Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program - Here I Come

Exciting news: I recently found out that I was accepted into the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program for 2013-2014. In this program, ten notable children's writers and illustrators mentor 2-3 aspiring writers and illustrators each for six months.

The program kicks off with a writing and illustration retreat in October in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. It is followed by six months of assignments and critiques from one's mentor, and it is capped by a final retreat in Virginia City, Nevada, in April.  This year's class of 24 mentees come from 11 states and 4 countries.

David Diaz is My Mentor


My mentor will be illustrator David Diaz. I am really excited to be working with him. He has illustrated over 35 books and won the 1995 Caldecott for SMOKY NIGHT, by Eve Bunting, a book I've had on my bookshelves for over a decade:



Some other acclaimed books he's illustrated include:

ME, FRIEDA, by Amy Novesky, a Pura Dupré Honor book:



THE WANDERER, by Sharon Creech, a Newberry Honor winner:


THE LITTLE SCARECROW, by Margaret Wise Brown, and named the New York Times Best Illustrated Book in 1998:


And many more:


 I'll be blogging more about my experience with David as the year goes on. I can't wait!



My previous blog post 


I was originally assigned to E.B. Lewis, but was switched early in the program. This was my original post:

My mentor is illustrator E.B. Lewis. I am thrilled to be working with him. He has illustrated over 50 picture books, including the 2005 Caldecott Honor Book, COMING HOME SOON, written by Jacqueline Woodson:


Nikki Grime's TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: THE STORY OF AVIATOR ELIZABETH COLEMAN, which won the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:


Alice Schertle's DOWN THE ROAD, an ALA Notable book:


Tolowa Mollel's MY ROWS AND PILES OF COINS, an ALA Notable Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor book:


Garvin Curtis's THE BAT BOY AND HIS VIOLIN, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book:



And many more.

Some of my fellow writers and illustrators have blogged about his appearances and classes:


  • Tanja Bauerle: Tuscon Festival of Books (where E.B. Lewis was part of a panel of Caldecott-winning illustrators discussing their craft)







I will post more about the mentorship as the year goes on.





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13 comments:

  1. So exciting to work with such a talented and award-winning illustrator! Congrats!

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  2. Wow, sounds like a great award and a great opportunity. Many congrats and best of luck to you!!!

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  3. So excited for you and Lori Ann!

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  4. That's a nice book list too!

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  5. Excited for you and can't wait to read/hear about your journey.

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  6. What an exciting time for your Sylvia! Congratulations again, and I can't wait to read/ see more of your work when you are ready to share :-)

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  7. So excited for you Sylvia - and Lori Ann too!

    E.B. Lewis is one of my favorites as well. Every book is a visual treasure.

    Can't wait to hear more about your mentorship!

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  8. Again, congratulations Sylvia! I forsee great things for you. You are very talented and deserve it!

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  9. I could be more excited for you than you are for yourself...LOL! Okay, maybe not; but I am seriously excited for you, my twin-separated-by-parents-and-years! ;)

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  10. Congratulations! You couldn't do better for a mentor. The titles you mentioned and pictured are some of my all time favorites, (when I feel compelled to name favorites, which I hate to do). Keep us posted on your progress and experiences!

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