Monday, February 26, 2018

March 2018 Meetups, Classes, and Book Events

SCBWI WWA & Network Events

March 3
Eastside Network Craft Bookclub, featuring Cheryl Klein's Magic Words. Space is limited, and rsvp is required.

March 10
The Peninsula Network meets up for a Kid Lit Drink Night at a new location! All are welcome to join from 6:30 on at The Old Whiskey Mill in Port Townsend. Meet behind the bar near the fireplace.

March 14
Our March SCBWI WWA meeting will be held at Bellevue College and feature Laura Moe speaking on the objective correlative. More details coming soon.


Seattle Writes! Multiple dates and locations.

Seattle Writes:  Fear and Writing 
Saturday, March 10, 2 to 4 p.m., at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library (downtown)

Join Peg Cheng in learning how fear is a natural part of the creative process and how you can use fear to propel your writing, rather than hinder it. Free writing class; no registration is required.

Space will be limited at this class; first come, first seated. 
Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
More info here

Seattle Writes: Writing Circles with Hugo House
Drop-in writing circles facilitated by writers from Hugo House,
hosted at neighborhood libraries in Seattle. These sessions are free and no registration is required. Come ready to write!

Columbia Branch: March 8,   6 – 7:30 p.m.
West Seattle Branch: March 8,  6 – 7:30 p.m.
Fremont Branch: March 20,  6 – 7:30 p.m.
More info here

Book Events

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 1
Science fiction and fantasy lovers, come meet Fonda Lee, Chuck Wendig! They're in town for Emerald City Comic Con, but if you're not heading to the Con, head to Brick & Mortar to meet these speculative dynamos.

March 1
Head north to Village Books to hear Rachel Hartman talk about her newest YA speculative novel, Tess of the Road. 

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 4
Head to Liberty Bay Books to help Kimberly Long Cockroft celebrate her picture book debut, Reading Beauty!

March 9
Elizabeth Rose Stanton brings her adorable Bub to University Bookstore!

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

March 10- Bellingham
Phoebe Wahl will be at Village Books to talk about and sign her latest picture book, Backyard Fairies. 

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 13
Morris Award finalist Leslye Walton follows The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender with her next YA, The Price Guide to the Occult. See her at University Bookstore.

March 16
Brandon Mull stops by University Bookstore to talk about the last entry in his Five Kingdoms series, Time Jumpers.

March 19
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are in town for the finale of The Illuminae Files, Obsidio. See them at University Bookstore

March 19
Head to University Bookstore in Mill Creek to catch Andy Griffiths and the sixth book in his chapter book series, The 78-Story Treehouse. 

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

March 24
Janel Kolby talks about her YA debut, Winterfolk, at Brick & Mortar Books

March 27
Swim over to Third Place LFP to meet Liz Kessler. She's in town to talk about her latest in the Emily Windsnap series, Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island. 

April 2
Lynn Brunelle presents how to Turn This Book into a Beehive at Third Place LFP

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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.