Registration Open for Inland Northwest SCBWI Regional Conference

Registration opens July 15 for the Inland Northwest SCBWI Regional Conference, September 19, 2015 in Spokane. Check it out!

A Guide to Black Hair #2 – Natural Styles, by Justina Ireland

Here is the second article in the series by Justina Ireland, A Guide to Black Hair #2 – Natural Styles — Justina Ireland. Note especially the “Red Flag Words” at the bottom of the article. Thank you, Justina, for helping avoid personal blind spots.

A Guide to Black Hair #1 – Relaxers, by Justina Ireland

Justina Ireland is a YA author, and as she says, Purveyor of Awesomeness. She is writing a series of articles, a Guide to Black Hair. Here is the first in the series, A Guide to Black Hair #1 – Relaxers. Hair is such an important part of a person’s identity. Most of us have dealt our entire life with one type of hair – whatever ours is – and it would be easy to… Read More

Adventures Underground gets Dragon-in-Residence

One of our favorite, local bookstores, Adventures Underground, is getting a mural of a reading dragon! Looks great, can’t wait to check it out! You can see more of Herb Leonhard’s art on his facebook page.

Successful Queries, by Writers Digest

Want to know what makes a successful query letter? Writers Digest has posted over 60 examples of successful query letters. Check out their series, Successful Queries.  

Steve Wallenfels signs with Disney-Hyperion

Steve Wallenfels announced today … Last week was a big one for this writer. Disney-Hyperion picked up my YA novel, BAD CALL. It’s about four teens that sneak away for an ill-fated camping trip in my old stomping ground, Yosemite National Park. I’m looking forward to working with editor Julie Moody and so happy to be part of the Disney-Hyperion family!

How Data Can Help You Write A Better Screenplay, by Walt Hickey of FiveThirtyEight

The data gods at Five Thirty Eight evaluated the success rate for thousands of screenplays submitted through The Black List and have distilled some interesting insights. For example… Hagen said novice screenwriters find writing good dialogue and characters particularly challenging. Genres that rely heavily on dialogue and characters — namely, comedies — tend to fare worse overall. On the other hand, niche dramas — particularly those set in a compelling time period, or at… Read More

Book Release: Myri’s Hands, by Jane Roop

How exciting! On June 30, 2015, Jane Roop published her first novel, Myri’s Hands. Check it out!

Intensive, Two-Day Novel Writing Workshop by Michelle Hansen

Michelle is offering a two-day workshop on novel writing, with attendees receiving a 30 minute “Tapping Your Genius” coaching session from Michelle. Check it out!  

Myri’s Hands

About Myri’s Hands, written by Jane Roop: From childhood, Myri saw things other people didn’t see, like pulsating arcs of energy and spirits. Her dad had warned her. Best to keep such nonsense to herself. But in his last moments when he saw Ruby, a spirit, arrive to help him to the other side, he had smiled. After his death Myri’s life became stranger. Her hands often throbbed with heat. When she… Read More