Monday, September 19, 2016

It's a Book Launch for David Shannon - with Duck On a Tractor!

Secret Garden Books is hosting bestselling, Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon!
His new picture book is Duck on a Tractor, and it tells the story of a determined duck who decides to jump on a tractor and drive it around the barnyard and through town, with hilarious consequences!

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and three more David picture books. Shannon's bestsellers include A Bad Case of StripesDuck on a Bike, and his recent Bugs in My Hair! He lives in California with his family.
Visit his website here.

Here are the details:

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Secret Garden Books
2214 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lee & Low Books - Contest!

September 15, 2016
Our Writing Contest Deadlines Are Approaching
Summer is nearly coming to an end and the deadlines to submit to our New Voices and New VNew Voices Collectionisions Awards are quickly approaching!
Our annual awards encourage writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. As the number of diverse books increases, LEE & LOW BOOKS is dedicated to increasing the number of authors of color as well.
Keep reading for submissions guidelines and feel free to post, share, or print PDFs (links below) to help us spread the word about these great contests!
LEE & LOW BOOKS Partners with First Book and NEA Foundation to Expand New Visions Award
LEE & LOW BOOKS is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative with First Book and the NEA Foundation aimed at helping educators feel more confident broaching subjects related to race, ethnic and cultural diversity in the classroom.  Together, LEE & LOW, First Book and the NEA Foundation will:
  • publish more first time authors of color;
  • bring more affordable multicultural paperbacks into the hands of low-income children; and
  • provide best-in-class educator resources to lift up authentic voices, expand horizons and validate each child's unique perspective and experience through literature.
Through the generosity of the NEA Foundation, LEE & LOW BOOKS will award a second NEW VISIONS AWARD WINNER for the 2017 contest.  The NEA Foundation will sponsor the cost of publication of this winning title.  LEE & LOW BOOKS will publish a special paperback edition of the book that will be exclusively available to educators and program leaders serving children in need through the First Book Marketplace.
Due to the NEA Foundation and First Book partnership, New Visions finalists will be notified and full manuscripts requested no later than November 30, 2016. If your full manuscript is requested, it must be received by TU BOOKS by December 15, 2016. You can view the updated New Visions submission guidelines here.
For more information, please see our press release.
Eager to learn more about First Book Marketplace? Visit their website here.
New Voices Award: Picture Book Manuscripts
The New Voices Award is given for a children’s picture book manuscript by a new writer of color. Past NewNew Voices   Collection Voices Award submissions we have published include Bird, an ALA Notable Children's Book; It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor; and Juna's Jar, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.
  1. The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States, 18 years or older at the time of entry, and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.
  2. Writers who have published work in other venues and genres, including children’s magazines, young adult, and adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented submissions will be accepted.
  3. Work that has been published in any format, including online and self published, is not eligible.
  4. Manuscripts previously submitted for this award or to LEE & LOW BOOKS will not be considered.
Prize: The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500.
Deadline: September 30, 2016
For full eligibility and submissions guidelines information, visit our website.
Help us spread the word! Download a printable PDF of the submissions guidelines to share with writers who may be interested.
New Visions Award: Middle Grade and Young Adult Manuscripts
The New Visions Award is given for a middle grade or young adult novel by a writer of color. Winning New Visions Award submissions include the YA novel Ink and Ashes, recipient of an honor citation from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award for Literature and The Amaterasu Project, due for publication in 2017.
  1. The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry, and who have not previously had a middle grade or young adult novel published.
  2. Writers who have published work in other venues such as children’s magazines or picture books, or adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented manuscripts will be accepted.
  3. Work that has been published in its entirety in any format (including online and self publishing as well as other countries) is not eligible.
  4. Manuscripts previously submitted for this award or to TU BOOKS will not be considered.
Prize: The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500.
Deadline: October 31, 2016
For full eligibility and submissions guidelines information, visit our website.
Help us spread the word! Download a printable PDF of the submissions guidelines to share with writers who may be interested.
Writing Tips and Contemplation
  • Past New Voices entrants G. Neri, Debbie Taylor, and LaTisha Redding share their path to publication in this blog post even though they did not win the New Voices Award. 
  • Three New Visions Award finalists, Alex BrownHilda Burgos, and Elizabeth Stephens, share their writing journey here.
  • Here's an interview with the 2013 New Voices Award winner, author Sylvia Liu, on how she prepared her winning story, A Morning with Grandpa.
  • New Voices Award Winner Patricia Smith and New Voices Award Honor Hayan Charara share their experiences with shaping voice here.
  • New Voices Award Winners Linda Boyden and Jennifer Torres show us their revision process in this blog post.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Seattle City of Literature Workshop

Seattle City of Literature and the Office of Arts & Culture present
Racial Equity and the Literary Arts
Part Two: Implicit Bias

September 27, 2016 1:30pm-5pm

Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall
600 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.
Please RSVP to secure your spot. We hope that you can join us!

