The Weekly 411 (2/5/16)

© Jennifer Gibson

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, Issue #6

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Kidit411 made Positive Writer's Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016!

Erzsi Deak of Hen & Ink Literary Studio announces Open Coop First Fridays - each month, she opens one day to submissions on a different theme. This month's (Feb. 5) theme is contemporary, commercial MG fiction.


This week we feature debut picture book author Lisa Rose. Enter to win a copy of SHMULIK PAINTS THE TOWN.

Challenges for Illustrators

PB Dummy Challenge: a six month long group challenge beginning on January 14, 2016 and ending on July 21, 2016 The challenge is to create and submit a picture book dummy.

Inspirational Things

So You Want to Be a Writer. . . (Hugh Howey)

James Cross Giblin Scholarship for Highlights Foundations courses

Conferences & Workshops

A  Query Writing Workshop with author Heather Ayris Burnell of SUB IT CLUB. (Fee paid)

April 15-17, Green Leaves (Illustrators' Conference) Hosted by SCBWI Eastern NY, a weekend of workshops and networking. Faculty includes three art directors and two artist agents.

15 Essential Time Saving Tools for Busy Writers

Writing For the Young Adult Audience

Ignite Her Curiosity: 20 Books Starring Science-Loving Might Girls

6 New Picture Books For and About Kids with Special Needs