Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Book Events

November 9
William Joyce will be at Third Place Books Ravenna to talk about SANTA CALLS.

November 10
Shannon Messenger is at University Bookstore to talk about NIGHTFALL, the latest in her Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

November 12
Join Suzanne Kaufman for the launch party of CONFISCATED! at Secret Garden at 3 p.m.

November 15
The Peninsula Network meets up for a Kid Lit Drink Night at The Pourhouse in Port Townsend at 6 p.m.! All welcome.

November 15, too
Marissa Meyer shares RENEGADES, the first book in her new series, at Third Place Books LFP. Signing line tickets available with purchase.

November 19
Up and comer Jeff Kinney rolls into town to make THE GETAWAY from University Bookstore. Tickets required.

November 19: 19th Harder

November 25
Join Elizabeth Rose Stanton for a special story time at Third Place Books, Seward Park!

December 3
HERE WE ARE with Oliver Jeffers at University Bookstore. Tickets required.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Featured Illustrator: Faith Pray

Faith Pray is our Featured Illustrator for November/December! Faith was the Booster Award winner at the 25th SCBWI Western Washington Conference for Writers and Illustrators this past spring. Faith is a book-loving writer/illustrator living in Port Townsend, Washington. She regularly wrangles four wildebeest-children, and make art and stories in all her extra corners.

Can you briefly explain your creative process, favorite mediums, etc?
I work mostly in pencils, colored pencils, watercolor, and watercolor sticks, but am always exploring new feels.

I'm drawn to pencils. It's my most portable medium, and keeps me without excuse when traveling to kids' soccer practices and violin lessons. Blackwing animator pencils are quite fun, because the eraser is bundled into the pencils, so I have less chance of losing my eraser or having it get all smudged-up from lead.  

I like to add color and texture in with watercolor paints, Polycolor oil pencils, Prismacolors, watercolor sticks, and Graphitint sticks. After I have a base drawing or painting, I scan it to my computer and tidy everything up with Photoshop.

Where do you find your ideas? Do you have a process?
I try to carve out sketch and dream time every day. I read. I fill sketchbooks and notebooks with concepts, scribbles, characters, sketches. It also helps that I am surrounded by kids 15 hours a day. Kids are my daily source of oddity and inquiry.

I have a burning goal to make art and words happen every day. If I miss a day of creative breath, I get itchy. I think that constant creative practice helps grow my ideas.

How do you deal with creative blocks?
I use sticky notes to shuffle a story that's confusing. I switch from words to sketches if my story won't eek out. I switch to words if my sketches need more story. I have out-loud arguments - with myself - and often. I read books on craft.  I hunt for story lightning to strike, and if it doesn't, I keep hunting.

I push myself with online illustration challenges. In different seasons, I've enjoyed SCBWI's monthly "Draw It" prompts, Twitter's #Colour_Collective weekly prompts, as well as prompts from illustrator friends.

Who are your illustrator heroes?

Did you have any favorite children’s books as a child?
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken.
Rainbabies (Laura Mehmed, Jim LaMarche)
The Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker.

What’s inspiring you and your work right now?
I'm inspired any time I get to play with pencils and paint. Extra inspired when I get to connect with illustrator and writer friends, meet up at conferences, or have virtual chats. I'm thrilled to be taking a Writing for Children class with SCBWI-WWA's Jolie Stekly this Fall.

Any words of wisdom you want to share?
I really want a magic wand that will magick me into an accomplished author/illustrator, but my best magic spell is still the tried-and-true one: Keep it up. Every day. Don't give up.

And as much as I want to grow into a published author-illustrator, I want even more to be a learner, to create my best, find joy in the making, and spread love wherever I go.

I'm thankful for each day I get to put my creative spin into the world, and so grateful for this booster award. Thank you, SCBWI-WWA!

Thank you, Faith!
You can view Faith Pray’s portfolio here.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

SCBWI WWA November meeting next week in BELLEVUE!

Our November meeting is coming up this Wednesday, November 8, 7-9pm, and 
this month only the meeting will be held at Bellevue College N201.

Not sure where to go? Here's a map, and there's free parking (look for signs). Join us for Poetry Power with Sean Petrie & Critique Group 101 with Mark Maciejewski.

Poetry Power
Want to break through writer’s block? Add some panache to your prose? On-the-spot poetry does both! Discover how the process of creating instant poetry can help put words on the page, enliven your writing, and even generate new story ideas. Poetry can provide tools for overcoming writer’s block, boost writing confidence, enliven existing text, and produce new story ideas. Plus, it’s fun.
There will be vintage typewriters on hand, if you want to try it old-school style!

Critique Group 101
Join I Am Fartacus author Mark Maciejewski as he shares best practices for creating productive and lasting critique groups. He is a member of an intensive weekly critique group, The Papercuts, which he counts as a major factor in his writing success. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Inside Story is on November 4th!

Don’t forget! Inside Story is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 4., 2:00pm until 4:00 pmat the downtown Bellevue Library (1111 110th Ave. NE in Bellevue).

