Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apply for mentorship program

We Need Diverse Books'
Mentorship Program

 Apply: October 1-31, 2015
Working to develop diverse writers and diverse books, We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) announces a mentorship program partnering award-winning writers and illustrators recognized for their diverse publications with upcoming writers and illustrators who are diverse or working on diverse publications.

Year-long mentorships will be awarded in five categories: picture book text, illustration, nonfiction, middle-grade fiction, and young adult fiction. The WNDB™ mentors include an impressive lineup: Coretta Scott-King Award winner Nikki Grimes, Robert F. Sibert Honor recipient Patricia Hruby Powell, William C. Morris and Lambda Literary Award finalist Malinda Lo, and Newbery Honor recipient Margarita Engle. The illustrator-mentor will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Tumwater Library workshops

The TUMWATER TIMBERLAND LIBRARY is offering these great classes. If you live in the South Sound or want to take a day trip south, check these out!

Choose Your Words Carefully
Saturday 10/3/15
2:00-5:00 pm

Mark Twain said that the difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as that between lightning and the lightning bug. Storytellers of all skills and disciplines will benefit from this fun and insightful look at the language they choose for their creative writing. Participants will learn how to develop their own unique writing voice, how to use a thesaurus wisely, how to write powerful metaphors and similes, and how to avoid clichés. Presented by local author and writing instructor, Lindsay Schopfer. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

Making the Most of Your Writing Time
Saturday 10/10/15

“I only write when I'm inspired, and I make sure I'm inspired every morning at 9 a.m.” Learn how to turn off your inner critic and make the most of the time you set aside to practice your craft. Participants will learn how to create a writing-friendly environment, manage and prepare for their writing time and how to measure success rather than focus on artificial deadlines. Presented by local author and writing instructor, Lindsay Schopfer. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

Printing & Ebooks for Self-Published Authors
Tuesday 10/13/15

Join us for a talk on book printing and self-publishing with book printer Alison Bailey. Learn the process of book printing, ins and outs of self-publishing, ebook options and see examples of books printed in the Gorham Printing shop in Centralia. Bring your questions for Q & A afterward! This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

Indie Publishing: Get Your Writing Out There
Wednesday 10/14/2015

Independent publishing now rivals the combined output of all the publishers in New York. Authors Anthea Sharp and Ryan Williams will talk about how to get your writing directly into the hands of readers. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.
LOCATION: Tenino Timberland Library (Tumwater's sister branch)
172 Central Avenue West, Tenino, WA 98589
(360) 264-2369

October events!

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

GN = graphic novel
Oct 1, 6PM
Steven Henry, It's Raining Bats & Frogs (PB)
University Bookstore, Bellevue Store
Oct 1, 7PM
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti, Zeroes (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 1, 7PM
Michael Schein, John Surratt, The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (NF)
Seattle Library, Central Branch

Oct 3, 11AM
Laurie Ann Thompson, Be a Changemaker (NF)
Seattle Library, Magnolia Branch

Oct 3, 11AM
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 3, 7PM
Jim Butcher, The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass (YA)
University Temple United Methodist Church, The Sanctuary, 1415 NE 43rd St
Tickets are $27.95 and available at Each ticket admits up to two people and includes a copy of The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass.

Oct 4, 3PM
Jeannine Hall Gailey, The Robot Scientist's Daughter (YA)
University Bookstore, Bellevue

Oct 5, 7PM
Jon Scieszka, Frank Einstein and the Brainturbo (MG)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 6, 7PM
John Scieszka, Frank Einstein and the Brainturbo (MG)
Secret Garden Books

Oct 6, 4PM
Harry Potter Illustrated Edition Release Party with Kazu Kibosh, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (MG)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 7, 7PM
Laura Anne Gillian, Silver on the Road (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 10, 1PM
Graphic Novel Workshop with Dana Sullivan
University Bookstore, Bellevue

Oct 10, 7PM

Washington State Book Awards! Come cheer for folks you know:
Jennifer K. Mann (Two Speckled Eggs), George Shannon (Hands Say Love, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo), Jennifer Longo (Six Feet Over It), Maureen McQuerry (Time Out of Time), and Mary Cronk Farrell (Pure Grit), all have novels that are finalists as well. Come cheer for the whole gang!

