Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Conference faculty profile: Kristen Nobles



Kristen Nobles, art director at Candlewick Press.


Kristen Nobles joined Candlewick Press as Art Director in 2004. As an art director, she has worked with award-winning illustrators Leslie Patricelli, Sophie Blackall, Yuyi Morales, John Rocco, Matt Myers, Ed Young, and Carson Ellis. Kristen loves a strong character, a unique style or retro look made new again, and looks for a new spin on traditional themes in children’s books. Before returning to the East Coast, Kristen was a senior designer at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. Her passion for children's books has been passed down from her mother, an elementary school teacher, and her grandmother, a librarian.


Twitter: @Kristen_Nobles

Interviews: Children's Illustrators (2012), My Daytime Drama (2011)



Kristen's conference schedule:

–Saturday,  8:30–9:15am
Editor/Agent/Art Director panel

–Saturday, 10:20–11:20am
Breakout session 1-C, "The Illustrator As Illuminator"

–Saturday, 2:20–3:20pm
Breakout session 3-C, "Nice to Visually Meet You"

–Sunday, 1:30–4:50pm
Art Director Intensive, "Illustrator Be Nimble"

Conference faculty profile: Michelle McCann



Michelle McCann CAN show you how to tell, and tell you how to show!



Editor at Beyond Words, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Michelle McCann is a graduate of Brown University and has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College. She has been working as a children’s book editor and art director for more than twenty years, shepherding hundreds of titles into print—from board books to young adult novels. She taught Children’s Book Publishing at Portland State University for thirteen years and currently acquires middle-grade and young adult nonfiction for Beyond Words Publishing/Simon & Schuster. She also edits and art directs children’s books for Graphic Arts Books and Trackers Earth Books. Michelle has written numerous children’s books of her own, including Girls Who Rocked the WorldFinding Fairies, and Luba: the Angel of Bergen-Belsen. Her honors include the Oregon Book Award, the Jewish Book Council’s Best Illustrated Book, the IRA’s Notable Picture Book, and Simon Wiesenthal’s Once Upon A World Award.


 Blog:

VivaScriva, 2014 (women's writers collective blog, and MM wrote a whole slew of posts that you will find extremely useful)


Michelle's conference schedule:

–Saturday, 8:30–9:15am
Agent/Editor/Art Director panel 

–Saturday, 10:20–11:20am
Breakout session 1-D, "Extreme Makeover: Proposal Edition" (Nonfiction track)

–Saturday, 1:05–2:05pm
Breakout session 2-C, "Down and Dirty: An Author and Editor Talk About Teens, Sex, and the Edge in YA" (with author Amber Keyser)

–Sunday, 8:50am–12:10pm
Nonfiction Intensive, "Too Cool For School: Creating Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction"

 



 

Conference faculty profile: Carter Hasegawa

Carter Hasegawa will share his book sense with you!



Carter Hasegawa, associate editor at Candlewick Press, came to children's publishing in a roundabout way. After a decade of working in the grocery business, followed by a two-year stint in textbook publishing, he left everything behind to follow his passion for children's books and went back to school to get his MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College. Since 2008, he's been a children’s bookseller at various independent bookstores in Seattle and in Cambridge, which he still continues to do part-time when not at Candlewick. Some of his favorite non-Candlewick books include: The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Jellicoe Road, Ready Player One, Three Times Lucky, and many, MANY more. Basically anything that has a great voice, is a good story, and is "unputdownable." Two of the recent books Carter has worked on are Wild Things by Betsy Bird, et al, and The Twyning by Terence Blacker.


Twitter:  

@carterbham


Carter's conference schedule:

–Friday, 1:30–4:40pm
Fiction Intensive, "Ship Shape, Shape Up: The Picture Book and Its Forms"

–Saturday, 8:30–9:15am
Editor/Agent/Art Director panel

–Saturday, 1:05–2:05pm
Breakout session 2-A, "Redshirting 'The Other': Not a Victimless Crime

–Saturday, 2:20–3:20pm
Breakout session 3-D, "The Candlewick Editorial Process"

–Sunday, 1:30–4:50pm
Fiction Intensive, "Killer Robots, Time Portals, & Wizards–Oh, My!"


