The Weekly 411 (10/11/19)

© Ioana Hobai

Oct. 11, 2019 vol. 40

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 Ioana Hobai.


We are excited to feature author Richard Ho and his debut picture book RED ROVER: CURIOSITY ON MARS, illustrated by Katherine Roy (Macmillan, October 29, 2019). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Rosaria Munda and her debut YA novel, FIREBORNE (G.P. Putnam's Sons), out October 15, 2019. Be sure to enter to win a copy.

cover design © Kristie Radwilowicz

Writing Courses

Oct. 15 7-8:30 p.m. Central Not Every Story Arcs: Writing Nontraditional Picture Books That will be Read and Re-read by Liz Garton Scanlon  Counting books, alphabet books, books that break the fourth wall — these nontraditional formats might seem simple and one-dimensional at first glance, but in order for them to stand out they must have depth, layers and rich complexity. In this webinar, we’ll look at mentor texts and discuss strategies for creating concept books that are compelling, memorable and reward re-reading.

Peek and Critique - free weekly critique of submitted children's poetry, picture books, excerpts of novels, by Renee LaTulippe, on her YouTube channel. Submit your works; first video starting second Monday of November 2019.

  • What: submit your short (up to 200 words) kid lit poem, story, or piece about one of the picture prompts listed in the rules
  • Prize: over 50 donated prizes, including PB critiques, first chapter MG & YA critiques, books, more
  • What: submit a Halloween-themed story under 100 words including the words potion, cobweb, and trick
  • Prizes: critique and submission opportunities, book swag
Feb (specific date TBD) Author Mentor Match
  • What: submit 50 pages of your completed MG, YA, or adult WIP 
  • Prize: obtain a mentorship from a published/agented author to help get your WIP query-ready for traditional publishing

Retreats & Writing Workshops (a great list)

May 31-June 6 Whale Rock Workshop (only 4 spots left) A Masters Skills workshops for 15 MG or YA novelists with Patricia Lee Gauch (longtime editorial director at Philomel, edited Redwall series, Katherine Erskine, Jane Yolen, more) and Gary Schmidt (MG & YA author, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars) (Concord, MA)

October 2020 Whale Rock Workshop - Anne of Green Gables Adventure Workshop with award-winning MG & YA author Gary Schmidt (Green Gables, Canada). Sign up for newsletter for more info.

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