Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our pre-season kickoff event

Thursday, September 17
 Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, 98104

Please join us for a Pre-Season programming event, featuring some of our local SCBWI-WWA writers and illustrators, who are joining together for kids as readers, and kids as eaters. It's going to blow the roof off of the Central Library! Don't miss this special occasion, brought to you by your peeps at SCBWI-WWA, Readers to Eaters, and the Seattle Public Library.

Art by Dana Arnim.

The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. in the SirsiDynix Gallery with exhibits and demonstrations from local food organizations. The main presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Microsoft Auditorium, with opening remarks from Trudi Inslee, First Lady of the State of Washington.
The First Lady is followed by a panel discussion featuring:
Tarik Abdullah, Chef and educator, DJ and a Cook Pop Up Series
Bridget Charters, Director, Hot Stove Society, Tom Douglas Restaurants
Rebekah Denn, freelance food writer for the Seattle Times
Edouardo Jordan, Chef/Owner, Salare Restaurant
Kate Lebo, author, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter
Philip Lee, Publisher, Readers to Eaters

Authors we know whose books will be featured are:

Lois Brandt, Maddi's Fridge
Kelly Jones, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
Sara Nickerson, Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me
Katherine Pryor, Zora’s Zucchini 
  Books will be available to purchase from Secret Garden Books.

Exhibitors (6 to 7 p.m., SirsiDynix Gallery, Level 1):
Cascade Harvest Coalition
King County EcoConsumer
PCC Healthy Kids
Pike Place Market Food Access Project
Pure Food Kids Foundation
Readers To Eaters
Seattle School Nutrition Services
Slow Food Seattle
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Washington Library Association
Washington Library Media Association
Washington State Farmers Market Association
Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network


Weekend on the Water deadline

September 5.

That's all the time you have left to register for the upcoming Weekend on the Water! That's in less than two weeks, people! Don't delay: Click here to register and for all the information on this fabulous retreat for writers.

The Great Critique deets!

 Saturday, September 19
Robinswood Park, Bellevue
(2430 148th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007)

This is how it will work:
You'll get registered and get your name tags with your group assignment, and then you'll find your group leaders. You'll all share lunch and dessert together in your group before the session. This will be a great time for everyone to get a chance to get to know each other and share.
At 1:00pm we'll break out into small groups to critique either manuscript pages or illustrated book dummies similar to the round table format used during this year’s conference. However, unlike the conference, each group participant will have ample time to have their pages or work read and critiqued by all individuals in the group, where everyone, not just the group leader is encouraged to offer feedback. 

Here's what you'll need: 
A brown bag lunch, and some type of dessert to share, as well as a lawn chair or blanket.

I hope to see you there!

Tony Dorrrough, Great Critique Coordinator

Monday, August 24, 2015

Get with the program!


from Your SCBWI-Western Washington Advisory Committee!

You won’t want to miss even one of the events in our amazing upcoming season. Watch your inbox for your invitation to register or keep your eye on our web page. Registration opens for the 2015-2016 Monthly Programming Passport on September 4.

Overview of the SCBWI-WWA 2015-2016 Season

Monthly Meetings: Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall 

Time: Third Wednesday of the Month, 7-9 p.m.

September 4 – Registration opens for the 2015 – 2016 Monthly Programming Passport. Passport provides SCBWI members admission to all of the monthly evening programming for one low price of $40 (not including the Additional Opportunities and Retreats, which require additional payment).

September 5 – The application period closes for our annual Weekend on the Water Writers’ Retreat, held this year at the Dumas Bay Centre, November 13th – 15th. This year’s theme: “Shedding Light on the Murky Middle.” We are incredibly fortunate to be joined by Independent Editor Noa Wheeler (formerly with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers) and Senior Editor Katherine Jacobs of Roaring Brook Press Books.
This event requires separate registration from Passport events. Click here for details and to register.

September 15 – Registration closes for The Great Critique! Registration opens September 4 and closes September 15. Requires additional payment. Details to follow soon.

September 17Cultivating Readers, Planting Seeds of Reading and Eating during Food Literacy Month. This free event at the Downtown Seattle Public Library will feature display tables, food folk panel, SCBWI author readings, book sales and a presentation by Washington State First Lady, Trudi Inslee.

September 19The Great Critique at Robinswood Park.

October 2, 3 & 4Weekend in the Woods Illustrators’ Retreat, Silver Falls, Oregon. Sorry, the retreat is fully booked and registration has closed.

October 21 & 22October Agent Event: Presentation by luminary literary agent Barry Goldblatt Wednesday evening. Individual critiques and a master class on Thursday. Passport-holders only may apply for the critiques and master class. Both have limited capacity; so don’t delay in signing up for your Passport. Individual critiques and master class require additional payment.

November 10Inside Story, Mockingbird Books. Get the story behind the recently published stories from a room-full of our local authors and illustrators. Special Bonus Event: Crystal Kite Award presentation to our own Laurie Thompson.

November 13, 14 & 15Weekend on the Water Writers’ Retreat at the Dumas Bay Centre. Requires separate registration and payment. Registration closes September 5.

November 18 Monthly Meeting Making Boffo Book Trailers with Jeff James and Sizzling School Presentations with Dana Sullivan & Vicki Legman.

