Men’s Night – Tuesday, December 10th, 6-9pm
Ladies Night – Thursday, December 12th, 6-9pm
Musings from the creatively maladjusted. What writers write when they 1) aren't writing, 2) are avoiding writing, 3) need a word count to convince their spouses they are writing, 4) are between deadlines or 5) aren't distracted by the Google demon...
|Opihi are shellfish that live clinging to rocky shores in Hawaii. But Iki, the littlest opihi, seeks adventure in the open ocean. Will he ever join the other opihi and learn to "stick to it"?|
Print a Hawaiian Intertidal Zone coloring and identification sheet:
Hawaii's intertidal zone is home to a variety of plants and animals that are well suited to the push and pull of tides. When the tide is low, rocks are exposed to the hot sun. Shellfish hug the rocks to keep moisture in. Some snails even have an operculum, a "door" that closes shut to prevent them from drying out. When the tide is high, rocks are submerged and fish, mollusks and other creatures emerge from crevices and hiding spots under rocks, free to roam. Some animals even prefer the spray zone, where waves constantly pound the shore.
Plants and animals living in the intertidal zone must also adapt to drastic changes in temperature and the level of salt in the tide pools.
Tide pools can be fun, but you must use caution when exploring. Always wear protective foot covering. Rocks can be slippery, so watch your step. Beware of animals, like urchins, that can be venomous. Avoid stepping on and destroying plants and coral. If you overturn a rock, replace it the way you found it so that the plants and animals beneath the rocks aren't exposed to sunlight and drying out. And NEVER turn your back to the waves! Always be mindful of the sea and all its creatures.
"The submission portal, www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com, will be open from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia. Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets.
Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com."
" Looking For Authors in Upcoming Hawaii Book! Become a published author in an upcoming book for worldwide e-distribution and print. Everyone is focused on 2012, politics and elections, economic issues, and what mainstream media is telling everyone about negativity. Hawaii Wellness Directory and Worth Grace Media are responding by partnering in a special creative collaboration to highlight messages of hope - for beyond 2012. Be a part of this opportunity to give your heartfelt message of encouragement, inspiration and guidance to people around the world.
DEADLINE-October 15th 2012
We are accepting 100 submissions to be featured and published in December 2012.
Five (5) judges will be reviewing entries to select the messages that move us the most. You must live in Hawaii part-time or full-time. Authors will receive ongoing support via networking throughout 2013 from HWD and WGM "
Bryan Collier, Caldecott honor illustrator
Karen Cushman, Newbery Medal winning author
Tony DiTerlizzi , Author/illustrator of The Spiderwick Chronicles and Caldecott Honor recipient
Dan Gutman, Award-winning author
Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal Winner
Gary Schmidt, Two-time Newbery winner
Ruta Sepetys, Award-winning (including the Golden Kite Award) author of Shades of Gray
Sara Shepard, Author of the Pretty Little Liars and Lying Game Series
Deborah Underwood, Award-winning (including Crystal Kite Award) author
Clare Vanderpool, Newbery medal winner
-Access to all conference keynotes and workshops
-The Gala Party on Saturday night (includes dinner and a drink ticket)
-Ticket to the Golden Kite Luncheon on Sunday
-Attendance to the Friday night Portfolio Showcase and cocktail party
-Chance to sell your books at the PAL book sale on Friday (some restrictions apply)
-Tea and coffee each morning
-Free wireless in your room
A Manuscript or Portfolio Consultation
The Juried Portfolio Showcase
Two of the post-conference intensive workshops (Writers choose one of two including: 9 Agents, 1 Morning; 9 Agents, 1 Afternoon; Independent Publishing; Spitshine: Polishing your Novel; First Pages; Developing your Hook; Picture Books; Revising your MG/YA Novel and more to be announced! Illustrators can register for the all-day illustrator intensive, Writing for Illustrators.)
This summer, July 9-13 we proudly will present the tenth Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop, www.occbww.com, in the exquisite Oregon coast town of Oceanside.
The instructors for the workshop will include five established children's book authors (between them, specializing in YA and middle school novels, picture books, non-fiction, magazine pieces, and poetry), two children's book editors from major houses (we have yet to sign our second editor), and one children's book agent. Summer Workshop 2012 promises to be our best yet because:
- The instructor-student ratio will be a maximum of one to seven (probably less)
- Each day you will meet with an instructor for at least one comprehensive consultation
- You can have one-on-one informal meetings with instructors each day as well
- Every student who wishes can have an anonymous first page manuscript critique by all eight instructors in front of the class
- We will offer at least twelve instructional lectures on various aspects of writing and publishing
- There will be two evening presentations by instructors
- Out-of-class consultations with instructors are available
- There will be at least two guest lectures/writing workshops
- There will be two wonderful parties (quite appropriate for friends, partners, spouses, children)
More and more of our students are publishing and signing with agents. If you are ambitious to publish a children's book (or simply adore children's books) this is the workshop for you. It will allow you to connect directly with authors, editors, agents who are active in the children's book business. If you go to the website and look under Evaluations, you'll see that it's received extraordinarily high praise (some listed below).
The course is available for graduate credit.
For complete information we welcome you to visit our website at www.occbww.com
There's a generous refund policy (described at the website) if you decide to register now and then later on change your mind.
Any questions, feel free to ask.
Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop
"Most people think writing for children is easier than writing for adults..."
~Nancy Lamb, Author
The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children offers detailed information and an in-depth examination of storytelling and story structure. Books on writing for children sell exceedingly well, so it's surprising that no other book focuses on this important aspect of the craft. Using examples from classic and contemporary sources, Nancy Lamb explores all the key elements of children's storytelling, from point of view to structure to plotting and pacing.
The author of 43 fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, Lamb takes a hands-on approach with worksheets, exercises, and checklists to show writers how to capture and keep a young reader's attention, whether the topic is fact or fiction.
"If you're not a part of it, children's publishing can be a confusing world..."
~ Harold D. Underdown (Author)
Yup, I was confused, and yup, this one sits on my shelf as well, even after publishing numerous books. I've always liked Underdown's no-nonsense approach on the good and the bad of children's publishing.
As this revised edition states, "Children’s publishing is a big business, with many kinds of publishers, many kinds of books, and right ways and wrong ways to do even such a simple thing as write a cover letter." Children’s book editor Underdown covers all the bases of breaking into the industry, from tips on maximizing the creative process to manuscript-submission pointers to ideas for promoting a published book. Background on the history and current state of children’s publishing includes information on new trends and new imprints launched up to 2007. Featured throughout are real-life anecdotes from published authors and illustrators and recommended Web resources. Back matter includes a glossary, bibliography, sample cover letters, and an index. Whether a “complete idiot” or an experienced writer or illustrator, children’s-publishing hopefuls will find this a comprehensive, balanced resource. --Laura Tillotson
Now that Underdown has taught you how to write a cover letter and submit your manuscript, here's your guide to publishers, agents and art reps. Lists include genres, contact information, and submission policy.
"To create a good picture book or story book, you must understand how the two differ in concept..."
~ Uri Shulevitz (Author)
Anyone wishing to create children's books will learn how to tell a story visually; build a storyboard to plot the flow of a book; prepare pages for a printer; and go about finding a publisher. Step-by-step sketches provide insights into drawing characters and developing settings. The works of such renowned illustrators as Beatrix Potter, William Steig, and Maurice Sendak are used to demonstrate a visual approach to storytelling. 10 color and 600 b&w illustrations.