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2021 Virtual Fall Conference – Picture Book Track

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Picture Book Track

Jackie Kruzie, Editor at Clear Fork Publishing, will be leading our Picture Book track. Jackie found her passion for picture books in Kindergarten when she attended her elementary school’s annual Young Author’s Conference. This dazzling day was dedicated to books, storytelling, and creativity and Jackie couldn’t get enough. Throughout her elementary years she wrote, colored, laminated, and stapled numerous picture books that she read aloud to anyone who would listen.

It is no wonder that she chose a career in books. Jackie earned her Master of Library Science and has worked in both public and school libraries as a Children’s Librarian and Library Director. Her love of kidlit led her to SCBWI where she has been an active member for many years, including serving as Regional Advisor for her North Texas chapter from 2016-2019.

Jackie is the author of MIXED-UP MENAGERIE, a STEM picture book introducing young readers to fascinating animals and their unique traits. She is also a contributing author to a sensitivity and inclusivity training textbook published through the American Library Association educating librarians on how to better serve library users with special needs. As a special needs parent this project is near and dear to her heart.

When not sharing stories or writing her own, Jackie enjoys farm life on a 60-acre farm with her husband where they raise a mess of kids, horses, cows, longhorns, sheep, goats, and a cacophony of chickens, roosters, ducks, and turkeys. You can find Jackie’s Storytime Picks and Book Talk videos on her website at

Jackie Kruzie will lead Picture Book Track Attendees in a two-part workshop:

Workshop Details TBA

We will update this page with more information about the Picture Book track content as soon as it’s available.

But wait…there’s more! Live one-on-one Critiques

As an exciting bonus, Jackie is offering a limited number of critiques. Add one to your registration before they sell out! You’ll submit your manuscript by August 11th and then meet with Jackie on Zoom for an insight packed one-on-one. Critiques will be scheduled the week before or after the retreat. Please submit your picture book manuscript as a Word doc using standard 1″ margins and 12 pt font. (If you are an author/illustrator, please submit a .pdf. Critique submissions must be submitted to by August 11, 2021. 

Please do not send any additional notes or materials for Jackie. Any additional materials will NOT be passed along. Please use: Subject Line: 2021 Retreat Critique – Jackie Kruzie; File Name: Your Last Name_Jackie Kruzie_Manuscript Title.