Sunday, November 10, 2019

SCBWI Western Washington's November meeting + an afternoon write-in/sketch-in

I had a productive and fun day yesterday, writing and learning craft alongside some of my SCBWI Western Washington friends.

Our monthly meeting was led by Amanda Hosch, and she gave an excellent presentation, "Crafting the Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel: Engaging Readers so They Turn the Page."

She shared the insightful way she breaks down story, questions we can ask ourselves about plot, and other helpful things to think about throughout the process of writing a novel. If you have the chance to hear Amanda speak on craft, do it! Now I must read her MG novel, MABEL OPAL PEAR AND THE RULES FOR SPYING.

written by Amanda Hosch, illustrated by Ira Sluyterman Van Langeweyde
Capstone Young Readers
pub date: September 30, 2017

After a lunch break, we were able to explore our own stories or art in a write-in/sketch-in.

Donna Barba Higuera, Ellie Peterson, Faith Pray, and Dan Richards each spoke for ten or fifteen minutes before 45-minute writing or sketching sprints. Each one did a beautiful job, inspiring us and sharing craft tips, and I appreciated being able to dig into my own work immediately after each mini presentation.

I loved being able to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. My sweet friend Faith Pray and I took a pic together.

Here's a photo of Simon modeling my copy of ONCE UPON A TIMELY, which Faith signed at yesterday's meeting.

written by Lynn Parrish Sutton, illustrated by Faith Pray
Kane Miller EDC Publishing

By the way, Faith's gorgeous book, THE STARKEEPER, will be out in 2020! Check out the amazing cover! 

written and illustrated by Faith Pray
Random House Books for Young Readers
Pub date: June 9, 2020

Thank you, SCBWI Western Washington, for an inspiring and educational day!


Faith Pray said...

Dawn, you have always been an uplifter. I'm so glad to know you and to be writing buddies. And what a fabulous day that was!

Dawn Simon said...

Thank you, Faith! I'm so glad we're friends and writing buddies, too! <3

Jemi Fraser said...

That sounds like so much fun!!!
I adore your Hufflepuff shirt - I think I need one of those!!

Dawn Simon said...

Thank you, Jemi! Yes, you definitely need one! :)

Kelly Steel said...

Wow, what a fun day! I'm glad you had an awesome time!

Kelly Steel said...

This sounds like fun!

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Kelly! Thank you! It was! I love SCBWI!

I hope 2020 is off to a great start for you! :)