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Northern Network March meeting

When the Muse Refuses: Dealing with Writer’s Block


You’ve been there. Staring at a blank page that stubbornly resists words. Your Muse must be on vacation, because you’ve got a bad case of Writer’s/Artist’s Block.
Come explore what to do when your pen is stuck in neutral and your word processor refuses to process any words.

Date: TUESDAY, March 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Bellingham Barnes & Noble (4099 Meridian Street)
Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at (360) 354-5797, or email at rebecca_vanslyke@hotmail.com [That’s rebecca(underscore)vanslyke(at)hotmail(dot)com.]

March meeting madness!

We're marching toward March, and our next meeting is going to be magnificent!



From Critique to Collaboration will feature two children’s authors discussing their path to creative partnership which resulted in a two-book deal with Simon Spotlight.  

 
Jennifer Bradbury


 Jennifer Bradbury and Stephanie Guerra, both authors of young adult and middle-grade fiction, began as critique partners and decided to jointly write a picture book manuscript.
 
Stephanie Guerra



These two prolific authors will share what they learned about the process of creative collaboration, what they wish they knew before beginning, and concrete strategies for a successful writing partnership. 






The main session of our March meeting will feature a panel of five awesome local Kid Lit librarians from schools and branches of the Seattle Public Library. We plan to cover a variety of topics from tips for planning an author/illustrator visit, to strategies for getting your books on their shelves. Don’t miss it!

Jessica Lucas has been a teen services librarian for the Seattle Public Library since 2006, and worked with teens in volunteer roles for years prior to that. She is an avid reader of YA fiction and adult non-fiction, member of Netgalley and Edelweiss, as well as a Board member of the Children’s and Young Adult Services (CAYAS) Interest Group of the Washington Library Association. Jessica can be found riding her bike or sailing in her free time.

Erin Moehring is currently a Children’s Services Library for the Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library. She grew up in northern Indiana and received her MLS from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She’s worked in libraries for over 6 years, and believes libraries are some of the best places on earth.

Besides being a librarian at Eckstein Middle School, Erin Sterling runs a year-round program called the Literacy Lab, a non-profit that does literacy programs and gives away books to children and families. And if her decorative car is any indication, she may be mildly obsessed with mad scientists and robots.

Nancy Fisher-Allison is the librarian at John Rogers Elementary in NE Seattle. Though her original training was in Russian Studies and Geography, an earlier career in health care research led her to elementary education. Happily, her work allows her to combine a boundless love for children’s literature with information-seeking personality traits, all in the service of K-5 students and teachers.
Pat Bliquez is currently the librarian at McDonald International Elementary School in Wallingford, but was previously at Roxhill Elementary for 20-some years. Pat is highly skilled in a teaching method known as Visual Thinking Strategies. She has helped train many in this way of looking at images, which proves very useful when reading picture books with students.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Conference faculty profile: Nina Laden




Crystal WHO? Nina Laden, this year's Crystal Kite Award winner.



SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner Nina Laden lives in Seattle and on Lummi Island, WA, but mostly she lives in her imagination. She grew up in the New York City area, the daughter of two artists, and received a BFA from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has over a dozen books in print including The Night I Followed the Dog, When Pigasso Met Mootisse, and Roberto the Insect Architect. Peek-A Who? has sold more than a million copies, and there is a new OWL plush toy for sale. Her latest books are Once Upon A Memory from Little, Brown & Company, and Peek-a Zoo! and Daddy Wrong Legs, both published by Chronicle Books. Nina also visits schools, libraries, and speaks at events. She loves to inspire children and adults to be creative. 




Interview:
The Styling Librarian blog, 2013 


Nina's conference schedule:

–Saturday, 12:05–12:45pm
Crystal Kite Award Keynote Address, "Once Upon a Career: An Author/Illustrator Remembers the Journey"

–Saturday, 2:20–3:20pm
Breakout Session 3-E, "Conceptual Journaling: Big Ideas"

Conference faculty profile: David Wiesner





David Wiesner = Caldecott x 3!



