Thursday, March 15, 2012

Current Scratch: Extras, Locally, Better

Our Schmooze this month will fall on  3-28-12 at the College Station Barnes and Noble.  Bring copies up to 5 copies for gentle critique at 9:30 a.m.  Our program begins at 10 a.m. and the discussion topic will be Balancing a Writing Life. 

Also locally, sign up now! Free workshop on "Boy Books" March 24 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Andy Sherrod will be our workshop leader on March 24 for our SCBWI Saturday on "What Makes a Good 'Boy Book' and Why Should We Care?" Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the  Gander Mountain, 2301 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX. Bring your own lunch. The event is free, but seating is limited, so we do need to know how many people plan to come. Please contact me at to sign up.
Mark your calendars for other special events: 
Also mark your calendars: Young Poets on the Brazos awards ceremony will be at the College Station Conference Center on Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm.
Want to dig deep into award winning children's books.  CLBC (ChildLitbookclub) is a local group of authors who delve into children's books.   If you want to come to the CLBC meetings and get our reading list updates:

The required reading is:

April: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
The March reading list includes books by Brian Selznick and Robert Lawson. The required reading is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson is suggested reading. Optional reading follows: Rabbit Hill; The Story of Ferdinand; They Were Strong and Good.  Shirley Hoskins will be the discussion leader in March.
For everyone participating in CLBC:
May: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
September: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
October: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell


CBLC participants, here are some fun goodies to go with the books.

Charlotte's Web trailer:

Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card will be the keynote speaker for Teen Book Con, April 14, 2012 at Alief Taylor High School, 7555 Howell Sugarland Road, Houston TX, 77083

A Wrinkle In Time trailer:


The Houston SCBWI Conference is on March 31st.  Here is the link.

TLA Texas Library association state wide conference is coming up. Here is a link to the scoop: April 17-20 at the George R. Brown Convention center, Houston, TX.

Perhaps you need more conflict for your character. This post might help.
Wavy Lines: One Writer's Zigzagging Journey offers three things you really ought to know if you write children's books. 
Reading Rainbow is coming back as an app!  Check it out.
The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.

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