So! This past weekend, I attended my first workshop with Donald Maass. WOW! This was hands-down the best writing workshop I have attended—so far. This was a two-and-a-half day, jam-packed event, but I would love to attend his 5-day Breakout Novel Intensive 2.0 sometime. If you’ve got a novel of any genre that will soon be ready for revision, he has two upcoming Breakout Novel Intensives scheduled in Florida, one at the end of September and one next April. Book it!
Happy Book Birthday!
This birthday of this MG debut mystery is a special one to me because I got to read an early version of the manuscript at one of Darcy Pattison’s Novel Revision Workshops. I’m looking forward to the launch next week at Murder by the Book!
By Julie Herman
Published by Oconee Spirit Press
Sophie would be the happiest girl in the world if she could spend every day with her friends Yasmine and Tanner, riding her beloved horse, Cricket. But she stands to lose all of that and more when her mom is accused of theft and arson. As the evidence piles up, and friends turn away, Sophie scrambles to clear her mother’s name–and soon finds herself in the middle of a hot mess.
LARISSA HARDEST, YA NOVEL
There are three days left to register for a chance to win a print copy of another book that will be debuting next week, Larissa Hardesty’s YA novel, KISS ME KILL YOU, in which a teen girl is thrust into an ancient supernatural battle after her first kiss only to realize that her mother, best friend and object of her affection all have a stake in whether or not there will be a second kiss.
SHARON SCHRISCOE, PICTURE BOOK
All month long there’s a giveaway on Sharon Schriscoe’s blog for a free copy of a picture
book that is launching next week, PRUDENCE THE PART TIME COW, in which a cow finds a way to balance her extra-cow-ricular interests (science and invention) with being a full-time member of the herd. Written by Jody Jenson Shaffer and illustrated by Stephanie Labors. Leave a comment on the post to be entered to win!
MELODY DELGADO, PICTURE BOOK
To celebrate all new Mini Muffins and Mini Brownies, Little Debbie® will be giving away 40 prizes per week all summer! Enter for a chance to win a family friendly book about the iconic Muffin Man, DO YOU KNOW HOW I GOT MY NAME? Written by Melody Delgado and illustrated by Jim Talbot.
MIRKA BREEN, MG NOVEL
Goodreads giveaway for THE VOICE OF THUNDER! To commemorate *fifty years* to the
start of the SIX DAY WAR, Mirka Breen’s novel for middle grades which tell the story of two best friends in Jerusalem at that fateful time will be sent to the first ten readers who would like a signed paperback copy.
To Dax Varley for the audio launch of book 2 in her YA Oracles series, SECOND SIGHT. Gena Richmond is a collector of shades…sunglasses, that is. Every size, shape, color and style. So when she finds a quirky pair at a secondhand shop, it’s love at first sight. But these glasses are more than simple sun-blockers. They show her visions of what’s to come…and what’s coming is heart-stopping horrific.
Listen to a sample here.
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!
JUNE 7, WEDNESDAY, 10:00-11:00 AM: TERRI SABOL, PB AUTHOR
Join picture book author Terri Sabol for a special storytime as she reads her book EMMY AND OSCAR GET RESCUED, illustrated by Anna Edwards. Follow Oscar and Emmy on their journey from being born to a stray mama cat to being rescued by an animal shelter and then adopted by a loving family. This book not only showcases these two kittens, who will continue in their own Oscar and Emmy book series, but it also educates children and adults on the rescue process and promotes pet adoption. Oscar and Emmy Get Rescued is inspired by the author’s true adoption story of her own two kittens.
JUNE 10, SATURDAY, 4:30 PM: JULIE HERMAN, MG AUTHOR
Local author of mysteries for adults and children, Julie Herman, will be joining her critique partner Kay Finch for an afternoon of discussing their new books. Julie will be presenting her debut MG mystery, BURNED. See description above. Kay Finch will sign and discuss her novel for adults, THE BLACK CAT SEES HIS SHADOW.
