Monday, May 2, 2016

May bookstore events

YA = young adult
MG = middle grade
ER = easy reader
PB = picture book
NF = nonfiction
GN = graphic novel

May 3, 4PM
Book Week Party! Mike Curato, Ruth Chan, Little Elliott: Big Family and
Where’s the Party?
University Book Store, U-District

May 3 7PM
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury (YA)
University Book Store, U-District
Ticketed event: click HERE for tickets. Each ticket admits one person and includes a copy of A Court of Mist and Fury.

MAY 3, 7PM

SCBWI Inside Story
Dana Arnim (Bartholomew Quill: A Crows Quest), Kevan Atteberry (Puddles!!!), Michele Bacon (Life Before), Dori Hillestad Butler (The Ghost in the Tree House: Haunted Library #7), Ben Clanton (It Came in the Mail), Carole Estby Dagg (Sweet Home Alaska), Sandra Evans (This is Not a Werewolf Story), Mark Holtzen (A Ticket to the Pennant), Suzanne Kaufman (Samanthsaurus Rex), Nina Laden (Are We There Yet?), Kirby Larson (Audacity Jones to the Rescue), Curtis Manley (The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read), Jennifer K. Mann (Sam and Jump), Jeanie Mebane (At the Marsh in the Meadow), Clare Hodgson Meeker (Rhino Rescue!), Brianna Caplan Sayres (Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night?), John Skewes (A Ticket to the Pennant), Dana Sullivan (Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden), Corey R. Tabor (A Dark, Dark Cave), Jaime Temairik (Alice & Lucy Will Work for Bunk Beds), Liz Wong (Quackers), and Toni Yuly (Cat Nap)

RSVPs requested. University Book Store, Bellevue: 425-462-4500.

MAY 4, 6PM

Morgan Matson, Siobhan Vivian, and Suzanne Young,
The Unexpected Everything, The Last Boy and Girl in the World, and The Epidemic (YA)
University Book Store, Bellevue

May 7, 3PM

Erin L. Schneider, Summer of Sloane (YA)
University Book Store, U-District

May 7, 3PM

Madeleine Gasperi, Bullied: From Victim to Victorious (YA)
University Book Store, Bellevue

May 7, 1PM

Dan Gemeinhart, The Honest Truth and Some Kind of Courage (MG)
Burien Library, 400 SW 152nd Street, Burien, 98166

May 10, 7PM
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Jennifer K. Mann, Sam and Jump (PB)
Secret Garden Books

May 11, 10:30AM

Clare Meeker, Rhino Rescue: And More True Stories of Saving Animals (NF)
Island Books, Mercer Island

May 12, 7PM

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Suzanne Kaufman, Samanthasaurus Rex (PB)
University Book Store, U-District

May 12, 7PM
Audrey Greathouse, The Neverland Wars (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

May 14, 12PM

Laura Moe, Breakfast with Neruda (YA)
University Book Store, Mill Creek

May 14, 2PM
Rebecca A. Demarest, Less Than Charming (YA)
Mockingbird Books

May 15, 3PM

Michelle Andreani, Mindi Scott, The Way Back to You (YA)
Elliott Bay Books

May 15, 12PM

Scholastic Summer Reading Tour, Authors and Illustrators TBA
University Book Store, U-District

MAY 17, 7PM

Jennifer Bosworth, Kristin Halbrook, A.R. Kahler, Lish McBride, The Killing Jar, Every Last Promise, Shades of Darkness, and Firebug (VARIOUS)
University Book Store, U-District

May 21, 11AM

Tobi Hill-Meyer, A Princess of Great Daring (PB)
Central Library

May 21, 11AM
Scholastic Summer Reading Tour, Authors and Illustrators TBA
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

May 24, 6PM

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Kevan Atteberry, Puddles!!! (PB)
University Book Store, Bellevue

May 24, 7PM

Sherman Alexie, Thunder Boy Jr. (PB)
University Temple United Methodist Church The Sanctuary, 1415 NE 43rd Street
Click for Tickets

May 24, 7PM

Audrey Greathouse, Neverland Wars (YA)
Duvall Library, 15508 Main St NE, Duvall

May 25, 7PM
Elana Azose, Never Insult a Killer Zucchini (PB)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Novel workshop at Highlights Foundation this summer

Darcy Pattison has taught her Novel Revision retreat locally, and thought we might be interested in her Master Class in Novel Writing that she's teaching at Highlights Foundation this summer.

Writing teacher Darcy Pattison will be teaching a Master Class in Novel Writing at the Highlights Foundation on June 14-16, 2016.

