Monday, December 29, 2008

African-American Children's Book Writers & Illustrators 1st Conference

African-American Children's Book Writers & Illustrators 1st Conference Apr. 25, 2009, Charlotte NC

African-American Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference provides new and seasoned writers and artists with opportunities to network and learn from expert editors and published authors and illustrators in Charlotte, NC, April 25, 2009.

"I bet I could write or illustrate a kids' book." Has this thought ever crossed your mind? Or are you a published author or illustrator that needs a boost? If so, register now for the history-making African-American Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (AACBWI) conference online at to be held at the Hilton Charlotte University Place hotel in Charlotte, NC.

AACBWI Provides Writers and Illustrators with Tools for Success According to the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) report, Publishing in 2007, of the roughly 3,000 titles received by the CCBC in 2007 just 150 had "significant African or African-American content." In 2003, the ratio was similar when Charlotte writer Sabra Robinson founded AACBWI as an online forum to provide writers and illustrators with tools for career success. Next year, AACBWI will
celebrate its sixth year of literary service!

AACBWI Historic Conference Open to All
Both AACBWI and its first conference are open to anyone interested in children's book writing and illustrating— not only people of color. To attend the conference, which includes a lunch buffet, all you need are the desires to network, increase your knowledge about the publishing business, and most importantly, strengthen your ability to write and illustrate books for children. You must also pay to register.

Network with Panelists and Workshop Presenters
Conference attendees can learn from and network with the professionals listed below during panel discussions, workshops, critique sessions, and informally. For session titles visit

*Sarah Ketchersid—Senior Editor, Candlewick Press
*Eileen Robinson—Former Scholastic Executive Editor and Harcourt
Editorial Manager, now of editing service
*Eleanora E. Tate—North Carolina resident and award-winning author of over 15 fiction and non-fiction books for children, preteens, and teens (Celeste's Harlem Renaissance! )
*Don Tate—Award-winning illustrator of over 25 children's books (Sure As Sunrise: Stories of Bruh Rabbit and his Walkin' Talkin' Friends)
*Christine Taylor Butler—Author of more than 40 books (A Mom Like No Other)
*Jacquelin Thomas—Divine young adult novel series author (Simply Divine)
*Kelly Starling Lyons—Picture book author (One Million Men and Me)
*Christine Young-Robinson— Picture book author (Chicken Wing)

Manuscript & Portfolio Critiques
Conference presenters will critique participants' manuscripts or portfolios for an additional fee. Critiques are limited and first-come-first- serve. Register soon, while slots last.

Costs and Sponsorship
The conference ranges from $55 for AACBWI members to $125 for non-members who register early, plus critique fees. Fees for non-members increase after February 1, 2009.


Delly said...

Wow...Thank you for this information.

Linda Hayes said...

I have family in North Carolina. Maybe I'll pay a visit to both the conference and my family. Thanks for the information.

Anonymous said...

You should check out Storybox. They are great for kids aged 3-6 They are great for Kids aged 3-6 and have a Xmas Tree drawing competition on this month!