Conference Updates & KidLit News, April 11

We’ve got five new conferences, one retreat, and three new workshops for young writers to mention this week, plus a lot of local author events. But before we get started…

One of my twitter followers, Dawn Husted, has started an indie publishing podcast, Indie Tidbits. I’ve subscribed to her podcast and listened to it while I worked out this weekend. I particularly enjoyed episode 9 about keywords on blogs. Thanks for posting show notes, Dawn!

Happy Book Birthday

This week’s birthday party is for one of the most beautiful picture books I’ve seen so far for 2017. The illustrator, Ashley Stewart, is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Blueboard, and this is her debut picture book! Isn’t it enchanting?

 

FULL MOON LOREFULL MOON LORE illustrated by Ashley Stewart; written by Ellen Wahi; publiished by Sleeping Bear Press

Written by Ellen Wahi

Illustrated by Ashley Stewart

Published by Sleeping Bear Press

Every month has a full moon, and every full moon has a story. FULL MOON LORE explores the origins of each full moon’s name, from the Strawberry Moon to the Wolf Moon and beyond. Told in rolling prose with delightful nighttime illustrations, this story is a sweet look at nature, seasons, and the mystery of the full moon. Includes Moon Facts and additional back matter.

Buy the book! This book will be available April 15. Please pre-order!

Blue Willow Bookshop  Brazos Bookstore  Indiebound  Barnes & Noble  Amazon  Target

Local Events

Here’s what’s going on around the Greater Houston Area this week. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebar!

For Readers

Thank you to Blue Willow Bookshop for being such a champion of children’s and young adult authors! Houston is so lucky to have you!

SHADOWCASTER by Cinda Williams ChimaAPRIL 11, TUESDAY, 7:00 PM: CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA, YA AUTHOR

Blue Willow Bookshop

Cinda Williams Chima will discuss and sign SHADOWCASTER, her new novel for young adults. In SHADOWCASTER, Alyssa ana’Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, feels more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, Lyss goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne. Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon is being sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death.

PANDA-MONIUM by Stuart GibbsAPRIL 17, MONDAY, 5:00 PM: STU GIBBS, CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

Blue Willow Bookshop

Stu Gibbs will discuss and sign his novel PANDA-MONIUM, the latest in his FunJungle series. Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth when the zoo’s newest addition goes missing–before she even arrives –in Panda-monium, the latest novel in Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series.
FunJungle is frenzied, awaiting the arrival of its most thrilling animal yet–Li Ping–a rare and very expensive giant panda that the zoo went to enormous lengths to secure. But when the truck transporting Li Ping shows up, its precious cargo has vanished into thin air. The FBI steps in to investigate, and Teddy is happy to leave the job in their (supposedly) capable hands. After all, FunJungle has never encountered a crime this serious. But when someone threatens to blackmail Teddy’s girlfriend, Summer, if he doesn’t solve the crime, his involvement in this mystery is no longer black and white.

RADIANT CHILD by Javaka SteptoeAPRIL 17, MONDAY, 6:30 PM: JAVAKA STEPTOE, PB ILLUSTRATOR

Blue Willow Bookshop 

Caldecott winner Javaka Steptoe will discuss and sign his picture book RADIANT CHILD. Somewhere in Brooklyn, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist, not knowing that one day he would make himself a king. Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.

IN OVER THEIR HEADS Margaret Peterson HaddixAPRIL 18, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM: MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX, MG AUTHOR

Blue Willow Bookshop 

Margaret Peterson Haddix will discuss and sign her novel for children, IN OVER THEIR HEADS. Nick and Eryn must figure out a way to save the world without sacrificing their newly discovered family in this follow-up to Under Their Skin. In Under Their Skin, twins Nick and Eryn successfully met their new stepsiblings, Ava and Jackson. But in doing so, the twins found themselves on a mission to discover how to prevent humanity from facing certain doom. Now, their two families are joined together to save not only themselves, but everyone–human and robotic. Can they figure out how before it’s too late?

For Writers

APRIL 15, SATURDAY, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM: LIKE I CARE: NOVEL COMPREHENSIVE WITH LORIN OBERWEGER

Norris Center, 9990 Richmond Ave., Suite 102, Houston
COST: SCBWI member-$75, Non-member-$95, E-critiques-$35

A full day workshop with Lorin Oberweger, an experienced book editor and ghostwriter with almost twenty-five years experience in publishing working with writers of all genres of fiction and creative nonfiction. Lorin is now an agent with Adams Literary, representing middle grade, young adult, and select adult manuscripts. This workshop is designed to help writers create fiction that challenges, enthralls and makes readers care, producing a lifelong audience for your work. Lorin’s students and clients have millions of books in print and have been published by HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney, and many other medium and small presses.

APRIL 15, SATURDAY, 3:00-5:00 PM: BAWL MONTHLY WRITE-IN

Cafe Express, 19443 Gulf Fwy, Webster
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $5.00

Join fellow writers for the first BAWL (Bay Area Writers League) Monthly Write-In. Get inspired with writing prompts or work on your own projects. All genres welcome. Bring computer or pen/paper.

