Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
November 2, 5:30 p.m.: Annie Barrows, IVY and BEAN: NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS Event.
November 4, 4 p.m.: Stages on Pages Event: 6 new authors and their books about performance.
November 5, 1 p.m.: Patrick Carman, DARK EDEN Event.
November 14, 7 p.m.: Heather Davis, WHEREVER YOU GO Event.
(This is not the event page, only the book page. The event hasn't been uploaded yet.)
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Mark your calendars for the November meeting of the Northern Network! We will meet on Wednesday, November 2 to talk about critique groups. Are you in one? Have you been in one in the past? How do critique groups work? Learn the ins and outs of critiquing others' work and how to receive critical feedback of your own.
We will meet at the Bellingham Barnes and Noble (4099 Meridian Street) from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Questions? Email Rebecca Van Slykeat rebecca_vanslyke (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Hope to see you there!
Come socialize and talk about children's books with like-minded spirits. Everyone welcome! Tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Paddy Coyne's in Bellevue.
UPDATE! Due to Trivia Night at Paddy Coyne's, Kid Lit Drink Night will be happening RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER at the Cypress Wine Bar and Lounge inside the Westin Hotel.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Assistance is available during drop-in draft review sessions on Monday, Oct. 17 and Monday, Oct. 24. Click here for more details.
Priority will be given to quality art projects that focus on public benefit defined as community impact and access. Projects must include at least one of these four elements: engage new audiences, develop partnerships, create access through education and public awareness opportunities and/or present in non-traditional venues.
Eligibility: Seattle-based individual artists proposing projects in the visual, literary and media arts. Artists working in traditional/ethnic and multidisciplinary projects that incorporate one of these primary arts disciplines may also apply. CityArtists funds different disciplines in alternating years.
Deadline: 11 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Application: Access the online application here.
Draft review sessions: Staff will host a series of drop-in draft review sessions in October. Check here for dates and details.
Info:Irene Gómez, project manager, (206) 684-7310
Friday, October 21, 2011
Foster Pepper attorney Matt Hooper invites you to join him as he discusses ways that local authors can protect their legal rights, featuring the following topics:
- Typical Literary Contracts
- Land Mines to Avoid
- Personal Liability
- Ownership of Derivative Works
- Affiliate Licensing
- Protecting Your Long-Term Rights
- Copyright Issues
- Option Agreements
Schedule: 7:45 a.m. Registration, 8:00-9:30 a.m. Program/Q&A (breakfast provided)
RSVP by: Friday, November 11, 2011 (to register, click on link below)
Questions? E-mail email@example.com
Foster Pepper PLLC
30th Floor Conference Ctr.
1111 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
- I-5 Northbound: Seneca Street exit (Exit 165); cross Third Avenue; immediate left to enter
- I-90 Westbound: I-5 North exit; Madison Street exit (Exit 164A); left on Madison; right on Sixth; left on Seneca; cross Third Avenue; immediate left to enter parking garage.
- I-5 Southbound: Union Street exit (Exit 165B); left on Fifth Avenue; right on Seneca; cross Third Avenue; immediate left to enter parking garage.
There is limited parking in the 1111 Third Avenue Building garage; enter from Seneca Street. Parking is validated for this building. In the event that this parking garage is full, alternate garage options are:
- Benaroya Hall: Enter the garage off Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
- Cobb Building: Enter the garage on University between Third and Fourth Avenue.
- Puget Sound Plaza Building: Enter the garage on Union Street between Third and Fourth Avenue.
Third Avenue is a "transit priority" corridor, and passenger vehicles are prohibited during peak commute times (6–9:00 a.m. and 3–6:30 p.m.).
Thursday, October 20, 2011
ARTHUR A. LEVINE AT SECRET GARDEN:
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
If you are interested in being a presenter please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
What you need to know about publishing today.
From the written word to the design and delivery of books, how books are created and sold is shifting. How will e-books, POD, and rapidly changing book technology affect your chances of success?
Jennifer McCord will brief you on the interplay and impacts of changes in publishing, and remind you that no matter how or where your work is published, it is all about content and design.
Bring your questions about current trends in publishing and take away ideas for a strategy working and succeeding in the evolving world of today's publishing.
5701 6th Avenue S. STE. 292
Lunch available at Molly’s in the Atrium
Preregister at Brown Paper Tickets
Professional Association member-$15
At the door cash or check only
Professional Association member-$20
More information on their website.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 21, at 11 a.m.- Project Management for Artists
This is not as boring as it sounds. It's all about how to plan your time so that you get your creative work done without having a nervous break down. We'll discuss ways of breaking down the big pieces into smaller ones to accomplish your creative goals. This is appropriate for all forms of creative work, not just visual art. Handouts will be provided. Please sign up at the Freeland library.
