Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
This workshop, exclusively for young teens, is for those who want to explore their ideas for stories, novels, or poems. Whether you’ve been writing this summer or just thinking about writing, this workshop provides a place to express your unique teen voice. Margaret organizes our time together like an adult writing workshop. We’ll work on our own stories, have fun with writing prompts, and share our writing out loud to give each other helpful feedback. As a bonus, August weather should allow us to write outside!
Monday-Friday, Aug. 15-19. 1:00-3:30. $105. Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 High School Road NE, Bainbridge Island, WA. To register, visit Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District or call 206-842-2306.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Get the scoop or sign up. Registration will be limited to 190 folks.
(They're looking for a few presentation proposals, too -- deadline July 15.)
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Don't forget there's a Kid Lit Drink Night this Sunday, June 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bellevue Red Robin, hosted by Lily Garfield. Eastsiders are expected to show en force.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
And, Mindy's flash fiction piece, JAILBIRDS, is published on Sarah LaPolla's blog, Glass Cases. Jailbirds also includes an unreliable character which gives the story an unexpected twist at the end! Here's the link to check out!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Author/Illustrator Wendy Wahman launches her new book, A CAT LIKE THAT, at Secret Garden Books on Thursday, July 7, starting at 7 p.m.
Here's what Secret Garden has to say about Wendy:
We love a great animal person, and if there ever was one, Wendy is a great animal person. Animals have no better champion to tell their side of the story than Wendy, and the super-bonus is that kids totally vibe to the way she tells them, too!
We're awed by how well animals and even the tiniest kids are getting along out there, in no small part due to Wendy's books!
We are thrilled to be hosting the west-side launch for her second book A CAT LIKE THAT, which looks to be right up there in our fannish attentions! It's purrrrrfect!
For more information on Wendy, and her work, visit her website.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Here's what their proposal submission form says:
"We are looking for 50 minute presentations, panels, and keynotes that will appeal to and edify Kidlitosphere bloggers. Our goal is to provide a balanced selection for a wide range of interests and include, but are not limited to, topics of diversity, reviewing critically, evaluating illustrations, social media, marketing, and technology, and industry relationships.
Submissions are due by July 15, 2011."For more information, you can visit here to see how it's shaping up, visit their webpage here, friend them on Facebook here, follow them on Twitter here, and/or email them at KidLitCon@gmail.com.
Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua
Entry Dates & Details:
-All entries must be postmarked between January 1 and January 31, 2012.
-They welcome work from both published and unpublished authors. All submissions must be previously unpublished.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
KIRKLAND – May 10, 2011 – Celebrating the printed word, a new festival of books is set to launch in Downtown Kirkland this fall on October 1–2. The City of Kirkland and the King County Library System will be some of the community partners for the Northwest Bookfest. The long-term goal is to make this an annual fall event.
Book Publishers Network, Bothell, will coordinate the Northwest Bookfest as a community festival open to everyone. Publishers, booksellers and dozens of authors will be on hand to promote their latest offerings.
The two days of workshops, readings and book signings will encompass all genres of fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, young adult offerings, live performances in puppetry and storytelling, as well as resources for writers and readers, such as critique groups, writer’s organizations, book clubs and library functions.
Coordination with the City of Kirkland and King County Library System are major pluses for the festival, which will take place at several locales, indoors and outside, including the King County Kirkland branch library, the Kirkland Performance Center, the Peter Kirk Community Center and the Kirkland Teen Center.
“We want this to be the most entertaining and informative Bookfest ever,” says Sheryn Hara, owner of Book Publishers Network. “Right now, as we organize the entire event, we are looking for volunteers, authors, organizations, any who wants to have a role. Our theme is ‘It’s Raining Books!’”
The Whidbey Island Writer's Group and Book Publishers Northwest have offered to create the education component of the festival, offering concurrent discussion sessions for writers and authors throughout the weekend.
Bookfest hours will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2. For more information on how to get involved or to submit an application for booth space, contact Deborah Schneider, Public Programming Coordinator at King County Library System, at 425.369.3319 or email@example.com.
Red Fox Literary, a boutique agency representing children’s book authors and illustrators, officially opened shop and launched its website today. The agency will offer a dazzling array of talents from among its roster of clients, including New York Times and Time magazine Best Book winners, and some of the most promising up-andcoming talents working in the field today.
The duo behind Red Fox Literary is veteran agent Karen Grencik and seasoned editor Abigail Samoun. They hope to reproduce the success of their first agent/editor collaboration from nearly a decade ago, Sarah Wilson and Chad Cameron’s George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien, which won the highly esteemed SCBWI Golden Kite Award.
