Compiled by Tabitha Olson
Anderson’s Bookshop: Children’s Author Visits
Jan. 7: Libba Bray, 7 p.m. in Naperville. The author of New York Times bestseller A Great and Terrible Beauty celebrates her new book The Sweet Far Thing.
Jan. 30: Barbara Park, 7 p.m. in Naperville. The author of the popular Junie B. Jones series visits with her new book, Ma, There’s Nothing to Do Here!
Jan. 31: Jon Scieszka, 7 p.m. in Naperville. Scieszka’s Trucktown, a new preschool/ kindergarten series, will get youngsters revved up for fun.
Feb. 4: Naperville READS 2008, 7 p.m. at Naperville North High School, featuring Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
For more information, go to Anderson’s Bookshop Events Continue reading Big Names Sweep Into Chicagoland
By Beth Finke
It took me three years to write my first book – and 10 years to revise it. Continue reading From Wags to Riches
Come see the world premiere of The Dirty Cowboy, a play based on SCBWI-Illinois member Amy Timberlake’s hilarious picture book by the same name. SCBWI-Illinois has purchased a block of tickets for this momentous event. So come along, be entertained, meet Amy and enjoy a Q&A session after the performance with Amy, the playwright and Amy’s
Continue reading ‘The Dirty Cowboy’ On Stage at Lifeline
The SCBWI-Illinois networks are lining up their winter schedules. Check out the speakers and topics they have planned all across the Chicago and greater Illinois areas by visiting the Networks page
Continue reading SCBWI-Illinois Network Events
By Mary Loftus
I was talking with some writers recently about the process of sitting for long hours at the computer, and the topic of snacking came up. One writer revealed that she had created unexpected weight gain along with her last novel. Another said that regular cookie breaks found their way into her writing process. And that got me thinking about alternatives to the writer’s snack attack. Even a few minutes of exercise can offer the energy boost and mental break writers are usually looking for when we reach for that snack. Continue reading Fight Snack Attacks in the Writing Studio
By Carmela Martino
What do Sylvester, Gloria, Hugo, Opal, Octavian and Salamanca have in common? Continue reading What’s In A Name? (Part One)
By Teresa Owens Smith
Cold and alone, the writer wrapped her words around her like a cloak and followed the winding path. Maybe she should turn back. No. Then the wisdom of the magi could be lost to her forever. Armed with manuscript pages and a pen, she continued on until she reached the next fork in the road. Continue reading Online or Face-to-Face: Which Path Is Right for You?
By Christine Thornton
What should go in an illustration portfolio? It’s a question all illustrators ask when they start out. Then as the years go by and your body of work grows, pieces are added and subtracted, and you ask the question again. . . and again. An illustrator’s portfolio is ever changing, but it should always be the best possible representation of your talent. Ideally, when art directors see your portfolio, they are dazzled. So, how do we get there? Continue reading Demystifying the Illustration Portfolio
By Jenny Meyerhoff
Take Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft, by Jane Yolen (Writer’s Digest Books)
The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard (Harper Collins)
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamont (Anchor Books)
Like many writers, you might prefer to avoid books about being a writer. After all, writers don’t read about writing – they write. But sometimes they don’t. Continue reading Books that Motivate
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
By Linda Urban
By Brenda Ferber
Oh, I love this book. Oh, it’s so simple and powerful. Oh, I wish I had written that. Oh, how did Linda Urban manage to grab at my emotions so well? Continue reading Books That Make You Go, “Oh!”: Children’s lit that illuminates the craft of writing