Monday, January 13, 2014

Current Scratch: Event, Awards, News, Win

Howdy, Folks.  I love a brand new shiny year. I hope that you have made your goals. If not, look to the sidebar for our local member goals.  Perhaps you will be inspired. 

Our first schmooze for the year is around the corner. 


We meet Wednesday, Jan 29, is "Revisiting Revision." at 10 a.m in the College Station Barnes and Noble. Join us for lunch afterwards. Our topic is to be announced...but it will help launch you into a successful new year.


Martha Wells --Writing Speculative Fiction for Kids and Teens

Mark you calendars for a morning workshop with acclaimed fantasy author for adults and teens Martha Wells ( Martha will offer her expert overview of speculative fiction, including tips, resources, exercises and practical advice. Bring your questions for a time of Q&A. Copies of Martha’s books will be available for purchase.

Q. What is speculative fiction?

(from wiki!) Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature.

Here are the details...

DATE: March 22, 2014

TIME: 10 a.m to 12 p.m

PLACE: Brazos Valley Arts Center, 2275 Dartmouth, College Station, TX.

COST: $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Seating is limited. Please let us know you are coming by emailing: and then paying (cash or check) at the door.


Hey, movies  have the Golden Globes and Oscars. We have the the ALA Media Awards.  Here is the scoop just in case you want the news hot off the presses...The 2014 Youth Media Award announcements will take place during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition at 8 a.m. ET, on Monday, January 27, from the Pennsylvania Convention Center's Grand Ballroom A, in Philadelphia.
The ALA will provide a free live webcast of the announcements. Live streaming efforts will begin the morning of the announcements.


Kate DiCamillo Named Next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Read about in PW.


The deadline for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards is 1/31/2013. Are you interested? Read about it and check out the rules Here is the link.

Work-in-Progress grant applications need to be in March. It is time to think about it now. Read about the available grants and the rules. Here is the link.

Do you have an 800 word or less HOLIDAY story simmering on the back burner?  Here is the link to the pertinent details!  Hurry, you have until the end of the month.

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