About the workshop

Racial Equity and the Literary Arts: Implicit Bias will encourage participants to challenge the impact of racial sterotypes and implicit bias. Through video, interactive exercises and storytelling, participants will examine how these unspoken and often unconscious stereotypes create barriers to genuine relationships and influence our attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs about one another.

In response to feedback from our first session, this workshop will be even more interactive, and will include the opportunity for participants to create a personal action plan.

About the facilitator

Dr. Caprice Hollins, co-founder of Cultures Connecting, LLC, received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology in 1998. She became licensed in Washington State in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience teaching graduate courses,  working with historically marginalized populations, researching, studying, and facilitating race related conversations. Her experience includes opening and directing the Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools, developing and implementing district-wide and school-based training, while utilizing her background in psychology to assist district leaders and staff institutionalize change to promote equity and social justice. Dr. Hollins also works  as a part-time core faculty in the department of counseling at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
Thank you to the Office of Arts & Culture for their generous support of this initiative!
This event is the second of three half-day workshops meant to help Seattle's literary community begin to talk about race, and to build equity.
Want to participate but can't attend the first meeting? Let us know, and we'll make sure to include you in further updates about this initiative!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SCBWI - Family Draw-Along This Weekend!

Join the illustrators of the Super Duper Summer Show this Saturday from 12:00 - 2:00 pm at the Washington State Convention Center for a family Draw-Along. You definitely don’t need to be a kid to come. Materials will be provided. This is a great opportunity to see the work of over 70 illustrators from our region. We will have a ton of fun together!

Monday, September 12, 2016

We have a winner (two of them, actually)!

You may recall the post where we announced that YA Novelist E. Lockhart is coming to Hugo House on Sunday, September 18, at 7 p.m. at the Frye Art Museum. . . and that we have two tickets to give away! Well, we used a random number generator to pick two of our commenters on that post, and the winners are . . .

Margaret Nevinski and Angie Quantrell!

Congratulations to both! 

The rest of you needn't worry, though. Even if you didn't win a free ticket, you can still go! Full details are below:


Series features notable writers talking about a topic of personal mastery meant to draw back the curtain on the process of writing

SEATTLE—Young-adult novelist E. Lockhart begins a new year of craft talks for Hugo House's Word Works: Writers on Writing series on September 18 at 7 p.m. in The Frye Art Museum

Lockhart is known for penning young-adult novels that are feminist and socially conscious, including the New York Times-bestselling We Were Liars, and her novel, The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks, which won a Michael L. Printz Honor Award and was a National Book Award finalist.

In her Word Works talk, In Praise of Style: Artifice, Punctuation, and Other Rogue Techniques of World-Building, Lockhart will dissect how certain writers, even in popular fiction, use playful and stylized language and formats to build compelling fictional worlds. Revered writers of children's, adult, and YA literature—including Neil Gaiman, Markus Zusak (The Book Thief), Walter Dean Meyers, and Lauren Myracle—will serve as a jumping-off point for the lecture, focusing on how these writers use experimental techniques without becoming gimmicky or inaccessible to readers. A Q&A with Lockhart will follow.

In conjunction with the event, Lockhart will teach a class at Hugo House on Monday, September 19. The half-day intensive workshop, Finding Your Voice, will have students look at heritage, family, fandoms, regionalisms, inside jokes, and slang vocabularies as tools for getting their own unique mind onto the page.

Lockhart (née Emily Jenkins) grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington, and is an alumna of Lakeside School in North Seattle. She studied illustrated books at Vassar College and earned a doctorate in English literature at Columbia University. She is the author of nine novels, including DramaramaFly on the Wall, and the popular Ruby Oliver series, which begins with the novel The Boyfriend List.

More information on the event can be found on the event page, and information on the class can be found on Hugo House's website.

About Hugo House
Hugo House is a place to read words, hear words, and make your own words better. Offering readings, classes, teen programs, consultations with professional writers, and more, Hugo House opens the literary world to everyone who loves books or has a drive to write. 
More Info
Twitter: @HugoHouse
Open hours: Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration Open for the 2016-2017 Season of Monthly Programming!

Here's what you've all been waiting for. Registration is open now for the 2016-2017 SCBWI season here in Washington. There are special agent consults and master classes as well as the Great Critique that you will want to register for before registering is no longer an option. So, don't delay, get your "butt in chair" and register for this craft inspiring, social networking, profession-building year ahead. Don't let it slip by.

