Thursday, August 28, 2014

Oregon retreat correction

Minor correction — Matt Ringler, one of the faculty members for the Oregon retreat in October hawked just below (or earlier this morning if you're reading in your inbox), is actually an editor at Scholastic. (It's one of those S publishers, anyway... you know, we love them all!)

You'd still enjoy getting to meet him, we're betting. Check it out. (Scroll down all of one post for more details.)

Oregon retreat opportunity

Can't make our Western Washington retreat in November? Oregon still has spaces and manuscript critique spots at their south-of-our-border retreat on October 16-19, which will be held at Oregon Gardens Resort in Silverton (near Salem). Faculty will be Ariel Richardson and Matt Ringler, editors at Chronicle and Simon and Schuster, respectively, plus agents Fiona Kenshole with Transatlantic Agency and Danielle Smith with Red Fox Literary. Get full details or register here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The deadline approacheth!

We're nearing the end of the submission period! If you're interested in joining the always-spectacular Weekend on the Water writer's retreat, please click here.

You will NOT be sorry!

Monday, August 25, 2014


And.... time's about up!

Illustrators — submissions for the SCBWI WWA Illustrator Exhibit this October in Tacoma are due by the end of the day this Friday. And there's still room for yours. Do it now!

While the entire scope of Washington’s state history is fair game for your artwork, contemporary life can be inspiration too, as well as the remarkable beauty of the landscape and cityscapes we live in. So bring it on! Submission details are here.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Get your big-kid pants on and sign up!

Hey y'all, there are still a few spots available for our Sept. 13 Great Critique, which is one of your best chances this year to get kind, gentle, and yet constructive feedback on your work from a pro so you can make it more outstanding than ever.

Both writers and illustrators can benefit, and — hey! — there will be chocolate and other desserts available to soothe any wounds.

You know the drill: Click here for more details and to ensure your spot in the spotlight... and in future success!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Last chance to apply!

You've still got time!

Apply for this year's fantastic SCBWI Western Washington Weekend on the Water Professional Writers' Retreat. You just must have your application submitted by August 30.

The retreat will be held November 7 - 9 at Dumas Bay Centre. Our faculty will be Andrew Karre,  Editorial Director at Carolrhoda Books, and Sara Crowe, literary agent with Harvey Klinger, Inc. 

Plus, this is the opportunity many of you have been asking for: a more budget-minded professional writing retreat, with equally great faculty and learning opportunities but slightly simpler accommodations than at some of our past extravaganzas.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cheesy pizza bombs, food donations, and books with Lois!

Please join member Lois Brandt in celebrating the release of her first picture book, Maddi's Fridge, at dinnertime on Sept. 4. She says, "I could never have published this book without ongoing support and encouragement from you, the members of SCBWI Western Washington." She's promising to feed all comers Cheesy Pizza Bombs, plus milk or wine, and to read her story of friendship, promises, and childhood hunger.

Children are very welcome. There will be activities and kid-friendly food. (She notes that s far, Cheesy Pizza Bombs have a 100 percent approval rating with the under-16 crowd.)

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Northwest Harvest.

The details:
Thursday, September 4, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
University Books, Bellevue

See ya there to munch and applaud!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book launch party!

Please come celebrate the release of Laurie Thompson's first book:


2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 14

Seattle Creative Arts Center
2601 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107
(Click here for directions and parking information.)

Eat, drink, mingle, hear more about the book from the author, and—best of all—meet some local teens who are already changing the world! Laurie's asking for RSVPs so she knows exactly how excited her guest teens should get:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kid Lit Drink Night TONIGHT!!

Come one, come all! It's going to be a beary, beary, good time! (Or did we mean Beery, Beery?)

Bring your journals or sketchbooks for drunken scribbling, and we'll see you there!!

Illustrators' Retreat is almost full!

Can we get a "woof-woof"?

Our Illustrators' Retreat is two spots shy of a full, roster!

If you are still on the fence, what are you waiting for? Let us throw you a bone:

It's going to be FANTASTIC. No, it's going to be OFF THE LEASH!

To register, click here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dash to Bainbridge for DASH

Member Kirby Larson is delighted about the release of her newest book, DASH, and she says, "To celebrate this companion to DUKE, I’ll be at two events on Bainbridge Island on August 28 and I’d love all my SCBWI friends to be there!"

Kirby will read excerpts at the Bainbridge Island Exclusion Memorial starting at 3 p.m. and will also host a signing event at 7 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Books. Proceeds from that day’s book sales will benefit the island's Exclusion Memorial Visitor Center Project. (The memorial's designer, Johnpaul Jones, was just awarded one of ten National Humanities Medals by President Barack Obama.)

"August 28 will be a beautiful day for a ferry ride," predicts Kirby, so go get that sunshine and join her!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mark your calendars and get ready!

Hey, everyone, mark your calendars:

It's almost time. . . to REGISTER for our monthly programming passport!

It's going to be a busy fall––with the Great Critique, Illustrators' Retreat, and the Weekend on the Water Writers' Retreat. But wait, there's more!

Our season of regular monthly programming will get underway on the third Thursday of each month beginning October 16, with an agent kickoff meeting featuring literary agent Brianne Johnson of Writers House. Brianne’s Thursday keynote presentation will be followed by one-on-one consultations and a master class on Friday, October 17.

Available to SCBWI International members and non-members alike, this first monthly event will be back on the SPU campus in Demaray Hall 150 along with our beloved Keep It Simple art spotlight for local illustrators, plus light snacks and beverages. A brief business meeting including all the good news you’ve been saving up over the summer will be followed by our headline event with Brianne. The cost for this meeting is included in the SCBWI monthly programming passport; there are additional fees to participate in the one-on-one consultations and/or the master class.  

(Those of you who are participating in the Great Critique will have just enough time to revise your work for review by Brianne.)

Passport Registration will open on September 5, 2014. 

Each of the Friday agent events has limited space and tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to act fast.
  • Passport fee for SCBWI members: $40
  • SCBWI membership (go to $80 annually, plus a one-time $15 registration fee (first year only). Priceless!
  • Passport fee for non-members: $80 

In addition to October’s keynote, your Passport will cover the cost of entry to all of the following events:

November 20
Nonfiction is the New Black: A panel discussion with local nonfiction writers

Marketing for Introverts with author Lois Brandt

December 18
10 Things I Wish I’d Known 10 Years Ago The Secrets to Surviving Life in Publishing:
an evening with author Martha Brockenbrough
Annual cookie contest and book exchange

January 15
How to Draw Bunnies (and Other Things) in Photoshop with author/illustrator Kevan Atteberry
Nail Your New Year's Resolutions: Productivity Tips and Tricks for Creative Types with author Laurie Thompson

February 19
Movie night! (film TBD)

March 19
Shhhhh! The Librarian Panel: a panel discussion about what’s hot in the stacks and how to get your work there
From Critiquing to Collaborating with authors Jennifer Bradbury and Stephanie Guerra

No meeting in April; instead plan to attend our 24th Annual Conference on April 17 - 19, 2015

May 21

Drawn to Whimsy: illustrator videos and Q&A featuring author/illustrator Wendy Wahman and illustrator Richard Jesse Watson
How to Create the Perfect Crime for Kids: mystery writing with author Dori Hillestad Butler

(Tickets will be available at the door for individual passport events: $9 for members and $15 for non-members.)