Author and illustrator David Wiesner has been awarded the Caldecott Medal THREE times–– for Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam. Three other books of his, Sector 7Free Fall, and Mr. Wuffles! were named Caldecott Honor Books. Among other honors, Wiesner holds the Japan Picture Book Award for Tuesday, the French Prix Sorcières for The Three Pigs, and a New York Times Ten Best Illustrated award for Flotsam. David was the United States nominee, and a finalist, for the 2008 Han Christian Andersen Award. Recently, he has taught at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

Blog:

Interview:

David Wiesner's conference schedule:

–Friday, 8:50am–4:50pm 
Illustrator Intensive, "Building Character and Finding Stories"

–Saturday, 9:15–10am
Keynote, "Inspiration is For Amateurs: David Wiesner on Art, Work, the Universe, and Everything"

–Saturday, 1:05–2:05pm
Breakout session 2-B, "A Brief History of Wordless Storytelling: Illustrator Track"

Conference faculty profile: Sharon G. Flake




The incomparable Sharon G. Flake!


With millions of books in print, the multi-award-winning author Sharon Flake has earned an international reputation as one of the top MG and YA authors writing today. Her breakout novel The Skin I'm In, in 1998, established her reputation as a must read author among middle and high school students, as well as teachers, parents and librarians. Sharon’s work has been nominated for or has been honored with: an NAACP, Coretta Scott King Book Award (three-time winner!); and named among the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adult Readers; Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books; the Texas Lone Star Top Ten Books List; New York Public Library’s Top Ten Books for the Teen Age; the American Library Association’s Best Books for Reluctant Readers; Top 100 Books for the Feminist Reader, and most recently Booklist’s Top Ten Books of the Year. She recently released her first historical mystery, Unstoppable Octobia May.


Twitter:
@sharonflake 

Interview:

Sharon's conference schedule:

–Saturday, 10:20–11:20am 
Breakout Session 1-A, "Creating an Authentic, Non-Stereotyped Voice: Big Ideas"

–Saturday, 4:10–5pm 
Keynote, "Flying Scared: How to Get Published In Spite of Yourself"

–Sunday, 8:50am–12:10pm 
YA Intensive, "Following Your Intuition: Creating Characters and Stories From Your Gut"
 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Online kid-lit class starts March 23

Do you have a diverse or unusual book that editors aren’t willing to take a chance on? Would you like to have all the resources you need to create a stunningly written, illustrated, and published book? Then this new interactive course, How to Self-Publish with Crowdfunding, could be perfect for you. Learn from Jed Alexander, the (Mostly) Wordless author who holds the record for one of the most backed children’s book projects in Kickstarter history, and Dr. Mira Reisberg, children’s book expert and former literary agent.
For more information, tuition details, or to register, please click here.
(This course is held under the auspices of the Children's Book Academy, which is not affiliated with SCBWI.)

West Sound-ers raise a glass


 
From left to right: Margaret Nevinski, Martha Schoemaker, Dawn Simon, Rowena Russell, and Suzanne Selfors.



A fun time was had by all at the West Sound Drink Night earlier this month at San Carlos Restaurant on Bainbridge Island. We’ll have more events in the future, so keep your eyeballs peeled for dates, times, and locations. We’re catering to the West Sounders by having events on this side of the water, but all SCBWI-ers are welcome!

 

Graphic Artists Guild workshop THIS WED


"You Ought to Be in Pictures": Creating Video for Self-Promotion
Presented by Ron Austin

Whether it's for YouTube, Vimeo or your own website, videos can be a great tool for promoting your business. Learn how to create your own videos using everything from iMovie to Premiere and After Effects to make effective presentations of you and your work.

The workshop will cover:
  • Choosing a camera,
  • Price range for equipment
  • Editing software
  • Creating a reel of your work 
  • Posting to YouTube and Vimeo

WHEN: Wednesday February 25, 2015  12-1:30pm
WHERE: Seattle Design Center, Suite 292, 5701 6th Avenue S, Seattle 98108



Friday, February 20, 2015

A book takes flight





People are always amazed at what treasures they find in their attics or, in this case, the hay lofts of their horse barns. Most rarely expect to have spirits emerge from old photographs, unless they're S. T. Lile, author of the new young adult novel THE TAIL GUNNER
From a box of dusty World War II photographs left behind by her dad came the story of Bish, a bomber boy on a final mission. Join Lile on Sunday, March 1 at the Museum of Flight anytime between 2-5pm for the official launch of THE TAIL GUNNER. There will be a plane-spotting challenge in the World War II gallery, door prizes, a crazy pants contest (read the book to find out why), and even authentic wartime taste treats. 
Please RSVP at http://stephanielile.com so there will be enough SPAM (and so the museum will know how many people to expect)!

Celebrating Cynthia

Hey, friends in the Seattle kidlit community!



