Ok, how cute is the name, ChaBooCha? It's the Chapter Book Challege, it starts tomorrow and runs through the month of March. What exactly is the Chapter Book Challenge you might ask? Just a way to get your butt in gear and finish that chapter book that's been percolating. It's a challenge for you to write the first draft (from start to finish) of an early reader, HiLo book, chapter book, middle grade book or even a YA book. I'm going to try, I have a series I've putzing around with for the last few years. Might as well hammer out the draft. Are you in? Go here to sign up. Not that writing itself isn't its own reward but..there are prizes too!
It seemed as thought every time I would work on updating Baby Modeling & Beyond, something else would change. Modeling agencies would close, new technologies would pop up. Finally though, the new edition is now available on the Kindle and Nook and soon on Kobo and iTunes (for some reason they are taking more than 48 hours to go live). I love the fluidity ebooks provides because as changes happen, I can continue to include them and get the book back out to market.
Judging from my last couple of posts, good things, or at least interesting things, come in twos. CBS Diveristy Institute is offering two programs for writers:
Writers Mentoring Program This six-month program is focused on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed.
Each participant will be teamed with two different mentors.
One is a CBS network or studio executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career.
The other is a show mentor who is a senior-level writer on a current CBS drama or comedy series. This relationship builds over the course of the Program and is focused on helping the participant with creative feedback on their writing as well as help and advice on career goals. Read more here.
Daytime Writers Initiative The Daytime Writers Initiative will provide qualified diverse writers with mentorship, career development and access to daytime decision makers including network, studio and production company executives as well as the executive producers, head writers and writing staffs of CBS’ Daytime dramas, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and/or THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. The goal is to provide an immersive, educational experience of the writing process of daytime dramas and to foster relationships within the CBS daytime family.
The 12-week Program is divided into two six-week phases: The first six weeks include a characters/story lines immersion process and weekly workshops and the second six weeks is mentor-supervised practice script writing. Read more here.
Running June 10 - 19, this 10 day conference at Yale consists of workshops, master classes, individual conferences and readings. They also have a second session for three days devoted to specific genres, June 21 -23. Throughout the program there will be discussions with agents, journal and independent press publishers, and editors from major imprints. Not to be overly fawning, but the faculty is amazing and includes, ZZ Packer, Susan Orlean, Trey Ellis, Tom Perotta and more. Go here to apply and for more info.
This conference runs June 23- 29 and is a lot like the Yale conference except that it is specifically for writers' of color. Held on UC Berkely's campus, they also have an impresssive roster of faculty including Junot Diaz, Ruth Forman, Mat Johnson and more. Go here to apply.