Monday, January 29, 2018

Upcoming events and classes- February and beyond

Network Events

Peninsula Network:

Multiple dates
SCBWI-WWA Peninsula Kidlit Critique Groups are forming! We have several sessions set up so that you can continue critiquing! Find your group! Discuss more meeting options. What happens after the Critique Road Show?
For illustrators and children’s book writers.Monday Feb. 5, 4:45 pm-6:45pm at the Charles Pink House, Port Townsend -Port Townsend LibraryThursday Feb. 22 4:45 pm- 6:45pm Charles Pink House, Port Townsend, Port Townsend LibraryThursday March 15, Jefferson County Library 5-8pmIf you would like to participate, bring 5-10 copies of a chapter 5-7 pages or soor copies of pb ms or illustrations/ dummy etc.

February 7The Peninsula Network meets up for a kid lit drink night at The Pourhouse, 7pm!

Northern Network:

February 7
Books We Love! As Valentine’s Day approaches, our hearts turn to love… of books! What are your favorite children's books? Picture books, middle grade stories, young adult literature, either current or from your childhood. Come share your favorites with us and find some new titles to explore. February 7, 7 pm, Bellingham Barnes & Noble (4900 Meridian Street). Questions? Email Rebecca Van Slyke at

Community Book Events

February 2
A.L. Collins (aka Ailynn), launches her new sci-fi middle grade, Redworld, at Brick & Mortar!

February 3
Special Story Time! with Kerri Kokias at Third Place Books in Seward Park

February 4
Story time and sing-along with Laura Veirs for Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten at Third Place Books at Seward Park

February 9
Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata talks about Checked at Third Place Books Lake Forest Park.

February 10
Join Elizabeth Rose Stanton and BUB for the Ballard Art Walk at Secret Garden!

February 10
Kevin John Scott launches Frederik Sandwich and the Earthquake that couldn't possibly be at Brick & Mortar Books

February 10
Story time with Kerri Kokias and Snow Sisters at Page 2 Books

February 11
Join our own Dana Sullivan at Brick & Mortar to launch My Red Velvet Cape! Not only is Dana launching his latest book, it's his birthday, too! Cake, crafts, and hijinks await. 

February 11
Janel Kolby launches her YA debut, Winterfolk, from Secret Garden! Kolby will also have an event at Elliott Bay on February 14th

February 17
Dana Sullivan flies over to Secret Garden with My Red Velvet Cape!

February 17
Special Story Time! with Wendy Wahman at Third Place Seward Park.

February 18
Jessixa Bagley and Aaron Bagley have teamed up on a picture book! Join them as they launch Vincent Comes Home from Secret Garden

February 23
Stephen Wallenfels visits Seattle to talk about his newest, Bad Call, at University Bookstore.

February 24
J. Anderson Coats launches her newest middle grade novel, R is for Rebel, at University Bookstore

February 28
Tamora Pierce and Rachel Hartman in conversation with Lish McBride about Pierce's newest, Tempests and Slaughter, and more, at University Temple United via University Bookstore.

March 2
Inside Story chair Dori Butler launches King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth at Brick & Mortar

March 3
Dan Geimenhart crosses the mountains to visit Brick & Mortar for a talk and signing. 

March 10
Did you hear that Corinna Luyken won the PNBA Award for The Book of Mistakes? Come celebrate at Browsers Books! Cake and prizes! 

March 10
Joy McCullough makes her YA debut with Blood Water Paint. She'll be in conversation with Martha Brockenbrough at University Bookstore

March 11
The Whatsits-- Kevan Atteberry, Ben Clanton, Jennifer Mann, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, and Wendy Wahman talk all things picture book at Brick & Mortar

March 22
Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz makes his picture book debut with Islandborn. Signing line tickets available with preorder from Third Place Books.

Classes & Webinars

February 15
(Un)Stuck in the Middle webinar
Join Lorin Oberweger of Adams Literary Agency to learn how to handle the challenges associated with the middle of your novel. Lorin will help you vet your novel’s premise to make certain it’s sound, develop fully formed characters, and tackle pacing issues to help you understand when to slow the narrative and when to let it fly. Following the webinar, participants will also receive a special opportunity to submit to Lorin, who is otherwise closed to submissions. This webinar is sponsored by SCBWI Nebraska. February 15, 7-8:30 p.m. CST. Please click here for more information and to register. 

February 15 & 22
Lois Harris will be leading a Writing for Children: "D" is for Dummy class at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon February 15th and 22nd, 6:30-8pm, $49. Register for 6089 CENGL by calling Community Education 360-416-7638. More information here.

February 22
In her webinar "A Master Class on Plot + 3-Act Structure," TV writer and YA author, Sheryl Scarborough, will discuss the 3-Act structure and how it can guide you as you write your draft and assist you as you revise. Sheryl will help you answer these and other crucial plot questions. Check out her "Suggested Reading List" (in the right-hand box on the Event Page) when you register. Sheryl will use these books to explain what successful authors have done right and how they did it. February 22, 2018, 7:30-9:00 CST, $15.00. Sponsored by SCBWI Dakotas. Click here to register or for more information.


February 12
Set your alarms for the Oscars of the children's and YA book world-- the ALA Youth Media Awards. Follow along as awards are announced in multiple categories, including the Newbery and Caldecott. Broadcast from Denver this year, the 2018 awards announcements start at 7 a.m, our time.

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