|by Naomi Kojima|
|Mariko Nagai, Co-RA; Holly Thompson, Co-RA; Naomi Kojima, IC [missing is Translator Coordinator Avery Fischer Udagawa]|
How many members do you have and how often do you meet?
SCBWI Japan has about 50 members currently. Mariko Nagai and Holly Thompson are Co-Regional Advisors, Naomi Kojima is Illustrator Coordinator, and Avery Fischer Udagawa is Translator Coordinator. We hold monthly events for writers, illustrators, and translators, including workshops, creative exchanges, and guest speaker presentations from authors, illustrators, translators, editors, art directors, publishers and agents.
|Illustration workshop with Philip Giordano|
Tell us about your latest event...
|Patricia Lakin and SCBWI members at the April 2015 event on writing biographies for young people|
To give you an idea of the range of events we hold we'll describe several: Our May event was with Tokyo-based designer Ian Lynam presenting A Little Bit of Type Goes a Long Way, all about typography. In April we had author Patricia Lakin on Making Dead People Come to Life—about writing biographies for young people. In March we held a half-day Writers' Craft Workout. In June we will feature translator Ginny Tapley Takemori: On Whales, Blue Glass, War and Young People.
SCBWI Japan Translation Day 2014 participants and presenters
Have there been any author successes in your area recently?
We've had wonderful successes! The 2014 APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature went to Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani for Jet Black and the Ninja Wind and the 2014 Honor award went to Suzanne Kamata for Gadget Girl. Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu's novel Somewhere Among was sold in a two-book deal to Atheneum, and Leza Lowitz's novel Up From the Sea was sold in a two-book deal to Crown. Suzanne Kamata's novel Screaming Divas was named a 2015 ALA Rainbow book.
How would a visiting SCBWI member get in touch with your network?
Please visit our website and email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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