The Summer Great Critique – July 2015

Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/25/2015
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location
TaborSpace, The Dining Room
5441 SE Belmont Street - Portland, OR 97215


logo for The Great Critique~ANOTHER GREAT CRITIQUE, SUMMER STYLE!~

A chance for writers and illustrators to be mentored and critiqued by a professional and their peers. We have done these events twice yearly since January 2013. Attendees love them.

 

When:  July 25, 2015 from 9:30 to Noon

Location:  TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

Time:  9:30 to noon. First half hour networking, with coffee and donuts, and then from 10:00 to 12:00 critique session.

Questions? Contact Kim Kasch, kasch5@comcast.net

Never been in a critique group? Wish you could be critiqued by someone who is ahead of you in the publishing game? Want to strengthen your work? Need a fresh set of eyes and ears on that oft-revised piece? Want to have your manuscript or illustrations ready for the Fall retreat? This is your chance. A published writer or illustrator will lead each small group and critique your manuscript or illustrations. You'll also hear others' work and get feedback from those writers or illustrators, too. Plus you'll learn from the comments by the critique leader about the work of others.

Illustration by Barbara Herkert


Cost:

SCBWI members – $10.00 (That's less than the price of a Friday night movie!)

Nonmembers – $15.00 (If you bought any refreshments, your movie night would cost way more!)

REGISTRATION OPENS May 29th!

No refunds after July 16th. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON the 21st at 11:59 pm!


How it will work for Writers:

1. Sign up now keeping in mind the kind of manuscript you'll be bringing. You may bring a maximum of five double-spaced pages or 1200 words. DO NOT bring more. Use standard manuscript format, which means your first page will not be a full page. For picture books, we suggest you bring no more than 750 words.

2. Choose your published author critiquer. You'll be in a group with 5-6 peers.

3. We'll let you know how many copies of your manuscript to bring to the meeting.

4. We'll also send you some basic critique group guidelines.

5. At the meeting each of you will have a chance to pass your work around to your group and read it aloud.

6. Each person in the group will make notes on your manuscript as you read. They'll write down what they like, mark errors they see, indicate where they are confused or what doesn't work for them.

7. The professional writer will verbally critique your work. If time, other participants may comment.

8. You'll receive your copies with written comments from each one in your group. Take them home and let the ideas simmer.

9. You might even make some new friends or find those to form a critique group.

"Can’t imagine sitting with a group of strangers and reading your manuscript aloud? It should be harder to imagine sending an untried, unedited, unrevised bit of your soul out on submission!" – Jennifer C. Bailey, children's writer and social media expert


How it will work for Illustrators:

1. Sign up now to indicate that you are bringing up to 5 of your best portfolio pieces.

2. Choose your published illustrator. You will be in a group with 5-6 peers.

3. Bring 1 color copy of each illustration for the professional. DO NOT BRING ORIGINALS – these copies will be written on!

4. Bring 5-6 black and white copies of each illustration for your peers. (We'll let you know how many for sure.) If images are small, you may put more than one per page. DO NOT BRING ORIGINALS – these copies will be written on!

5. We'll also send you some basic critique group guidelines.

6. At the meeting each of you will have a chance to pass your work around to your group. You might want to share what media you used for each image.

7. Each person in the group will make notes on your illustrations. They'll write down what they like, mark errors they see, indicate what doesn't work for them.

8. The professional writer will verbally critique your work. If time, other participants may comment.

9. You'll receive your copies with written comments from each one in your group. Take them home and let the ideas simmer.

10. You might even make some new friends or find those to form a critique group.


PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUERS:
Carolyn Conahan
(illustration)
Lee White (illustration)
Gretchen McLellan (PB)
Stephanie Shaw (PB)
Susan Blackaby (PB)
Ruth Musgrave (NF, magazines)
Ray Ballantyne (MG)
Mary Elizabeth Summers (YA)

More critiquers may be added if we fill up.


CRITIQUER BIOS:

More bios coming soon!

Carolyn ConahanCarolyn Conahan pondered and doodled her way through studies at Reed College, but her efforts to dodge marketable skills were for not. All that scribbling was good practice for writing and illustrating stories for kids, (recent projects include illustrations for  THIS OLD VAN, written by Kim Norman, due out in August) and Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon, written by Susan Blackaby). She’s also the staff illustrator for Cricket Magazine.(She draws the comics and bugs.)

 

 


Lee White sm
Lee White currently lives in Portland Oregon. He graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2003 (with honors) and has been working as an illustrator ever since. He’s illustrated 10 children’s books as well as a bunch of other stuff. He’s currently writing two new books as well as working in visual development for animation and games. Website: http://www.leewhiteillustration.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan
Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan is a reading specialist and writer.  She is looking forward to holding her first two picture books in her hands:When Your Daddy’s a Soldier with Beach Lane and Leaving Mrs. McBee, Room 3 with Peachtree.  Dedicated to her critique group, she loves the privilege of being invited into other’s work. Thanks for this opportunity to be welcomed into yours at The Great Critique.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stephanie Shaw

 

An Oregon native, Stephanie Shaw completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College. Her career has included being a teacher of children with severe emotional disabilities, school counseling and school administration.

A member of SCBWI since 2008, she may be known best for dubbing the writing world The Bi-Polar Express for the depths of self-doubt and the peaks of reward through with authors and illustrators travel.

As a picture book author, Stephanie’s books range from quiet to quirky, poetry to prose. Website:  www.stephanieshawauthor.com

 


Suz 2Susan Blackaby has worked in educational publishing for over 30 years. On the clock, Suz hones her skills by writing for the K-8 audience and teaching writing workshops. On her own time, she dabbles across the genres. Besides a long list of early readers, Suz is the author of several picture books: REMBRANDT’S HAT, BROWNIE GROUNDHOG AND THE FEBRUARY FOX, BROWNIE GROUNDHOG AND THE WINTRY SURPRISE, and the recent TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN OREGON (illustrated by the incomparable Carolyn Conahan); a middle grade biography, CLEOPATRA: EGYPT’S LAST AND GREATEST QUEEN; and an award-winning collection of poetry, NEST, NOOK & CRANNY. Musts include strong milky tea, Cheez-its, narrow-ruled yellow tablets, and #2 Ticonderogas.
 
 
 

ruth musrgrave

Ruth A. Musgrave is an award-winning children's nonfiction writer known for her entertaining and creative approach. Ruth is also a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids Magazine. During the last decade, she has researched and written about more than 300 animals for 100+ published articles and projects. Ruth's books include several for National Geographic Kids including: EVERYTHING SHARKS (2011), FUNNY FILL-INS: MY PET ADVENTURE (2014), JUST JOKING 3 (2013), and ULTIMATE WEIRD BUT TRUE (co-writer)(2011). Her eighth book (nonfiction, animal conservation) also National Geographic will be out spring 2016.

Website: www.ruthamusgrave.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruth-A-Musgrave/1559812617568819


MESummerMary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland Oregon with her wife, their daughter, their fraidy-cat pitbull, and their evil overlor—er, cat. TRUST ME, I’M LYING is her debut novel.