Friday, October 2, 2015

TOMORROW: Illustrator's Day at U Bookstore

University Book Store's First Annual Illustrators Day
U District store

See how illustrators bring books to life! Join us for a full day of fun presentations by professional illustrators at University Book Store's First Annual Illustrators Day.

Drawing on easels or projecting images from their computer on a big screen, illustrators will demonstrate and explain how they take words and a blank page and bring stories to life through drawings that reflect both the book they're illustrating and their own unique style. Some illustrators will even be calling on audience members to help them out! Guest illustrators will also stick around after their presentations to answer questions and sign copies of their books.


11am – 12pm    Mike Cressy, author and illustrator of Super Alphabet

12pm – 1 pm    Julie Paschkis, author and illustrator of P. Zonka Lays an Egg

1pm – 2pm    John Skewes, author and illustrator of the Larry Gets Lost™ series

2pm – 3pm     Wendy Wahman, author and illustrator of Don't Lick the Dog

3pm – 4pm    Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of Rex Wrecks It!

4pm – 5pm    Paul Schmid, author and illustrator of Oliver and His Egg

5pm – 6pm    Matthew Holm, author and illustrator of the Babymouse series

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Illustrators take B&N!

Some of our chapter's illustrious illustrators––namely Kevan Atteberry, Jennifer K. Mann, Wendy Wahman, Toni Yuly, Ben Clanton, and Elizabeth Rose Stanton––have been invited to participate in a "Meet the Authors" panel to mark the kick-off for Educator Appreciation Week! 
WHEN: Saturday, October 10 from 10am–noon
WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 600 Pine St, downtown Seattle

Partial proceeds from book sales will go to support GeekGirlCon in its quest to inspire girls to pursue interests in Science, Technology and the Arts! 

Weekend on the Water message


Here's a quick message from Lois Brandt, Weekend on the Water co-coordinator:

Acceptances have gone out for this fall's fabulous Weekend on the Water retreat. 

If you applied and have NOT heard back from the retreat, please email Lois Brandt (


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apply for mentorship program

We Need Diverse Books'
Mentorship Program

 Apply: October 1-31, 2015
Working to develop diverse writers and diverse books, We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) announces a mentorship program partnering award-winning writers and illustrators recognized for their diverse publications with upcoming writers and illustrators who are diverse or working on diverse publications.

Year-long mentorships will be awarded in five categories: picture book text, illustration, nonfiction, middle-grade fiction, and young adult fiction. The WNDB™ mentors include an impressive lineup: Coretta Scott-King Award winner Nikki Grimes, Robert F. Sibert Honor recipient Patricia Hruby Powell, William C. Morris and Lambda Literary Award finalist Malinda Lo, and Newbery Honor recipient Margarita Engle. The illustrator-mentor will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Tumwater Library workshops

The TUMWATER TIMBERLAND LIBRARY is offering these great classes. If you live in the South Sound or want to take a day trip south, check these out!

Choose Your Words Carefully
Saturday 10/3/15
2:00-5:00 pm

Mark Twain said that the difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as that between lightning and the lightning bug. Storytellers of all skills and disciplines will benefit from this fun and insightful look at the language they choose for their creative writing. Participants will learn how to develop their own unique writing voice, how to use a thesaurus wisely, how to write powerful metaphors and similes, and how to avoid clichés. Presented by local author and writing instructor, Lindsay Schopfer. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

Making the Most of Your Writing Time
Saturday 10/10/15

“I only write when I'm inspired, and I make sure I'm inspired every morning at 9 a.m.” Learn how to turn off your inner critic and make the most of the time you set aside to practice your craft. Participants will learn how to create a writing-friendly environment, manage and prepare for their writing time and how to measure success rather than focus on artificial deadlines. Presented by local author and writing instructor, Lindsay Schopfer. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

Printing & Ebooks for Self-Published Authors
Tuesday 10/13/15

Join us for a talk on book printing and self-publishing with book printer Alison Bailey. Learn the process of book printing, ins and outs of self-publishing, ebook options and see examples of books printed in the Gorham Printing shop in Centralia. Bring your questions for Q & A afterward! This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

Indie Publishing: Get Your Writing Out There
Wednesday 10/14/2015

Independent publishing now rivals the combined output of all the publishers in New York. Authors Anthea Sharp and Ryan Williams will talk about how to get your writing directly into the hands of readers. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.
LOCATION: Tenino Timberland Library (Tumwater's sister branch)
172 Central Avenue West, Tenino, WA 98589
(360) 264-2369

October events!

