Wednesday, February 21, 2018

SCBWI WWA Mentorship Program 2018-2019

SCBWI WWA Mentorship Program 2018-2019 

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington is excited to announce the second annual mentorship program.

For a six-month period, writers and illustrators will work one-on-one with a published author to analyze every aspect of their manuscript and perfect their work for publication submissions.

Last year, the program accepted fourteen writers from our chapter. 

The mentees are: Lisa Cach Heideger, Linda Buck, Faith Conlon, Melissa Koosmann, Rebekah Hosman, Amy Poffenbarger, Sarah J. Mendonca, Kelly Rae Bahr, Maria Marshall, Shilpa Agarwal, Dawn Marie Hooks, Lenae Nofziger, Connor Desai, and Aubri Keleman. 

The mentors are: Dori Hillestad Butler, Kim Baker, Laurie Thompson, Lisa Owens, Lois Brandt, Peggy King Anderson, Jeanne Ryan, and Kevin Emerson.

Do you have a completed manuscript that needs help with revision? If yes, then do not miss out on the program announcement in May. More information coming soon!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Grupo de Crítica formación-- en Español!

An online critique group for writing in Spanish is forming thanks to a volunteer in Wales and La Cometa. We hope this can be the first of many other groups as there are Spanish speaking members all over the world. 

If you would like to participate in an ONLINE GROUP IN SPANISH, please contact the coordinator at SLC@SCBWI.ORG.

¡Escritura feliz!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Eastside Network Craft Book Club: The Magic Words with Cheryl Klein

Are you reading Cheryl Klein's The Magic Words this month? If so, come join the discussion! As a special treat, we will be skyping with Cheryl about her book during this meeting. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Dori Butler at Cheryl has asked to see the questions ahead of time, so if you have a question you'd like to ask Cheryl, please send that to Dori as well. She'll be forwarding questions on Feb. 26. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SCBWI revises anti-harassment policy

Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy about incidents of harassment that have occurred at SCBWI programs and events. It is of paramount importance to SCBWI that we maintain a welcoming and safe environment for all members of our community. 

We have a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, discrimination and intimidation of any kind. To underscore that commitment, we have revised our anti-harassment policy to now contain a complete definition of what constitutes harassment, a code of conduct for all our events, a detailed and entirely new reporting procedure, and a list of sanctions for offenders. All members and faculty attending our events will be required to acknowledge this policy and adhere to it.

Please note our newly established direct email for reporting harassment concerns ( You can read the entire policy here

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sexual Harassment Within the Children's & YA Book Community

Anne Ursu, acclaimed middle grade novelist and 2012 Weekend on the Water faculty, recently put out a call on social media for personal experiences with sexual harassment within the children's and YA publishing world. Today, she shared her findings on the pervasive problem. Please take the time to read Anne's important post as we continue to work on maintaining a nurturing and safe community where writers and illustrators may grow and thrive.

For the record, we have zero tolerance for harassment within our region and community. Please let us know if there is ever any problem. In addition, SCBWI's official anti-harassment policy can be found here.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February meeting this SATURDAY with Harold Underdown!

This month only we're bringing you our Monthly Meeting on Saturday, February 10,10am-12noon, Demaray Hall, SPU

Industry Low-Down with Harold Underdown
Join long-time children’s book editor Harold Underdown for a Q&A session filled with insider tips and techniques for success.

Register in advance if you plan to stay for Harold's masterclass on Editing Without an Editor- A Revision Tools Workshop, February 10, 1-5, Demaray Hall, SPU
This carefully condensed version of a Three-Day Workshop is set up to help you learn revision techniques to use on your manuscript. Harold Underdown of Kids Book Revisions will show how to use a variety of revision techniques and help you get more out of critique groups. More info here.