Friday, October 20, 2017

Upcoming events: Kid Lit Drink Night, a kids' graphic novel class with Dana Sullivan, and more!


The Peninsula Network will meet up at The Pourhouse in Port Townsend for Kid Lit Drink Night on October 25 6pm, and November 15 6pm. 

Kid Lit Drink Night! Or introvert happy hour. Or whatever you want to call it. Our advisory committee is taking turns "hosting" Kid Lit Drink Nights across our chapter. The first of the season will be in Issaquah on October 26th! Brave the rain and lift a glass with creative comrades.

New! Eastside Network Writing Craft Book Club
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10am-12pm, Come join us for a craft book discussion and writing exercises in Kirkland. Read the book first, and come prepared to participate. After the discussion, we will delve into a few writing exercises to explore the topics covered. This new SCBWI Eastside Network group kicks off the year with the book WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron. The book club is open to all and free of charge. 

Please RSVP to Renee at, so we can get a head count for expected participants.


Dana Sullivan will be offering a free class on making graphic novels for the 6-12 year old set at the Redmond Library on November 2nd. More info here

Book events!

October 21
Lisa Mantchev visits Secret Garden with her newest picture book, a companion to Strictly No Elephants, Someday, Narwhal.

October 22
Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney will be at Secret Garden Books! *Flailing Muppet arms!*

October 24
Kelly Jones will be at Third Place Books to talk about her new YA, Murder, Magic, and What We Wore.

October 26
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis come to town to talk about their collaboration on The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid at Third Place LFP.

October 28
Nidhi Chanani will be in town at Third Place Books, Seward Park to talk about Pashmina, her debut graphic novel. 

November 1
Caldecott winner Phillip Stead comes to town to read Mark Twain's, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, illustrated by Phillip and Erin Stead. Find him at Secret Garden.

November 6
Renee Watson will be in town to talk about her wonderful debut at Third Place Books, Seward Park.

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram and/or Twitter, and we'll try to repost. If you have good news or an event coming up, let us know!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Peninsula and Eastside Network meet ups, and updated author events

The Peninsula Network will meet up at The Pourhouse in Port Townsend for Kid Lit Drink Night on October 25 6pm, and November 15 6pm. Everyone welcome!

New! Eastside Network Writing Craft Book Club
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10am-12pm
Come join us for a craft book discussion and writing exercises in Kirkland. Read the book first, and come prepared to participate. After the discussion, we will delve into a few writing exercises to explore the topics covered. This new SCBWI Eastside Network group kicks off the year with the book WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron. The book club is open to all and free of charge. 

Please RSVP to, so we can get a head count for expected participants.

We've updated our autumn events page with these meet ups and a few more book events, including Jerry Pinkney at Secret Garden! Check out the full list and make sure you didn't miss anything here.

We'll see you there!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tell Me a Story Art Show Opens October 6!


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 5:00-7:00 PM
University House Issaquah
22975 SE Black Nugget Rd, Issaquah, WA
The SCBWI is an international organization established in 1971 that supports the broad range of skills and interests involved in creating children's literature. This exhibition showcases charming and whimsical fine art children's storybook illustrations that have been made by the local chapter of the SCBWI.

Enjoy fine wines, hors d'oeuvres, and live music by Eric Madis and Mitch Pumpian.

Exhibiting Artists: Dana Arnim, Anne Belov, Mike Cressy, Robyn Chance, Kathryn Dennis, Gretchen V. Hansen, Tina Hoggatt, Matty Mitchell, Anna Jean Nelson, Diane Solvang-Angell, Hannah Stephens, Nicole Stremlow Monahan, K.L.Taylor, Kristin Varner, Eli Christopher Voigt, Tracy Wallschlaeger, Shane Watson, Dalton Webb, Milagros Welt

Curated by: June Sekiguchi and Anna Macrae
This exhibition is on display until January 21, 2018.

New Write for Children Class with Jolie Stekly

Disappointed that the UW Writing for Children's class is canceled? Instructor Jolie Stekly has set up a new course! It starts in less than two weeks, and there's a registration discount until Saturday! 

How long have you been involved with the local children’s and YA book community?
I started by taking a course with the beloved Peggy King Anderson fifteen years ago, not knowing a thing and then realizing how much there was to learn. Peggy’s class introduced me to the SCBWI and the SCBWI opened up a talented and generous community. 

How will this series be different from the UW Continuing Education program?
Other than the location and offering it at nearly half the cost, not much will be different. I won’t be able to offer continuing education credits or clock hours, but the course content will be the same, and I still plan to bring in guest speakers, which students really love. 

Do attendees share their work? Is it optional?
They do share their work. Sharing starts in small groups. I don’t require anyone to do anything, but I’ve never had anyone not want to participate. Peer critique is so valuable. This class is a safe place to share. Writers gain so much by learning to give feedback to others, and the feedback received is invaluable to writers. 

How has teaching affected your own writing process?
I often feel I’m the lucky one. You’ve probably heard the expression, “If you want to master something, teach it.” I can’t say I’ve mastered anything, but I have learned immensely from every person who’s been in one of my classes and from teaching each and every session.  

What has been the highlight of your teaching path so far?
The people! Teaching in this industry, particularly this series of classes, has brought the most amazing people into my world. Each year when the course ends, my connection with the students does not. We remain peers and friends, staying in touch. With many, I get to continue to act as coach and/or instructor. I’ve also had the good fortune of offering classes to those who’ve completed the course and still want to continue to learn, grow, and meet goals. This creates new relationships between the different class years. And now, six years in, I’m starting to attend book launches to celebrate students’ books. How cool is that? And there’s many other success to cheer on, as well: completing projects, signing with agents, receiving manuscript requests, awards, etc. 

