Kweli Journal celebrates and support #OwnVoices with The Color of Children’s Literature Conference in New York. On April 7th at The Graduate Center/CUNY, join top editors, agents, authors & illustrators in the children’s publishing world. Their spring conference is an excellent opportunity for writers and illustrators of color to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry.
They are also offering critiques from some of the faculty. Some of those participating are:
- Associate agent Kurestin Armada, P.S Literary
- Associate Editor Kheryn Callender, Hachette Book Group
- Literary agent Linda Camacho, Gallt & Zacker Literary
- Literary agent Beth Phelan, Gallt & Zacker Literary
- Editor Joanna Cardenas at Kokila Books, a new imprint of Penguin Young Readers
- Editor Cheryl Klein, Lee & Low Books
- Senior Editor Kate Sullivan, Delacorte Press of Penguin Random House
- Associate Editor Kait Feldmann, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books
- Junior agent Serene Hakim, Ayesha Pande Literary
- And many, many more! (See the full list here.)
They have an exciting line up with keynote address by MacArthur “Genius” ANGELA JOHNSON, and panels and workshops with award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors and illustrators SAMIRA AHMED, JULIE FLETT, RITA WILLIAMS GARCIA, VASHTI HARRISON, KAZU KIBUISHI, JOHN PARRA, JAVAKA STEPTOE, NIC STONE, RENEE WATSON, HEIDI HEILIG, and others. Keep watch on the #Kweli18 hashtag on Twitter as @bottomshelfbks announces more that aren’t currently showing on the list. It’s going to be a fabulous event! Go here to register.
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.
The creator of Manuscript Wish List, Jessica Sinsheimer, now brings her adoring fans The Manuscript Academy. How amazeballs is this? The website proclaims it had the writer’s need, comfort, and budget in mind when creating the academy. And oh, how true! A writer can watch classes, panels, and ask questions in the forums from the coziness of their home. Hooray, no traveling!
- Laura Barbiea: Social media manager at Alloy Entertainment, a publishing arm of Warner Brothers Entertainment. Actress.
- Regina Brooks: Founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC.
- Linda Camacho: Literary agent at Prospect Agency.
- Jalissa Corrie: Marketing & Publicity Assistant at LEE & LOW BOOKS.
- Melissa Edwards: Literary agent at Stonesong.
- Julie Falatko: Author of Snappsy the Alligator (Viking 2016) and other books.
- Erica Finkel: Works at Abrams Books from picture books to young adult novels.
- Ali Fisher: Editor at Tor/Forge Books in the children’s and young adult division.
- Monica Odom: Literary agent at Bradford Literary Agency.
- Megha Parekh: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group.
- Adriann Ranta Zurhellen: Literary agent at Foundry Literary + Media.
- Chuck Sambuchino: Writer’s Digest Books edits the Guide to Literary Agents and managed the Guide to Literary Agents Blog. He is also an author of humor books.
- Katharine Sands: Literary agent at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.
- Amanda Shih: Assistant Editor at TarcherPerigee.
- Jessica Sinsheimer: Associate Agent at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and known for #MSWL, ManuscriptWistList.com, #PubTalkTV
- Stephanie Stein: Associate Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books.
- Roseanne Wells: Literary agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.
With that kind of line-up, how can you NOT sign up for this? For the Children’s conference: PB to YA starting November 5, 2016 the cost will be $179. Some of the things the academy promises is:
- Priority booking of one-on-one meetings
- Submit your first page for a chance to be read to our panel
- Craft and business classes
- Forums and networking
- Live literary events
- Everything you’d learn at a conference–without leaving home
To learn about other conferences or to learn how to register, go to The Manuscript Academy.
As always, good luck!
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.