Pattison says, “In every craft, the top artists say that they are constantly learning new things, even after they’ve achieved a level of success. Yet in writing, it seems we find fewer ways to do this than in other crafts. I want to challenge successful writers to try something different, to see a technique a different way, to stretch their craft, to go home excited and hopeful that they can at last try the novel they scares them silly, scares them because they worry that they can’t do the story justice.”

More on what Darcy Pattison says about the retreat here:

The retreat will be held at the Highlights Foundation retreat center outside Honesdale, PA. Prices include workshops, housing, food, and transportation to and from local airports. Learn more here:

Save the date!


It’s not too soon to SAVE THE DATE for this year’s writing retreat! 

Mark your calendars, folks, for October 21-23, 2016

With no local conference this year, there is even more reason to  take advantage 

of the terrific learning and camaraderie that happen during this amazing weekend.

Bonny Becker picture book workshop May 14

How to Write a Successful Picture Book

Whidbey Island Writers Association (WIWA) is offering an all day picture book workshop led by best-selling author Bonny Becker.
In the workshop, you’ll learn:
- what makes a good picture book idea
- specific steps to creating a good story, including a beginning that grabs editors, a middle that makes sense and holds the reader, and a memorable ending
- how to work with illustrators in mind
- how to submit your work

Then create your own picture book. Come with a picture book already in mind or develop an original idea in class. We’ll work on our stories in class and then you’ll create your own “dummy”—a mockup of your story that will show you how to work with illustrations and the specific page and length requirements of picture books (Supplies provided.)

Bonny Becker is the author of the best-selling Mouse and Bear picture books, including “A Visitor for Bear,” winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award and Amazon’s Picture Book of the Year, “The Christmas Crocodile,” illustrated by Caldecott winner David Small and others—in all 14 books for children. As a teacher and freelance editor, she has worked with hundreds of picture books.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
5611 Bayview Road
Langley, WA 98260

Cost: $200; discount $185 for WIWA members


Northern Network MAY meeting

SCBWI Northern Network
A Mini-Critique Workshop

Last month we discussed the workings of a critique group. This month we’ll put what we learned into practice. Bring a picture book manuscript (around 500 words), three pages of a novel, or a few illustrations for us to share. We’ll practice giving (and receiving) good feedback.
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Bellingham Barnes & Noble (4099 Meridian Street)

Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at (360) 354-5797, or email at [That’s rebecca(underscore)vanslyke(at)hotmail(dot)com.]


Know any students who are budding artists and writers and storytellers? Well, now they can be in the SCBWI loop, with the unveiling of a new Student Membership. This is a Big. Deal. So, do unto others as you would have done to you: Pass it on!!

Click HERE for all the details.

Deadline Extended for Workshop Presenters!

We have received some terrific workshop proposals, but we still haven’t heard from YOU!
We want YOUR GREAT IDEAS for our next year of spectacular monthly meetings and April 2017 conference presentations. And because we know how busy you all are, note our EXTENDED DEADLINE!

The nitty-gritty

Workshops may address topics relevant to potential attendees that include (but aren’t limited to) the craft of writing and illustrating for children, book marketing, or the latest industry trends. Monthly meetings are open for areas of professional expertise and niche interests relevant to children's books and creating them. Share your talents with us all!

Click here for your application and submit your idea (or give somebody a nudge) TODAY!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SCBWI Summer Conference: Registration open now!

As if our local weather hasn't given us visions of a long, hot summer (whee!), then here's another reason to get the sunscreen out:

SCBWI's Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles just opened its registration! For all the amazing, chock-full-of-goodness details, CLICK HERE.

Summer's almost here! Make it one to remember! Don't miss out!

SPECIAL MENTION: Please take a moment to appreciate and give a high-five to Liz Wong, the artist responsible for the beautiful conference artwork! Woo-hoo, Liz!!!


They're . . .

Faster than a bullet point!  

More powerful than a character's motive! 

Able to leap tall tales in a single read! 


Our April event is upon us! Come learn from a trio of Super Experts who will help us look at our crafts and stories from different angles. We are so lucky to have Caroline Abbey, Joy Chu, and Mary Kate Castellani spend some time with us this week. It's going to be a fantastic evening of words and deeds, no doubt heroic for us all!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

SCBWI APRIL EVENT – You’re Invited!

The Amazing Amigas of April Arrive Anon!


Wednesday, April 20:

Monthly Meeting with Special Guests (above)!
Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall, 6:15–9pm
Free for Passport Holders. $10 for SCBWI members. $15 for non-members.
Keep It Simple Art Showcase begins at 6:15 pm. 
Meeting starts at 7pm (get there early for snacks and chat), till 9pm.

