Friday, February 12, 2016

Monthly meeting NEXT WEDNESDAY!

Next Wednesday, prepare for an emotional roller-coaster. You will be taken to the heights of lust, er, LOVE, and to its combative opposite, WAR. Bring Kleenex, ice water, and some chocolate. It's going to get crazy up in here!

Amber J. Keyser!

Amber J. Keyser (THE V WORD, THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN) and Fonda Lee (ZEROBOXER) will represent both extremes and how to best utilize them in your YA characters' lives. For more about Amber, click here.

Fonda Lee!

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. She is an avid martial artist with black belts in karate and kung fu, and goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report). Fonda’s the Willamette Writers Up and Coming Award winner for 2015 and her debut YA sci-fi action novel, Zeroboxer, is a Jr. Library Guild Selection, an Oregon Book Award finalist, and has been named to the ALA’s Top 10 Picks for Reluctant Readers, the CCBC Choices List, and VOYA’s annual list of the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Fonda believes that phenomenal action writing is an often overlooked aspect of strong writing, and aims to share with you principles, examples, and tactics for making your readers' hearts pound with adrenaline.

We HEART these writers, and we HEART you, too! Come and rage and hug and weep and just let your emotions spill. It's okay. It's all good. You'll be among friends.

New York conference via your couch!

For those of you eager to follow along with SCBWI's 17th annual Winter Conference, SCBWI's indefatigable Team Blog (who counts among its cohort the intrepid Martha Brockenbrough, Jolie Stekly, and Jaime Temairik) will be blogging the sessions so that you don't have to brave the Arctic wind chill firsthand.

To vicariously experience the bounty, CLICK HERE!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kid Lit Drink Night this THURSDAY

Join the fun! Bring your notebooks, sketchbooks, favorite jokes, your thirst, and come socialize with your TRIBE!

Hope to see you there!

February Kid Lit Drink Night
February 11 at Chainline Brewing Company in Kirkland! (DOG-FRIENDLY!)
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm, 503 6th St South, Kirkland

Amber J. Keyser times TWO!


Amber J. Keyser is an evolutionary biologist-turned-author who writes fiction and nonfiction for teens and tweens. Even though she lives in Oregon, she has been an SCBWI-Western Washington groupie for many years. She met the editor for her novel THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN at one of our events and he was instrumental in placing her book SNEAKER CENTURY: A HISTORY OF ATHLETIC SHOES. She’s here to talk about her most recent title: THE V-WORD, a YA anthology of personal essays by women about first-time sexual experiences. 

Amber will be one of our featured speakers at our upcoming monthly meeting, representing LOVE in YA fiction opposite Fonda Lee (FIGHTING in YA fiction). It's going to be quite a heated event, so make your arrangements! If you can't make it Wednesday, Amber will appear at University Book Store the following night.

At SCBWI-WWA Professional Series meeting on February 17th, she will be talking about sex in young adult fiction, including WHY we should include sexy scenes, WHAT the boundaries are, and HOW to go about putting the hot stuff on the page. Expect the explicit!

On February 18th, Amber will be talking more specifically (but also explicitly) about THE V-WORD at University Bookstore. She hopes you can join her for both events. More information at

WHERE: Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall
WHEN: Wednesday, February 17 at 7pm

WHERE: University Book Store, U-district
WHEN: Thursday, February 18 at 7pm

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO POST-LECTURE SMOKING! Go home and take your own cold showers!

Agent Clelia Gore at Hugo House

Join agent Clelia Gore at Hugo House on Saturday, February 20 for a class on Legal Concepts Writers Need To Know.

Useful information! Important stuff! Given by an agent who was a past regional conference faculty member! CLICK HERE for all the details and registration info.

Jessixa Bagley book launch

 Come help Jessixa celebrate!
Jessixa Bagley
Following on the heels of her much lauded debut picture book, BOATS FOR PAPA, the amazing Seattle-based author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley returns with her latest, BEFORE I LEAVE. The touching story of friends who have to say goodbye, this is sure to get plenty of attention as well.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm
WHERE: Secret Garden Books, Ballard



Angela Taylor Hylland launch party


Saturday, February 13, 2016
Ballard Homestead
6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle

Are you ready to dream... small?