Click on the handy link for all the finer details.

See you in October for our first meeting!

Happy Writing and Illustrating

Friday, September 9, 2016

Writing for Children - University of Washington's Professional & Continuing Education Certificate Course

This program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 session.

The UW Writing for Children program is meant for writers of all levels who are interested in writing for kids of all ages. The program has helped writers get started on their journeys, as well as launched them to the next level, and many graduates have found great success. The year-long (3- quarter) program provides in-depth lessons, many inspiring and knowledgeable guest speakers, plus dedicated time and focus on writing and reaching your goals. 

Instructor Jolie Stekly is happy to answer any questions regarding the program. Feel free to reach out to her at with questions or to schedule a phone call.

If you have further questions regarding application and registration please contact UW Professional & Continuing Education.

From former students:

"The Writing for Children certificate at UW is one of the best monetary- and self-investments I have ever made.  Not only did the class help me develop my writing skills to the point that I have since acquired an agent, I also connected with like-minded peers who were just as invested in, and excited about, writing for children as I am. As a result, I've gained a wonderful and long-standing critique group; as well as invaluable knowledge about the craft of writing, the process of writing (and finishing!) a book, and the business side of children's publishing. I could not recommend this class more highly.  A+.” ~Sophie Peterson

The UW Certificate in Writing for Children program was a smart investment into my writing life. The program boosted my confidence by providing a strong foundation and focusing my writing goals. The instructor and my critique group from UW continue to be a support network.” ~Judy Bailey 

Words cannot convey how strongly I recommend the UW Writing for Children Class. Taking this class helped me become a more skillful writer, engaged reader, and helpful friend. The instructor is kind, encouraging, and brilliant, and she has a passion for helping students develop their craft and personal styles. I have made several friends through the class that I keep in touch with them years later. We critique each other’s work and encourage each other to keep writing. The class is composed of friendly, creative people who share a love of literature for young people. This is a community you want to be a part of.” ~Aaron Walsh

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Book Blast Is Here!

The SCBWI Book Blast is a fantastic way to boost your newly published book's outreach. Design a one-of-a-kind, online page that gives visitors an inside look at you and your book. 

For $25, you can choose from one of our 7 beautiful pre-designed templates, which will be hosted here at for the general public to browse, purchase and enjoy!

Start creating your page on September 1st!  We want you to take full advantage of the entire six-week promotion period, so have your page ready by our launch date, October 10th. You can still purchase a Book Blast any time between October 10th and November 18th. 

The Book Blast promotion will last six weeks, from October 10th to November 18th, and is available for all books published in 2016
To see an example of all our 7 templates, CLICK HERE!
Ready to get started?
To purchase a Book Blast: members simply log in to and click "My Book Blast" on the left side of your profile.
INSTRUCTIONS for creating your Book Blast page

Q: Is this anything like the Book Launch Party promotion from last year?
A: Yes! Book Blast is the same program as the Book Launch Parties, but polished and re-tooled. You can access Book Blast through your member profile, in the same spot where the BLPs used to be.
Q: Can I make a Book Blast for my app or ebook?
A: Sure! Apps and ebooks are welcome along with hard copy and paperback books.
Q: How long does the Book Blast period last?
A: Book Blast is a six-week promotion, launching on October 10th and ending on November 18th. Your page will be visible throughout that time and you can make edits at any time.
Q: When will my Book Blast page become accessible to the public?
A: All of the Book Blast pages will be launching together on October 10th; after that point, we encourage you to publicize your page as much as you can.
Q: How do I promote my own Book Blast page?
A: We recommend putting your Book Blast on all of your social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter. You’ll need to get the link to your personal page, which you can access by clicking ‘Preview Book Blast’ and using the URL from the top of the Book Blast page. Copy and paste that URL into all of your posts and tweets.
Q: How do I ‘submit’ my Book Blast when I’m finished editing?
A: After hitting ‘Save’ on your finalized page, you don’t have to do anything other than wait. Your Book Blast will automatically go live on the launch date, October 10th.
Q: How long do I have to edit my page?
Make sure your page looks perfect and check for typos before the launch date, October 10th. That being said, you can add or update information (like reviews or upcoming appearances) all throughout our Book Blast period.
You’ll be able to access your page through your member profile, as usual. You can edit your page at any time, up until the program ends on November 18th.
Q: When I post my page link to Facebook I only see the SCBWI Book Blast logo as the image and not my book. What’s going on?
A: When you paste the link to your Book Blast into a new Facebook post, Facebook will dynamically retrieve the "SCBWI Book Book Blast" image, and place it in your post. If you click that "Book Blast" image, it will take you to the *full* Book Blast listing—it won't yet go to your personal page.  That's because you haven't saved the Facebook post yet. After you click the blue "Post" button to save the post on your timeline, clicking the image *will* take you to your personal Book Blast page.

