Monday, May 23, 2016

Current Scratch: Join Us, Read!, Tips!, Truth!

Hi folks! This is late. Sorry! We have had a couple of people drop out of the Scratchpad, so it is now going to come once a month until we have more volunteers! Email me if you are interested in joining the team. I hope you are writing up a storm!

JOIN US! Our May 25 meeting focus will be the publishing journeys of two authors –- Shirley Nolan Amador and Sherry Garland. Join us at 10 a.m. in the back corner of the College Station Barnes & Noble.

Shirley Nolan Amador's first novel is Lotus (Amazon, Kindle, Nook, B&N -– 2016), the story of a young Chinese woman who arrives in America on the verge of becoming a mother. In a new land with no family other than her husband to help her, she must navigate her way through her new life as she is faced with losing not only her own dreams, but also her child as nature and evil threaten her world. Come learn how Shirley made the decision to change her character's age for the sake of the story

Sherry Garland's latest picture book is Voices of the Western Frontier (Pelican, 2016, illustrated by Julie Buckner), a wide-angled overview of the settling of the American West in first-person, free-verse poems. Sherry will talk about how she got started in children's publishing working with traditional publishers.

We'll also share member news and encouragement. For those who have time, a group usually goes to lunch together following the meeting.

For gentle critique of a work in progress, come early at 9:30 a.m. with copies of 5 double-spaced pages to share.

MAY 31 Webinar — wherever you are, 7-8:30 p.m. CDT
Webinar: Turning the Page with Words and Pictures featuring Author/Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka -- $10 for members; $35 for non-members

JUNE 20 in College Station

7 p.m. Social at Starbucks, Hwy. 6 at Rock Prairie Road.

JUNE 29 in College Station

Our June meeting will be a panel discussion on writing for the Christian publishing market. Join us in Barnes & Noble at 10 a.m. Click here for more details.


PIXAR's 22 Rules of Story Telling. Because they are doing something right. Courtesy of the tweets of Emma Coats, a former Pixar storyboard artist!

How to write dialogue! This is for most writing forms.  10 rules to make you a genius. 


 Disclaimer: The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.