The Weekly 411 (12/21/18)

© Lee White

Dec. 21, 2018 vol. 51

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updates. Are you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Lee White.


Agent seeking PB to YA authors: Adria Goetz from Martin Literary Agency

Picture book writers: Get ready for January's opportunities:
  • Sign up to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months with the 12x12 Challenge. Registration begins Jan. 8.
  • Apply for a mentor with Writing With the Stars. Application window is Jan 9-13.
  • Storystorm 2019 is coming up - be on the lookout for details this weekend (a one-month challenge in January to come up with 31 picture book ideas)


Today we are excited to feature illustrator Lee White and his latest book KATE WHO TAMED THE WIND, by Liz Garton Scanlon (Schwartz & Wade 2018). Be sure to enter to win a copy.

Today we are pleased to present middle-grade author Jenni L. Walsh. Jenni is the author of the SHE DARED series (Scholastic Jan. 1, 2019). Be sure to win a copy of both SHE DARED books, MALALA YOUSAFZAI and BETHANY HAMILTON (Scholastic)!

For Writers

How to Write a Novel with Multiple Points of View

The 10-Step Checklist to Writing and Above Average Novel

How Much Page Time Can Adult Characters Have in Middle Grade Novels?

How Authors Can Use Medium

My 6 Top Tips for Authors Querying Agents

A Guide to Literary Agent Etiquette

Jan. 23-March 5 Curtis Brown Creative, the creative writing course led by agency Curtis Brown is offering three courses: two individual 6-week courses: Writing a Children's Picture Book which will help students turn ideas into fully-fledged story-book texts for 2-6 year-olds and Illustrating a Children's Picture Book  which shows students the tricks of the trade, how to leverage their creativity and develop technique. And a 10-week combined course Writing and Illustrating a Children's Picture Book which brings together all of the teaching materials from the two individual courses. The popular children's author-illustrators: SARAH MCINTYRE and DAVID O'CONNELL are leading the courses.

A Writer's Guide to Holiday Stress

Feb. - April 2019 KBR: Revising and Re-imagining Your Novel or Chapter Book  Are you revising a novel or chapter book, or planning to get started on revising one soon? Do you want to learn a variety of techniques to help you find problems and create new material? Class sessions held online February 26, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23 at 8:30 PM Eastern time, on Tuesdays. Video recordings and transcripts will be made available after each session. Taught by editors Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson.


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