SCBWI: The 2012 Crystal Kite Winner Profiles: USA MID-ATLANTIC’S Katheryn Erskine
From: The Official SCBWI Blog
June 28, 2012 at 06:00AM
In the USA Atlantic region (Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey/Washington, D.C./Virginia/West Virginia/Maryland), the 2012 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Winner was THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE, by Kathryn Erskine (Philomel Books.)
I had the opportunity to find out more from Kathy…
Lee: Please tell us about your Crystal-Kite-winning book!
Mid-Atlantic SCBWI serves members living in Virginia and Washington, D.C. We are fortunate to have an amazing cadre of talented and dedicated volunteers. That’s why we can offer such a wide range of programs. Typically our year is scheduled as follows:March—Children’s Literature Panel at The Virginia Festival of the Book; April–New Member Welcome/Regional Get-together; May—Illustrator’s Day; June—Novel Revision Retreat, and October—Fall Conference. As time and resources permit, we offer craft-focused workshops and CritiqueFests for writers and illustrators. Also throughout the year, our PAL Coordinator organizes special events for our Published and Listed members.About Kathy Erskine:A lawyer in search of a creative outlet, Kathy Erskine has been writing for a long time. She joined SCBWI in 1997 and attended our first-ever Novel Revision Retreat in 2004. I believe she was working on Quaking at the time. Kathy has never said “no” to anything we’ve asked her to do for our local events.MoiraDonohue, whose six-book series VIRGINIA, MY STATE Biographies comes out this month, met Kathy in a Fairfax County “Write For Children” class. When it was over, they started a critique group together.“Kathy showed special talent and promise right from the start. But when she brought Mockingbird to the group, my jaw just dropped,” Moira said. “Recognition (so deserved) has done nothing to change Kathy. She is just as generous with her time critiquing her friends and reviewing the work of new writers. In fact, sometimes I have to remind her to say “no” so that she can get back to creating more of her own, wonderful stories. She has done a ton of Skype school visits for free and has visited more libraries around the country, also for free, than I can list. She is special, humble, generous, and talented!”Kathy Erskine and BeckieWeinheimer, award-winning author of CONVERTING KATE, team –taught “Writing the Young Adult and Middle Grade Novel as an on-line course for the Writer’s Center, headquartered in Bethesda, MD. Beckie said that Kathy’s “care for each student, her ability to edit and critique with grace, generosity, and skill make her a wonderful editor/teacher for anyone wanting to improve their own fiction writing skills. As a friend, she is kind, thoughtful, and very down to earth. She has won so many big awards, but she is still humble, approachable Kathy to me.”Anne Marie Pace, a host of the 4:00 Book Hook—a free newsletter for people who share books with kids—and author of the forthcoming VAMPIRINA BALLERINA, perhaps captured Kathy Erskine best when she said, “Kathy is the kind of friend who brings you chocolate when you need it. Sometimes, she brings you chocolate before you even know you need it.”Congratulations, Kathy!
My thanks to Ellen for rounding up the great insights, and Cheers to Kathy for winning the Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Award for her novel, THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE!
Illustrate and Write On,