The Weekly 411 (8/17/18)

© Lisa Mundorff

Aug. 17, 2018, vol. 33

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We are excited to feature debut picture book author Margaret Greanias and her book, MAXIMILLAIN VILLAINOUS, illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow published by Running Press Kids.

Today we are pleased to feature two MG debut authors:

  • Christina Collins, author of AFTER ZERO (Sourcebook Jabberwocky, Sept. 4, 2018)
  • K.A. Reynolds, author of THE LAND OF YESTERDAY (Harper Collins, July 2018)
Be sure to enter the giveaway for both books!

How to Use Dialogue Tags Like a Pro

Adding Dimension to Characters: 10 Sly Character Development Techniques

21 of the Best Opening Lines in Children’s Books

25 Picture Book First Lines

Art of the Picture Book - exploring design and illustration of picture books

Sept. 21- 23   Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop YA & MG novelists: Join our innovative, craft-based workshop, open to 12-16 intermediate to published authors in a congenial open-clinic format. We offer qualified writers WHOLE-NOVEL critiques by a top-notch editor *or* agent, critiques on PARTIALS by an editor *and* agent, and feedback by stunningly smart teens (in the concurrent TeenSpeak Novel Workshop). Faculty includes Molly Ker Hawn, director of the Bent Agency-UK and former editor at Dial Books; Senior Editor Krista Vitola of Simon & Schuster; and Chris Crutcher, bestselling YA author. Don’t miss this unusual opportunity. Inquire now! 

Sept. 21-23 Teen Speak Novel Workshop A writing workshop for teen writers with bestselling YA author Chris Crutcher, where teens work on their craft and help critique the concurrent YA/MG adult writer's conference. Partial need-based scholarships available. (Santa Cruz, CA)


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