This has been the shortest summer of my life. It seems we were at my boy’s high school graduation ten minutes ago, now he’s leaving for college. He’s not going far, so perhaps more than just during winter and spring breaks. I’ve been trying not to bawl all summer, but I’m a little like this cat I found on imgur.
But my critique group will be reconvening in two weeks, and I’ve got two local conferences to look forward to, so I’ll stop weeping soon and get back to work.
Well, maybe not stop completely. Sniff.
On to the book stuff!
This week’s birthday wishes go to SCBWI-Houston’s Maria Ashworth for her new magnetic storyboard picture book,
Illustrated by Bailey Beougher
Published by Clear Fork Publishing
One little bluebird is disappointed when she has to share his favorite tree. When she’s pushed to the “edge” she sets out to find her NEW favorite. In her journey she learns there are a few things missing.
LOCAL KIDLIT EVENTS
AUGUST 16, TUESDAY, 7:30 PM: HOUSTON BAY AREA RWA MTG & WORKSHOP
Kirkmont MUD Building, 10102 Blackhawk Rd., Houston
Diana North—Acing Your Interview (while on your way to fortune and fame)
AUGUST 20, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM: WRITERS FAMILY REUNION
COST: $75 Members, $100 Non-members; after August 15: $95 Members, $115 Non-members
Morning Only passes FREE until gone.
The Writers Family Reunion is a one-day gathering and Build-Your-Writing-Community event designed to give writers an opportunity to develop friendships with other writers, learn from more experienced writers, and fortify their knowledge of craft and career. Along with opportunities to meet local writers, attending writers will have the opportunity to discover fantastic local literary resources; form new critique groups, join existing ones, or just learn about them; and bolster their knowledge of how to complete projects, submit, find agents, and publish. All levels and all genres are welcome!
AUGUST 23, TUESDAY 6:30-8:30 PM: HWG SUMMER SERIES
Trini Mendenhall, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston
Workshop: Defining Your World: The Craft of World-building With Dorothy Tinker
COST: $10 per session to Houston Writers Guild members/$30 per session to nonmembers; Or $50 members for all 6 sessions/$150 nonmembers for all 6 sessions
Dorothy Tinker is a genre fiction writer, with a heavy focus in epic fantasy. She is the author of the Peace of Evon young adult series. In this session, she will explain the breadth and importance of world-building, as well as offer tools and suggestions for defining the world you are writing in a way that your reader can understand without encountering the dreaded “info-dump.” She will also explain how world-building can affect the story you write and offer examples of world-building within various published genre fiction.
AUGUST 18, 19, 20, 1:00-4:00 PM: MARIA ASHWORTH, PB AUTHOR
Join local author Maria Ashworth as she debuts her picture book MY BIG TREE. A 3-day party at First Cup Café with games, prizes, crafts, and book signing.
Copies of Maria’s debut picture book, STEP ONE, STEP TWO, STEP THREE AND FOUR will also be available.
Watch the trailer for MY BIG TREE!
This week’s roundup includes two editors and eight literary agents! If you’d like to be notified of these weekly posts, please use the form on the sidebar to Subscribe to Updates. Head over to the main conference pages to see more!
Editors, Art Directors & Agents @ Conferences
SEPTEMBER 23-24: LUW FALL CONFERENCE, NORTH PROVO, UT
AGENTS: Michele Witte/Mansion Street Literary; Terri Baranowski/Agent Gateway Literary
SEPTEMBER 24-25: BROADLEAF WRITERS CONFERENCE, DECATUR, GA
AGENTS: Kaylee Davis, Kimiko Nakamura/Dee Mura Literary; Kristy Hunter/The Knight Agency
OCTOBER 6-8: OZARK CREATIVE WRITERS CONFERENCE, EUREKA SPRINGS, AR
EDITORS: Donna Essner/Treehouse Publishing Group; Tiffany Schofield/Five Star Publishing/Gale Cengage Learning
JANUARY 20-22, 2017: SDSU WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA
AGENTS: Melissa L. Edwards/Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency; Mark Gottlieb/Trident Media; Steven Hutson/Wordwise Media Service
NOVEMBER 5-6: SHOW ME WRITERS MASTERCLASS, COLUMBIA, MO
AGENT: Rebecca Bugger/Serendipity Literary Agency
November 11-13: WORK-ON-YOUR-OWN BEACH RETREAT, PORT ARANSAS, TX