Monday, March 11, 2013

Upcoming events: a catch-all

 A roundup of noteworthy events, classes, workshops, and other goings-on. Stay in the loop!

Preview Class:
Jolie Stekly and Nina Hess will present a free preview class for the UW Writing for Children certificate program for the 2013-14 school year. The two-hour preview class will be informative, experiential, and interactive, and give you a sense of what to expect in the certificate program beginning this fall. You'll want to bring a pen and paper or computer so you can do some writing! WHEN: Monday, March 25, 6:15-8:15pm
WHERE: UW campus
Note: Space is limited, so you do have to register in advance. 

Graphic Artists Guild Workshop:
WHEN: Wednesday, March 27 from 12-1:30pm
WHERE: Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave S, Ste 292
REGISTER: Register for a price discount here. For more details, click here.

Topic: "Creating a Personal Brand Strategy: Communicate Your Value and Brand Yourself to Win"
 In this workshop, branding specialist Eric Weaver will show you how to create a personal brand strategy that will help you phrase your value, and position you for competitive advantage, whether as an employee, a contractor or a freelancer. Eric will cover: the need for a personal branding strategy, how to craft this strategy, best practice, and cautionary tales. Eric has 21 years' experience in digital marketing, including building social strategies for Intel, Jack in the Box, Carnival, HP, and Starbucks. 

Children's Book Illustration Classes:
 Local illustrator Craig Orback has new classes starting soon in Bellevue and Seattle. 

Children's Book Illustration I 
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. Character consistency, portfolios, contracts, and other topics are also covered. 
Basic drawing skills are helpful but not required. Homework is required.  
 WHEN: 8 Saturday sessions, April 6–June 1, 10am-12:30pm; 8 Monday sessions,
April 8–June 3, 6:30-9pm.
WHERE: Bellevue Community College (Saturdays), North Seattle Community College (Mondays)
REGISTER: Bellevue: Cost is $189, click here. Seattle: Cost is $135, click here.  

Children's Book Illustration II Explore in greater depth your passion for children's book illustration. In this intermediate course, you will learn, step-by-step, how to create a children's picture book dummy that, when finished, can be submitted to publishers for possible publication. From developing an initial story 
WHEN: 8 Saturday sessions, April 6–June 1, 1-4pm.
WHERE:  Bellevue Community College
Cost $205, click here.
Short story class:
If you've always wanted to write a short story or learn more about crafting these little gems, 

Lois Brandt will show you how. In her course, "Writing Short Stories from First Sentence to 

Submission," you will spend eight weeks producing a portfolio of work–between 2 and 5 completed short stories.  Each student is expected to write between 2,000-7,000 words a week. During the first four weeks students plot short stories and write them to completion. The second half of the class is devoted to editing and revising one story from the student’s portfolio. Students will learn to edit their own work and to receive and give constructive criticism. At the end of class students submit their polished stories to literary or genre markets.
WHEN: 8 Wednesday sessions, April 17–June 5, 6:30-9pm.
WHERE: Bellevue College, North campus
REGISTER: Cost $179, click here.

Beyond Books: A Conversation with Eric Carle:
Sunday, April 7 at 1 pm at Philip Hall, UW Tacoma

In partnership with University of Washington Tacoma
Book signing to follow at Tacoma Art Museum, 3pm

Tacoma Art Museum invites you to a conversation with renowned author, illustrator, and artist Eric Carle as he discusses the remarkable variety of paintings, sculptures, and sketches he has been making privately for more than 60 years. Before or after the presentation, visit Tacoma Art Museum to view the independent art of this beloved national figure in the exhibition Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle (on view April 6–July 7).
The event at Philip Hall will be followed by a chance to meet the artist at a book signing at Tacoma Art Museum.
Cost: $20 ($15 for members, $10 for students); includes museum admission. Space is limited, so make your reservations early!

Writing Class:
Author Lois Harris leads a two-night course, entitled, "A Simple Structure for a Strong Story."
WHEN: Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2 from 6:30-8:30pm.
WHERE: Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon campus
REGISTER: For course information (listed as 6075 CENGL) as well as registration ($49)
click here.

Environmental Writers Workshop:
Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit 
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 9am-5pm (lunch provided)
WHERE: Burke Museum, UW campus
REGISTER: Space is limited, register by clicking here. $100 registration fee, Burke 
members get 10% discount  (scholarships available with valid student ID)
We in the Pacific Northwest are fortunate to live not only in a place 
where nature abounds but also to live in place where place-based writers
abound. Whether it is exploring the deep time of geology, considering 
the myriad ways of slugs, bugs, and everyone’s favorite, cockroaches, or
connecting children with the natural world around them, these authors 
will inspire us to continue writing about the environment in all its 
guises. Join award-winning authors David George Gordon, Brenda Guiberson
and David Montgomery as they lead classroom and field-based sessions. They 
bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is
an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field 
time into well- crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and
cultural world. Plus, with Brenda we have the insights of a children’s 
book author, who is sure to give everyone a new and captivating 
perspective on the environment.

For more information, please email or call (206) 543-5591.

WWU Classes:
Western Washington University in Bellingham has two interesting writing programs coming up:  Writing Children’s Literature, Thursdays, April 4–May 16, from 6-9pm,; and Knock-Out Editing, Thursdays, May 16–June 13, from 6-9pm.


For more details or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rebecca Beardsall.

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