Fall is just around the corner and so is our SCBWI Oklahoma Fall Retreat. To get everyone in the mood for the retreat, and to help us get to know some of our retreat faculty, we are hosting several Twitter chats over the next month, beginning this Tuesday, August 25th.
Each Twitter chat will be from 7-8pm CST, using the hashtag #okscbwichat.
Here is our Twitter Chat Line-Up:
August 25 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
Christa Heschke – Agent with McIntosh & Otis, Inc. and Off-Site Critiquer for Fall Retreat. Her Twitter username is @ChristaHeschke. Use the hashtag #okscbwichat.
Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children’s Literature Department since 2009 where she is actively looking for picture books, middle grade, and young adult projects. She is a fan of young adult novels with a romantic angle, and strong, quirky protagonists. Within YA, Christa is especially interested in contemporary fiction, horror and thrillers/mysteries. As for middle grade, Christa enjoys contemporary, humor, adventure, mystery and magical realism. For picture books, she’s drawn to cute, funny, character driven stories within fiction and is open to non-fiction with a unique hook.
UPDATE 8/28/15: If you missed this chat, you can view the Storify version here: bit.ly/1NHGlhE
September 1 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
Emily Feinberg – Assistant Editor with Roaring Brook Press, and Off-Site Critiquer for Fall Retreat. Her Twitter username is @EmilyFeinberg. Use the hashtag #okscbwichat.
After graduating from college, Emily joined the editorial team at Roaring Brook Press where she has had the opportunity to work with artists and writers such as Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Jason Chin, Bagram Ibatoulline, Nick Bruel and Yuyi Morales, among others. Emily works mostly with picture book, middle grade and nonfiction titles. While she is always looking for solid, voice-driven picture books and middle grade, she also particularly loves nonfiction for young readers of all ages. Emily is not an editor of fantasy.
UPDATE 9/4/15: If you missed this chat, you can view the Storify version here: bit.ly/1EB4tB5
September 22nd from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
Janee Trasler – Picture Book Author and Picture Book Track speaker at our Fall Retreat. Her Twitter username is @janeetrasler. Use the hashtag #okscbwichat.
Janee writes and illustrates clever and funny picture books like the Chickies series, MIMI AND BEAR IN THE SNOW, CAVEMAN A.B.C. STORY, and BENNY’S CHOCOLATE BUNNY. She’s also been known to sing silly songs and play with puppets.
Learn more about Janee by visiting her website: www.trasler.com
UPDATE 9/22/15: If you missed this chat, you can view the Storify version here: bit.ly/1V8Bk7n
September 29 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
Tim Jessell – Illustrator and Fall Retreat Illustrator Track Instructor. His Twitter username is @timjessell. Use the hashtag #okscbwichat.
Tim illustrates the best seller series Secrets Of Droon, Dog Diaries, Amare Stoudemire’s STAT, Stan Lee of Marvel Comics first children’s picture book, and covers for reissue of Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s Newbery Honor Books. He is also the author/illustrator of two picture books, Amorak and FALCON.
Learn more about Tim by visiting his website: www.timjessell.com
UPDATE 9/29/15: If you missed this chat, you can view the Storify version here: bit.ly/1j02FI8
And for those interested in attending our retreat, sign up now! There are fewer than 30 spots remaining for our fall retreat.
This two-day event, from Friday, October 9th through Saturday, October 10th, has specially designed tracks for illustrators, picture book writers, and novel writers built in to the programming. There will also be a first pages panel & discussion, and an entire day devoted to editing. (For full details, and to register for this event, visit the OK SCBWI website.)
See you on Twitter!