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Pick Up the Pace! — A Workshop with Agent Jodell Sadler

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Date(s) - 11/08/2014
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A&M United Methodist Church
417 University Drive - College Station, TX 77840


Story pacing can make the difference between a “nice try” rejection and a publishable manuscript. Whether you’re working on page turns in a 500-word picture book or end-of-chapter cliff-hangers in a 50,000-word novel, Jodell Sadler has tips and tools to help pick up the pace. Join SCBWI Brazos Valley for a day-long workshop* focused on pacing and strong writing skills.

Critiques with Ms. Sadler are sold out. Submissions are due (postmarked by) Oct. 15.**

Author Critiques with Molly Blaisdell, Sherry Garland, Kathy Whitehead and Kelly Bennett also are available for $25 due with registration. Submissions** will be due (postmarked by) Oct. 18.

Middle grade and young adult authors are invited to sell and sign their books on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2-4 p.m., at the Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station. The library has planned the event for teen and tween aspiring authors and adult authors who write for teen and middle grade audiences to talk about their books and about other teen and middle grade fiction. For more information contact Kendra at or (979) 764-3416.


Jodell Sadler

Jodell Sadler, agent and founder of Sadler Children's Literary, earned her MFA in Children's Writing from Hamline University. She is working on the writing craft book on picture book pacing and has produced five Writer's Digest University Tutorials on Children's Writing on this same topic. Her published articles include "Picture Book Pacing: Verbal and Visual Tools for Writers," and "Picture Book Pacing: The ultimate 20 editing tools for your work," in the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Jodell is interested in PB, CB, MG, and YA (especially funny), fiction and creative nonfiction, and freeverse: authors, illustrators, and in particular, author/illustrators. She loves a well-paced story that moves the reader between joy and tears.


She lives in the Rockton, Illinois, area with her husband, four kids, four cats, bearded dragon, and new pup, Rosie. For more about Jodell, visit:


*Schedule–Nov. 8

9:00-9:15          Welcome & Introductions
9:15-10:45        Workshop—Pacing Picture Books/Story to Wow! (1-10 the Verbal Tools)
10:45-11:00       Break
11:00-12:30      Workshop—Pacing Picture Books/Story to Wow! (11-20 the More Visual Tools)
12:30-1:30        Lunch
1:30-3:00          Workshop—The "XPs" or Ten Ps of Writing Strong, including Pacing, Poetry,
                        Prosody, Play & Performance.
3:00-3:15          Break
3:15-4:00          Ten Top Tips for Attracting an Agent, Sadler Literary Agency 
4:00-4:05          Break
4:05-4:30          Q&A

4:30-5:30         Author Critiques with Molly Blaisdell, Sherry Garland, and Kathy Whitehead

6:00                 Dinner in College Station

Schedule–Nov. 9

9:00-11:00 a.m. Critiques with Jodell Sadler at Hampton Inn, College Station

2:00-4:00 p.m.   Middle grade and young adult authors' book signing



**Critique Submissions

Submissions must be double-spaced with 1 inch margins and no more than 10 pages (plus a synopsis for novels/chapter books). Picture book authors may submit only one manuscript. Illustrators, contact regional advisor Liz Mertz for details. Mail pages to SCBWI BV, P.O. Box 9622, College Station, TX 77842.


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