SCBWI

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2017 Hummingbird Writing Retreat

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/27/2017 - 10/29/2017
4:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location
Hummingbird Music Camp
104 Hummingbird Ln - Jemez Springs, NM 87025

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Join us for a working writers' retreat at Hummingbird Music Camp near Jemez Sprigs on October 27-29 with an option to participate in a personal retreat October 26. 

The weekend includes talks by our agent, Natascha Morris, of Bookends Literary and time to work on your own.

 

Hummingbird Music Camp

Hummingbird Music Camp is situated on the Jemez River, 60 miles northwest of Albuquerque. We’ll be occupying Hummingbirds’s North Campus. Facilities include a large meeting room with fireplace and kitchen and outdoor pavilions. The rustic dining hall is a short walk from the north campus. The registration fee includes meals Friday evening through Sunday lunch. 

 

Silent Auction

Homemade goodies, artwork, original note cards, books, jewelry, white elephant gifts, books, or anything else you like–these are all examples of items for the Silent Auction. Bring something to give away and cash to spend! This is a great fundraiser for SCBWI-NM and a chance to start early on your holiday shopping.

 

Application Process

  • Registration opens August 14
  • We are limited to 21 participants
  • Whether you plan to pay by credit card or by check, you must register online (see the steps listed below).

If you plan to participate in the optional critique from Natascha Morris ($50 additional fee) or the optional (free) critique group, you must register before September 5.

 

COST (NO REFUNDS)

Retreat price, includs lodging and meals:

  • $225 for SCBWI members
  • $250 for non-members

 

Optional 15 minutes pitch session critique with Natascha Morris:

  • $25 for members
  • $40 for non-members

 

Optional written editor critique with Natascha Morris:

  • $50 for members
  • $65 for non-members

 

Optional personal working retreat day: Friday, October 26 (arrive Thursday, October 25 at 5:00 pm)

  • $50 for members
  • $60 for non-members

 

How do I register?

Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the ticket you want to purchase (you must be a SCBWI member to select that option). If you are participating in the pitch session critique, written editor critique, or critique group, please indicate that by clicking the appropriate option.

Click continue.

You'll be given an overview of your information: Name, ticket, critique. Then you'll see a section that's called Payment Information. Below is "pay with" and a drop down box. If you click it, you'll see that you can select PayPal or pay offline. Pay offline means pay by check. If you wish to pay by check, please contact Shirley Duke for a mailing address. Please make out the check to SCBWI-NM.

In order to pay with Pay Pal, you do NOT need a PayPal account. Simply choose that option and you'll be given the opportunity to pay by credit card.

 

Options and Extras

For those who chose to participate in Natascha Morris's optional pitch critique (six spaces available):

A pitch is an invaluable opportunity to showcase your work. You will have 15 minutes to meet with Natascha and give your pitch, either verbal or written. Come with your prepared pitch (plan for no more than five minutes), and Natascha will work with you to perfect it with on-the -spot feedback. Click through to read a good article on pitches.

 

For those working with written critiques by Natascha Morris of Bookends Literary:

You must register before September 5. Your pages need to be to Shirley Duke by September 5. (slduke@prodigy.net)

Choose a manuscript that  has been edited several times but still needs help. You may submit fiction or nonfiction in any genre for children or teens. Manuscripts of up to 10 pages must be sent via e-mail to Shirley Duke (slduke@prodigy.net). Include written critique by Natascha Morris in the subject line. On the first page, include the genre, age range, and expected word count or page count of the final manuscript. Formatting instructions can be found on page 9 of THE BOOK–From Keyboard to the Printed Page.

 

For those who choose to work with an optional critique group:

You must register by September 18.

Choose a manuscript that has been edited several times but still needs help. You may submit fiction or nonfiction any any genre for children or teens. Manuscripts of up to 20 pages must be sent via e-mail to Shirley Duke, including any synopsis (optional). On the first page, include the genre, age range, and expected word count or page count of the final manuscript.

If possible, you will be with others who write for a similar age group. Once groups have been assigned, you will receive a group email with all the manuscripts attached. Please print out and read through each manuscript, first for a general overview and second with an eye toward feedback. Use SCBWI's GOLD FORM for guidance as you critique. Feel free to write on the manuscript as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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