Seattle Public Library, Central Branch 

Oct 13, 7PM
Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 14, 7PM
Judd Wince, Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth (MG)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 16, 7PM
Cascade Writers Presents Ellen Datlow (YA editor), Kat Richardson, Tom Wright, and Elliott Kay (VARIOUS)
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 16, 7PM
Trudi Trueit, The Sister Solution (MG). Book launch party!
University Bookstore, Mill Creek

Oct 17, 5PM

Amber J. Keyser, The Way Back From Broken (YA). Book launch party!

Secret Garden Books

Oct 19, 6PM
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts (YA) Jennifer Holm, Turtle in Paradise (MG), and Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me (MG). Moderated by Jolie Stekly.
Seattle Central Library

Oct 20, 7PM
Tom Alphin, The LEGO Architect (MG)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 21, 7PM


Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall

Oct 22, 7PM
Vanessa McAllen, Three Great Lies (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District-Gardening Space

Oct 22, 7PM
Catherynne M, Valente, Radiance (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 23, 6:30PM
John A. Flanagan, The Tournament at Gorlan (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Oct 24, 6PM

Kirby Larson speaks as part of the Puyallup Festival of Books, Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup
Oct 24, 6PM
G Willow Wilson and Margaret Stohl, Black Widow: Forever Red (YA)
University Bookstore, Bellevue

Oct 25, 3PM
Sorry, Not Sorry Tour: Featuring: Martha Brockenbrough (The Game of Love and Death, YA), Lish McBride, (Firebug, YA), Jennifer Longo, (Six Feet Over It, YA), Shannon Grogan (From Where I Watch You, YA), and Jeanne Ryan (Charisma, YA).
University Bookstore, U-District

Oct 26, NOON
Ginny Gilder, Course Correction (NF)
King County Library, Vashon Branch

Oct 27, 7PM

Suzanne Selfors will be celebrating the release of the final book in her Imaginary Veterinary Series, Book #6, The Fairy Swarm. Fairy costumes encouraged!
Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island

Oct 7PM
Sigal Samuel, The Mystics of Mile End (MG/YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Martha B's big news!

The second year of the Kirkus Prize, nominees of which have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, is upon us.

Or, shall I say––it's upon MARTHA BROCKENBROUGH, who just this morning found out that her book, THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH, is a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize in the Young Readers' Literature category!

The full list of finalists for Young Readers' Literature can be found HERE.

Congratulations to Martha! An amazing honor for an amazing book!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Royce Buckingham's writing class

Royce Buckingham is teaching a one-day children's writing class in Bellingham through Whatcom Community College!

Children's Writing--A Plan for Success

Before spending a year of your life writing that children's book, be sure you have a plan for success. Instructor Royce Buckingham invites all aspiring children's writers to learn to create concepts, choose which are viable, develop them into usable synopses, and organize yourself before sitting down to write. Royce Buckingham is an award-winning and bestselling author of ten novels, including middle grade, young adult, and even a grown-up book. Lunch break from 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM. Class size is limited--register early!  

Dates:October 16, 2015 Check for other dates
Meets:F : 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Fairhaven Village Inn - Conference Room

Instructor:Royce Buckingham
Notes:Lunch break from 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM.   


Northern Network Meeting: October

Say WHAT??
One of the givens in a picture book is how well the illustrations match the text. But in some books the words say one thing while the pictures tell a whole different story. We’ll look at picture books where the text and illustrations do NOT match, creating a new level of depth to a story, then talk about ways to incorporate these apparent inconsistencies in our writing.

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

Time for...Inside Story!

See the banner, above? It's pretty much all you need to know. If you're interested in being a presenter, please click HERE

The application deadline is OCTOBER 10, 2015.

To be eligible as a presenter, you need to be able to say "YES!"
to all of the following: 

•    You are an SCBWI member at the PAL (published and listed) level and your profile at is updated to reflect this.
•    You live in the official Western Washington region. If you’re a member and uncertain which region you’re in, please email us and we’ll check for you.
•    Your publisher is on SCBWI’s list of recognized (traditional) PAL publishers. You can find the accepted publisher list by going to your SCBWI member profile page, clicking “Add” in the “Books” section under “Publications.” Find “Publisher” (not “Other Publisher”) and type in your publisher’s name in the box that says, “Start typing…”  
•    Your book is released between three months before and three months after the month of the Inside Story event (August 2015 to February 2016).
•    Your book is readily available through normal trade channels (e.g., Baker & Taylor).
Exceptions to PAL published books include self-published books that were originally published by a PAL publisher, books that are a continuation of a PAL published series, and Spark Award books.