Grencik is thrilled about the new agency. “I love everything about agenting: corresponding with clients and editors; watching ideas and books come to life; having that first cup of coffee and opening up my emails to see what surprises are in store for the day.” But what really drives Grencik are her authors. “I love them—they are my reason for getting up in the morning.” Grencik will be representing authors writing for picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult audiences. She’s currently looking for stories about real life and real people. “I love stories where character development is front and center. I’m all about the people.”
As the other half of the agency, Samoun will initially be focusing on the illustration division. “We have sixteen illustrators signed so far, most of whom I’ve worked with before as an editor,” she says. “They represent a wide range of styles—reflective and digital, figurative and stylized, humorous and whimsical, traditional and contemporary. Some of the illustrators have been in the business thirty years; some of them are just starting out.” In understanding the market, Samoun states, “An author’s voice is important in helping carve out an identity in the publishing world, but there’s an illustrator equivalent of voice too—each of Red Fox Literary’s
artists has a distinctive style and point-of-view. I’m very excited about the talent we’re bringing to editors and art directors.”
Redfoxliterary.com will have a key role in promoting the agency. Says Samoun, “As an editor, I conducted hundreds of hours of illustration searches. I know what it’s like to go from website to website, hour after hour, looking for the perfect match for a story. The websites I liked best presented the illustrators’ thumbnails right on the splash page, included lots of samples, and the option of making those samples nice and big. I really didn’t like having to squint at the screen, trying to determine whether something was done in colored pencil or watercolor. So when we created the Red Fox Literary portfolio page, our priority was making it as easy as
possible for editors and art directors to review our talented illustrators’ work. They can even download a PDF of each artist’s portfolio to print out and take to meetings.”
The site will also include an author page, agency highlights, a blog, a shop selling the work of Red Fox illustrators, and a unique feature Samoun calls “Studio Tours.” “Working with an illustrator for the first time was always a bit daunting for me. Who was this person? How did they work? What had they done before? It was always a bit of a gamble. I wanted to find a way to make editors and art directors more comfortable about trying someone new.” Samoun came up with the idea of creating short films of artists in their studios showing their work and discussing their inspirations and past projects. The site’s first Studio Tour highlights Princess Posey illustrator Stephanie Roth Sisson. In the five-minute film, Sisson discusses her early influences as a child growing up in Switzerland and shows sketches of a current book in progress. “It’s great because it really gives you a sense of how Stephanie works and what she’s like as a person,” says Samoun. She eventually hopes to create studio tours for each of the Red Fox Literary artists.
When asked about her ultimate goal for the new agency, Grencik responds, “We want Red Fox Literary to become a respected agency that strives for the highest standards, both in terms of the quality of its clients’ work and its professional ethics. We want to provide authors with a fresh diving board from which to spring, and a safe home from which to do their best work.”
Abigail Samoun, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Grencik, email@example.com
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Here are some of the advisory board members responsibilities:
- Raise funds to provide book grants to local programs that serve children in need.
- Identify local schools and community programs to receive book grants
- Recruit new members who represent a professional and cultural cross-section of the community
- Participate in national cause-based marketing events and campaigns
- Promote First Book and literacy issues within the community
Friday, June 10, 2011
SCBWI Western Washington Published Pro Think Tank
E-Books and Self-Publishing for Traditionally Published Authors
Monday, July 11, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall, 150
Please join us on Monday, July 11 from 7-9 p.m. at Seattle Pacific University for our next quarterly Published Pro Think Tank, where we’ll have an informal show-and-tell discussion about e-books and self-publishing for traditionally published authors. Panelists who’ll be sharing their experiences and learnings include Janet Wong (ONCE UPON A TIGER), Kevin Emerson (THE TRIAD OF FINITY), P.J. Hoover (SOLSTICE), Laura Rennert (P.J.’s agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency), and Chris Eboch (THE EYES OF PHARAOH).
Today’s publishing landscape is changing quickly, and the stigma that once loomed over e-books and self-publishing is being lifted. In fact, many authors who’ve already hit the big time with traditional book publishers are turning to self-publishing.
Earlier this year, for instance, New York Times best-selling thriller author Barry Eisler turned down a $500,000 publishing deal from a mainstream publisher in order to self-publish his next book. Last fall, acclaimed writer Seth Godin, author of about a dozen books including PURPLE COW, told the Wall Street Journal that “he now has so many direct customer relationships, largely via his blog, that he no longer needs a traditional publisher.”