Cynthia Jaynes-Omolulu has a book coming out on Tuesday—a thriller called THE THIRD TWIN.

Because Cynthia is fighting stage four cancer like the beautiful champ she is, I thought we could celebrate her book. I'm bringing my laptop so we can Skype with Cynthia's other fans. And if you want me to pick up a copy of her book for you, let me know.


The deets:

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24 at 7pm
WHERE: The Bottlehouse, in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle
 

––Martha Brockenbrough

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TOMORROW: Don't miss kidlit movie night with At-Risk Summer!


Tomorrow night, SCBWI-WWA is in for a real treat: kidlit movie night! This year we're featuring At-Risk Summer, a documentary by e.e. Charlton-Trujillo, author of the 2014 Stonewall Award-winning novel, Fat Angie. You can read more about e. here.

Whether you're looking for ways to engage your audience at school visits, want to see what Kirkus called a "force of nature" in action, or are simply a fan of young-adult literature, you won't want to miss this powerful presentation. Besides e. herself and a slew of young adults, the film also features authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Meg Medina, Kathy Erskine, A.S. King, Matt de la Peña, Ellen Hopkins, Michelle Embree, and Pat Zieltow Miller!

If you haven't seen it already, here's the trailer for the film:

And, if that hasn't convinced you yet, here's an interview with e. that shares a little more of the backstory behind At-Risk Summer, and an article from Publishers Weekly about it, and an article e. wrote for the Huffington Post.

Seriously, this is a very special, limited-release showing. Be there.

Oh, and if you're still wondering how to pronounce e.'s name, just have a listen here.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015
(The usual time, but please try to arrive early so we can start on time!) 


Where: Seattle Pacific University's Demaray Hall, Room 150 (the usual place!)

SCBWI Work-In-Progress awards

Now these are really something to consider if you have an ongoing project, whether in revision mode or taking up space in your file cabinet because you just aren't sure where to go next.

SCBWI, that's where! Read all about how to submit and apply for their Work-In-Progress (WIP) awards, and maybe you will get that extra boost you need to push through to the end.

For application/submission/specifics, please click here.

Submissions accepted starting March 1, 2015 and until March 31, 2015.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Let the wild rumpus begin!

It's time!

It's what you've all been waiting for....


SCBWI-WWA's 24th Annual
Writing & Illustrating for Children Conference 



Registration is now OPEN to all!

To register for this year's event, and for all the specifics,
please click HERE.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Screen time! Next Thursday! Be there!



This has been a friendly reminder that our upcoming meeting is actually Movie Night. Hooray! Hope to see you NEXT Thursday––same time, same place––for what should prove to be an inspiring film about the power of self-expression through writing.

Happy Valentine's Day!


XOXO,

Your devoted Advisory Committee

Saturday, February 7, 2015

February author/illustrator events


KEY:
YA = young adult
MG = middle grade
PB = picture book
NF = nonfiction



LINKS:
University Book Store
Third Place Books
Elliott Bay Book Company
Secret Garden Books
Seattle Central Library



 FEBRUARY EVENTS


February 9, 7PM
Ron Dakron, Hello Devilfish (YA)
University Book Store, U-District 

February 10, 7PM
Randy Henderson, Finn Fancy Necromancy (YA)
University Book Store, U-District

February 11, 7PM
Richelle Mead, The Ruby Circle: A Bloodlines Novel (YA)

University Book Store, U-District

February 11, 7PM
Kate E. Thompson, Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie (MG)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park


February 12, 7PM
Author / Illustrator Scott McCloud, The Sculptor (YA graphic novel)
University Book Store, U-District


February 15, 3PM
Author / Illustrator Toni Yuly, Night Owl (PB)
Elliot Bay Book Company



February 19, 7PM
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Streetball Crew, volume 2: Stealing the Game (MG)
Seattle Public Library, Central branch

February 21, 3PM
Jason Black, Blackpelt (MG)
University Book Store, Bellevue

February 21, 5PM
Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman, Edison's Alley: The Accelerati Trilogy, Book Two (MG)

University Book Store, Mill Creek


February 24, 7PM
Ian Weir with Stacy Carlson, Will Starling & Among the Wonderful (YA historical fiction)
Elliott Bay Book Company

February 25, 7PM
Kate DiCamillo, "Stories Connect Us: An Evening with the Global Reading Challenge Author"
Click here for tickets and more info
Seattle Public Library, Central branch

February 25, 7PM
Kevin Emerson, Breakout (YA)
Richard Hugo House



February 26, 7PM
Brianna Caplan Sayers, Tiara Saurus Rex (PB)
Secret Garden Books




February 27, 7PM
Carly Anne West, The Bargaining (YA)
University Book Store, U-District


February 28, 11AM
Loralee Leavitt, Candy Experiments 2 (NF)
University Book Store, Bellevue

Friday, February 6, 2015

Virtual conferencing!