Note that the blue "Post" button is now gone, and so is the URL that you pasted in.  That URL is now the link when clicking the image.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Monthly Programming Passport for 2016-2017 Is Coming!

Registration for your Western Washington SCBWI 2016-2017 programming opens soon! We’ve got a fabulous season lined up, from the Illustrator Retreat to our monthly meetings, Great Critique, Inside Stories, our completely over-the-top Conference and so much more!

Every member will receive an email inviting you to register, so watch your inbox.

Some Important Stuff:

Saturday, September 17

Family Draw-Along with the illustrators at the Super Duper Illustrator Show at the Washington State Convention Center. Come see this amazing show, support your tribe AND make some art. Supplies provided. 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, October 12

Our kickoff meeting of the season, with special guest Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Jennifer will give individual consults and a Master Class on Thursday. Registration through the Passport is first come, first served.

Monthly Meetings

This season they will be held the second Wednesday of the month in Demaray Hall on the campus of Seattle Pacific University. Schmoozing starts at 6:30, meeting from 7 – 9 p.m. Hugs from Kevan start at the Nickerson Street Saloon at 5 p.m.

Make sure you get the news!

The Chinook Update blog is how we send you important info, but you have to sign up for it. Click here ( and scroll down to the “Get the Chinook Update by e-mail” box on the left. Enter your email address, hit “submit” and you will start getting local and relevant kid-lit news, including reminders of our monthly meetings and other SCBWI-related events sent directly to your in box.

Share some news!

Got a general interest kid lit tidbit you want to share? Send it along to with the words “Chinook Update” in the subject line for our blog.
Some personal good news? Post on our Facebook page.

Looking for a critique group?

Email Tony Dorrough at and he’ll work with you to find or create one in your area.

Happy Labor Day to you all. We’ll be in touch soon!

Cheers from your Regional Team,Dana Arnim and Dana Sullivan, Co-Regional AdvisorsDebbie Mickelson, Assistant Regional Advisor, Conference Coordinator, Tech Team LeadTina Hoggatt, Illustrator CoordinatorSCBWI Western Washington

Friday, September 2, 2016

SCBWI Northern Network Season Kickoff for 2016-2017



 It’s time to get the Northern Network back together again! Come to the 2016-17 season kickoff and let us know what you’ve been up to all summer (even if it’s just to show us your vacation pictures)! Bring writing or illustrations for us to Oooh and Aaaah over! We’ll also talk about what topics you’d like to discuss this year.
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Bellingham Barnes & Noble (4099 Meridian Street)
Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at 360-354-5797, or email her at (That’s rebecca(underscore)vanslyke(at)hotmail(dot)com.)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wanted: Your upper MG and/or YA titles from 2015!

We still have space for authors of upper MG and YA books in the middle- and high-school "Behind the Books" session at Washington Library Association's October 15, 2016, conference! SCBWI-WWA is co-hosting this presentation to give our PAL members an opportunity to present their recent books to area teacher/librarians. 

We didn't fill all of our available time slots with 2016 books, so we're now opening up our middle- and high-school session spaces to authors with books published in 2015 or 2016. (Sorry, the elementary school session for picture books and younger MGs is full up). So, if your PAL book works for readers in 6th grade or up, and was published in 2015 or 2016, please consider joining us for a fun, easy way to help raise your book's visibility among these book lovers (and school visit influencers)!

It'll be similar to our Inside Story events, but with a greater opportunity to mingle with attendees and talk about school visits, hand out swag, etc. Learn all the details here.

Then sign up here right away, because this opportunity won't last long! 

Mockingbird Books Closes Its Doors Tomorrow!

We sadly bid you adieu

"As C. S. Lewis noted, "We read to know we are not alone."  We have enjoyed accompanying you on your reading journey and wish you many more seasons of getting lost in great books.  Although we have been selling through our inventory over the last couple of months, all remaining books will be discounted 50%."

You still have some time to support this beautiful bookstore in the heart of Green Lake. They are hosting an open house on Saturday, August 27 with food, beverages, and hopefully empty shelves.  Please stop by if you are available.

The Mockingbird space will become home to Little Explorers School beginning in September.  It will be great to still have lots of kids in the neighborhood.
phone:    206.518.5886
address: 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE
               Seattle, WA 98115