today’s post will be semi-somber, and I’m starting with the “heavy” first.

This week I read an article in the New York Times titled Online Talk, Suicides & a Thorny Court Case, by Monica Davey. It made me think about our teens, and ponder about how well we monitor or not their use of internet. I won’t say more; it’s creepy, but I do hope you read the article.

Can you imagine if you could write under an acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling writer’s wing? Wink not twice, SCBWI NEVADA makes it possible through their annual mentor program, which is open to illustrators, picture books writers and novelists. The requirements are to be pre-published or lightly published, and to live in or around the NEVADA region. The program runs from October 2010 to April 2011 and requires a somewhat proximity because (I think) of a few mandatory meetings (local conferences to attend). The program cost $850. For the feedback and guidance, in addition to the amazing networking opportunity, believe me it IS a really good investment in your talent and dream to become a published writer and/or illustrator. There is a possibility for scholarships, so do NOT (ever) let the price discourage you.

Did I mention that the mentors include New York Times best-selling and award-winning author and poet Ellen Hopkins (CRANK, IMPULSE, among many other titles), award-winning author and poet Susan Hart Lindquist, award-winning author illustrator Teri Sloat, best-selling author Terri Farley (the Phantom Stallion series…), editor Emma Dryden… Head over to learn more! πŸ™‚

Keep an eye on Color Online this weekend. I’m sensing a photo essay about last week Children’s Book Festival in Asia posted some time today or tomorrow! πŸ™‚

Last but not least, here’s a weekend treat for all suspense’s fans! Yay! Wanna see cultural diversity in action from the comfort of living room? CELESTE BRIGHT delivers just that! πŸ˜€

I confessed that I’ve never followed a web series (until now), mostly because though I’ve heard of and read about the concept, I haven’t been introduced to one. Cross that! A friend of mine, Joe Doughrity, is directing a web series called CELESTE BRIGHT, and I can’t hide my unbiased excitement. *grin* The series is created and written by Sonya Steele and filmed in Los Angeles. Here’s a summary:
This dramatic web TV series follows investment banker Celeste (Ryan Michelle Bathe – “Trauma”), a woman who plays by her own rules until an unsavory client (Brad Raider) makes her a target of FBI Special Agent Rick Taylor (Eddie Goines).

On this note, the trailer:

Thoughts? Shoot away!

Busy weekend ahead; tune in next week for (twas about time!) a round of book reviews, a book party, a FANTASTIC ONLINE RESOURCE for the beginner and experienced blogger you don’t wanna miss, and a surprise guest blogger!

Have a wonderful weekend (with your current favorite book!) πŸ˜‰

Updated May 19, 2010 @ 10:31 PM PST: I wrote that Celeste Bright was filmed in Detroit and I made a mistake. Celeste Bright is filmed in Los Angeles; Director Joe Doughrity is currently in Detroit for a movie.

8 thoughts on “Writer/Illustrator Mentor Program, Web Series Celeste Bright & More…

  1. Hi Nathalie!
    I hadn’t watched webseries either. I watched this promo, expecting to see something that looked like an at home production and was really surprised by the quality of this! How does one find webseries?!


    1. Hm, Edi? Good question! πŸ˜€ yet they are popular, and some established Hollywood directors are shooting and producing them. Ashton Kutcher has production company that is focused on that I heard… (well, saw on a TV documentary)


    1. Seriously, SCBWI is really great. It seems as if as the years pass, they keep getting better and better. Of course you know it, being involved with the Bologna event and all… Hooray to the organization! πŸ˜€


  2. Hi Nathalie,

    I’ve recently joined the ranks of the unemployed. I’m looking at maybe changing my career field to Freelance Illustrating/Photography. I’m experienced and published in both. Is this unrealistic on my budget ($0.00)? Any suggestions, or can you maybe point me in the right direction?


    1. Hi Joseph, thanks for the comment. I’m not experienced in these fields, so I don’t think I’ll be of much help. Sorry. It seems your success will depend on how well you get your name out, so joining a network in the fields you mentioned, having a portfolio and advertising your services will obviously make a difference… Don’t give up.


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