Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Don't-Miss Meeting NEXT WEEK: a friendly reminder

SCBWI March Meeting – You’re Invited!

When: Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm (get there early for snacks and chat)

Where: Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall

Cost: Free for Passport Holders. $10 for SCBWI members. $15 for non-members

Mini Session: “Mo-om! He’s BREATHING on me!” Roseanne Parry discusses the sibling voice in middle grade fiction. What can siblings bring to a story? Find out from Roseanne, the award-winning author of four middle grade novels: WRITTEN IN STONE, HEART OF A SHEPHERD, SECOND FIDDLE, and — in January, 2016 — TURN OF THE TIDE. Oh, and she writes in a tree house. How cool is that?

Main Session: Inclusivity in Children’s Books, a panel discussion moderated by Allyson Valentine Schrier and Lois Brandt. We all know the benefits of reading to children from the time that they are very young. But what happens when children do not have access to books that mirror their own experience? And what happens in a society in which books only provide windows into the lives of a dominant culture? How do we, as children's writers and illustrators, encourage and participate in expanding inclusivity in children's literature, even if we ourselves are not members of an under-represented culture?

We are profoundly fortunate to host a panel that includes Philip Lee, co-founder of Lee and Low Publishing and Readers to Eaters, KCLS Children’s Librarian Ann Crewdson, Author Kelly Jones, and Author/Illustrator Liz Wong. 

Come explore with a panel passionate about this appropriately hot topic.

Question to think about:
Our monthly meetings are a dynamic, engaging way to improve your skills (craft and marketing) while broadening your circle of contacts and friends. We’ve had an amazing season full of speakers who are well worth the trip. But the number of empty seats in the house tells us that we might be doing something wrong. Is it the traffic, the topics, the venue, the time/date/duration? We are working on a short survey concerning attendance at our monthly meetings. Please be thinking about the reasons you have or haven’t attended regularly and what might improve attendance.

Everything is on the table and we’re open to your ideas. So please, give it some thought!

Many thanks, and see you Wednesday, March 16!
Dana Arnim and Dana Sullivan
Co-Regional Advisors, SCBWI Western Washington

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