Meetings & Events
This year SCBWI Western Washington offers the following programs & events for our members:
Agent visit Oct. 17-18
The workshop and consultations are filled, but you can still register for the Thursday evening meeting here.
For a map of the SPU campus, click here.
Every year SCBWI WWA hosts a conference dedicated to growing the careers of writers and illustrators by providing craft-related workshops and marketing opportunities for publishing their work. Our conference now attracts more than 400 attendees, making it one of the largest regional conferences within SCBWI. Details about next year’s conference, which will be held in April, will be posted when available on our Annual Conference page.
Convention Center Art Show 2013
All Illustrators who are SCBWI members living in our Western Washington region may submit art for a show that will be hung at the Washington State Convention Center for three months, from October through December, 2013.
Don't miss the reception at the Convention Center, open to all, on December 12 from 6 - 9 p.m. Register here.
The Great Critique
Have your manuscript or art critiqued by a published writer and/or illustrator who can help you pinpoint needed improvements. Meet in a small group with an experienced critique leader and receive feedback on your own work while learning from comments by the critique leader about the work of others. Manuscripts and art to be reviewed must be submitted before the meeting. Look for submission instructions on the Chinook Update blog and here on this page.
NOTE: This is a closed event for registered participants only. SCBWI members and non-members may attend for a small fee, but they must register in advance. Priority will be given to SCBWI members. This event has a limited capacity and fills quickly. No one may attend unless registered specifically for THE GREAT CRITIQUE.
This event has traditionally been held in January, but will be moved to some time in August, 2014. Check back on this page for details.
Inside Story is a twice-yearly salon to celebrate the new books of local authors and illustrators. SCBWI WWA works with local booksellers to host one event each spring and another each fall. During the event, presenters share the “inside story” about their books with local booksellers, librarians, and teachers. For information about the next Inside Story event, please see Inside Story.
Kid Lit Drink Night
One a month, a KLDN will be scheduled. Each evening is hosted by a member of the Advisory Committee. (Everyone is responsible for their own food & beverage costs.) Watch this website and the Chinook Update for dates, time and location. These are great opportunities get out of your writing cave or studio and gather together with your tribe.
This coming Sunday Jennifer Mann is hosting Kid Lit Drink Night at the Harbour Public House on Bainbridge Island! Short notice you say? She did too, but there it is. The Harbour has great food and beverages AND you can walk there from the ferry, so leave the car in Seattle. Let's say it starts 7-ish.
Master Classes and Special-Interest Workshops
SCBWI WWA offers at least one master class or special-interest workshop each year. Typically held in the fall during daytime hours, these workshops are taught by esteemed industry professionals (e.g., faculty for MFA programs, editors) and geared toward advanced writers and illustrators who are either published or close to publication.
Throughout the year our networks offer SCBWI members outside of Seattle a variety of "schmooze" events – gatherings of children's writers and illustrators who are looking to share knowledge, great news, and companionship. Schmoozes are free events – usually roundtable discussions about various topics of interest to children's writers and illustrators. Guest speakers are occasionally featured as well. The Northern Network offers events especially for members living in Skagit and Whatcom Counties; the South Sound Network offers events especially for members living in Pierce, Thurston, and Mason Counties. For information about upcoming network events, please see Network Events.
Open Mic Night
SCBWI members will have the opportunity to read a short section of their work aloud to an audience. This is great training for speaking engagements or school visits, as well as a chance to show your peers your stuff and hear what your work sounds like when read aloud. Our first Open Mic Night of the upcoming season will be in February. Watch this page for more details.
SCBWI WWA professional retreats for writers and illustrators offer intermediate and advanced writers and illustrators who are published or close to publication a chance to hone their craft and work. Retreats are application-based and usually screened. Information about the upcoming November Weekend on the Water Writers Retreat and application forms will be posted on the Professional Retreats page.
An Illustrators Retreat is being planned for September 2014. This will be a joint event with the Oregon chapter of SCBWI and promises to be a wonderful event. Once details are available, they will be posted on the Professional Retreats page.
Also in the works, in addition to our traditional writers retreat, is a "Bare Bones" Style Writers Retreat. The purpose of this event is to get away from your busy life and enjoy a weekend of intensive writing. There will be no big name faculty and this retreat will be held at an affordable venue in order to keep the price lower than our other writers retreat. It will be held in the fall of 2014 and details will be posted on the Professional Retreats page.
SCBWI International Events
Twice a year SCBWI International brings together top professionals in the children's book industry to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees. These conferences are also excellent networking opportunities for those already established in the children's industry and for those just starting to enter the fantastic (yet demanding) world of children's book writing and illustrating. To learn more about upcoming SCBWI International events that take place in New York and Los Angeles, visit www.scbwi.org.