I had such a good time at the SCBWI-Brazos Valley conference this weekend. It’s always lovely to hear from Kathi Appelt and the bonus is that I always take away some nugget of wisdom I can put to use in my current WIP. This was the first time I’d seen literary agent Jennifer March Soloway and Charlesbridge editor Karen Boss in person, and both ere great. Meeting publishing professionals in person is refreshing and enlightening. A few lucky illustrators got to have a small group breakout with renowned artistrator E.B. Lewis. Author Donna Cooner’s talk was as riveting and personal as her books, including the one coming up later this month, WORTHY.
Congratulations to SCBWI-Houston author Pat Miller! Her nonfiction picture book, THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT, illustrated by Vincent Kirsch, is a finalist for the Children’s Book Council’s Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.
Registration is open for SCBWI-Houston full day workshop with literary agent Lorin Oberwerger on April 15. Learn the WAGES method for creating powerful story premises, SUPER SCENES for understanding scene structure and how to maximize their effect, DIVING DEEP INTO POINT OF VIEW techniques aimed at creating the reader’s intimate connection with the story, HOLDING THE RIVER for an exploration of pacing, and THE EMOTIONAL QUERY, where Lorin will explore methods to balance the practical and emotional aspects of story and how to communicate them in a way that packs a punch. See you there!
MARCH 7, TUESDAY, 7:00 PM: DAVID BALDACCI, TEENS’ AUTHOR
From the publisher: This is it. Vega Jane’s time. She’s been lied to her whole life, so she breaks away from Wormwood, the only home she’s ever known, in search of the truth. She battles horrors to fight her way across the Quag with her best friend, Delph, and her mysterious canine, Harry Two. Against all odds, they survive unimaginable dangers and make it through.
And into a new world that’s even worse. Not because deadly beasts roam the cobblestones, but because the people are enslaved but don’t even know it. It’s up to Vega, Delph, Harry Two and their new comrade, Petra, to take up the fight against a foe that’s unrivaled in savagery and cunning. Not only is Vega’s life and the lives of her friends on the line, but whether she triumphs or fails will
MARCH 14, TUESDAY, 6:00-9:00 PM: Spring Break Educator’s Night
To celebrate educators, join Brazos Bookstore for a party with refreshments and 20% off all purchases with a school ID! Meet authors Vicki Sansum, Dotti Enderle, Mary Lindsey, Kim O’Brien, Kristin Rae, Meredith Moore, and CC Hunter.
MARCH 11, SATURDAY: 8:30-NOON: WEST HOUSTON RWA: THE RELEVANCY OF REVIEWS: WHAT EVERY AUTHOR SHOULD KNOW
Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
*Writers and industry professionals interested in joining West Houston RWA can attend two meetings before deciding whether to join or not.
Doors open at 8:30 for check in and PRO workshop WHAT IS A BETA READER AND DO I NEED ONE? The business meeting is from 9:00-10:00 followed by a networking break. The workshop presented by Cheryl Letsch begins at 10:30.
MARCH 14, TUESDAY, 7:00-9:00 PM: CY-FAIR WRITERS: WRITING THAT NOVEL – MINIPLOTS, SCENE & SEQUEL APPROACH
This skills class will be a discussion of character motivations, miniplots, cause-and-effect linking, scene structure, and conflict. Those participating in Dan’s Get-It-Written-This-Year Program have gotten an outline in place by the end of January and devoted February to getting their opening scenes written to introduce the setting and major characters. The optional, secondary goals for February are (1) a rough draft of a climax scene, OR (2) supplementing the outline with scene-by-scene motivations of their major characters to plan for their character development arcs. March’s goal is to Finish Act 1. Turn the protagonist’s world upside down and show their decision to act. The optional, secondary goal for March is a rough draft of the protagonist’s rock-bottom scene, epiphany, & decision to change.
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APRIL 28-29: WASHINGTON WRITERS CONFERENCE, COLLEGE PARK, MD
AGENTS: Laura Bradford/Bradford Literary Agency;Diana Finch/Diana Finch Literary Agency; Jennifer Weltz/Jean V. Naggar Agency; Beth Campbell/BookEnds Literary Agency; Mark Gottlieb/Trident Media Group; Gina Maccoby/Gina Maccoby Literary Agency; Julie Stevenson/Massie & McQuilkin; Victoria Skurnick/Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency; Jennifer Chen Tran/Fuse Literary; Adriann Ranta Zurhellen/Foundry Literary + Media
AUGUST 15-18: OREGON CHRISTIAN WRITERS SUMMER CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR
AGENTS: Stephanie Alton/Blythe Daniel Agency; Sally Apokedak/Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency; Tim Beals/Credo Communications; Bill Jensen/William K Jensen Literary Agency
AUGUST 5: 2017 CHAPTER ONE YOUNG WRITERS CONFERENCE, CHICAGO, IL
AGENT: Brent Taylor/Triada US
AUTHORS: Kody Keplinger, Annie Sullivan
EDITOR: Patrice Caldwell