APRIL 18, TUESDAY, SOCIAL 6:00 PM, MEETING: 6:30 PM: JENNIFER BRAY-WEBER: CREATING APLHA MEN AND WOMEN

Kirkmont MUD Center, 10102 Blackhawk, Houston
COST: FREE

Conference Updates

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Agents & Editors @ Conferences

MAY 5-6: OKLAHOMA WRITERS FEDERATION CONFERENCE, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKNew!

AGENTS: Lauren Spieller/TriadaUS; Hannah Fergesen/KT Literary
EDITOR: Bess Cozby/Tor/Forge/Macmillan

MAY 19-21: PENNWRITERS CONFERENCE, CORAOPOLIS, PANew!

AGENTS: Mark Gottlieb/Trident Media; Eric Myers/Dystel, Goderich & Bourget; Louise Fury/The Bent Agency; Roseanne Wells/Jennifer De Chiara
EDITOR: Liz Kossner/Simon & Schuster BFYR

JUNE 3-4: NJSCBWI CONFERENCE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJNew!

AGENTS: Linda Camacho/Prospect Literary Agency; Andrea Cascardi/Transatlantic Literary Agency; Liza Fleissig/Liza Royce Literary Agency; Susan Hawk/Upstart Crow Literary Agency; Christa Heschke/McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency; Alyssa Jennette/Stonesong Literary Agency; Marie Lamba/Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency;  Lauren Spieller/Triada US Literary Agency; Marietta Zacker/Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
EDITORS: Sarah Jane Abbott/Simon & Schuster; Lionel Bender/Bender Richardson White; Emily Feinberg/Roaring Book Press/Macmillan; Samantha Gentry/Crown BFYR/Random House Children’s Books/PRH; Celia Lee/Scholastic’s illustrated list; Wendy Loggia/Delacorte Press, Random House Children’s Books/PRH; Katherine Perkins/Putnam, Penguin Young Readers, RHP; Rachel Stark/Sky Pony Press; Traci Todd/Appleseed, Abrams Books;
ART DIRECTORS: David DeWitt/ Little Bee Books; Maria Middleton/Random House Children’s Books/RPH

JUNE 10: CHILDREN’S WRITERS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY CONFERENCE, POUGHKEEPSIE, NYNew!

AGENT: John M. Cusick/Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management
EDITORS: Sarah Jane Abbott/Paula Wiseman Books/Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster; Brett Duquette/Sterling Publishing; Harold Underdown/Independent Editor

JULY 26-27: RWA CONFERENCE, DISNEY WORLD, ORLANDO, FLNew!

AGENTS: Laura Bradford/Bradford Literary Agency; Cori Deyoe, Michelle Grajkowski, & Linda Scalissi/3 Seas Literary Agency; Pamela Harty & Elaine Spencer/The Knight Agency; Yaritza Hernandez & Veronica Park/Corvisiero Literary Agency; Amanda Leuck/Spencer Hill Associates; Courtney Miller-Callihan/Handspun Literary Agency; Nicloe Rescinti/The Seymour Agency; Rebecca Strauss/DeFiore and Co.; Emily Sylvan Kim/Prospect Agency; Jessica Watterson/Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Retreats & Writing Workshops

AUGUST 3-6: GHOST TOWN WRITERS RETREAT, GEORGETOWN, CONew!

AGENTS: Becky LeJeune/Bond Literary Agency; Sara Megibow/KT Literary; Michelle Johnson/Inklings Literary Agency
AUTHOR: Shelley Adina

Young Writers Workshops

JULY 10-21: GATE CITY WRITES YOUNG WRITERS CAMP, GREENSBORO, NCNew!

Day Camp, UNCG
Registration open! Deadline June 1, 2017

Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. In daily writing workshops, students will work with UNCG faculty, graduate students, NC teachers, and local authors. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports development of variety of writing styles. All work will be published on our website.

Writing and Robotics is an afternoon companion program in conjunction with the Young Writer’s Camp. In this program, we will give students an opportunity to design and construct a working robot based on the writing they create in the Young Writer’s Camp.

JUNE 25–JULY 8: WRITING & THINKING WORKSHOP, LAKE FOREST, ILNew!

Residential, Lake Forest College
Applications open!

High school students can join a creative community of writers who share a commitment to the work and fun of writing together in our residential summer workshop. Our program is part of a long-standing national program established by the National Writing and Thinking Network at Bard College. Supportive faculty work with students in small groups to help them develop confidence in their voices as writers. Participants learn strategies to generate fresh and compelling ideas, the kind of well-reasoned ideas first-rate colleges and universities expect from their students.

JULY 9 -29: YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON’S ROCK, GREAT BARRINGTON, MANew!

Residential, Bard College
Applications open!

The Young Writers Workshop is a three-week summer writing program for students currently completing grades 9,10, and 11. Each year 84 academically motivated students are chosen to participate in the Simon’s Rock program. Former participants have gone on to such colleges as Amherst, Bard, Harvard, Haverford, Kenyon, Princeton, Simon’s Rock, Smith, Williams, and Yale. Unlike conventional workshops in expository and creative writing, Simon’s Rock’s focuses on using informal, playful, expressive writing as a way to strengthen skills of language and thinking. Out of these informal writing activities, using techniques of peer response, students develop more polished pieces, ranging from personal narratives to stories, poems, and exploratory essays.

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