At last night’s SCBWI Houston meeting, Diandra Mae gave lightning speed presentation on building community with social media. It was a fantastic presentation; she covered so many different types of social media in such a short time and did it very well. I’m glad I didn’t miss it.
Spots are still available for SCBWI-Houston’s Illustrator’s Day on April 23rd at The Lanier Theological Library. This workshop will be led by award-winning author-illustrator Greg Pizzoli! Also, if you write picture books, don’t forget to sign up for the SCBWI Houston workshop with Tammi Sauer on June 4!
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Varsha Bajaj, author of ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD, and upcoming summer release THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY, will be making another picture book with Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House. OUR HOME, OUR EARTH is about animals building homes and families in the woods. Congratulations, Varsha!
It’s time to vote for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award! SCBWI Houston and SCBWI Brazos VAlley have several nominees, including Kathi Appelt’s COUNTING CROWS and WHEN MILO COURTED MAMA, Kathy Duval’s A BEAR’S YEAR, Marianne Dyson’s WELCOME TO MARS, Sara Joiner’s AFTER THE ASHES, Joy Preble’s FINDING PARIS, and Becky Wallace’s THE STORY SPINNER. To vote, sign in to the SCBWI website and click on My Home, scroll to the bottom and click on Vote in the Crystal Kite Awards. Congratulations to all our nominees! The other chapters in our region (Texas/Oklahoma) also have excellent entrants, so the competition will be tough this year!
This Week’s Events!
APRIL 8-9: LONE STAR BOOK FESTIVAL, KINGWOOD
Lone Star College-Kingwood
Nationally and internationally known authors will come to Lone Star College-Kingwood to speak to audiences about their ideas, meet with attendees, and sign copies of their works. With over 100 authors attending, the Lone Star Book Festival promises to be an exciting cultural event. Featuring local authors: Crystal Allen, Shelita Anderson, Varsha Bajaj, Dee Leone, Mary Lindsey, C. C. Hunter, Kim O’Brien, Joy Preble, Kristin Rae, Dax Varley. Several Austin visitors include: Chris Barton, Cathy Clamp, Bethany Hegedus, Greg Leitich Smith, Carmen Oliver, Rene Perez, Emma Virjan, Jo Whittemore, and Jennifer Ziegler, plus more authors from around the state!
Finding the Heart of Your Story in the Novel (and Finding Your Own Heart as a Writer, Too)
“One of the hardest things a writer has to learn is that ‘What’s going on?’ means precisely that….” – Dwight Swain, Techniques of the Selling Writer
Stuck? Writing in circles? Can’t finish? Can’t begin? Written all you can but the story world isn’t real? Come spend some time with Dwight Swain’s story question concept. If you can begin to articulate what is going on within your story, you can begin to find your way to the heart of your characters and plot. You can take apart your story in a way that will jumpstart your writing if it has stopped. Class time includes in-class writing, group discussion, and exploration of specific writing problems given by class members. Individual writing will not be critiqued.
APRIL 9, SATURDAY 1:00 PM
Blue Willow Bookshop
Meredith Moore, YA Author
Meredith Moore will discuss and sign her new novel for teens, FIONA.
Fiona has a chance to leave her dark past behind.
Fee receives an email from a stranger named Lily, a countess who claims to have known her now-deceased mother. Lily invites her to live in her Scottish castle as an au pair for her young daughter, Poppy.
But the family secrets she brings with her will either destroy her…
When Fee starts hearing and seeing strange things around the castle at night, Fee is terrified she’s inherited her mother’s illness. She tells no one.
Or set her free…
Revealing her true identity might be the only thing that can release Fee from her tragic past. But will anyone believe her? Can Fee even believe herself?
Easy E-book Creation with Scrivener Writers’ Software
Does the idea of e-book formatting fill you with dread? Have you tried to create an e-book, but can’t get the darned thing to come out right? Are you new to e-book creation and looking for tips and shortcuts? When you are equipped with the right tools and techniques, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create a professional-grade e-book. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll create our own e-books and learn how to set up an e-book friendly template for our novels and short stories. Please bring your laptop, and D.L. Young will take you through the process step-by-step. Go here for more important information about this class.
APRIL 22-23: NORTHERN COLORADO WRITERS CONFERENCE, ESTES, CO
AGENTS: Jennifer March Soloway/Andrea Brown Literary; Stacey Graham/Red Sofa Literary; Paula Munier/Talcott Notch Literary Services
JULY 28-30: THE NORTHWESTERN SUMMER WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, CHICAGO, IL
AGENT: Marcy Posner/Folio Literary
SEPTEMBER 18-19: MAGIC OF 13 SCBWI-OHIO NORTH CONFERENCE , CLEVELAND, OH
EDITORS: Nikki Garcia/Little, Brown BFYR; Kendra Levin/Viking’s Children’s Books/Penguin Young Readers Group
ART DIRECTOR: Loraine Joyner/Peachtree Publishers
AGENTS: Marie Lamba/The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency; Jodell Sadler/Sadler Children’s Literary; Victoria A. Selvaggio/The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
OCTOBER 24-27: NORTHERN COLORADO WRITERS RETREAT, Estes Park, CO
JUNE 14-30 & JULY 5-21: COLLEGE FOR KIDS 2016, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
Cuesta’s College for Kids program for students entering the 5th through 9th grades in the fall of 2016. REGISTRATION OPENS: Apr 13
JULY 25-28: COLLEGE FOR KIDS 4TH GRADE CAMP 2016, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
4-day camp at the San Luis Obispo Campus for students entering the 4th grade in Fall of 2016.