Sunday, January 31, 2016

COSCBWI Meeting January 2016

It's a brand new year, which means it's time to jump back into COSCBWI meetings!

As you may have read in my "About Me" section of this blog, I'm the Illustrator Coordinator for the Central and Southern Ohio Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers Illustrators.  (Try to say that 10 times fast!)  I help plan events and love contributing to the organization.  A few years ago, I started posting summaries of the monthly meetings on my blog for any local folk who missed attending, as well as for my readers spread far and wide who are interested in children's literature topics.  I plan to do so again in 2016, so I hope you will enjoy these COSCBWI posts!

The first meeting of 2016 was a meet-and-greet and overview of the organization.  2016 has ushered in some changes for the chapter, including a new Regional Advisor.  Former Regional Advisor Linda Miller decided it was time to retire from the position after several years of service.  We know she'll remain active in the group, though, and wish her the best of luck as she focuses on her own writing!  YA author and active member Jody Casella will be stepping into the RA role, and we know she'll bring a lot to the group with her personal experience in the publishing industry.

It's always a good idea to make sure everyone has the most up-to-date info at the start of each year, so here is where you can find COSCBWI online:

Twitter: @CSOhioSCBWI
Facebook: Central Southern Ohio SCBWI

We also talked about some awesome events already on the calendar for 2016 including...

Saturday, February 13th:
Half-day workshop with YA author Emery Lord called "Taking Your Manuscript to the Next Level"

Saturday, March 5th:
Half-day workshop with associate agent Victoria Selvaggio called "Agent 101: An Inside View of Acquiring Clients"

You can find out more information and sign up for both workshops here:
(Each event is on the purple menu on the right-hand side of the website.)

We also talked about some other big upcoming events around the literary community including the SCBWI Multi-Chapter Spring "Wild Wild Midwest" Conference on April 29-May 1 in Chicago (website) and the 10th Annual Ohioana Book Festival on April 23 in Columbus (

The meeting ended with member manuscript critiques.  Group critiques are a wonderful way to get feedback on your work, as well as share your writing and illustrating expertise with other members.  COSCBWI keeps the atmosphere informal and encouraging for group critiques, so don't be afraid to to share your work when opportunities come up throughout the year!

This is shaping up to be a very exciting year for COSCBWI (and it's only January 31!)  I hope to see you at a meeting or event soon! 

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