What are YOU doing this weekend?

If you're not already bundled up and shivering in midtown Manhattan, along with fellow SCBWI-ers attending this year's annual Winter Conference, take heart.

You can go, too! And you're not too late. It started this morning, way out East.

Follow along with the inspiring, chock-a-block that is EVERY SCBWI conference, but from the comfort of your couch, bed, stationary bike, or dog walk.

For split-second reactions and nuggets of wisdom, the Twitter route can be found here. Join in the conversation, and re-tweet away!

For the splendid coverage delivered to you by SCBWI's Team Blog, click here.


Either way, it's like having the whole shebang in your backyard. Or your living room.


At least you won't be shivering.....


Happy conferencing!

So you wanna get published?

Happy Friday, all you hard-working, as-yet-undiscovered novelists!

If your answer to the above heading was a resounding "YES!!", please click here for a handy visual How-To (courtesy of Brenda Winter-Hansen).

This has been a public service of the SCBWI-WWA chapter.

Thank you, and have a great weekend.



The perks of being a writer/illustrator....

Writers and Illustrators: 

Apply for a retreat at Centrum!




Spots are available in February and March, as well as through June, for Artist and Writer Residencies at Centrum in Port Townsend. Residents are given an apartment and access to the grounds and beach. The fee is $400 for the week. This is a marvelous opportunity to get away and work in a beautiful environment, near to the beach and woods. To apply contact Martha Worthley or apply online. 

For more information: http://centrum.org/residency-faq/


PS: If you and a buddy want to share a space and split the cost, that's okay!

PPS: What are YOU waiting for?

Three 'woofs' for Kirby!

A fabulous piece of good news from our own 2013 Crystal Kite winner, Kirby Larson!

Yay, Kirby!



All together now––clap those paws together for Kirby's book, Dash, which has been honored with the prestigious 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. To read more about it, please click here.

We are so proud and exited for you, Kirby! Congratulations!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How To Get Published workshops

Chuck Sambuchino (works for Writer's Digest Books, editor of the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS), will be instructing at a "How to Get Published" writing workshop in Portland on Friday, February 20, and also one in Seattle on February 21.

In addition to Chuck speaking, there will be EIGHT literary agents and editors (with plenty taking kid-lit) in attendance at each event to meet with writers and take pitches for books. So brush up on your elevator pitch!



The (bargain) Book

THE BOOK (2015) is available online for free for members of SCBWI. 

About THE BOOK:
This three hundred page comprehensive, hands-on tool is designed to guide children’s book writers and illustrators through their publishing careers. It is available in hard copy and online to SCBWI members.

 

It contains new and essential articles featuring such topics as maximizing social media, creating book trailers, best practices in independent publishing, and grassroots promotion. A highlight of THE BOOK is the up-to-the-minute Market Survey, which includes a comprehensive house by house listing of editors, art directors and key personnel. Other directories include The International Market Survey, The Book Reviewers Directory, The Agents Directory, and a unique feature called Edited By, in which editors have been personally surveyed to provide a history of their recent acquisitions. Key resources include an annotated bibliography of essential reference books for any aspiring children’s book author or illustrator, as well as a current listing of bloggers, reviewers, grants and awards.





Author needed!

Sent by Wendy Wahman:

Len Blau is a friend of mine. I was going to be his special guest for an event in Covington, WA, but I'll be out of town that week. He'd like an author to come talk to the librarians, briefly, for 10–15 minutes. Len is a book distributor, so the author will need to be one they carry––that's the catch. Oh, and your payment is pizza and possible school visit schmoozing.  Please email or call Len. (See contact information, below.)

