Southern Breeze to host Springmingle 2012

Southern Breeze to host Springmingle 2012

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Southern Breeze Region will host Springmingle 2012 on February, 24-26 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center. The conference will feature discussions on how to raise the level of one’s work and to improve a writer’s chances of getting published, sessions with editors and agents who are looking for new talent, and opportunities to meet and mingle with other authors and illustrators of children’s literature.

The conference faculty includes: Kirby Larson, author of 10 books for young readers, including the 2007 Newbery Honor winner, Hattie Big Sky; Greg Ferguson, editor and art director at Egmont USA; Kristin Daly Rens, senior editor at Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins; Mary Kole, associate agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency; abd Andy Runton, creator of OWLY graphic novels.

Looking for feedback on your work? Get it at Springmingle 2012.

Formal critiques: $40. Manuscripts must be submitted by Jan. 21. Portfolio reviews must be pre-paid but illustrations need not be sent in advance.

Informal critiques with other attendees: Free

First Pages / First Looks: Submit the first page of your manuscript, or an opening illustration, and it could be chosen for a free review by a panel of the conference faculty.

Query letter critique: Literary agent Mary Kole will review the first 25 query letters submitted.

For novelists only! Attend an intensive workshop with author Kirby Larson on Feb. 24. (Additional fee applies.)

Conference tuition is $190 for SCBWI members, $220 for non-members, or $200 for students. Advance registration is required and spaces are limited. Register by Jan. 21 and receive a $5 discount.

Not a member of SCBWI? Join for just $85 (annual renewal is $70). You’ll gain access to important industry updates, be eligible for contests and awards, and receive a bi-monthly magazine filled with useful information. And you’ll be part of the world’s largest organization for writers and illustrators of children’s books, with 22,000 members worldwide.

For more information and to register for Springmingle 2012, visit