Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jennifer Bradbury, Kevin Emerson, and Suzanne Selfors at Queen Anne Books this weekend!

Suzanne Selfors and Kevin Emerson will join Jennifer Bradbury this Sunday at Queen Anne Books as she launches her latest, Outside In!

3 authors! Trivia! Prizes! Treats!

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram (We're on Instagram now!) and/or Twitter, and we'll try to repost. If we missed something, or you have an event coming up, let us know!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June Book Events

June 10:
Laura Clement is launching her picture book, Egg, at Couth Buzzard Books in Greenwood.

June 11:
Diana J. Noble launches her debut, Evangelina Takes Flight, at the Mill Creek UBS.

June 25:
The West Coast launch party for Laurie Thompson's Two Truths and a Lie will feature a trivia game-show like challenge with prizes, swag, snacks, and more. It's all happening at Secret Garden. Details here

June 28:
Richelle Mead will be reading and signing her latest YA, Midnight Jewel, at University Bookstore

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram and/or Twitter, and we'll do our best to repost. If we missed something, or you have an event coming up, let us know!

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Support authors.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Northern Network June Celebration

Northern Network June Celebration: Bring & Brag!
June 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

It’s been a fun year—and hopefully a productive one— so let’s get together to celebrate! Bring something you’ve been working on and we’ll cheer for you! Nothing you want to bring? Come anyway and help cheer for others! 

Please note: This will be our last meeting until September.
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Bellingham Barnes & Noble (4099 Meridian Street)
Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at (360) 354-5797, or email at

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Picture Book Summer School

Are you ready to take the next step with your picture book manuscript? Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson are offering a self-guided summer school version of their online class "Revising and Re-Imagining Your Picture Book Manuscript,” running from June through August, with registration open now through the end of June. Students can work their way through any or all of several classes, and also take part in an optional speed critique group.


Critique option information

There is also a giveaway drawing, with the prize being a complete scholarship to this or one of our upcoming classes. People can enter by posting about the class. Full details here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kid Lit Drink Night this Thursday (5/25)!

It's an excuse to hang out with authors and illustrators! 
Meet us at the Roanoke Inn on Mercer Island (1825 72nd Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040)  this Thursday for book talk, beverages and merriment.
Will you have fun? The odds are good (and the goods are odd.).

And someone send us pictures so we can post them on Instagram.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Kevin Emerson, Suzanne Selfors, and Garth Stein in Bellingham!

Heads up, northern book lovers! Join Kevin Emerson, Garth Stein, and Suzanne Selfors to celebrate their new releases.
Three authors, lots of books, and good fun. All at Village Books on Thursday.

First Page Blitz webinar with Kat Brzozowski

The Houston SCBWI chapter is offering a first pages session with Macmillan editor Kat Brzozowski, and you won't even have to leave your couch!

Webinar: First Page Blitz with Editor Kat Brzozowski
June 20, 7pm to 8:30pm, Central time

Are you ready to improve the chances of your work getting read by an agent or editor? Ready to strengthen your craft? Learn from home with this online class about first pages from editor Kat Brzozowski at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends. Get tips on creating eye-catching, page-turning first pages that launch your story, and tools to strengthen every page of your manuscript after that. Attendees who register before June 1 can submit the first page of their manuscript for the chance to get it reviewed live during the webinar. 

NOTE: Submission is not a guarantee that your page will be reviewed during the webinar
SCBWI members pay just $10; non-members pay $35. Registration details here

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Crystal Kite Award winners announced!

💠Congratulations to Janet Fox on her Crystal Kite Award for the Western division!💠

SCBWI members from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota voted, and the spooky and wonderful The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle took the prize.

We tip our hats to all of the nominees and finalists, with a hearty round of applause for the winners! It was a great year for books. Thanks to everyone for reading and voting. Need to add some height to your TBR pile? See the full list of division winners on the SCBWI site here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

More May events

The book event season is winding down for summer, but we have a few more for May! 

May 16:
It's not kids' or YA books directly, but a lot of us struggle with writing anxieties, yes? William Kenower talks about Fearless Writing at Third Place Books, LFP

May 18:
Here's one for the middle grade appreciators! Kate Beasley will be at Third Place Books, LFP to talk about Gertie's Leap to Greatness. 