JUNE 12, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SARAH DESSEN, YA AUTHOR
Sarah Dessen will discuss and sign her new novel set in the world of wedding planning, ONCE AND FOR ALL. Is it really better to have loved and lost? Louna’s summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically. But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged now that he’s met the one he really wants. Maybe Louna’s second chance is standing right in front of her.
JUNE 6, 13, 20, 27, TUESDAYS, 6:00-9:00 PM: JOSHUA FOSTER WORKSHOP
COST: Until Thursday, June 1: $150 for members, $180 for non-members; After June 1: $180 for members, $210 for non-members
Telling Stories in First-Person Point-of-View
What craft questions do we need to consider when we begin a story with “I”? In this workshop we will explore the fundamental techniques of first-person narration in fiction and nonfiction creative prose, in addition to other craft elements such as plot, structure, characterization, point-of-view, dialogue, and style. Sessions will include generative writing exercises, short lectures and discussions on various craft elements, and, most importantly, workshopping of story drafts. Our goal will be to workshop between 2-4 works-in-progress each week. While this course will refer to literary short stories and essays as models, participants may choose to submit any genre of prose writing, including but not limited to memoir, creative nonfiction, personal essay, science fiction, mystery, and young adult fiction.
JUNE 10, SATURDAY, 8:30-NOON: WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: Rachel Osborn
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, TBA. The business meeting is from 9:00-10:00 followed by a networking break. The workshop presented by Rachel Osborn, What’s Your Style, begins at 10:30.
JUNE 10, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING
Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
SEPTEMBER 15-16: SCBWI-MICHIGAN THE GATHERING ON THE GRAND FALL CONFERENCE, GRAND RAPIDS, MI
EDITORS: Andrew Karre—Executive Editor, Dutton BFYR, Penguin Random House; Natalia Remis—Assistant Editor, Scholastic Press/Blue Sky Press, Scholastic Inc
AGENT: Minju Chang—BookStop Literary Agency
SEPTEMBER 15-17: SCBWI-WISCONSIN FALL RETREAT CONFERENCE, WISCONSIN DELLS, WI
EDITORS: Patrice Caldwell—Editor, Scholastic; Alison Weiss—Editor,Sky Pony Press; Saho Fujii—Art Director from Little, Brown Books; Kate Thompson—Editor in Chief, Wisconsin Historical Society
AGENT: Wendi Gu—Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
SEPTEMBER 22-23: SCBWI ARIZONA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, AZ
EDITORS: Naomi Kristen—Sr. Editor, Chronicle Books; Kat Brzozowski—Editor, Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends; Russel Busse—Associate Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
ART DIRECTOR: Chad Beckerman—Abrams Publishing
AGENT: Abigail Samoun—Red Fox Literary
OCTOBER 21: RUTGERS ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
Application deadline June 27
Due to the unique nature of the one-day Rutgers One-On-One conference, I don’t list it on the main conference page. The time between the application opening and the application deadline is very short, just three weeks, and the mentors have not been announced. But for those who are interested, here’s the link and a brief description:
One-on-One’s format gives writers and illustrators a rare opportunity to share their work with an assigned mentor from the children’s publishing world, whether it be an editor, agent, art director, or published author or illustrator. These professionals generously volunteer their time to not only critique the work of new and talented writers and illustrators, but also to share constructive information about the overall business of publishing. Every attendee is guaranteed a forty-five minute one-on-one manuscript or portfolio review session, and there are additional opportunities to network with our 80+ faculty members.
Retreats & Writing Workshops
SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1: BREAKOUT NOVEL INTENSIVE 2.0, TAMPA, FL
Donald Maass—Literary Agent, Author
FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 4, 2018: BONI GRADUATE LEARNING RETREAT,SAN DIEGO, CA
Donald Maass—Literary Agent, Author
Lorin Obewerger—Literary Agent, Author
Brenda Winberg—Editor, Author
APRIL 9-15, 2018: BREAKOUT NOVEL INTENSIVE 2.0, TAMPA, FL
Donald Maass—Literary Agent, Author