Meet and greet 17 local children’s authors and illustrators including: Ruth Austin, Bonny Becker, Martha Brockenbrough, Dori Hillestad Butler, Laurel Gale, Melissa Goodman, Lois V. Harris, Amanda Hosch, Kelly Jones, Suzanne Kaufman, Karen Lewis, Margaret Read MacDonald, Lisa L. Owens, Michaele Razi, Karen S. Robbins, Laurie Ann Thompson and Wendy Wahman.

Hear 2-minute “behind the scenes” stories from each author or illustrator about their recently published books. Win (and purchase) autographed books. Mingle with your fellow children’s book lovers.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WWU Children's Literature Conference and nErDcamp Bellingham registrations are open!

Register now for Western Washington University's 15th Annual Children's Literature Conference on February 24th. All the details for a fantastic day are here. Look at this faculty!

And consider making a weekend of it and staying Sunday for the 4th annual nErDcamp Bellingham, a day of learning and sharing with teachers, librarians, authors, and anyone else who is interested, will be on Sunday, February 25. This event is like a marriage between two incredible movements: Edcamp and #nerdybookclub.

Edcamps are “unconferences,” where the day’s sessions are determined on the day of the event, and taught or led by the attendees. They are always free, and draw a wide range of enthusiastic and focused learners.
#nerdybookclub is an online movement of passionate educators and book lovers. It is a celebration of books, reading, writing, readers, and writers.
Details and registration info here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kid Lit Drink Night-- tomorrow in Issaquah!

Kid Lit Drink Night! Or introvert happy hour. Or whatever you want to call it. Our advisory committee is taking turns "hosting" (in a no-host bar sort of way) Kid Lit Drink Nights across our chapter. The first of the season will be in Issaquah on Thursday, October 26th! Brave the rain and lift a glass with creative comrades. 

It's very casual. It's very fun. Just show up.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Drawn to Books Show

Drawn to Books

Come celebrate forty-five illustrators from SCBWI Western Washington and Canada West and their work in the children’s book form at the Seattle City Hall from October 31st through January 3rd. An opening reception will be held November 2, from 4-6 p.m. Don’t miss this wonderful show!

See the works of:
Beth Bacon, Corianton Hale, Jason Grube, Jo Gershman, Eileen Marie, Ruthie Nicklaus, Kristin Varner, Anait Semirdzhyan, Andy Musser, Dana Arnim, Melissa Goodman, Dana Sullivan, Polina Gortman, Leslie Dresdner, Elena Stowell, Michele Kempees, Rowena Russell, Vikram Madan, Tracy Wallschlaeger, Gretchen Hansen,  Lotus Ivak, Izabela Gabrielson, Douglas Yoder, Andrea Lawson, Kathryn Taylor, Amy Hevron, Dave Wheeler, Tina Hoggatt, Aimee Dan, Kjersten Hayes, Dennis Hanks, Pam Martin, Gillian Allen, Rose Soini, Milagros Welt, Elizabeth Thieme, Alix Despard, Bryan Robles, Ellie Peterson, Krister Eide, Kelly Bahr, Suzanne Kaufman, Nicole Monahan, Suzi Spooner, Dalton Webb, Kary Lee, Helena Juhasz

Friday, October 20, 2017

Upcoming events: Kid Lit Drink Night, a kids' graphic novel class with Dana Sullivan, and more!


The Peninsula Network will meet up at The Pourhouse in Port Townsend for Kid Lit Drink Night on October 25 6pm, and November 15 6pm. 

Kid Lit Drink Night! Or introvert happy hour. Or whatever you want to call it. Our advisory committee is taking turns "hosting" Kid Lit Drink Nights across our chapter. The first of the season will be in Issaquah on October 26th! Brave the rain and lift a glass with creative comrades.

New! Eastside Network Writing Craft Book Club
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10am-12pm, Come join us for a craft book discussion and writing exercises in Kirkland. Read the book first, and come prepared to participate. After the discussion, we will delve into a few writing exercises to explore the topics covered. This new SCBWI Eastside Network group kicks off the year with the book WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron. The book club is open to all and free of charge. 

Please RSVP to Renee at, so we can get a head count for expected participants.


Dana Sullivan will be offering a free class on making graphic novels for the 6-12 year old set at the Redmond Library on November 2nd. More info here

Book events!

October 21
Lisa Mantchev visits Secret Garden with her newest picture book, a companion to Strictly No Elephants, Someday, Narwhal.

October 22
Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney will be at Secret Garden Books! *Flailing Muppet arms!*

October 24
Kelly Jones will be at Third Place Books to talk about her new YA, Murder, Magic, and What We Wore.

October 26
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis come to town to talk about their collaboration on The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid at Third Place LFP.

October 28
Nidhi Chanani will be in town at Third Place Books, Seward Park to talk about Pashmina, her debut graphic novel. 

November 1
Caldecott winner Phillip Stead comes to town to read Mark Twain's, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, illustrated by Phillip and Erin Stead. Find him at Secret Garden.

November 6
Renee Watson will be in town to talk about her wonderful debut at Third Place Books, Seward Park.

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram and/or Twitter, and we'll try to repost. If you have good news or an event coming up, let us know!

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