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

GN = graphic novel
Oct 1, 6PM
Steven Henry, It's Raining Bats & Frogs (PB)
University Bookstore, Bellevue Store
Oct 1, 7PM
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti, Zeroes (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 1, 7PM
Michael Schein, John Surratt, The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (NF)
Seattle Library, Central Branch

Oct 3, 11AM
Laurie Ann Thompson, Be a Changemaker (NF)
Seattle Library, Magnolia Branch

Oct 3, 11AM
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 3, 7PM
Jim Butcher, The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass (YA)
University Temple United Methodist Church, The Sanctuary, 1415 NE 43rd St
Tickets are $27.95 and available at Each ticket admits up to two people and includes a copy of The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass.

Oct 4, 3PM
Jeannine Hall Gailey, The Robot Scientist's Daughter (YA)
University Bookstore, Bellevue

Oct 5, 7PM
Jon Scieszka, Frank Einstein and the Brainturbo (MG)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 6, 7PM
John Scieszka, Frank Einstein and the Brainturbo (MG)
Secret Garden Books

Oct 6, 4PM
Harry Potter Illustrated Edition Release Party with Kazu Kibosh, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (MG)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 7, 7PM
Laura Anne Gillian, Silver on the Road (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 10, 1PM
Graphic Novel Workshop with Dana Sullivan
University Bookstore, Bellevue

Oct 10, 7PM

Washington State Book Awards! Come cheer for folks you know:
Jennifer K. Mann (Two Speckled Eggs), George Shannon (Hands Say Love, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo), Jennifer Longo (Six Feet Over It), Maureen McQuerry (Time Out of Time), and Mary Cronk Farrell (Pure Grit), all have novels that are finalists as well. Come cheer for the whole gang!

Seattle Public Library, Central Branch 

Oct 13, 7PM
Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 14, 7PM
Judd Wince, Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth (MG)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 16, 7PM
Cascade Writers Presents Ellen Datlow (YA editor), Kat Richardson, Tom Wright, and Elliott Kay (VARIOUS)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 16, 7PM
Trudi Trueit, The Sister Solution (MG). Book launch party!
University Bookstore, Mill Creek

Oct 17, 5PM

Amber J. Keyser, The Way Back From Broken (YA). Book launch party!

Secret Garden Books

Oct 19, 6PM
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts (YA) Jennifer Holm, Turtle in Paradise (MG), and Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me (MG). Moderated by Jolie Stekly.
Seattle Central Library

Oct 20, 7PM
Tom Alphin, The LEGO Architect (MG)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 21, 7PM


Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall

Oct 22, 7PM
Vanessa McAllen, Three Great Lies (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District-Gardening Space

Oct 22, 7PM
Catherynne M, Valente, Radiance (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 23, 6:30PM
John A. Flanagan, The Tournament at Gorlan (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 24, 6PM

Kirby Larson speaks as part of the Puyallup Festival of Books, Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup
Oct 24, 6PM
G Willow Wilson and Margaret Stohl, Black Widow: Forever Red (YA)
University Bookstore, Bellevue

Oct 25, 3PM
Sorry, Not Sorry Tour: Featuring: Martha Brockenbrough (The Game of Love and Death, YA), Lish McBride, (Firebug, YA), Jennifer Longo, (Six Feet Over It, YA), Shannon Grogan (From Where I Watch You, YA), and Jeanne Ryan (Charisma, YA).
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 26, NOON
Ginny Gilder, Course Correction (NF)
King County Library, Vashon Branch

Oct 27, 7PM

Suzanne Selfors will be celebrating the release of the final book in her Imaginary Veterinary Series, Book #6, The Fairy Swarm. Fairy costumes encouraged!
Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island

Oct 7PM
Sigal Samuel, The Mystics of Mile End (MG/YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Martha B's big news!

The second year of the Kirkus Prize, nominees of which have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, is upon us.

Or, shall I say––it's upon MARTHA BROCKENBROUGH, who just this morning found out that her book, THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH, is a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize in the Young Readers' Literature category!

The full list of finalists for Young Readers' Literature can be found HERE.

Congratulations to Martha! An amazing honor for an amazing book!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Royce Buckingham's writing class

Royce Buckingham is teaching a one-day children's writing class in Bellingham through Whatcom Community College!

Children's Writing--A Plan for Success

Before spending a year of your life writing that children's book, be sure you have a plan for success. Instructor Royce Buckingham invites all aspiring children's writers to learn to create concepts, choose which are viable, develop them into usable synopses, and organize yourself before sitting down to write. Royce Buckingham is an award-winning and bestselling author of ten novels, including middle grade, young adult, and even a grown-up book. Lunch break from 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM. Class size is limited--register early!  