Best,
Wendy
 

Dear Kent Librarians

WE ARE SET !!!   As a way to show my appreciation for your hard work, past AND future business, I would like to invite you to the following celebration of your efforts:
What: Librarian Appreciation Happy Hour           (Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books)
When:  Monday, February 23
             4:30 – 5:45 – get to know your fellow librarian – pizza, soft drink, and appetizers served
             5:45 -7ish     -FREE giveaways and possible special guest author
Where: The Rock Pizza 17309 SE 270th Place   Covington  253-630-7404    upstairs room
Why: To applaud your efforts and give you a chance to meet your peers without any agenda.  I appreciate your business!!!!!
Please RSVP to Len Blau at Lblau@btsb.com or 206-276-9921

Apply for a 4Culture Project Grant

Two 4Culture grants to individuals are currently open for submission. 

4Culture is the cultural arts organization for King County and their grants benefit King County residents. For creative artists and heritage-related projects by individuals, money for Art Projects and Heritage Projects is available. Both grants require a project proposal and other submission materials.Though these annual programs are competitive, staff workshops help prospective applicants craft compelling applications. SCBWI writers and illustrators living in King County are eligible and we urge you to apply for support of specific projects you may have underway, need to research or are in development. 

 
Image credit: Garreth Schuh, Absolution Muckup, Oil on Plywood, 32”x40” © 2013 
Courtesy of No Boundaries 2014: Peripheral Visions Project Director, Shariana Mundi



Check out the 4Culture website for details and a workshop schedule. Click through to the program page. Look at who has been funded in the past, attend a workshop, and apply! 

The Heritage Projects deadline: February 25, 2015
The Art Projects deadline: March 4, 2015

Illustrators webinar

SCBWI WWA Illustrators! 
 
The mighty Wisconsin chapter has organized an illustrator webinar with the talented Will Terry and Jake Parker to take place on Saturday, March 21 from 10AM to 3PM Central Standard Time, with a lunch break at noon (CST). Those who participate will also receive a link to the taped version of the class. Will and Jake will be covering posing characters, creative composition, and achieving a traditional look in Photoshop. 

You may find the informational pdf on the Wisconsin page at SCBWI.org. The pdf contains a link to sign up directly with Jake Parker, and requires you to send proof of membership to Jake's email to get the member's price (follow the directions in the pdf to find your membership card).

These guys are great and this webinar is sure to be filled with lots of valuable information and helpful tips. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wisconsin Illustrator Coordinator Deb Gross

There are 100 spots available and the Wisconsin chapter has generously offered to make the webinar available to all SCBWI members. Half those spots are already taken, so don't delay!

Fees: $30 SCBWI members, $50 non-members

Monday, February 2, 2015

Call for presenters

Hey, SCBWI-WWA peeps!


We are looking for presenters for our 2015-2016 season. If you think you have something the group would appreciate learning about, thinking about, or being inspired by, here's your chance.

The application can be downloaded here.

Northern Network Meeting this Wed

Hush! Don’t Say a Word!
Speaking Volumes through Wordless Picture Books

How do you write a book with no words? This Wednesday, February 4, we will examine wordless picture books and the stories they tell. Wordless picture books show the same story elements that other picture books, chapter books, and novels use. Even if you’re not an illustrator, studying wordless picture books can be helpful in telling your own stories. (They are, after all, the gold standard of the “Show, Don’t Tell” rule!)
Date: Wednesday, February 4th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bellingham Barnes & Noble (4099 Meridian Street)
Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at (360) 354-5797, or email her at rebecca_vanslyke@hotmail.com. [That’s rebecca(underscore)vanslyke(at)hotmail(dot)com.]

Of all the 'Nerve'

Here's a cool piece of news, sent via Laurie Thompson:

Jeanne Ryan's young-adult novel, Nerve, has been adapted and will hit the big screen––and there are big stars attached! Here's the scoop. Jeanne is one of our own (Laurie mentioned her in her inspiring talk, as the author who uses Write or Die in kamikaze mode!), and credits our retreat with helping her with revisions on this novel! According to Laurie, "It is sooooooo good!"



Toni Yuly book launch

 
 Who? Who?
 
 
 
 
Come and help celebrate the launch of Toni Yuly's second book, Night Owl! Night Owl is a companion to Toni's first book, Early Bird, and is all about listening and sounds. Oh, and for a bonus, the board book version of Early Bird launches this day as well!
 
 
WHEN: Sunday, February 15 at 3pm


It should be a hoot!