Monday, December 27, 2010
Don't forget —— our next KLPN is here! See you on Tuesday, December 28, from 7-9 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Elysian Brewpub at 1221 E Pike St, Seattle, 98122. Come share your New Years' writing and illustrating goals!
The WWA SCBWI Northern Network wants to extend an invitation to our January Schmooze.
Northern Network Schmooze Wednesday, January 5, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Bellingham, Washington
“Maintaining Your Joy (and Sanity) on the Path to Publication and Beyond”
Debut author Denise Jaden’s YA novel, LOSING FAITH, hit the shelves this past October. Please join us as she shares the insight she’s gained through her writing, submission, and publication process. As a bonus, the manager of Barnes & Noble has offered us a hands-on demonstration and information session with the new color Nook (their latest eReader).
Please join us for an inspirational and fun-filled evening.
Questions? Contact Angelina Hansen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Presented by Erik and The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, STORYSKI is a one kilometer cross-country ski trail lined with the children's picture book, POLAR OPPOSITES. This ski trail allows young skiers and their families to ski while reading the entire story of Alex the polar bear and Zina the penguin. 18 colorful story-panels line the trail -- for a self-guided storybook tour.
STORYSKI will rotate to three different locations throughout the winter in the Methow Valley. From now through January 13, STORYSKI will be located at the Mazama Corral Trailhead. Author Erik Brooks will lead his first guided tour on Sunday, December 26 at 11 a.m.
Books will be available for sale and signing immediately following at the Mazama Store!
Read more about the event on MVSTA's website, and/or share the event invite on Erik’s Facebook page.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
- Holly Black, Author
- Emily Jenkins/E. Lockhart, Author
- Dan Santat, Illustrator
- Deborah Wiles, Author
Editorial & Art Director Faculty
• Lionel Bender, Editor, Bender Richardson White
• Justin Chanda, VP/Publisher, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
• Martha Mihalick, Associate Editor, Greenwillow Books at HarperCollins
• Anne Moore, Art Director, Candlewick Press
• Tim Travaglini, Former Editor, G.P. Putnam & Sons at Penguin
• Liz Waniewski, Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers
• Sarah Davies, Agent, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
• Joe Monti, Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC
• Tina Wexler, Agent, International Creative Management
• Marietta Zacker, Agent, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency
Other Distinguished Faculty
• Kevin Emerson, Author
• Brent Hartinger, Author
• Victoria Jamieson, Illustrator/Designer at HarperCollins Children’s
• Lin Oliver, Author/Executive Director, SCBWI International
• Rosanne Parry, Author
• Jesse Joshua Watson, Author/Illustrator
• Jim Whiting, Author/Editor
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Tomorrow night's going to be an incredible Professional Series Program! Check out the post from yesterday! A few of you have asked questions about the Annual Holiday Cookie Contest. Here's the lowdown...
Monday, December 13, 2010
SPU's Demaray Hall 150
- So, if you're hoping to win a fabulous hand-made cookie trophy or medal, don't forget to bring something delicious with you to share.
- If you could stand to clear out your bookshelves (or nightstand, or car, or random piles around the house), remember to bring new or gently used books for the book swap. You can take home as many as you bring with you. Any extras left at the end of the night will be donated to charity.
- And don't forget our program for the evening:
Mini-Session: EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT WRITING I'VE LEARNED FROM MY GRANDKIDS with Peggy King Anderson. Ten juicy writing tips, inspired by Peggy’s nine (yes NINE) grandkids. Peggy will share true-life incidents, along with the Aha! writing insights she gained. From fairies and sharks to Jesus with swimming goggles, Peggy’s grandkid stories will make you chuckle. You’ll come away listening in a new way to the kids in your life, all just bursting with new writing insights for you.
Main Program: FIRST YOU CHOOSE A SKELETON: BUILDING A STORY FROM THE INSIDE OUT with Bruce Holland Rogers. What is the best germ from which to begin a story? Does character come first? Action? Plot? Should we write from a premise or a theme? One way to keep writing challenging is to try basic approaches we’ve never tried before. This talk will examine an approach to story-making that most prose writers don’t consider: beginning with structure and only then looking for the right kind of story to hang on that structure. Bruce will demonstrate places where math intersects with writing and ways in which arbitrary decisions can make the writer bolder and more free. While useful for beginners, this talk is aimed at more experienced writers who already know a lot of conventional approaches to writing. Bruce is an award-winning adult science fiction and fantasy author and a faculty member for the Whidbey Island Writers Association MFA program.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
A lot of children’s writers dream of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. “Next year,” they promise themselves. “Next year, I’m going to Chautauqua!” Then reality sets in. The drive and talent to support the dream are there, but the finances . . . maybe not.
Please encourage your writing friends to stop dreaming and start planning! Pass along our scholarship newsletter. Scholarships will be considered in two groups. Early applications will be accepted through December 15, 2010.
(Final scholarship deadline is February 11, 2011.)
Saturday, December 11, 2010
- Wacom tablet
- Training sessions with local experts: John Lustig-cartoonist, J'net Smith-art licenser, Henk Dawson-illustrator
- New books from Peachpit and O'Reilly
- Alien Skin software
Pyramid Alehouse, across from Safeco Field
1201 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA (206) 682-3377,
complimentary parking in front and back.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
2. RAFFLE! This is your last chance. We'll draw three lucky names for gift certificates to Secret Garden Books, AND I'll put you in the small pool of past winners for the grand finale raffle. Then we'll have another drawing and TWO WINNERS will receive free registration for our 20th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference in April.
We're having our annual holiday cookie contest, which means there will be a bounty of cookies. And our hospitality guru will probably have warm beverages and other snacks.
Do you have an awesome cookie recipe? Bring a plateful to share at the meeting! You could have a chance to win...
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Local SCBWI member, and former Assistant Regional Advisor, Holly Cupala is holding her very first public TELL ME A SECRET bash this Saturday, December 4, at 6 p.m. at Kirkland Parkplace Books. Join her for an evening of music that inspired the book, story secrets, tasty morsels from "Cafe Shiraz" (the restaurant in the book, of course!), and more yummy treats.
They will also be launching a very secret project with the talents of award-winning actress Jenna Lamia (known for reading THE CHOSEN ONE, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, THE HELP, and others): a special edition audiobook recording of the novel available to pre-order at the party (the free serialized podcast version is available here. Ten percent of the evening's proceeds will go to World Vision's Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls. Invite your friends, and we hope to see you!
For more information on Holly, and her work, visit her website.