Bring your imaginations to this free community event to celebrate The Denim Jungle, a new children's book by local author Angela Taylor Hylland, illustrated by Jackie Phillips of Precious Beast.

Enjoy activities, an author story time, giveaways, and more. Take home a book, have it signed by the debut author-illustrator duo, and even learn a few secrets behind the making of The Denim Jungle.

For more details or to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Carole Estby Dagg's new book

Celebrating the launch of SWEET HOME ALASKA on February 2, Carole Estby Dagg will present two local programs illustrated by original Associated Press photographs and part of her collection of 1930’s memorabilia. And since it is a book birthday, there will be cake! 
Local appearances and launches include the following:
Saturday, February 6, at 2:00 p.m.

Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Avenue, Everett

Tuesday, February 9, 7 p.m.

Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA
A selection of the Junior Library Guild
Nancy Paulsen imprint of Penguin Books for Young Readers
Simultaneous release of audio from Listening Library, narrated by Susan Denaker

Gordon Korman this Wednesday

The prolific and popular GORDON KORMAN will be at Secret Garden Books this Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm! His appearance supports his new book, MASTERMINDS: CRIMINAL DESTINY.
Gordon Korman has written more than seventy middle-grade and teen novels, including the New York Times bestselling The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book One: The Medusa Plot; the Swindle series; Ungifted; the Island series, Pop; Schooled; No More Dead Dogs; Son of the Mob; and many other favorites. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York.
 WHERE: Secret Garden Books
WHEN: Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm

February author/illustrator events!

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

GN = graphic novel

Feb 2, 7PM
Diana Renn, Blue Voyage (YA)

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Feb 2, 7PM
Marissa Meyer, Stars Above, Lunar Chronicles  (YA)

University Bookstore, U-District

Feb 3, 7PM
Gordon Korman, Master Minds Criminal Destiny (MG)

Secret Garden Books

Feb 4, 7PM
Mick Szydlowski, Travis Bossard, Alex Novoseltsen, Oskar and Klaus, The Mission to Cataria (PB)

University Bookstore, Mill Creek

Feb 6, 2PM
Carole Estby Dagg,  Sweet Home Alaska  (MG)

U-District Sponsored at Everett Public Library 
2702 Hoyt Ave. Everett WA

Feb 6, 12PM
Rita Wirkala, The Encounter, (YA)

Seattle Public Library, Greenwood Branch

Feb 8, 7PM
Garth Stein, A Sudden Light (YA)

Sno Isle Library, Lynnwood branch

Feb 8, 7PM
David Joy and Ingrid Thoft, Where All Light Tends to Go (YA)

Elliot Bay Book Company

Feb 9, 7PM
Carole Estby Dagg, Home Sweet Alaska (MG)

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Feb 11, 7PM
Pierce Brown, Morning Star  (YA)

University Bookstore, U-District

Feb 11, 6:30
Dana Simpson, Unicorn on a Roll, (MG-YA Graphic Novel)

Elliot Bay Book Company

Feb 18, 7PM
Amber J. Keyser, The V Word (YA)

University Bookstore, U-District

Feb 21, 3PM
Neil Shusterman and Eric Elfman, Hawkings Hallway (MG) 

University Bookstore, Bellevue

Feb 27, 6:30
Barbara Caridad Ferrer, Between Here and Gone (YA)

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Call for instructors

The Continuing Education department at Green River College in Auburn, WA is looking for instructors to teach a “Writing for Children” class as well as “Illustrating Children’s Book” class.  Qualified writers and illustrators who might be interested can contact the program development manager for Continuing & Community Education, Sherrie Earl, at

Northern Network Meeting this WEDNESDAY!

Northern Network of Western Washington SCBWI

Special Guest Speaker!
MaryAnn Kohl: Agent, Author and Publisher
MaryAnn Kohl has done it all. From writing over 25 books, self-publishing and marketing, and now being an agent for non-fiction activity books for children, parents, and teachers, she is speaking about the agent’s role in facilitating your non-fiction project from proposal to sales. For those interested in self-publishing, she will talk about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, especially as it applies to non-fiction. Come with your questions! Whatever your current writing and illustrating project is, it should be an informative evening!

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Bellingham Barnes & Nobel (4099 Meridian Street)
Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at (360) 354-5797, or email at [That’s rebecca(underscore)vanslyke(at)hotmail(dot)com.]