December 16 Monthly Meeting – Writer Joni Sensel shows us how she keeps her readers in suspense with her presentation, "Here Abide Monsters: Using the Magic of In-Between Settings." Also, our ever-popular cookie contest and book exchange.

January  20 Monthly Meeting – G.G. Silverman shows us how to market our self-published work, then  Holman Wang spins the tale of “The Making of Star Wars: Epic Yarns.”

February 17 Monthly Meeting – It’s Valentine's month, so author Fonda Lee shows us how to write kick-ass YA fight scenes, followed by Amber Keyser’s lessons on YA romance and hot sex! (Remember: no smoking in the building.)

March 16 Monthly Meeting – Author Roseanne Parry discusses the sibling voice in MG fiction, followed by a panel discussion on the hot topic of diversity in children’s books, moderated by Allyson Valentine Schrier.

April 20 & 21 – April Editor and Illustrator EventPresentation by editors Caroline Abbey and Mary Kate Castellani, and illustrator Joy Chu on Wednesday evening. Individual illustration and writing critiques and master classes on Thursday. Passport-holders only may apply for the critiques and master class. Both have limited capacity; so don’t delay in signing up for your Passport. Individual critiques and master classes require additional payment.

May 18 Monthly Meeting – In-studio videos and Q&A with local genius illustrators Doug Keith and Jessixa Bagley, followed by author Brianna Caplan Sayres' presentation on writing words for picture books.

All members will receive email invitations to register for these events. Public registration for non-members will be available for each event at later dates that vary by event. Stay tuned for complete details of our exciting monthly programming!

Passport Pricing:

·      SCBWI Members $40

·      Non-members $80

Join SCBWI at SCBWI.org and then stay tuned for your invitation to your Passport to Monthly Programming!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Great Critique postponed

Hey, Everyone!

I want to make sure you all know that there will NOT be a Great Critique tomorrow at Robinswood Park in Bellevue. 

We have pushed the date of this event back to Saturday, September 19, due to some technical issues. We sincerely apologize for any confusion this may have caused and ask you to continue to check our SCBWI-WWA home page, as well as the Chinook blog, for updates.  A registration announcement will be out very soon. 

Thank you for your patience!

Tony Dorrough
Great Critique Coordinator


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kid Lit Drink Night!

Isn't it BUNNY when...you get to make new friends and share a joke (or two) over a beverage (or two)?

Well, here's another chance to do just that before the summer ends:

Illustration by Kevan Atteberry.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Please help if you can!

We like to think of SCBWI as the kind of community made up of folks who help each other in and outside of our daily creative lives. This is one of those times we want to make you aware of a special member in need.

As one of our favorite regional writers and past keynote conference speaker, the prolific and amazing Kelly Milner Halls spent a few days last week in the hospital and, while thankfully on the mend at home, has medical expenses that are taking a toll.

There is a fund set up to help Kelly offset her numerous bills, and if you are interested in donating please click here for all the details on how to give.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Here's to Kelly and her continued recovery!

Weekend on the Water update

We are very excited about this year's Weekend on the Water Retreat, and apparently you are too!

Day-use registration is now sold out.

Full conference registration is open, and will remain open throughout the registration period.

If you want to be on a waiting list for day-use registration, please

1. register for full conference
2. email Lois (Lois@LoisBrandt.com) and let her know.

The waiting list will be limited to three applicants.

Rooms with half-baths are going fast. If your preference is to pay the extra $50 for a half-bath in your room, register soon.

This is going to be a great retreat!

Questions/Comments?  Feel free to contact Lois (Lois@LoisBrandt.com) or Allyson (allysonvs@msn.com).

Sara's summer continues

Sara Nickerson's on a roll! Her second middle-grade novel is out, and she's been reviewed (favorably!) in the New York Times. Now, after her return from the Los Angeles conference, she's making another appearance locally:

WHEN: Thursday, August 13 at 7pm
WHERE: Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle

Great Critique update

Stay tuned for more details as we get them. (And tentatively think SEPTEMBER sometime...just sayin'!)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

K is for Katherine!

Congratulations to Katherine Pryor, whose new picture book, ZORA'S ZUCCHINI, is going to be making the rounds this and month! With a title as delicious as that ubiquitous late-summer veggie, Katherine will be visiting both bookstores AND farmer's markets in the area. Come along and, remember: eat your veggies! This story follows Katherine's first book, SYLVIA'S SPINACH.


8/28: Mockingbird Books, Seattle, 11am
9/3: University Book Store, Bellevue, 11am
9/23: Village Books, Bellingham, 3:15pm
9/26: Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, time TBD

Farmers Markets:
Please check the Zora’s Zucchini Facebook page for times: www.facebook.com/ZorasZucchini
8/2: Tacoma Farmers Market
8/16: Everett Farmers Market
8/27: Bellevue Farmer's Market
9/3: Queen Anne Farmers Market
9/15: Carnation Farmers Market
9/19: Magnolia Farmers Market
9/20: Pike Place Market
9/30: Columbia City Farmers Market

9/12: Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair, time TBD
9/17: Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, storytime at 10:30am, SCBWI event at 7pm
10/3: Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Conference, Portland, time TBD

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A classic how-to

Thanks to Dana Sullivan, who shared this amazing post about how a classic picture book got made:


(If Dana were sitting here, he'd say, "You're freaking welcome!")