directed have won awards and honors from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the New York Times Book Review, and the American Library Association. He has worked at Random House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Ticknor and Fields Books for Young Readers, and Houghton Mifflin Children’s Books. He has worked closely with many award-winning illustrators and authors, including Maurice Sendak, Christopher Myers, Stephen Savage, Lauren Thompson, Walter Wick, Jon J Muth, Brian Selznick, and Peter Sis.
Jill Davis, Executive Editor, Katherine Tegan Books, Harper Collins
Jill Davis is an Executive Editor at Harper Collins Children's Books' Katherine Tegen Books. Previously she worked at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Bloomsbury, Viking, and Crown and Knopf, and was editor of Elizabeth Partridge's Printz Honor winner John Lennon: All I Want Is Truth and NBA finalist This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie . She edits picture books, middle-grade fiction, and teen fiction. Jill Davis holds an Mfa in Writing for Children and Ya from Hamline University is the author of three picture books, and is currently at work on a middle-grade novel.
Melissa Manlove, Editor, Chronicle Books
Melissa Manlove is Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She has been with Chronicle for nine years. Some of the books she has edited include Little Red Writing, Carnivores, Lifetime, Over and Under the Snow, Unusual Creatures, Water Sings Blue, On a Beam of Light, and Steam Train Dream Train . She has 15 years of children's bookselling experience.
Aubrey Poole, Associate Editor, Sourcebooks, Inc
Aubrey Poole got her start as an editor correcting her friends’ grammar in high school, an effort which naturally guaranteed instant popularity. She is now an associate editor at Sourcebooks, acquiring children’s books from picture books through young adult. Her first Ya novel, Send by Patty Blount, was a Junior Library Guild pick. Her middle grade novel This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh received a Starred review from Kirkus and is a Core Collection award winner. Aubrey hopes to continue shamelessly courting librarians with her forthcoming middle grade novel The Ninja Librarians. She acquires books for kids of all ages.
Jennifer Unter, Owner/Agent, The Unter Agency, LLC
Before starting her own agency, Jennifer Unter worked in many aspects of the publishing industry: in editorial at a publishing house; as a copyright lawyer at an entertainment law firm; and as VP at a literary agency. The Unter Agency, founded by Ms. Unter in 2008, represents quality fiction and general nonfiction, with a particular interest in memoir, food/cooking, nature/ environment, biography, pop culture, travel/adventure, true crime, politics and health/fitness. The Unter Agency also represents all types of children's literature (picture books, middle grade, and young adult).
Elizabeth Partridge, Author
Elizabeth Partridge graduated with a degree in Women's Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and later studied traditional Chinese medicine. She was an acupuncturist for more than twenty years before closing her medical practice to write full-time. Elizabeth is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Marching to Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary, as well as biographies of Dorothea Lange, Woody Guthrie, and John Lennon. Her books have received many honors, including National Book Award Finalist, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Mfa in Writing for Children & Young Adults.
Laura Ruby, Author
Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens and children. Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including Other Voices and The Florida Review. A collection of these stories, I'm not Julia Roberts, was published by Warner Books in January 2007. Ruby is also the author of the Edgar-nominated children's mystery Lily's Ghosts (8/03), the children's fantasy, The Wall and the Wing (3/06) and a sequel, The Chaos King (5/07) all from Harpercollins. She writes for older teens as well, and her debut young adult novel, Good Girls (9/06), also from Harpercollins, was a Book Sense Pick for fall 2006 and an Ala Quick Pick for 2007. She followed this with the teen novels Play Me (2008) and Bad Apple (2009). Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in Chicago with her husband, Steve, and two cats that serve as creative advisors.
Katie Davis, Author/Director of Possibilities, Brain Burps About Books
Author/illustrator Katie Davis has published 10 books for children, covering diverse genres including picture books, middle grade and Ya, which all fed into her guide for adults, called How to Promote Your Children's Book: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Create a Bestseller. Katie's also known in her niche as one of the first "writerpreneurs", through her products and #1 podcast, Brain Burps About Books. After winning the 2012 School Library Journal Trailee Award, Katie launched Video Idiot Boot Camp : For People Who Think Videos Are Hard To Create, which she specifically created for writers. She's passionate about the power of video to connect small business owners to their community. Katie's on the advisory board for the Brooke Jackman Foundation, a literacy-based charity and has been honored to speak at many venues, including a maximum security prison, schools around the world, keynotes at conferences and fundraising galas.
Sue Fliess, Author
Sue Fliess ("fleece") is a children's book author, freelance writer, and Sr. copywriter for eBay. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons, and a rescued Lab named Teddy. Her background is in public relations, marketing, and copywriting and her articles have appeared in Huffington Post, Writer's Digest, Education.com, and more. Fliess has authored numerous picture books: Shoes for Me!, A Dress for Me! (Amazon Children’s), Tons of Trucks (HMH), Robots, Robots, Everywhere! (Little Golden Books), A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! (Albert Whitman & Co.), and most recently, How To Be A Pirate (Little Golden Books). She has five more forthcoming: How to Be a Superhero (Little Golden Books), Let's Build! (Amazon), The Hug Book, & We're Getting A Pet, (both Little Golden), Books for Me! (Amazon) and A Fairy Friend (Christy Ottaviano Books). You can learn more about Sue and her projects at www.suefliess.com .
Emily Seife, Editor, Scholastic Press
Emily Seife is an editor at Scholastic Press. She has worked on many picture books and novels, including The Longest Night: A Passover Story and I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II . She is an editor on Infinity Ring, Scholastic’s new multiplatform series, and is the author of The Hunger Games Tribute Guide . She is especially looking for middle grade novels with lots of humor and a strong emotional core.
Marie Lamba, Associate Literary Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
As a literary agent at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency (jdlit.com), Marie represents young adult and middle grade fiction, along with general and women’s fiction and memoir. She is actively seeking novels that are inventive as well as moving and/or hilarious. Her weekly “Agent Monday” posts can be found at marielamba.com, and you can click on her “About Marie the Agent” page there for info about her clients. Marie is also author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head and Drawn . Her work appears in the short story anthology Liar Liar (Mendacity Press), the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing), and her articles are in more than 100 publications including national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, Garden Design and RWR . She has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, and a book publicist, and has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion.
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