Conference Updates & KidLit News Feb. 21

My writing world is experiencing an embarrassment of riches.

I’ve signed up for the March 4th SCBWI-Brazos Valley conference and Donald Maas’s Emotional Craft of Fiction workshop in early June here in Houston, and now SCBWI-Houston has opened registration for their April workshop with literary agent Lorin Oberwerger, Like I Care: Novel Comprehensive. Tonight, Houston Bay Area RWA is hosting Senior Editor of Entangled Publishing Robin Haseltine to speak here. We have so many fine writing organizations in Houston that I could fill every weekend and most week nights. A lot of big cities enjoy this flood of literary events, but many smaller towns and rural areas across our country don’t have this luxury. That is one reason I spend so much time on SCBWI’s Blueboard, a discussion board for writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature. This 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week, FREE education doesn’t depend on where you live, and you do not have to be a member of SCBWI to register as a member of this discussion board. There are experienced writers—and even agents and editors—willing to share their time and wealth of knowledge with anyone interested in learning the craft and business of writing for children and young adults.

If you are a writer or illustrator living in a city that is teeming with these opportunities, please join the discussions on SCBWI’s Blueboard and share the wealth of your knowledge. It won’t cost you a dime.

As the school year is winding down, summer opportunities for young writers are filling up! Please scroll to the end of this post to see some approaching deadlines and take a look at the Young Writers Workshops page for more information. Please spread the word to any young writers you know!

Happy Book Birthday

Just in time for the rodeo, local author Maria Ashworth introduces  TOMMY JAMES, THE LITTLEST COWBOY IN RECKON, the first installment in her new picture book series. Congratulations, Maria!

Local Events

For Writers

For future events, check out the list on the main page for Houston Area Writer & Illustrator Events. Events are added often!

FEBRUARY 21, TUESDAY, SOCIAL 6:00 PM, MEETING: 6:30 PM: ENTANGLED PUBLISHING EDITOR ROBIN HASELTINE

Kirkmont MUD Center, 10102 Blackhawk, Houston
COST: FREE

Senior Editor of Entangled Publishing Robin Haseltine discusses The Secret to Writing Romance that Sells. She will walk writers through the construction of a category romance with a combination of story beat pacing, characterization, and conflict (including a checklist handout). There will also be a Q&A period—don’t miss this opportunity!

FEBRUARY 24, FRIDAY, 9:00-NOON: INPRINT WRITING CAFE

1520 West Main, 77006
COST: FREE

The Inprint Writing Cafe is a place for writers to focus each week on their work. Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to write are welcome. Enjoy the presence of other creative spirits in the lovely Menil neighborhood. While in progress, we ask Inprint Writing Cafe patrons to keep talking to a minimum and take cell phone calls outside. We have a kitchen where guests are invited to make a cup of coffee or tea (with filtered water), and sodas are available in the fridge, all of which can be enjoyed for a 50-cent donation. We also have wifi which we’ll share, but hope you’ll use the time to write. Inprint staff will be working in their offices and available to answer any questions. We look forward to seeing you.

FEBRUARY 25: 1:00-4:00 PM:THE POWER OF POINT OF VIEW: JOY PREBLE

Writespace
COST: Until Monday, February 20: $30 Members, $45 Non-Members.
After February 20th: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members

Instructor: Author of young adult novels, Joy Preble
Point of view is one of the most important choices an author can make because it impacts how readers see and respond to the story. Through whose eyes is the story being told? Through the eyes of a character as he experiences the story’s events (First-person present), through an unnamed narrator (Third-person omniscient), or through a narrator who shares the thoughts of just one character (Third- person limited)?

All levels of experience are welcome in this hands-on workshop. To help free up our stories, we will read and analyze examples of point of view in successful novels, and then apply our newfound knowledge to our own writing. Come prepared to write, revise, and experiment. Please bring the first three to five pages of a novel or short story you’re working on, as well as a laptop or a notepad and pen or pencil.

FEBRUARY 28, TUESDAY, 6:30 PM:HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL: KIMBERLY NEWSOME

Black Labrador
COST: FREE

Join writer and professional pool player Kimberly Newsome ( @wpbapro ) for a discussion on social media.

Conference Updates

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Agents & Editors @ Conferences

MAY 12-13:ATLANTA WRITERS CONFERENCE, ATLANTA, GANew!

EDITORS: Laura Apperson/St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan;Diana Pho/Tor Books; Amy Stapp/Forge/Tor Teen/Macmillan

AGENTS: Natalie Lakosil/Bradford Literary Agency; Quressa Robinson/D4EO Literary Agency; Melissa Jeglinski/The Knight Agency; Alexander Slater/Trident Media Group

Workshops & Retreats

JUNE 2-4:JUNE IN ALGONQUIN WRITING RETREAT, ONTARIO, CANADANew!

INSTRUCTOR: Bryan Henry Book/Quick Brown Fox

Workshops for Young Writers

SEPTEMBER 22-24: 9th ANNUAL TEENSPEAK NOVEL WORKSHOP (click FOR TEENS), SANTA CRUZ, CANew!

Lodging: Beachfront Condo
EARLY BIRD deadline: May 30. Stories (for peers, teachers) due in July.

TEENS who love stories: From plot lines to pizza, our coastal workshop (12th event) is bound to delight you! Spend a weekend at the beach with a cozy group of fiction-loving friends! Get feedback from a published YA author, a HS English teacher/drama coach, and friendly New York editor and agent. This teen event is integrated with a whole-novel workshop for adults writing middle-grade and YA novels—a unique approach that benefits all. Enjoy stories and s’mores on the beach under the stars. Brainstorm with new writer-buddies. Unleash your creativity, discover your voice. Read more perks here!

APPLICATION DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG WRITERS:

DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28: SUMMER 2017: CALIFORNIA STATE SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS: CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM, SACRAMENTO, CA

DEADLINE MARCH 1: JUNE 25-JULY 7 & JULY 9-28: THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP, SWEET BRIAR, VA

DEADLINES ROLLING IN MARCH: JUNE 18-24: GOVERNOR’S INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG WRITERS, SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT

DEADLINE MARCH 31: JUNE 28-30: WRITEOUT CAMP, CEDAR CITY, UT

DEADLINE APRIL 2: JUNE 19-30: CAMPWRITE, CHAPEL HILL, NC

DEADLINE APRIL 2: JULY 27-AUGUST 6: ALPHA SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG WRITERS, PITTSBURG, PA

DEADLINE MAY 1: JULY 16-27: LONGFELLOW YOUNG WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, FARMINGTON, ME

DEADLINE MAY 1: JUNE 5-16 & JUNE 19-30 THE CENTRAL ARIZONA WRITING PROJECT INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG WRITERS, PHOENIX, AZ