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 mccormir@outlook.com, 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 wwa.ic@scbwi.org 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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Attention PALs: Don't forget to make your BookStop page!


The SCBWI BookStop (formerly known as Book Blast) is a fantastic way for SCBWI members to boost your newly published book's outreach. You design a one-of-a-kind, online page that gives visitors an inside look at you and your book, and SCBWI will put out extensive social media postings and incentivesFor just $25 you can choose from one of seven beautiful pre-designed templates, customize it for your book, and have it hosted at scbwi.org for the general public to browse, enjoy, and even purchase from! 
SCBWI BookStop will go live to the public on scbwi.org starting on October 16 and will end on November 27, so you'll want to have your page designed and ready to go before October 16 to take full advantage of this promotional opportunity

  1. Login to SCBWI.org by clicking on the "MEMBER LOGIN" button on the homepage.
  2. When you go to your "MEMBER PROFILE" page, click on "My SCBWI BookStop" link in the left-hand column
  3. You will then be taken to the page to purchase your SCBWI BookStop page (cost is $25).

Here are links to the pages to get more information regarding page creation:

We look forward to seeing your new SCBWI BookStop page! In fact, when yours goes live, please post it on our private Facebook group so we can all admire! :)

Monday, September 25, 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend SCBWI WWA's Weekend on the Water

Retreat registration closes this week! Don’t miss out. Register by Wednesday, September 27th.

Still on the fence? Here are five reasons why you should come to the SCBWI Western Washington Weekend on the Water Retreat, October 13-15:

PAL Liaison, Laurie Thompson: “For as long as I've known Joni (which is a LONG time now!), she's been a serious student of creativity in all its forms. I would pay good money just to listen to her talk about her vast acquired knowledge and personal thoughts on the topic, but to get to spend a whole weekend knee deep in the middle of it all with her AND some of the most creative folks from our awesome region? Priceless. I can't wait to see what might come out of that!”

Inside Story Coordinator, Dori Butler: “I can't tell you how excited I am about this retreat! I always enjoy hearing editors and agents, but there's value in authors and illustrators coming together without editors and agents, too. Conversations flow differently if there isn't an editor or agent sitting at your table. This is an opportunity to let go and explore our authentic, creative selves (and our stories) away from life's distractions and in the company of creative friends. It's a true retreat in every sense of the word.”

Past RA, Dana Sullivan: “For me, at retreats, the most creativity and energy comes from the participants themselves - be it from peer-led exercises, discussions or just the example set by everybody sitting their butts in chairs and working. It’s been too long since I had the time and quiet to delve deep and get some new stuff rolling. I’m really looking forward to Islandwood’s beautiful and quiet setting. And those pastries!! Oh yeah.”

Past Retreat director, Allyson Schrier: “The busy-ness of life has caused writing to take a back seat, and as a result my writing brain seems to be sleeping. I am so excited for the retreat because I think it'll help zap me back into a writing flow. A weekend of delving into creativity is exactly what I need to jumpstart my writing. I can't wait!!”

Co-Regional Advisor, Julie Artz
: “I've been noodling an idea for a dark fantasy that's very different than anything I've ever written before. So I'm really looking forward to the retreat as a weekend devoted not just to kicking off the drafting of this new story, but as a way to stretch myself in new directions creatively supported by expert guidance from Joni and fellowship with my SCBWI pals.”

For questions, visit our website. View complete information, a tentative schedule of breakout sessions, and more details by clicking here.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekend on the Water Sneak Peek with Lisa L. Owens!

I can't wait to get to IslandWood and start soaking up the atmosphere, hobnobbing with you all, and marinating in all things KIDLIT & CREATIVITY until it's time to board that ferry back to reality.
I'm also excited to be leading a couple of exploratory sessions for anyone interested in learning more about Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. In addition to following this creativity practice on my own since 2010, I've participated in two full-program workshops and attended one phenomenal intensive weekend retreat led by Cameron herself. I find the program tools easy to incorporate into my routine and the program's underlying philosophy adaptable to different belief systems, so I really enjoy sharing info with anyone thinking about giving it all a whirl.

Here's the official description of what I've planned for our retreat:

The Artist's Way Mini Class
Julia Cameron's 12-week program consists of targeted exercises and strategies meant to help anyone cultivate a more rewarding personal creativity practice. Along the way, students confront negative patterns and learn how to more easily and consistently access their creative talents. This mini class will cover key Artist's Way principles and give attendees a taste of the program's simple but effective methods.

Saturday: Introduction to The Artist's Way  
We'll take a quick look at the progression of themes in a full Artist’s Way cycle (from reclaiming a sense of creative safety to embracing creative possibility and beyond). Then we’ll discuss Morning Pages, Artist Dates, and Walks — aka the program’s hallmark “creative recovery” tools. And we’ll end with a short reflection exercise to start challenging any self-limiting beliefs that might be keeping you from following your personal creative path. 

Important note about what Artist's Way techniques can help you discover and accept about your personal creative path: It's not my path or someone else's vision of your path or a path Julia Cameron lays out for you or a facsimile of the latest Itcreative's path. It's all YOURS, and that's what makes it right.

SundayArtist's Way Hands-On Workshop  
This session will include two fun hands-on activities designed to help you connect with some of your deepest creative interests and tap in to your personal power as a creative being. 

Translation in case that didn't sound fun: You will (1) interpret a relevant topic through a stream-of-consciousness drawing activity; and (2) rip up paper goods and use glue to create something new.

Is The Artist's Way right for you? I have no idea! It wasn't right for me until ... it was. But I do believe taking it for a test run in this setting will offer concrete creativity-boosting strategies you can later use, and benefit from, regardless of whether you decide to further explore the program after the retreat.

Each session stands alone, and everyone is welcome at one or the other or, of course, both.

I hope some of you will join me!

Learn more about Lisa here

The deadline for the retreat is only a few days away. Register now