Sunday, June 1, 2014

COSCBWI Meeting Summaries: May 2014

While I usually summarize the two monthly COSCBWI meetings in separate posts, this time I'm lumping them together.  The May meetings were a bit different than usual due to some unexpected changes in plans. 

The Illustrator Meeting on May 14th was slated for a presentation by author-illustrator, David Cuccia.  Unfortunately, he fell ill and had to cancel.  (But don't worry--he'll be coming to speak at the meeting on June 25th instead!)  Since only a few members came to the meeting, the substitute activity was put on hold and members instead got to pick the brain of Illustrator Coordinator, Stella Hickman.  There may not have been many of us, but everyone got lots of illustrating and publishing questions answered!

Stella also introduced a new mini-project for illustrators.  Here's the email blast I sent regarding it:

In follow-up to last month's portfolio critique meeting, Stella would like members to create a new portfolio piece based on a well-known nursery rhyme, folk tale, or fairy tale that anyone would recognize.  (i.e., "Little Red Riding Hood" or "Goldilocks and the Three Bears").  The goal is to tell a visual story by putting your own, unique spin on a well-known tale. 

If you would like to take part, please bring a sketch of your 8 1/2" X 11" project idea to the Illustrator Meeting on June 11th for a group critique.  At this meeting, Stella will also be demonstrating an acrylic painting technique which members can try out for their final pieces.  (Members are also welcome to complete their illustrations in the medium of their choice.)  Final pieces will be due for a group critique at the Illustrator Meeting on July 9th.  This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to practice creating a full illustration before jumping into their 2nd Annual Member Exhibition pieces!

If you have any questions, please email Stella Hickman at  We hope you'll enjoy taking part in this fun activity!

If you're a COSCBWI illustrator, I do hope you'll take part in this little project.  I'm very much looking forward to creating a new piece for my own portfolio!  :)

The Writer Meeting on May 28th was also a little different, featuring the first-ever critique session for the Member Exhibition.  As announced in April, COSCBWI is proud to host the 2nd Annual Member Exhibition set to open in late 2014.  This is a collaborative project between writers and illustrators just like last year's Member Exhibition.  This time, COSCBWI writers will first complete their short picture book text OR jacket copy for one of two prompts, then the illustrators will create an illustration based on those submissions.  The written pieces and illustrations will be displayed together at a showcase later this year.  All members are encouraged to participate, and all submissions will be accepted.  It's a fantastic opportunity to practice your craft and gain exposure for your writing and art!

Since the writer portion of this project is due June 10th, the May 28th meeting was reserved for any member who wanted a critique of their work-in-process exhibition piece.  It was wonderful to see how everyone's pieces are coming along!  There's still time to join in, so don't delay!  Please visit for all the exhibition details.  (The guidelines for the illustrator portion of the exhibition will be posted soon, so stay tuned!) 

I hope everyone is excited about all these great projects!  (I know I am!)  

If you want to learn more about COSCBWI, please visit or "like" the group on Facebook.  I hope to see you at the June meetings!

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