Writing Journey

When I decided to seriously pursue my career in writing books (for children and adults), I knew educating myself was the best way to go in order to become a better writer and to learn about publishing. This is a listing of the events I have participated in or attended.

2017:
Monthly: attends local SCBWI Shop Talk meetings in Poughkeepsie 
MARCH: Unicorn Writer's Conference (Purchase, NY)

2016:
Monthly: attends local SCBWI Shop Talk meetings in Poughkeepsie 
MAY: Millbrook Literary Festival
MAY: My YA short story, The Haunting Season, is a finalist for the Scott Meyer Award
JUNE: Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Conference (Poughkeepsie, NY) 
OCTOBER: My New Adult paranormal romance, Much Like Falling, is a finalist in On the Far Side contest (RWA group)
NOVEMBER: The Haunting Season receives an Honorable Mention in the Pages From the Heart Contest
NOVEMBER: The Haunting Season receives an Honorable Mention in the Hudson Valley Writer's Guild 2016 Fiction Contest 

2015: 
Monthly: attends local SCBWI Shop Talk meetings in Poughkeepsie 
MAY: Millbrook Literary Festival
JUNE: Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Conference (Poughkeepsie, NY)
AUGUST: Unicorn Writers Conference (Purchase, NY, 6th year attending)

2014:
Monthly: attends local SCBWI Shop Talk meetings in Poughkeepsie 
MARCH: Unicorn Writers Conference (CT, 5th year attending)
JUNE: Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Conference (Poughkeepsie, NY)
JUNE: Millbrook Literary Festival


2013:
MARCH: Unicorn Writers Conference (CT, 4th year attending)
JUNE: Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Conference (Poughkeepsie, NY)
AUGUST: Novel Writing Workshop with Eileen Charbonneau (Millbrook, NY)
AUGUST: Toolbox Workshop with Christopher Cheng (Hudson, NY)
SEPTEMBER: Eastern NY SCBWI Regional Conference (Fishkill, NY)
NOVEMBER: SCBWI Eastern NY Falling Leaves Writers Retreat, Master Class for Novel Writing (Lake George, NY, 3rd year attending) 

2012:
APRIL: Unicorn Writers Conference (CT, 3rd year attending)

JUNE: Millbrook Literacy Festival/Tricks of the Trade Children's Book Writers Workshops
JULY: Novel Writing Workshop with Eileen Charbonneau (at Merritt Bookstore-my 3rd year)
AUGUST: Author Event: Eileen Charbonneau at EFCL
SEPTEMBER: Writing Workshop with Author Sandra Kitt at EFCL
OCTOBER: Cheryl Klein's Master Class in Plot all day intensive (Albany, NY-SCBWI event)

2011: 
MARCH: Unicorn Writers Conference (CT, 2nd year attending)
JUNE: SCBWI Eastern NY Conference (Pok)
AUGUST: Novel Writing Workshop with Eileen Charbonneau (at Merritt Bookstore-my 2nd year) 


2010:
APRIL: Unicorn Writers Conference (CT)

MAY: Millbrook Book Festival
JUNE: SCBWI Eastern NY Conference (Pok)
JULY: Summer Writers Institute at Marist College (NY/Novel Writing-3rd year attendee)

JULY: Novel Writing Workshop with Eileen Charbonneau (at Merritt Bookstore-my 1st year)
OCTOBER: Rutger's One-On-One Plus Conference (NJ)
NOVEMBER: SCBWI Eastern NY Falling Leaves Writers Retreat, 
Master Class for Novel Writing (Lake George, NY, 2nd year attending) 


2009:
JANUARY: Started a Children's Book Writers group at EFCL (meetings on the second Tuesday evening of each month.
JANUARY-MARCH: First Pages Revisions Boot Camp w/Eileen Robinson and Harold Underdown (online course)
JUNE: SCBWI Eastern NY Conference (Poughkeepsie, NY)
JULY: Summer Writers Institute at Marist College (Novel Writing-my 2nd year) 


2008: 
JANUARY: Joined the East Fishkill Community Library's Women's Writers Critique Group
SPRING:  The Basics of Writing Picture Books with Karen Orloff & Della Ross Ferrari
JUNE: SCBWI Eastern NY Conference (also joined the SCBWI)
JUNE: Women's Writers Group Reading. Read first chapter of Everlast.
JULY: Summer Writers Institute at Marist College (Novel Writing-1st time attendee)
AUGUST: Writing and Selling the YA Novel Workshop with K.L. Going (Merritt Bookstore)

SEPTEMBER: How to Get into Publishing Children's Books workshop at EFCL
OCTOBER: 3 Literary Agents, 3 Opinions Workshop (NYC)
NOVEMBER: SCBWI Eastern NY Falling Leaves Writers Retreat (for Novelists--1st time 
attendee)
DECEMBER: Winter Words Writers Conference at the Fairfield Public Library (CT)

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