You will hear back within two weeks regarding your status. Our Inside Story Coordinator, Deb Lund, will give you all the information you will need.

If you don't have a book coming our and are interested in taking in an evening of fabulous talent and new works by some of our members, then here you are. Inside Story is coming. Are YOU going?


Friday, September 25, 2015

Corinna Luyken is a WINNER!

 Huge HOORAYs for our own Corrina Luyken, who was awarded a SCBWI 2015 Work-In-Progress Grant! She is a recipient of the Don Freeman Illustration Grant for pre-published work. [Insert applause here!]  
The winners of the Don Freeman Grant will each receive $1,000 to further their understanding, training, and work in the picture book genre.

For other winners of this year's grants, see below:

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators congratulates the winners of the 2015 Work-In-Progress Grants.
Young Adult Fiction: Twisted by Erin Stewart
In a futuristic world, sixteen-year-old Rose discovers that her genetic code was switched at birth, and must decide whether her own free will or her DNA will define who she is.
Nonfiction: Tomboy: The Daring Life of Blanche Stuart Scott by Donna Janell Bowman
Follow the adventurous life of the first female pilot, making history on wheels and on wings.
Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction: Walking on a Tightrope by Suma Subramaniam
After losing her family in the South Asian tsunami, eleven-year-old Mayili is imprisoned by child traffickers and must use her tightrope walking skills to escape.
Picture Book Text: Toad in the Road by Peggy Archer
Come along with Toad on his whimsical adventure with its rhythmic, infectious (rollicking) language, sure to delight young children.

Middle Grade Fiction: Chasing Gold by Beth Cahn
In 1911 a young boy must contend with the stereotypes of Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush.

Chapter Books/Early Fiction: Haunted Key Mystery: Help! I’m Haunted
by Lorrie-Ann Melnick
In this swashbuckling mystery, Kat, her newfound cat, Tuna, and her frenemy Rebecca must rid themselves of a ghost thief.

About the Work-In-Progress Grants
The SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) Grants assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. For more information, visit

SCBWI Oregon Fall Retreat

Here's a message from one of SCBWI-Oregon's Regional Advisers, Judith Gardiner:


To SCBWI-WWA members! We would love to extend an
invitation to your members to join us for SCBWI-Oregon's Annual Fall Retreat!

Dates: October 15–18, 2015


Heather Alexander, Agent, Pippin Properties
Marie Lamba, Associate Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Andrea Welch, Senior Editor, Beach Lane Books
Tiffany Liao, Associate Editor, Razorbill/Penguin Random House
Susan Blackaby, Author
Carolyn Conahan, Author/Illustrator

Come one, come all! 

REMINDER: Kid Lit Drinks with Paul O!

A few reminders for our no-host Kid Lit Drink Night THIS COMING TUESDAY:

1. You don't need to spell, or even copy edit, to write books. You just need elbow grease, heart, and a story.

2. PAUL O. ZELINSKY with be joining us. If you are shy, you don't have to talk to him. You can admire him from your bar stool. 

3. There is parking. There is bocce ball. There is beer. There are soft drinks and coffee. There had better be wine.
SIDE NOTE: To all of you Teutophiles, we apologize for calling our destination Rhein House. Kid Lit Drink Night is  this Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 29, from 6 - 9, at:

Rhein Haus
912 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

See you there!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Q: How GREAT was that CRITIQUE?



Writers and illustrators gathered at Robinswood Park in Bellevue last Saturday, September 19th at noon for the 2015 Great Critique. They were asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, a brown bag lunch and a dessert to share. Needless to say, there were more desserts than manuscripts! It seems as though our SCBWI-WWA members have some pretty sweet teeth.

The host with the most: GREAT CRITIQUE Coordinator Tony Dorough.


