June 2008

June 28th through July 6th

9:00am to 6:00pm daily, Kutztown, PA. Admission: $12 adults, $11 fifty-five+, kids 12 and under free!

A Kutztown Folk Festival crafter working on a flower press.Now in its 58th year, The Kutztown Folk Festival is a wonderful trip back to simpler times - bread made in outdoor brick ovens, candle-making from bee’s wax, basket-making, soap-making, home-made ice cream, storytelling, live music, over 2,000 quilts on exhibit, and much, much more!

Interested in historical fiction?  You may just find some inspiration at this wonderful event.

For more information, visit www.kutztownfestival.com.

Be sure to check out the discount admission coupons on their web site!

Photograph by Sheila Wright

The Society of Illustrators is accepting entries for its 28th Annual Exhibition celebrating the art of children’s book illustrations - but don’t delay!  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 29th.

The Society has published a detailed entry form on its web site.

To all who enter: Good luck!

SCBWI members take note!  The NJ chapter of the SCBWI is organizing a set of summer “Get-Togethers.”  From the NJ SCWBI’s web site…

These sessions will be held in various locations during June, July and August.  The number for each get-together will be limited, in most cases 10 people.  The purpose is to network and create new stories[...]

The next meeting is scheduled for July 15, 2008, at 1:00pm on Green Pond.  For directions and registration, visit the NJ SCWBI’s web site linked above.

NJCWG would like to congratulate children’s writer Gloria Evangelista, who won The New Jersey Children’s Writer’s Guild raffle prize this month at the annual NJ-SCBWI Conference in Princeton.

Gloria, we hope that you enjoy your one-year free membership in the SCBWI and your “low-cal” ceramic cupcake!

Best wishes,

~Sheila Wright, co-founder

Just a reminder that the Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference deadline for submissions is July 1, 2008.  The Rutgers One-on-One Conference scheduled this year for October 18, 2008 is in its 37th year, and pairs writers and illustrators with volunteer mentors (including editors, agents, etc.) who offer professional critiques and other valuable advice to aspiring writers.

Rutgers anticipates that about seventy to eighty submissions will be accepted, with notifications around late August 2008.

For more information about the application process and fee, email Rutgers directly.

Good luck to everyone who applies!

~ John

Named for my husband who loves them so, these bars are the essence of autumn!  As delicious as they are healthful, you may want to make a double batch since they are loved by children as well as adults and quickly disappear. (more…)

Tasha Tudor at work - Photo released by familyTasha Tudor, beloved American illustrator of almost 100 children’s books, has died at age 92 at her Vermont home, 06/18/2008, surrounded by family and friends.  

Her first story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938, and her most recent work, The Corgiville Christmas, in 2003.  Awards for her work included Caldecott Honors for Mother Goose and 1 is One.

Interested in the home arts from an early age, Ms. Tudor was also well-known for her expertise at gardening, cooking, canning, spinning, knitting, raising goats, and hosting afternoon tea parties.  

For more information on Ms. Tudor’s life, please visit her family’s web site.

Einstein said that time is like a river, it flows in bends. If we could only step back around the turns, we could travel in either direction. I’m sure it’s possible. When I die, I’m going right back to the 1830s. I’m not even afraid of dying. I think it must be quite exciting.

~Tasha Tudor, 1915-2008

(Photo copyright Richard Brown, released by family)

Having trouble bringing a scene to life?  Here’s a technique from Highlights for Children editor Kim Griswell that might help you discover unexplored possibilities for richer prose:

You’ve probably been told a thousand times that writers must show, not tell in their stories. What does that really mean? Showing means writing all five senses into your story: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

To find out if you’re using all five senses, get a set of five highlighters, each in a different color. Go through your text and highlight all the sensory details, using a different color for each sense: sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. You’ll be able to see right away if you’re favoring one sense to the exclusion of others. Sight is the sense most of us favor, though if asked what stays in the memory longest, smells, tastes, or sounds often come to the fore. If your writing leaves a sensory vacuum, go back and add sensory images to enrich your story and allow readers to experience it as if they were there.

This tip comes from a workshop given by Kim at the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. For more information about this workshop or her upcoming Founders Workshop, Finding Your Voice, visit www.highlightsfoundation.org. Please feel free to pass this tip on to others who may be interested.

Kim T. Griswell spent six years as the coordinating editor of Highlights. She currently serves as senior editor, special projects, for Highlights for Children, Inc. Her service has spanned the worlds of publishing and teaching, leading her to positions as senior editor, book development manager, a university instructor, and a teacher with the Institute of Children’s Literature. She holds master’s degrees in teaching writing and in literature. A prolific writer and committed editor, Kim has published more than two hundred short stories, articles, and columns. Her children’s book, Carnivorous Plants, was published by Kidhaven Press in 2002.

~The Highlights Foundation

Congratulations to Kathy Temean and all of the volunteers who made the 2008 NJ SCBWI Conference in Princeton, NJ a success this weekend! If you were one of the writers/illustrators who attended the conference, we would love to hear your thoughts!  I hope that everyone received a copy of NJSCWBI’s publication “Sprouts.”  It’s filled with wonderful illustrations and thought-provoking articles.

On a personal note, thank you Leeza Hernandez for the use of your camera!

To post a reply, just register with us at www.childrenswritersguild.org using the panel on the right.  We hope to hear from you soon!


~ Sheila Wright

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“You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. ”
— C. S. Lewis