Janet Wong, Kevin Emerson, P.J. Hoover, and Chris Eboch are among the few authors following suit in the children’s book industry. At the Think Tank, they’ll dish (in person, over the phone, and via Skype) about things like doing the math to make profits work… the logistics of selling e-books through online bookstores… when it makes sense to self-publish, and when it doesn’t… and how and when to talk about it with your agent. They’ll answer questions and share things that have worked well and things they’d do differently on the next go ‘round.
This event is free to all current Published and Listed (P.A.L.) SCBWI members, however you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (or via the Punchbowl invite that was delivered to all SCBWI WWA P.A.L. members earlier today) on or before July 9, 2011.
Please verify that you are a P.A.L. member before you RSVP by logging in to SCBWI's website and viewing your profile. If you are listed as a Full or Associate member, you will need to apply for P.A.L. membership here.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
What is User Experience Design (UX Design) ?
How does it differ from traditional graphic design?
Why does it matter?
How is it done?
Find out this month as David Kelley takes us on an exploration of UX Design approaches.
Wednesday, June 22, from 12-2 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)
EAFA Gallery - room A239 in the Seattle Design Center Atrium Building5701 Sixth Ave South
Pre-register at Brown Paper Tickets
Guild Member-$10Full time student-$10Sister Association Member-$15General-$20
At the door, Cash or check only.Guild member-$15Full time student-$15Sister Association Member-$20General-$25
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Children's Book Illustration I
Immerse yourself in the world of children’s book illustration with this introductory course. Through in-class assignments using a variety of media, you'll learn basic techniques to complete illustrations for young readers. Also learn the business side of children’s book illustration, including what it takes to get your work seen by the right people. Character consistency, portfolios, contracts, and other topics are also covered. Craig Orback is an award-winning illustrator of over 15 children's books. Basic drawing skills are helpful but not required. Homework is required.
North Seattle Community College, Thursdays, 8 Sessions, July 7- August 25, from 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $125, register here.
Beginning Oil Painting for Teens
This no pressure introductory course introduces teens to the basics of painting with oils. Learn about materials available to painters, color mixing and some basic color theory as well as composition. Instructor gives one-on-one feedback in this fun, hands-on studio class. Please
bring supplies to the first class and be ready to paint!
Bellevue Community College, Saturdays, 4 Sessions, July 16- August 6, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $169, Call (425) 564-2263 or register here.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Page Ahead serves 55,000 children in need across Washington State with new books and literacy services. They hope that these awards will serve as a guide to parents, teachers and librarians for choosing quality children’s literature.
The event is free – hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Be sure to RSVP here if you plan to attend.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tickets are $11 for MAC members, $18 for non-members, and all students $8.00. Tickets must be purchased through Tickets West,
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
In 2008-2009, Seattle children’s author Kevin Emerson released 5 books in his OLIVER NOCTURNE series. The books sold tens of thousands of copies, were published in 5 languages, and garnered Kevin near daily correspondence from excited fans around the world. His publisher, Scholastic, agreed that he didn’t need to end the series with book 5, and could leave the ending open for more books, but two years later, Kevin’s enthusiasm to finish off the series with one more book ran into a brick wall made of befuddling numbers at Scholastic (not to mention an editor change).
What should the author of a moderately successful and unfinished series do? Kevin’s own desire to finish what he’d started, and the calls from fans led him to into the much-hyped but nearly-as-often derided world of self-publishing. With the help of his author friends in town, Kevin produced a final novel - written, designed and printed entirely in Seattle, the place he and his supernatural universe call home. The result is the 6th and final Oliver book, THE TRIAD OF FINITY.
And the timing couldn’t be better, or later, in terms of getting out of the vampire genre. Widely considered to be the *last* craze, and currently being replaced by dystopian and steampunk novels, vampires are on their way out. Our event here, then, is also a requiem for the vampire genre. The event, called, “So Long, Vampires!” will be part book party and part ceremony, as a handful of Seattle’s best teen authors read eulogies and odes to the broody creatures they loved (or loathed, or endured) for the past five years, (ending in a group chant that will attempt to stop the much-talked-about Buffy reboot).
Kevin is available to discuss the murky path through sales numbers and self-publishing, the glowing fan letters paired with crushing Scholastic emails, and the (so far) positive and freeing journey of making your own book. (His his next 4 books will be published by HarperCollins). For more information about this free event visit Secret Garden's website. For more information on Kevin, and his work, visit his website.