Friday, January 20, 2012

Chilly Outdoors? Get Fired Up about Writing!

There are a few great, learning-opportunity events for writers coming soon to the North Idaho area.
  • In early March, Cheryl Kline, Executive Editor at Arthur E. Levine Books, will be holding a novel intensive master class on plot.
  • In mid-March, the Inland Northwest Christian Writers group will hold their second annual Inland Northwest Christian Writers Conference, with keynote speaker Tracie Petersen, award-winning and bestselling author of over 80 books. Note: Last day for Early Bird Registration is February 4!
  • In April the Get Lit! 2012 Festival begins, bringing a week-long festival of writing-related events.
Check out details and links for these events below.


Novel Intensive:
Cheryl Klein
Executive Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books

Cheryl B. Klein has worked as an editor of children's and young adult books for more than a decade. She served as the continuity editor for the American editions of the last two Harry Potter novels, and books that she edited have won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the Batchelder Award for translation, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book citation, among other honors.

A story is what happens in a book; plot gives that story structure.  In this INTENSIVE master class with editor and writer Cheryl Klein, we’ll examine the care and feeding of a plot, including a number of techniques authors employ to control pacing, tension, character development, and reader reaction.  We’ll also look at the DNA of action and emotional development in a novel, and the uses of subplots. You’ll learn methods for analyzing your own plot to identify its strengths and weaknesses, and tips for completing a thoughtful and effective revision.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Laundau Room
  Lincoln Center
  1316 North Lincoln Street
  Spokane, WA

Sponsored by the
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators:
Inland Northwest Region
To Register visit the SCBWI website.



INWCW 2nd Annual Conference
March 16 & 17, 2012
New Life Assembly of God Church
Spokane Valley, WA 

The Inland Northwest Christian Writers organization will hold their second annual conference in March, 2012. Keynote speaker will be Tracie Peterson, award-winning, bestselling author of over 80 books.The conference will include a variety of workshops to choose from and other activities to inspire writers of all levels.

Reserve your spot today with editors, agents and critiquers while
there are still appointments available.



April 10 – 15, 2012
Spokane, Washington

Sponsored by Eastern Washington University, the 2012 Get Lit! Festival focuses on writers who “Capture the World.” While the festival continues to celebrate the role of writers from multiple genres, crime fiction will be spotlighted at the 2012 festival. Mark your calendar for the 14th annual festival and workshops.

The Get Lit! Festival is weeklong celebration of reading and writing offers events for literature lovers of all ages, including:

•    readings and lectures
•    interviews
•    workshops
•    panel discussions
•    poetry slams for children, teens, and college students
•    writing contests
•    book signings
•    visits by festival authors to local K-12 schools and colleges

For more information about events, check out the Get Lit! website.


For additional writing-related events such as author book signings and readings in the area, take a look at the Events page of this blog.

1 comment:

Jessie Gunderson said...

These are great opportunities. Thanks for sharing them!