Tuesday, March 27, 2018

April Opportunities: Calls for Presenters, Classes, Meet Ups, and More!

The SCBWI WWA Island Network would like you to join us at these upcoming Whidbey Island events:

Twitter Talk & Tweet
Tuesday, March 27
3:00 - 4:30 WiFire, Freeland WA
Can’t join us on Whidbey? Tweet your Twitter Tips! #whidbeykidlit

Saturday, April 7, 2:30-5:00
Anne Belov Open Studio Tour
With Island Bohemians
5030 Blacktail Lane
Langley WA

April 7, 4:30
First Saturday Kidlit Happy Hour (ongoing)
Double Bluff Brewing Co.
Langley WA
Followed by Langley Art Walk

Call for Proposals: 

Washington Library Association annual conference

Here’s your chance to present directly to school and public librarians from across the state! The WLA annual conference is in Yakima Oct. 17 through 20. This year’s conference theme, “Cultivating Communities, Harvesting Ideas,” honors the bridge-building and innovation happening in and outside of libraries, as well as giving a nod to Yakima’s autumnal agriculture. You’ll be surrounded by school and public librarians who are passionate about books and reading. Bonus: Yakima is stunning in October. The WLA conference is bigger and better than ever, and includes the school library division (formerly Washington Library Media Association, or WLMA). Deadline for proposals is Monday, April 16, 2018.
Details on the conference

Looking for an author for library conference presentation:
A panel of librarians are putting together a presentation on Intellectual Freedom to present at the fall Washington Library Association (WLA) annual conference in Yakima (Oct. 17-20). If you already have plans to attend WLA, or if you’d like to, and you’d like to be a panelist for this presentation, please contact Rosalie Olds, rolds@kcls.org.
Details on the conference

(Thanks to Linda Johns for the information!)

Humanities Washington is currently recruiting a cadre of speakers to be part of their “Speakers Bureau.”  These folks develop a talk on a humanities topic they have expertise in (see variety of topics below!) and sign up for a two-year period to deliver their talk at mutually agreeable times around the state.  Speakers receive compensation for each talk, but talks are free to the public.  The goal is to provide communities with a roster of cultural experts and scholars who can provide public humanities presentations.

Here is a sampling of current Speakers’ topics: 
Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations
When Artists Get Together They Talk About Real Estate
Feminism and Popular Culture
Sasquatch: Man, Ape or Myth?
Tourism, Culture and the Politics of Conservation
Pine and Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington
Writing in the Margins: Transforming the Stories We Tell About Race
The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us About History, Culture, Love & Memory
Coming Home: How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning After War

As you can see, it runs the gamut.  If you - or a scholar or interesting person you know - would like to develop a talk and audition this spring, the application deadline is April 23, and more info is here.

And if you would enjoy hearing a current speaker, check out the calendar here.

(Thanks to Emily Russin for the information!)

May Classes

Get Your Foot in the Door -- Proposals, Query, and Submission Letters with Lois Harris, including a critique of your correspondence at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon campus, May 3 & 10, 2018, 6:30 to 8 PM. Details here, register for 6104 CENGL, $49.

Spring classes with Katherine Grace Bond are now open for registration. They include:
Writing on Location (Bellevue)
The Magic of Writing for Children (Bellevue)
Writing for Children and Young Adult Audiences (Seattle)
WIP Smart (Kirkland)

2. Two retreats are coming; one is free!
Secret Thoughts: An Inside View of Character (Lake Beverly, Everett) is free for anyone who signs up for a spring class or summer retreat (limit 15)
The Full-Bodied Writer (Hood Canal) June 29-July 1. Includes workshops, tons of writing time, manuscript critique, gourmet meals and a massage!

3. Discount Codes are available for summer retreat and for WIP if you register by March 31. The codes are:
MAR31 for $100 off The Full-Bodied Writer Retreat in June
WIP10 for $10 off WIP Smart

And the UW Writing Children's Literature series returns with Picture Books on April 3! Contact the instructor, Jolie Stekly, with any questions.

Plus a few reminders...

Settings Webinar via Montana SCBWI 
Building Worlds: A Setting Toolbox for Fantasy, Contemporary, and Everything In Between, Wednesday, April 4  -  6:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (Webinar will be recorded if you can't attend it live)

$15 Members, $35 Non-members

Join P&L author Kent Davis (A Riddle in Ruby trilogy, Harper/Greenwillow) for a fun, fast-paced, interactive, idea-packed exploration of crafting a singular, authentic, vibrant world for your story. Participants will investigate concepts and exercises designed to discover and hone in on the essential qualities of your setting, equally viable for the most magical of throne rooms or the most realistic of lunch rooms. 
Here's the link for more details and to register.

Picture Book Webinars, hosted by the SCBWI Dakotas region (Members outside of the Dakotas welcome).

Join picture book illustrator/author and graphic novelist Matt Faulkner for an illustration webinar. He will address the core issues in developing an illustrative style that catches the eye and captures the heart! He’ll share information on designing dynamic characters and environments, developing a sketch process that yields an underlying structure for final art, creating a dummy layout that expresses the written narrative, and understanding and applying the essential qualities of color.
DATE: April 9, 2018, 7:30PM-9PM Central
Cost: $15
More information and registration.
In this webinar, picture book author/illustrator Matt Faulkner will focus on constructing the three core avenues to crafting your story: weaving enticing plots, breathing life into believable characters and developing compelling settings. 
 DATE: April 16, 2018, 7:30PM-9PM Central
Cost: $15
More information and registration.

Writing Children's Books
with Rebecca Van Slyke through Whatcom Community College
April 17 - May 8, 2018
Tuesdays : 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
6.00 (Clock hours available!)
Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden
Rebecca Van Slyke
Register online, by mail, or by phone:
Whatcom Community College
Attn: Business Office
237 W. Kellogg Road
Bellingham, WA, 98226

Have you ever wanted to write a children's book, but weren't sure where to start? We'll look at requirements for children's books, the process of publication, share our work in a friendly critique-group style, and talk about revision. Come find out what it takes to be a successful children's writer. Feel free to bring a current manuscript. Rebecca Van Slyke is an author and illustrator with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Writing Children's Picture Books
with Jennifer Mann
at Barn on Bainbridge Island, Wednesday nights, May 2-23
In this 4 session class, you will explore the genre of picture books via classic and contemporary examples, with a focus on current publishing preferences and practices. 
Your look at this unique literary form will cover topics such as narrative structure, character development, word choice, the relationship between words and images, developing a story, thumbnails and book dummies, steps to finding an agent and publication, joining critique groups and professional organizations. A portion of each class, except the first, will be devoted to sharing and critiquing student projects. 

More information and registration here

Hugo House Spring Courses
And registration is open for workshops on a variety of writing topics at Hugo House throughout the spring. Check it out

Double check times and dates before setting out. If you have a class or event you'd like to share with the community, let us know with at least a week's notice at news.scbwiwwa@gmail.com. 

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