Monday, March 12, 2018

Upcoming Spring Classes & Webinars

The English Department at Northwest University is excited to host Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval, on March 15 as part of our annual Faith in the Humanities Conference. She will give a keynote address at 8 p.m. in the Argue Health & Sciences Center Room 104. The conference is free and open to the public. Copies of Caraval will be available for purchase and signing at the event. More information here.

Settings Webinar via Montana SCBWI 
Building Worlds: A Setting Toolbox for Fantasy, Contemporary, and Everything In BetweenWednesday, 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 

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