Thursday, September 21, 2017

Autumn Events!

Meet ups

The SCBWI WWA Peninsula Network hosts KidLit Sunday in the Park with a Pen 
Chetzamoka Park, Sunday, October 1st, 1pm
900 Jackson St. Port Townsend , WA

For writers and illustrators, plus children and families are welcome! 
Bring a sketchbook or notebook, or just schmooze.
Optional: Bring a sack lunch, picnic, or food to share, plus something to sit upon. 
Meet at the gazebo in the park, rain or shine (In case of storm, check the Facebook group for updates.).

The Peninsula Network will also meet up at The Pourhouse in Port Townsend for Kid Lit Drink Night on October 25 6pm, and November 15 6pm. 

New! Eastside Network Writing Craft Book Club
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10am-12pm
Come join us for a craft book discussion and writing exercises in Kirkland. Read the book first, and come prepared to participate. After the discussion, we will delve into a few writing exercises to explore the topics covered. This new SCBWI Eastside Network group kicks off the year with the book WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron. The book club is open to all and free of charge. 

Please RSVP to, so we can get a head count for expected participants.


Write Your Novel in a Month 
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 
October 10th – December 5th

Need a kick in the pants to write that novel? Lois Brandt is teaching her “Write a Novel in a Month” class at Bellevue College North Campus starting October 10th. Is writing a novel one of your life-long dreams? Join this 8 week 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  
Register through Bellevue College continuing education

Writing for Children Class: Put Pizzazz Into Your Story! with Lois Harris
Learn tips for engaging readers, and how to shape, structure, and style your manuscript. Practice using them on your story and if desired, share your results. Oct. 19 and 26, 6:30 to 8 PM at Skagit Valley College, $49. 

Register for CENGL 6098 by calling Community Education at 360-416-7638 or email

Book events

September 23
Laurie Thompson will be telling truths and lies at Brick & Mortar.

September 26
Ben Hatke and Kazu Kibuishi will be talking about and signing graphic novels at University Bookstore.


September 26

Catherynne M. Valente will be might be circumnavigating fairyland to visit Secret Garden at 7 and talk about her newest, The Glass Town Game.

September 27

Will Hubbell will be reading Pumpkin Jack at Third Place Books.

October 1

Ryan Higgins is in town for Bruce's Big Move at Secret Garden.

October 1
Amanda Hosch celebrates her middle grade debut, MABEL OPAL PEAR AND THE RULES FOR SPYING, at University Bookstore

October 1
Toni Yuly talks about her newest, Thank You, Bees, at Elliott Bay. Cupcakes, Thank You Bees thank you cars, stickers, and more await!

October 3rd and 4th
Cressida Cowell stops training dragons to talk about a new series at Third Place Books LFP, AND  visits the peninsula to kick off a new series, starting with THE WIZARDS OF ONCE, at Liberty Bay Books and Sylvan Way Library.

October 7
Martha Brockenbrough launches Love, Santa at University Bookstore

October 17
Dusti Bowling blows into town to talk about Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus at University Bookstore.

October 19
Read for the Record with Jumpstart and Liz Wong at University Bookstore! It's the largest shared reading in the world, and what better choice than Quackers??

October 21
Lisa Mantchev visits Secret Garden with her newest picture book, a companion to Strictly No Elephants, Someday, Narwhal.

October 22
Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney will be at Secret Garden Books! *Flailing Muppet arms!*

October 24
Kelly Jones will be at Third Place Books to talk about her new YA, Murder, Magic, and What We Wore.

October 26
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis come to town to talk about their collaboration on The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid at Third Place LFP.

October 28
Nidhi Chanani will be in town at Third Place Books, Seward Park to talk about Pashmina, her debut graphic novel. 

November 1
Caldecott winner Phillip Stead comes to town to read Mark Twain's, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, illustrated by Phillip and Erin Stead. Find him at Secret Garden.

November 6
Renee Watson will be in town to talk about her wonderful debut at Third Place Books, Seward Park.

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram and/or Twitter, and we'll try to repost. If you have good news or an event coming up, let us know!

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