Friday October 28, at 11 a.m.- Hand Printed Paper Without a Press
This will be really fun. Get ink on your hands as well as the paper. We will play with printing papers using all sorts of found "templates". The resulting paper can be used for many things, not limited to cards, wrapping paper, and furniture embellishments. A supply list for those who want to do more work at home will be provided. You must sign up at the Freeland library as the class is limited to 10 people and is almost full.
The Freeland Library is located in Freeland WA on Whidbey Island. For directions to the library, visit their website.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing. Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Childrenïs Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a regular speaker at schools, book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world.
After eight young adult novels, Ellen thought it was time to explore more mature subject matter, while still utilizing her signature verse novel formatting. Readers who started with her in 2004 (with her first YA novel, CRANK) have grown up. They have turned on their parents, teachers, librarians and counselors to her books, and this adult readership has come to appreciate verse as story as much as her younger readers do. Her first adult novel, TRIANGLE, is about hitting midlife and wondering if you might have accomplished more, or if you had taken a different turn, would your life, in fact, be better? And, perhaps the biggest midlife question of all—should I change directions now, before it’s too late?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Enjoy some AUDITION and arts book chat, plus prizes, treats, and performances by local teens from Evergreen Family Theater, Woodinville Dance Academy & Northwest Art Center. Fun for readers of all ages!
Today is AUDITIONS's Book Birthday! A big congratulations to Stasia!!! For more information on Stasia, and her work, visit her website.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Here are the particulars:
Date/Time: Saturday December 10, 2011 / 10 am - 4 pm
Location: Wilsonville Public Library / 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, OR
Cost: $15 / pays for snacks and a lunch from Country Grains Deli
Registration may be limited. So sign up quick, to ensure that you're able to take part in what promises to be a super-fun workshop.
Questions? Please contact Rick Samuelson at email@example.com or 503.648.9809.
Monday, October 10, 2011
· The screener noted the difficulty of the ranking and selection process, not only because of the number of submissions but because the group as a whole displayed a high level of skill. Applicants as a whole are to be congratulated for making that strong impression.
· One factor that sometimes made a difference was an apparent mismatch between the elements or intent of a work, its writing style, and/or its intended age range — such as a YA character plopped into a middle-grade plot or vice versa. Or a preschool-age topic with a writing style more suited to older readers.
· A substantial number of submissions felt derivative of something already well done, e.g., wizard school or the teen girl who falls for the [insert vampire substitute here]. Press for more originality.
· There were a lot of YA submissions that used a first-person point of view. While it’s true that first person is very common in contemporary YA, the screener emphasized that the ubiquity of this point of view makes it even harder for a manuscript to stand out. Too many sounded the same. Distinguishing that voice and the character behind it is of paramount importance. “And pissed off or eccentric does not necessarily do it.”
· A notable number of submissions involved mothers with mental illness or depression. Be aware that this setup is looking unoriginal or overdone. How can yours be different?
· Finally, a large number of submissions were well-written but “meh” — nice but not knock-your-socks-off. Their authors may need to dial it up to get noticed. “Ordinary” and “generic” were two labels the screener used that you don’t want applied to your work. (And when editors say they’re looking for voice, they frequently mean they want something that’s the very opposite of generic.) This interest in distinguishing your work was a strong message from Chronicle editor Victoria Rock at our September Professional Series Meeting, too, and we’ve all heard it before: Great writing isn’t enough. Your work must stand out somehow. Above all, be unique.
The main selection criteria came down to voice and originality, since nearly all of the retreat applicants, accepted or not, submitted high-quality, polished writing. That’s good to know!
From Fellow SCBWI WWA member Dawn Simon:
WEST SOUND READS! is a consortium of Kitsap Regional Library and West Sound Independent Bookstores, including Eagle Harbor Book Co. & Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo, joining together to bring premium authors to Kitsap County. Past authors include, Sherman Alexie, Lemony Snicket, Andre Dubus III, Lisa See, Rebecca Wells, Barbara Kingsolver, Henry Winkler, Rick Stever, & Philippa Gregory.
Maggie Stiefvater will be reading from THE SCORPIO RACES on Monday, October 10, at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the North Kitsap Community Auditorium in Poulsbo.