It was a warm, partly cloudy afternoon with no rain and numerous interludes of brilliant sunshine. About 32 participants divided into small groups, shared lunch and then took turns reading and offering critique and notes on each other's projects. The groups were facilitated by local, published authors, who offered advice and pointers and gave each person involved a chance to contribute feedback in a completely relaxed atmosphere. The event lasted until 4pm and everyone enjoyed a fun, literary end of summer afternoon. 


Janet Lee Carey pores over a manuscript.


Many thanks to our wonderful group leaders! They included: Janet Lee Carey (YA/MG), Helen Landalf (YA/MG), Lois Brandt (YA/MG), Wendy Wahman (PB), Meg Lippert (PB), and Tom Brenner (PB).  See below for some great group scenes!

Lois Brandt offers feedback in the park.

Helen Landalf listens, and her group learns.

1,2,3, cheers for moderator Wendy Wahman!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

PNWA call for speakers

Please contact PNWA at for more information, or to request a presenter's form.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Voices Award deadline

Writers, get those manuscripts ready!  
The deadline for LEE & LOW's sixteenth annual New Voices Award writing contest is 
September 30, 2015.
The Award is given annually by LEE & LOW BOOKS for a children's picture book manuscript by a new writer of color. The contest encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past winners include Juna's Jar by Jane Bahk and It Jes' Happened by Don Tate.
Award winners receive a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, and Honor winners receive a prize grant of $500.
For details, click here.

Novel class with Lois Brandt

Lois Brandt is teaching her “Write a Novel in a Month” class at Bellevue College North Campus starting October 6th. Details about the class are below. 
Write Your Novel in a Month  
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
October 6th to December 1st
Is writing a novel one of your life-long dreams? Join this 8  week Bellevue College class as it hooks up with 100,000 writers worldwide for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The first classes prepare you for the noveling process, with practice in characterization, setting, plot, voice, and dialogue. Then we're off and writing our 50,000 word manuscripts. During the last class we plan for revision. This is a great way to write your novel in a supportive environment.  Cost $195.
Questions?  Contact



 [From Linda Johns, Reader Services Librarian, Seattle Public Library] 

Please be aware that the Seattle Public Library garage closes at 9.

We need to be out of the building as close to that time as possible, as to not incur charges for security and the garage (which is a private company, not a part of the City of Seattle).

People can pretty easily find street parking after 6, as well as if they park in the garage and want to find a street spot at 9.


Monday, September 14, 2015


A friendly reminder to come to a special pre-season event
this Thursday, September 17 at 6pm.


It's going to whet your appetite
for books, children's literature, and for reconnecting
to this fabulous community of writers and thinkers.


NOTE: The Central Downtown Library's underground parking garage entrance is on Spring Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Parking is $6 after 5pm.

See the all-star lineup, below:

Featuring: Reader Services Librarian Linda Johns and Children’s and Teen Services Librarian Deborah Sandler, city librarian Marcellus Turner, First Lady of WA Trudi Inslee, Readers to Eaters' Philip Lee, chef/educator Tarik Abdullah, Hot Stove Society's Bridget Charters, Seattle Times freelance writer Rebekah Denn, Eduardo Jordan of Salare Restaurant, PIE SCHOOL author Kate Lebo, Secret Garden Books, and our own SCBWI-WWA's Lois Brandt, Kelly Jones, Sara Nickerson, and Katherine Pryor.

Kid Lit Drink Night, OH MY!

Oh, my!

Oh, boy!


Please join fellow SCBWI-WWA members for September's watering-hole adventures,
featuring a very special guest:



––THE Paul O. Zelinsky. Yes, him!–– 

Friday, September 11, 2015

WA State Book Award finalists announced, and...

...there are more than a few names we recognize in their respective categories of the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award Finalists:

 Picture Book
  • “Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Color” (Beach Lane Books) written and illustrated by Keith Baker of Seattle
  • “Two Speckled Eggs” (Candlewick Press) written and illustrated by Bainbridge Island resident Jennifer K. Mann of Bainbridge Island
  • “Hands Say Love” (Little Brown Books for Young Readers by George Shannon of Bainbridge Island, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
  • “S Is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet” (Sasquatch) written and illustrated by Hannah Viano of Seattle
Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
  • “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” (Andrews McMeel Publishing) by Dana Simpson of Des Moines, Wash
  • “Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius Guides: Maps and Geography” by Ken Jennings of Seattle (Little Simon)
  • “Time Out of Time: Book One: Beyond the Door” by Maureen McQuerry, of Richland (Amulet Books)
Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)
  • “Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific” (Abrams Books for Young Readers) by Mary Cronk Farrell of Spokane
  • “Between Two Worlds” (Wendy Lamb Books) by Katherine Kirkpatrick of Seattle
  • “Six Feet Over It” (Random House Books for Young Readers) by Jennifer Longo of Seattle
  • “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” (Candlewick Press) by Seattle resident Leslye Walton

Wonderful, wonderful news for all! Congratulations and high-fives
to everyone for such an incredible honor!

