Origami n' Stuff 4 Kids

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Book Signing!

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Native Books in Ward Warehouse
1050 Ala Moana Boulevard

Spinning a Tale as Old as Time: Writer’s Workshop with Tracy Barrett

Date(s) - 01/10/2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aina Haina Public Library
5246 Kalanianaole Hwy - Honolulu, Hawaii 96821

Non-Members $50; SCBWI Members $25
Advance registration required.
Limited Seating.

Interested in writing nonfiction or historical fiction for children and young adults? Tracy Barrett, an award-winning author of numerous books and magazine articles for young readers, will be holding a writer's workshop on January 10, 2015 at the Aina Haina Public Library. The workshop will be a combination of lecture/presentation and participant involvement.

Tracy holds a Bachelor's Degree with honors in Classics-Archaeology from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Italian Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught at Vanderbilt University for twenty-eight years. Her scholarly interests in the ancient and medieval worlds overlap in her fiction and nonfiction works.

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers led to the writing of her award-winning young-adult novel, Anna of Byzantium(Delacorte). Her most recent publications are Dark of the Moon (Harcourt) a YA retelling of the myth of the minotaur, King of Ithaka, a YA novel based on Homer's Odyssey; the popular middle-grade series The Sherlock Files (both Henry Holt) and The Stepsister’s Tale (Harlequin Teen, 2014) which received starred reviews from both Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus and was a PW Book of the Week.

Read more about Tracy Barrett at her website: http://www.tracybarrett.com/bio.htm

Registration and information: hawaii@scbwi.org

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Aspiring Keiki Artists at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Mahalo to the keiki at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pearl City! It was fun sharing my books and art with eager students. And special thanks to all the aspiring artists who drew pictures from my books!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lee & Low's New Voices Award Contest

Lee & Low's New Voices Award writing contest is now open for submissions! The deadline is September 30, 2014, so get those manuscripts in ASAP. The New Voices Award is one way to help new authors of color break into publishing.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Family Book Night Interview

Interview on Family Book Night Blog:

An Interview with Tammy Yee

Tammy Yee is the author/illustrator of more than 24 children's books set in the Hawaiian Islands. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview Tammy about her projects and what she enjoys most about being an author and illustrator. You can read more about Tammy and her many projects at tammyyee.com.

You've written and illustrated a number of books. Do you have a preference for either writing or illustrating?

I love both writing and illustrating. I tend to be very visual as I create--a book develops like a movie or a storyboard in my mind, with different parts of my brain toggling on and off. As a writer, I begin with a blank canvas that I must fill with interesting characters and a fresh, compelling story. As an illustrator, I'm given a story and I must create a visual world that doesn't merely interpret, but adds to that story. Because writing is more intellectually and creatively challenging, it can be tempestuous. Because illustrating (32 pages of art) is more physically challenging, it can be arduous. Both are just as gratifying.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Read To Me International’s The Write On! Writers’ Conference

Australia’s best-selling children’s book author and literacy advocate Mem Fox will open Read To Me International’s The Write On! Writers’ Conference with an interactive presentation covering today’s most interesting and important literacy and writing topics. Her engaging half-day session will cover reading to children using the highest standards, identifying what makes a good story for young children, how teachers can inspire writing in children at any age, and tips on what not to do when teaching writing.

Renown Hawaii children’s book author and illustrator Tammy Yee is the featured conference luncheon speaker. Her more than 24 books, which reflects the beauty and aloha of Hawaii, include the Tsunami Quilt, A Is For Aloha, Lullaby Moon, and Baby Honu’s Incredible Journey

Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

Pre-registration is required to attend. Attendance is limited to 200 participants. Download the registration form online: www.readtomeintl.org 

Children's Literature Hawaii Biennial Conference

Children's Literature Hawaii will be holding their Seventeenth Biennial Conference "Beyond the Moon: Journeys Imaginary and Real" on June 5-7, 2014 at Chaminade University. Special guests include Kathi Appelt and Grace Lin. 

For more information, visithttp://www.childrensliteraturehi.org/ andhttps://www.facebook.com/CLH2014conference

Thursday, March 6, 2014


This writing competition is open to all writers in the fields of Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry.

Cash awards will be presented in the following categories:
            First Place                               $125
            Second Place                           $100
            Third Place                              $75
            Honorable Mention                  $25

You may submit one entry only in each category.

Entries should not have been previously published.
Authors retain all rights and may submit their entries elsewhere.

Maximum Length:

  • Fiction and Nonfiction: 8 pages, double-spaced, using standard 12-point font
  • Poetry: 40 lines, single-spaced, using standard 12-point font

Place the title and page number ONLY on each document page. Do NOT include your name, as judges will receive unmarked entries.

Submit a separate cover page for each entry with:

  • Full title of entry
  • Author’s full name (no pen names)
  • Mailing address, phone number, and email address.

EMAIL ENTRIES to the 2014 Lorin Tarr Gill Chair Susan Killeen: LTG@nlapwhonolulu.org

Entry fee: $10 for each entry (Since only one entry is allowed per category, the maximum fee would be $30 for one entry in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry.)

MAIL CHECKS for entry fees, payable to "NLAPW-Honolulu" to:
Susan Killeen
1570 Bertram St.
Honolulu, HI 96816
DEADLINE: March 31, 2014

Winners will be notified in advance.

Awards will be presented at the May 5th, 2014 Honolulu Pen Women meeting at the Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu 96813.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SCBWI-Hawaii Annual Conference: Do You Want to Write Children's Books?

With author Matt de la Peña
and literary agent Marietta Zacker

FEBRUARY 28, 2014
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Paki Hale, across from Kapiolani Park
3840 Paki Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
Registration limited to 30.
Everything I Know About Writing Novels for Kids and How You Can Use it to Write Your Book

Rather than concentrate on one aspect of craft, Matt de la Peña will share his techniques for creating plot, mood, character, humor, description, angst, and more. You will have a chance to try out his techniques and by the end of the day you will have the seeds from which to grow your next novel. Don't miss your chance to learn from an award-winning author!

MARCH 1, 2014
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
William S. Richardson Law School, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2515 Dole St., Honolulu, HI 96822
Registration Limited to 120
Hear what's trending in the world of children's books, polish your writing and/or illustration skills, meet other writers and illustrators, and take advantage of the option of having your work critiqued by a professional. In addition, Matt de la Peña will lead an optional, limited-attendance workshop to be held the day before the conference. Both days will be chock full of insider information that is sure to inspire both beginners and experienced writers and illustrators—and just might put you on the road to your first or next publication. Attend one or both days! 


Matt de la Peña is the author of five critically-acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, and the Pura Belpre Honor Award-winning novel, The Living. He’s also the author of the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson), and a middle grade novel, Curse of the Ancients. He teaches creative writing at NYU and Vermont College and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Marietta Zacker is an agent with the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. Marietta has experienced children’s books from every angle–teaching, marketing, publishing & bookselling. She thrives on working with authors who make readers feel their character’s emotions & illustrators who add a different dimension to the story. She is also Book Curator at an independent toy store & bookstore.

For information, registration and conference materials, visit https://hawaii.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-hawaii-annual-conference/

SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) is the only professional organization dedicated to serving the people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children's literature. With more than 22,000 members worldwide, SCBWI is the largest children's writing organization in the world.

SCBWI Hawaii sponsors an annual conference that brings together top professionals in the children's publishing world to share their knowledge and expertise. It's an excellent networking opportunity for those already established in the industry, and for those just starting to enter the world of children's book writing and illustrating.

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