Christopher Paolini will be at the Commons at Bainbridge High School on Monday, November 28, at 7 p.m. He will be reading from INHERITANCE.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
We hope you'll join us for this month's Professional Series Meeting on Tuesday evening!
Where: Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall, Room 150
When: October 11, 2011. Registration starts at 6:45 p.m., main program begins at 7:00 p.m.
What: PARA-ABNORMAL: MAKING A GENRE (OR, DARE I SAY IT, A TREND!) YOUR OWN with Stephen Barr, literary agent with Writers House in New York. You'll pretty much never be the only one writing within a particular genre (knitting-cowboy noir being the rare exception). Chasing trends is a lost cause and a death knell to unrestrained creativity, but whatever's popular is popular for a reason--it's fun to write and fun to read!--so how do you simultaneously respect the genre you're working in and break free from it? Stephen will discuss what stands out to him from the onslaught of same-feeling submissions and how to satisfy readers while challenging their expectations (for instance, have you considered knitting-cowboy noir?).
See you there!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
To celebrate the release of my book and those beautiful children, I'm holding an online auction this November to benefit literacy in Africa and a library at Musana Children's Home in Iganga, Uganda where I worked last summer. The auction is called LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY.
I'm coordinating this with the volunteers for an amazing Peace Corps project called Libraries for Life - which is providing books for libraries in designated Ugandan schools. The project is being administered by, not only the Peace Corps, but also the Books for Africa organization. And Musana has been designated as one of the recipient libraries.
Please know that each and every day I continue to support public libraries, school libraries and literacy programs here in the U.S. But this auction will reach beyond our borders to benefit efforts abroad.
I know all of you, as caring and generous as you are, have your own special passions and causes. So I don't want you to feel any pressure here, especially during such difficult economic times. But if, by chance, this project of mine touches you in any way, and if you have something you might like to donate to the auction, please let me know via my online form. Here's the link:
Light Up the Library Auction Donation Form.
I'm open to any and all possibilities. Some of the items on my wish
Author Twitter Chats
Author Skype Visits
Social Networking Consultations
Blog header designs
Personalized Sketches, Caricatures or Watercolors for Blogs or Websites
Business Card Designs
Real Estate Sales Consultations
Home Staging or Design Consultations
Night Time Baby Items or Crib Items
Handy Man Services
Hand-crafted Jewelry and Bags
Other Services such as Massages, Manicures, Etc.
Thanks so much for considering my request. Please feel free to pass this info to friends who may be interested.
For more information on Jean, and her work, visit her website.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Authors and illustrators who participated included:
- Stephanie Barden,
- Bonny Becker,
- Elizabeth Blake,
- Tom Brenner,
- Erik Brooks,
- Royce Buckingham,
- Robyn Chance,
- Holly Cupala,
- Carole Dagg,
- Lois Harris,
- Laurie Isop,
- Nick James,
- Karen Kincy,
- Katherine Kirkpatrick,
- Helen Landalf,
- Liz Mills,
- John Abbott Nez,
- Katherine Schlick Noe,
- Joni Sensel,
- Wendy Wahman,
- Richard Jesse Watson,
- Conrad Wesselhoeft, and
- Jennifer Shaw Wolf.
Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to help make our booth a success, including the authors and illustrators, University Book Store, and especially, Tina Hoggatt and her trusty assistant, Dana Sullivan, for pulling it all together!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
On Saturday, November 5, Fellow SCBWI WWA member Mindy Hardwick will lead two writing workshops for Dark and Stormy Beach Weekend in Manzanita, Oregon. The workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The fee for each is $25. Both workshops will be at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita.
To find out more about the Hoffman Center's Dark and Stormy Beach Weekend as well as register visit their event page. You can also find out more about Mindy, and her work, on her website.
Mindy's Workshops for Dark and Stormy Beach Weekend:
Writing From Life: Flash Fiction
It’s short. It’s fast, and it’s fun. Mindy will lead us through exercises to “mine our memories” for ideas. Then, we’ll take those rich ideas and turn them into pieces of flash fiction. You’ll learn about publishing markets open to Flash Fiction. This is a great workshop for writers wanting to learn more about Flash Fiction, memoir writers looking for new writing ideas, and high school writing teachers looking for new ways to teach writing.
Writing the Picture BookPicture books are the most beloved story form of children’s writing. But, how easy is it to write a picture book and how can the knowledge of picture book writing help writers who are working on longer stories? Join Mindy to learn to create a memorable character and how to structure a picture book. The workshop is perfect for writers and educators who want to better understand how to work with and teach the elements of story.