Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program: What are You Waiting For? Apply!

© Sylvia Liu

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my experience with the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program on Kathy Temean's blog. Here's the beginning to that post:


My Experience with the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program

By Sylvia Liu

Authors and illustrators: let me give you some advice. Run, don’t walk, to apply for the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, now open to applications until June 15, 2015.


A year and a half ago, I participated in this program, and it was one of the best things I’ve done for my development as an illustrator. Every couple of years, the Nevada SCBWI runs a six month mentorship program for about 25 writers and illustrators. Each person is paired with an established author, editor, or illustrator mentor to work with for six months. The program opens and ends with in-person conferences in Nevada. It is open to any SCBWI member worldwide, with some preference given to Nevada region members.

Participants on the writing track work on a full-length novel or three picture book manuscripts. Those on the illustration track work on their portfolio. Here’s a recap of my experience.

Assignment of Mentor and First Conference


I did the illustration track and was assigned to Caldecott winner David Diaz as my mentor. The other illustration mentor was E.B. Lewis. Each of them had three illustration mentees, and the rest of the Nevada program was composed of writers and their mentors.

Fallen Leaf Retreat, Nevada, on the morning we left the first retreat





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3 comments:

  1. Much as it sounds great, I've decide not to do it. Too much going on in life right now for my old brain to keep track of. :}

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    1. I totally understand. It's hard to commit to all of these conferences and opportunities. Are you going to apply for the Rutgers One-on-One?

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    2. The deadline is over for that one, isn't it? I don't think I will apply to that either. I'm sure that will be a great experience, too, though. Douglas had kindly offered to answer any questions about the biz that I had and I could always tap his knowledge if I wanted. It's easier than doing all that traveling. I really hate traveling. :}

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