I’m most proud of the strong peer relationships that develop out of this series of classes. They are some of the strongest I’ve ever seen. I could gush on and on about they ways in which these groups support each member and continue to work toward their goals. Fostering those peer connections is important to me.

Testimonials and more registration details for the Writing for Children class available on Jolie's website

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 11th and 12th: Extraordinary Editor Events, plus the K.I.S.S. Art Show

SCBWI Western Washington presents our Extraordinary Editor Event with Liz Kossnar from Simon & Schuster, and our K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Silly) Art Show, on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 in Demaray Hall at Seattle Pacific University.

Please join us for the K.I.S.S. Art Show with our talented local illustrators (6:15-7pm) before our evening with Liz Kossnar (7-9pm) where she will present: 
The Publishing Odyssey: Avoid the Sirens and Other Useful Tips
This presentation will liken not only the writer’s journey but also an editor’s journey to the publishing industry – and how they’re related to each other, giving a glimpse inside the publishing house but also an editor journey into a publishing career. And how these two journeys intersect and build on each other, giving a glimpse into the “other side” of publishing.

Parking is free in many of the Seattle Pacific University lots after 6 p.m. Please check signage in the lot for exceptions to this.

$10 for SCBWI International members
$15 for non-members

Free for Passport Holders (Still haven’t bought your Passport? Purchase it here.)

AND don’t miss Liz Kossnar’s Master Class on October 12, 3-5pm, SPU, Otto Miller 127, where she will present:
Building a Platform: Online and in Person
No matter which stage of the publishing process you are at, it’s important to get your name (or #brand) out “there.” This may seem daunting, especially for authors who’d rather write than self-promote, especially when it comes to navigating the many types of social media and being social in the real world. This workshop will take you through the basics of establishing a platform, and networking online and in person to help you throughout your writing career.
You must register in advance. Sign up for Liz's Master Class here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED: SCBWI-- Drawn to Books Call for Art!



We are having an illustration show at the Seattle City Hall starting in November! This is a great opportunity to show the work of our crazy talented SCBWI chapter. You can send up to 6 jpegs of your illustrations for consideration.
(Note: you must be a current a member of SCBWI International to participate.)
Please follow the submission guidelines below:
Jpeg format instructions:
    •    Each jpeg should be saved at 72 dpi
    •    Maximum image size of 1200 pixels on the longest side
    •    Limit each jpeg to a max file size of 2MB
    •    Label your jpegs with your name and title of illustration – LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg
    •    Example: Doe_Jane_Title of Work.jpg
    •    Send your jpegs as an attachment.
Also include an artwork list in your email with the following details for each submission:
    •    Artist name
    •    Title of artwork
    •    Year made
    •    Medium
All art (original or prints) must be framed and ready to install with wire or straps (no tape or teeth hanging system).
DEADLINE: October 6, 2017 for submissions.  (Art drop off date will be announced at a later date.)
Please send all submissions in one email to Dalton Webb at with the subject line “City Hall
Exhibit 2017”.
Looking forward to seeing your art!
Your Illustrator Coordinator,
Dalton Webb

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Author Interview: Debut middle grade author, Amanda Hosch!

Describe Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying in one sentence.
Daughter of spies realizes that the odd occurrences in her small town may be a big problem.
What made you want to become a writer?
Not sure that I had a choice. I’ve always written, whether it was for my college newspaper or long letters to my grandmothers, aunts, and mom while I lived overseas for almost a decade.
When my grandmother died, someone gave me a shoebox of the letters and postcards that I had sent to her. Apparently she liked to pull them out and share them with visitors. Rereading them was so much fun for me because they were time capsules of my life in Asia and Europe.
What did you like to read as a kid?
Mysteries/detectives like Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, and Agatha Christies. I also adored Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, the Wizard of Oz stories, pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I was an avid reader.
Tell us about your cover. Who is the artist?
I have to gush here because I had absolutely nothing to do with the cover and feel like I won the lottery. The artist’s name is Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde and she captured Mabel and the setting of Silverton so well. The book designer, Tracy McCabe, did amazing work with the entire layout, especially the blue endpapers printed with the Rules. I could go on all day about the awesomeness of the Capstone team. 
What surprised you the most about writing Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying?
Trying to find one definitive list of the world’s counties and their official names was impossible. International politics and diplomacy dictate formal recognition, which sometimes does not reflect a particular country’s own given name. For MOPRS, I used lists from The United Nations and the US State Department.
How did you find your agent?
The slush pile! No secret handshake here, just querying. Lots and lots of querying.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Both. I usually write about 30 pages to see where the voice and hook will take me. If it sustains my interest, I’ll plot out the novel. 
Do you have a regular writing routine/spot/playlist, etc?
Depending on the day, I usually write at home for a few hours once the kids go to school. I have a dedicated spot that has my notes and research. I also write in a coffee shop, while sitting with other writers. There’s something very energizing knowing that great art is being created next to me. It propels me to try harder.
Trying to work...
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on a YA historical, that is slowly taking shape and is less of a hot mess everyday I revise (yay!).
I also have a fun MG in the pipeline, whose protagonists keeps tumbling into my thoughts, but they’ll have to wait.
AND, I want to say…
 Thank you to the SCBWI. This is an amazing organization and the Western Washington chapter is so rich in talent and generosity. I can’t imagine a better place to be a MG/YA writer. And thank you to my writing group: you guys rock!

MABEL OPAL PEAR AND THE RULES FOR SPYING, Capstone Young Readers, is on sale October 1, 2017!

Find out more about Amanda on her website, or join her for her debut book launch at University Bookstore this Sunday, 3pm! We are told there will be cupcakes.