May 19:
Drew Daywalt will be at Secret Garden Books to talk about his newest picture book, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. 

May 20:
Amber Keyser and Elana K. Arnold come to town to discuss their newest YAs, Pointe, Claw and What Girls are Made of. They'll be discussing feminism and the female body with Martha Brockenbrough at Secret Garden.

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram and/or Twitter, and we'll try to repost. 
If you have an event coming up, let us know!

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Support libraries and independent bookstores.
Support authors.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Heading to NCTE? Let us know!

SCBWI Western Washington authors and illustrators, heading to St. Louis for the NCTE Convention in November?

Please let our Co-PAL Liaison, Laurie Thompson, know. Email her at for possible SCBWI related activities.

And, because this post is short and you may not know much about St. Louis yet--

There's a giant eyeball in Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Also, the world's biggest pencil at the City Museum (which is filled with other awesome things as well). That seems like something worth a writer's pilgrimage.

Use your downtime wisely.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Upcoming Illustration Class with Dana Sullivan

Dana Sullivan is teaching a two-Saturday Illustrating Children’s Books class at Green River College, Auburn.
Two Saturday Sessions: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 13 & 20.
This crash course will include manuscript formatting, storyboards, making a book dummy and illustration techniques. Agents, editors and publishing also discussed. Great for any level of illustrator, from beginner to pro. Bring story ideas, one or two recent picture books you like, a sketch pad, kid’s watercolor set and a cheap paint brush.

See Dana’s work at Give him a shout with questions at

Friday, May 5, 2017

SCBWI WWA Boffo Season Ender May 10th!

Thrills! Chills! Maybe a few Spills! Can this really be the end of our amazing season? YES! And this is an evening NOT to be MISSED!

What’s the lineup?

Illustrator Videos! It’s Studio Confidential time for writer/illustrators Liz Wong and Toni Yuly as they demonstrate their secrets to creativity on the big screen. Following the video presentations, Liz and Toni will keep you riveted with a lively Q&A session.

Badass Heroines! Sara Wilson Etienne will lead a discussion and workshop on bringing a new generation of powerful, three-dimensional, female characters to life. From middle grade and young adult novels, movies and pop culture – swashbuckling pirates, creative inventors, and daring courtesans await!

The Western Washington Mentorship Program! Who are the mentors? How can YOU apply for the mentorship program? Who’s sailing this mentorship anyway? Find out Wednesday night! (you can also click here…)

Farewells and Welcomes! Speaking of badass women, there are some new sheriffs in town you need to meet and a few other changes in store for our vibrant, powerful chapter. Who’s leaving? Who’s arriving? All will be revealed at the meeting…

Under the Covers with Suzanne! Our lovely literary lioness, Secret Gardener Suzanne Perry, will do some book talk-talk-talkin’ and dish the latest about authors and illustrators from our region and around the world. Remember, you can always call Secret Garden and order books for Suzanne to bring to the meeting!

Live Music! Yes, it’s Band: Books, the all-SCBWI Western WA member band that can’t be stopped! Although their much-anticipated concert at the Spring Conference was shut down by The Man, they will take the stage immediately following the meeting so you can sing along to their hits “Rejection Blues,” “Picture Book Writer,” “Writer’s Block,” “Sweet Book of Mine” and more! Bring your instruments for a post-concert jam!

Call for Presenters
You want another great season in the fall? Then we need to hear from YOU! We’re looking for presenters for our 2017-2018 season and need YOU to submit your proposal! Even if you don’t want to present, send us what you would like to learn about. Click here for details and application. 

How Will You Survive The Summer?
Just because our official meetings will be taking a summer break, that doesn’t mean there won’t be kid lit happenings for you to enjoy! Stay in touch with the Chinook Update! Click the "Join our blog" button at the bottom of our homepage to get to the Chinook Update blog and you will get the lively and scintillating local, SCBWI-related news sent directly to your in box. 

We want to see you Wednesday night!
Dana Arnim and Dana Sullivan
Your Soon-To-Be-Ex-Co-Regional Advisors of SCBWI Western Washington

p.s. See you at Inside Story Tuesday night!