Happy Friday everyone! The weather still feels like summer, but fall activities are in full swing here in Michigan. Our SCBWI-MI chapter is swirling with news and events, so instead of a regular post today, I'm giving you a snapshot of what's in the works for our region.
Our Creative Retreat at Pokagon State Park is in partnership with SCBWI-Indiana, and it's only a few weeks away. The registration deadline is this Sunday, so don't delay! Learn more and register here.
Regional Shop Talks are happening all over the state on a monthly basis. Craft workshops, critiques, the business of publishing, and camaraderie - if you haven't already connected with the group in your area, go here to find the nearest location. Join our MichKids listserv and follow our chapter Facebook page for current agendas and reminders.
Illustrators: the 4 Out the Door Postcard Challenge is still underway! Learn more here and follow along on Instagram.
Save the date! The SCBWI Wild, Wild Midwest multi-region conference is coming back May 3-5, 2019! More info soon.
And finally, congrats to the SCBWI-MI mentorship competition winners and runners-up! I just got my first set of notes from my mentor, Leslie Connor, and WOW am I feeling grateful for this opportunity. Thank you, Ann Finkelstein for all of your time in coordinating the program. Here's the announcement from Ann:
The winner of the 2018-2019 PAL Novel Mentorship with Leslie Connor is Kristin Bartley Lenz for her novel The Door Swings Open. The two runners up are Charlie Barshaw for his novel Aunt Agnes and Margaret Mason for her novel Is My Name.
The winner of the 2018-2019 non-PAL Novel Mentorship with Kelly Barson is Danielle DeFauw for her novel Victory Stumbles.
The two runners up are Isabel O’Hagin for Chavela’s Quest and Susan Santone with The Shape of Change.
If you're looking for a mentorship program, read this KidLit 411 post which includes several options for writers of picture books and middle grade and young adult novels.
What am I forgetting? Oh! Several SCBWI-MI members have artwork on display at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Check it out: https://www.artprize.org/for-artists.
Coming up on the Mitten Blog: Jodi McKay continues to celebrate Book Birthdays. We'll have a new fall blog banner in a couple of weeks created by our new Featured Illustrator. Look for Nina Goebel's interview with the artist. And it's almost time for another round of Hugs and Hurrahs. Please email your writing, illustrating, or publishing news to Patti Richards by October 8th to be included.
If you'd like to share any writing or illustrating events, please do so in the comments!