Inside an Editor's Brain
Random House Children's Books Senior Editor Caroline Abbey and Bloomsbury Children's Books Senior Editor Mary Kate Castellani become our “Gray Matter Guides,” giving us a behind-the-scenes tour through all the different ways editors think about a project. The tour winds up in YOUR brain and how you should be using it for your writing. You’ve never had a tour like this!

Putting on a Curator Hat
Art director, graphic designer, and educator Joy Chu will talk about how curating the illustration exhibit Writing With Pictures at The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, was much like organizing a picture book – a really BIG picture book. With rooms. Exploring several case studies of the myriad ways artists are influenced, Joy will inspire your creative flame!

Keep It Simple Art Showcase
Ooh and ahh over the amazing artwork of 40 illustrators from our chapter, showcased informally in the lobby of Demaray Hall prior to our meeting, beginning at 6:15pm. This showcase is closed to additional submissions. Thanks to those illustrators who grabbed this opportunity early!

Thursday, April 21:

One-On-One Consultations
Library Seminar Room of Ames Library, Seattle Pacific University campus.
Those writers and illustrators with scheduled consults should have their confirmation emails and parking passes. Send us a frantic email if you don’t.

Master Classes – still some seats available!

1) Writers’ Master Class: Caroline Abbey & Mary Kate Castellani
3:00 – 5:00 p.m., in Demaray 150, Seattle Pacific University campus.

First hour: Finding A Hook with Caroline Abbey
What’s a hook? Why are they important? How are they used to pitch books to sales and marketing teams? We'll look at examples and brainstorm to come up with hooks of our own.

Second hour: Making Your Writing Sing with Mary Kate Castellani
Okay, so you’ve hooked your reader. Now how do you hold their interest? Mary Kate Castellani will share examples of writing that made her stand up and take notice and help you find ways to make your writing sing.

2) Illustrators’ Master Class with Joy Chu
3:00 – 5:00 p.m., in Demaray 358, Seattle Pacific University campus.
Using filmic storytelling as our model, we’ll create multi-panel storyboards to consider pacing, movement, framing and action. Stick figures are fine because this is about sketching out a good story from start to finish! Flex your drawing chops, tell stories, figure out what works and have fun!

To sign up for a Master Class:
1. If you are a Passport Holder, click the link in your email confirmation, log in and click the Modify button to add the class.
2. Write a check to SCBWI WWA in the appropriate amount (see below) and bring it with you to Wednesday’s meeting or to the Master Class on Thursday OR mail it (immediately!) to:
SCBWI WWA, PO Box 30505, Seattle, WA. 98113

The non-refundable fee is $80 for non-members and $60 for SCBWI members. Include a note about which class you are signing up for.

We can’t wait to see you Wednesday, April 20! 

Many thanks,
Dana Arnim and Dana Sullivan
Co-Regional Advisors, SCBWI Western Washington

Kid Lit Drink Night TONIGHT

Kidlit Drink Night is TONIGHT at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah from 6:30 – 9:30. It’s the suburbs – lots of free parking and cheap beer, soft drinks, and wine. Great fish and chips (it’s right next to the salmon hatchery, one does wonder…)!
Join us to talk shop and meet new writing and illustrating friends. Ask for the SCBWI table. (Also under Lois’s name if the Squigby acronym is confusing people again.)


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Inside Story!

Caws for Celebration

May 3 will be a night of fowl play as 23 local children’s book authors & illustrators get two minutes each to share the inside poop on their latest books!

About Inside Story

Inside Story has grown to a much-anticipated and warmly attended event. We hold this celebration twice a year so booksellers, librarians, teachers, and other children's book lovers can hear the "stories behind the stories" of new and upcoming books by our local authors and illustrators. We look forward to the chance to celebrate your book in the very near future!

May Inside Story

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 7–9pm

WHERE: University Book Store, Bellevue
990 102nd Ave. NE - Bellevue, WA

Our lineup includes:

Ben Clanton

Brianna Caplan Sayres

Carole Estby Dagg

Clare Hodgson Meeker

Corey R. Tabor

Curtis Manley

Dana Arnim

Dana Sullivan

Dori Hillestad Butler

Jaime Temairik

Jeanie Mebane

Jennifer K Mann

Jessixa Bagley

John Skewes

Kevan Atteberry

Kirby Larson

Liz Wong

Mark Holtzen

Michele Bacon

Nina Laden

Sandra Evans

Suzanne Kaufman

Toni Yuly

Come out and cheer on your peeps! It’s gonna be CAWSOME!


Dori & Deb, Inside Story Coordinators