Dates:October 16, 2015 Check for other dates
Meets:F : 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Fairhaven Village Inn - Conference Room

Instructor:Royce Buckingham
Notes:Lunch break from 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM.   


Northern Network Meeting: October

Say WHAT??
One of the givens in a picture book is how well the illustrations match the text. But in some books the words say one thing while the pictures tell a whole different story. We’ll look at picture books where the text and illustrations do NOT match, creating a new level of depth to a story, then talk about ways to incorporate these apparent inconsistencies in our writing.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Bellingham Barnes & Noble (4099 Meridian Street, Bellingham)
Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at (360) 354-5797, or email her at [That’s rebecca(underscore)vanslyke(at)hotmail(dot)com.]

Time for...Inside Story!

See the banner, above? It's pretty much all you need to know. If you're interested in being a presenter, please click HERE

The application deadline is OCTOBER 10, 2015.

To be eligible as a presenter, you need to be able to say "YES!"
to all of the following: 

•    You are an SCBWI member at the PAL (published and listed) level and your profile at is updated to reflect this.
•    You live in the official Western Washington region. If you’re a member and uncertain which region you’re in, please email us and we’ll check for you.
•    Your publisher is on SCBWI’s list of recognized (traditional) PAL publishers. You can find the accepted publisher list by going to your SCBWI member profile page, clicking “Add” in the “Books” section under “Publications.” Find “Publisher” (not “Other Publisher”) and type in your publisher’s name in the box that says, “Start typing…”  
•    Your book is released between three months before and three months after the month of the Inside Story event (August 2015 to February 2016).
•    Your book is readily available through normal trade channels (e.g., Baker & Taylor).
Exceptions to PAL published books include self-published books that were originally published by a PAL publisher, books that are a continuation of a PAL published series, and Spark Award books.

You will hear back within two weeks regarding your status. Our Inside Story Coordinator, Deb Lund, will give you all the information you will need.

If you don't have a book coming our and are interested in taking in an evening of fabulous talent and new works by some of our members, then here you are. Inside Story is coming. Are YOU going?


Friday, September 25, 2015

Corinna Luyken is a WINNER!

 Huge HOORAYs for our own Corrina Luyken, who was awarded a SCBWI 2015 Work-In-Progress Grant! She is a recipient of the Don Freeman Illustration Grant for pre-published work. [Insert applause here!]  
The winners of the Don Freeman Grant will each receive $1,000 to further their understanding, training, and work in the picture book genre.

For other winners of this year's grants, see below:

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators congratulates the winners of the 2015 Work-In-Progress Grants.
Young Adult Fiction: Twisted by Erin Stewart
In a futuristic world, sixteen-year-old Rose discovers that her genetic code was switched at birth, and must decide whether her own free will or her DNA will define who she is.
Nonfiction: Tomboy: The Daring Life of Blanche Stuart Scott by Donna Janell Bowman
Follow the adventurous life of the first female pilot, making history on wheels and on wings.
Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction: Walking on a Tightrope by Suma Subramaniam
After losing her family in the South Asian tsunami, eleven-year-old Mayili is imprisoned by child traffickers and must use her tightrope walking skills to escape.
Picture Book Text: Toad in the Road by Peggy Archer
Come along with Toad on his whimsical adventure with its rhythmic, infectious (rollicking) language, sure to delight young children.

Middle Grade Fiction: Chasing Gold by Beth Cahn
In 1911 a young boy must contend with the stereotypes of Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush.

Chapter Books/Early Fiction: Haunted Key Mystery: Help! I’m Haunted
by Lorrie-Ann Melnick
In this swashbuckling mystery, Kat, her newfound cat, Tuna, and her frenemy Rebecca must rid themselves of a ghost thief.

About the Work-In-Progress Grants
The SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) Grants assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. For more information, visit

SCBWI Oregon Fall Retreat

Here's a message from one of SCBWI-Oregon's Regional Advisers, Judith Gardiner:


To SCBWI-WWA members! We would love to extend an
invitation to your members to join us for SCBWI-Oregon's Annual Fall Retreat!

Dates: October 15–18, 2015


Heather Alexander, Agent, Pippin Properties
Marie Lamba, Associate Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Andrea Welch, Senior Editor, Beach Lane Books
Tiffany Liao, Associate Editor, Razorbill/Penguin Random House
Susan Blackaby, Author
Carolyn Conahan, Author/Illustrator

Come one, come all!