SCBWI Children’s Lit Booktalk & Critique (August 2010)

Our special topic this month: The making of Quintin And His Violin, a seafarer children’s book

Are you a published or aspiring writer or illustrator of children’s books? Do you have a keen interest in children’s literature? If so, come and join our monthly booktalk!

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. on Monday 2010 August 16

WHERE: Figaro Greenbelt 3, Makati

WHAT: It’s basically a booktalk: everyone brings a book for children or young adults to talk about. We use this as a springboard for questions and answers about writing and illustrating, getting published, promoting one’s books, and other markets, media, and issues related to children’s books.

WHO: This for published or unpublished writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults. It’s also for those who love or work with children’s books: publishers, editors, translators, book designers, book packagers, book distributors, booksellers, librarians, storytellers, college and graduate students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and creators of stage, television and movie adaptations of children’s books. SCBWI members and non-members are both welcome.*

HOST: SCBWI Philippines, the Philippine chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)

FEE: P20 and a receipt for something — anything! — that you ordered from the venue. For  SCBWI members, no fee.

BRING: A children’s or young adult book to talk about. Or, bring your children’s book manuscript or illustrations and ask for a group critique.

HOW: Depending on the size of the group, we first give each person five to ten minutes to speak. Then we have a round-table discussion — about the books that we brought, and whatever other topics these books suggest as long as they’re related to children’s and young adult books. Everyone present is encouraged to ask and answer questions, solicit advice, give suggestions, share their experience. It’s usually fun, enlightening, inspiring, sometimes dismaying or even disturbing, always stimulating and thought-provoking.

GUIDELINES: We actually have very few rules. One of them is that when it’s your turn to talk about the book you chose, please do not tell us the whole story. Two or three sentences telling us what the book is about is fine.

The rest of your booktalk can be what else you considered worth noting about the book: the writer’s writing style, the writer’s other books, the writer’s life and careeer, the price of the book (not a small thing!), the state of the book (worn and tattered and obviously well used, perhaps), the book design, the quality and type of illustrations, the illustrator’s life and career, the quality of the printing and binding, the covers, the beautiful (or pitiful) paper for the inside pages, what you know or would like to know about the book’s publisher.

You can also talk about your reason for choosing this particular book: what about it makes you feel inspired, enlightened, happy, comforted, dismayed, disturbed, sad, calm, agitated, etc. Is it a book you read and liked when you were a child? Is it a book you still love to read as an adult? Is it a book you’d love (or require) other children to read? Is it a book you wish you wrote? Or illustrated? Is it a book you think should be given to all children? Or should it be given to children selectively and carefully? Or maybe not at all? Etc., etc. (Now you know why some of us have to be told we’ve talked beyond the time limit!)

NOTE: This is a monthly event. It is organized by SCBWI Philippines every 2nd Monday. Let us know if you’re coming!

Beaulah at 0917-787-4956
Nikki at 0905-347-1668

* Participants in SCBWI Philippines events must be at least 18 years old.


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