Thursday, September 10, 2015



Due to popular demand...

...we are opening the GREAT CRITIQUE to members and non-members with or without a Passport purchase. If you will be purchasing a Passport, sign up for the Great Critique by using the Passport registration.

If you'd like to sign up for the Great Critique as a stand-alone event, send the following:

Your name, phone number, email address, and a check made out to SCBWI- WWA for $20 (member price) or $30 (non-member price). Please indicate if you are a writer, an illustrator, or a writer/illustrator, and what age group or genre you write. We will need to receive this by September 15 or we will be unable to accommodate you.

Mail to: SCBWI-WWA, P.O. Box 30505, Seattle, WA 98113

Dan's the man!

Help Dan Richards celebrate the launch of his latest picture book, THE PROBLEM WITH NOT BEING SCARED OF KIDS, illustrated by Robert Neubecker.


Jolie + UW Writing for Children program = WOW!!

UW Writing for Children Info Meeting!

If you have ever considered applying for, or want to know more about, the University of Washington's Professional & Continuing Education/Writing for Children program, you're invited to attend an informational meeting on Monday, September 14 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
Learn more about the Writing for Children certificate program and chat with instructor Jolie Stekly. Registration is not required but appreciated, using this link.

The UW Writing for Children program is meant for writers of all levels who are interested in writing for kids of all ages. The program has helped writers get started on their journeys, as well as launched them to the next level, and many graduates have found great success. The year-long (3- quarter) program provides in-depth lessons, many inspiring and knowledgeable guest speakers, plus dedicated time and focus on writing and reaching your goals. 
If you have further questions, feel free to contact the UW Professional & Continuing Education, or instructor Jolie Stekly:

Writing for Children Info Meeting
University of Washington
September 14, 2015
6:00 to 7:00 PM
Savery Hall (SAV) 264

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

YA novel course at UW

Karen Finneyfrock, author of the YA novel THE SWEET REVENGE OF CELIA DOOR, is the instructor for this year's UW certificate course in YA fiction.

If that doesn't already make your heart swell with longing, then hear this: She's trying to rope more folks into the class!

It's a year-long commitment, beginning SEPTEMBER 17. Held each Thursday. What are you waiting for, people? Opportunity knocks!

To register and learn more about the course, please click here.

But wait, there's more––


September 9, 11AM
Samantha Vamos, Alphabet Trains, (PB)
Mockingbird Books,
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

September 12, 11:30AM
Matthew Porter, The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician!  (PB)
Mockingbird Books

September 15, 7pm
EASTSIDE WRITES: Talking Pages - Children's/YA Night
Featuring Jeanne Ryan and Stasia Ward Kehoe (YA)
Historic Shell Station, 243 Front St N, Issaquah

September 20, 1PM
Storytime with Jessixa Bagley, Boats for Papa (PB) 
Queen Anne Book Co., 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

September 24, Noon-1:30PM

Graphic Artists Guild Workshop: Copywriting for Non-Copywriters
School of VisualConcepts, 2300 7th Ave, Suite B, Seattle 98121
Seattle, WA 98121

September 26, 2PM

Graphic novelist Ben Hatke, Little Robot (MG)
Secret Garden Books

September 26, 2-3:30PM
SEATTLE WRITES: A BOOK'S JOURNEY - What It Takes To Get Published Today.
Featuring Martha Brockenbrough, Justina Chen, Bridget Foley, Boyd Morrison
Seattle Public Library, Central Branch

September 30
Tom Angleberger, McToad Mows Tiny Island, (PB) Origami Yoda, (MG) The Qwikpick Papers, (MG)
11:15AM: University Branch library, 5009 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
4PM: Mockingbird Books