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May 5, 2011

1ST SCBWI-CCP CHILDREN'S BOOK CONFERENCE ON JUNE 4, 2011

The 1ST SCBWI-CCP CHILDREN'S BOOK CONFERENCE will be held on Saturday June 4, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Silangan Hall, Cultural Center of the Philippines. It will be conducted by Steve Mooser, co-founder and President of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), and members of SCBWI Philippines.

Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult (YA) novels, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world.

Steve Mooser is the author of nearly sixty books for children. When he began writing books for children he did it with a bang: in the space of five years he wrote 250 books, K-4, for the SWRL Reading Program published by Ginn. He has since written a number of major reading programs for several companies including Ginn, American Book Company, and Harcourt Brace, Jovanovich. Most readers know Mooser for his trade books, which began with the publication of 101 Black Cats (Scholastic) in 1975, and continued through 1999's release, Maid Marian's Adventures in Sherwood Forest: A Girls to the Rescue Novel (Meadowbrook). He has written in every genre: picture books (The Ghost with the Halloween Hiccups), to series books (The Creepy Creature Club; It's a Weird, Weird School), to nonfiction (Lights! Camera! Scream!), to novels (Elvis Is Back and He’s in the Sixth Grade). His most recent easy reader series is Goofball Malone, Ace Detective.

For the SCBWI-CCP Children’s Book Conference, Mooser will give the Keynote Address: Looking for Treasure—And Finding It in Writing. He will also conduct a workshop on Humor and Character, and give a short talk on The Future of Children's Books.

The other speakers are Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Karina Africa Bolasco, Jomike Tejido, and Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo. Cruz is a children’s book author, book reviewer, journalist, and educator. She has conducted numerous writing workshops here and abroad, has nine published books, and essays in over twenty anthologies. Bolasco is a children’s author and Publishing Manager of Anvil Publishing Inc., the country’s biggest publisher. She is an eight-time recipient of the Manila Critics Circle’s Publisher of the Year Award. Tejido is the author-illustrator of Tagu-Taguan, and the illustrator of Lub-Dub, Lub-Dub, both NCBA award winners. Also an architect, his latest book as a paper engineer is Foldabots Toy Book Vol. 3, published by Summit Media. Taguiwalo is a book designer and children’s illustrator. Her work is in more than 55 books. She designed and produced 15 mother tongue children’s books in 2009, and 10 seafarer children’s books in 2010.

Registration for the conference is still going on. It will close when all slots are filled up. The fee is P600 until 5 p.m. May 18, P700 until 5 p.m. May 23, with a discount of P100 for SCBWI members. It is nonrefundable, transferrable and includes lunch. To register or get more information, text 0905-347-1668 / 0917-526-4368 / 0917-787-495 or email scbwiphilippines@gmail.com or visit scbwiphilippines.wordpress.com.

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