The Weekly 411 (4/5/19)

© Elizabeth Lampman Davis

April 5, 2019, vol. 13

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 Elizabeth Lampman Davis.


Today we are excited to feature author-illustrator Lisa Anchin and her book, THE LITTLE GREEN GIRL (Dial Books April 2, 2019). Enter to win a copy!

At the beginning of each month, we change our website banner. This month, we feature illustrator Elizabeth Lampman Davis and her banner for Kidlit411's website.

© Elizabeth Lampman Davis

We are excited to feature picture book author Kim Chafee and her debut book,  HER FEARLESS RUN: Kathrine Switzer's Historic Boston Marathon, illustrated by Ellen Rooney. (Page Street Kids, 2019). Enter to win a copy!

For Writers

Critique Groups

How to Critique: Best Practices for Workshopping

Authors Beware: Author Scams and Publishing Companies to Avoid

Writing Challenges

April 1-30 Camp NaNoWriMo
What: virtual writing retreat brought to you by the creators of NaNoWriMo where you set your own writing goals. Join cabins with other writers for motivation.

What: fun, monthlong writing event with a group of other writers. You set your goals.

Inspirational Things

April 29, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. First Pages in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction A strong opening chapter is essential in capturing not just an agent's attention, but in hooking your readers. But what makes a truly engaging opening? How much backstory is too much backstory, and what is connecting your reader to your main character? And is capturing the entire scope of a novel in the opening pages really all that necessary? In this lecture, literary agent Sarah LaPolla will discuss the best ways to effectively present voice, story, and character in your opening pages in ways that reach teen readers and keep an agent wanting more. (Discloure: the link above is an affiliate link; registering through this link will help support Kidlit411)

May 8, 8:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Middle Grade v. Young Adult Fiction, a Q&A with Cheryl Klein  Cheryl Klein, editorial director at Lee & Low, will explore the differences between middle grade and young adult fiction in this structured Q&A session. There will be time for audience questions at the end of the Q&A. Unable to attend live? All registrants will have access to the recording for 30 days after the event. (link is an affiliate link: signing up through this will help support Kidlit411)

Sept. 21-25 and Sept 25-29 Avalon Writer's Full Manuscript Retreat Small writing retreats of 8 writers and 2 professionals (agent + editor), where you get a 30-page critique, first page sessions, and more.  Faculty for first session: Catherine Laudone, editor, Simon & Schuster and Wendi Gu, agent, Janklow & Nesbit; Second session: Alexandra Borbello, editor, Athaneum and Claire Freedman, agent at Inkwell Management.


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  1. I read about Katherine and her run in a fiction book about a girl runner who heard about Katherine Switzer's run after not being allowed to run. I'm so glad that someone has written a book about her. She made history and paved the way for other women runners.


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