Tuesday, March 24, 2009

San Fernando Valley / Glendale Area Illustrators Schmooze

March 19 “A Story Night-Out” - Picture Book Critiques

Picture books are best when read out loud to an audience. There's no better or appreciative audience than the Schmooze! We had reading time at the bookstore and got some helpful advice on our stories. Using our picture book manuscripts and illustrations to share with the group for review. We had some wonderful stories and great illustrations.

The best part was the new faces! We had 10 people today... several new comers and great input from all... Welcome Janine, Josh, Spencer, Brittany and Frank!!! ...we had Chocolate as well, yum yum!

I will share with you some pieces of the great stories...

There were adventures of kids and their mook, with a moose as the narrator,
A story of a boy who outsmarts his senses, a boy with a fear, a real witch hater.
Stories that went in timeless rhyme,
Goodnight, sleeptight, dream of a magical time.

Boys who lost their 'yes' and are extremely testy,

Daughters that just go 'umph' and are very messy.

Cows that disrupted the peace on the moon,

These stories will be out there for you to read soon!

They are all wonderful stories and very creative... thank you all for sharing.

We are having an illustration assignment for a Show and will be doing a Crit and suggestions for improvements next months meeting... Show assignment 'Pick a Grimms' this is the link to Grimms Tales: http://www.familymanagement.com/literacy/grimms/grimms-toc.html

“All kinds of Focus and Hocus Pocus”
Thursday, April 16th, 6:30-8:30pm:
Get out your broom and get ready to sweep the cobwebs off your goals…
Let’s reassess Our Illustration/writing Goals for 2009… We'll take a look at our individual direction and focus. Make plans so you know where you want to be. Please come prepared to share your goals--or--to set a few. We’ll discuss what we want to get out of our Schmooze and new topics too.

LOCATION: Once Upon a Time Bookshoppe
2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020
(between Zeke’s and Rocky Cola Cafe)
PHONE NUMBER TO STORE: (818) 248-9668
If you can't find street parking there is more through the alley, by Black Cow in a big lot.

-Jen Swain
(818) 429-6906

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