Writers' Tips, Resources and Children's Publishing 101

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington offers an introduction to writing and illustrating for children and teens.

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Residencies Revealed

If you're a writer dreaming of time and space to write, come find out about residencies in the Northwest.

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Fear and Writing

Join novelist Peg Cheng in learning how fear is a natural part of the creative process and how you can use fear to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.

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Conflict - The Machine of Fiction

Join Karen Finneyfrock as she discusses the ways conflict drives novels. Explore the types of conflict present in a story, and participate in exercises to help you tease out the conflicts in your story, setting, characters, and dialogue.

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5 Things To Know Before You Self Publish

Author of "The Author's Guide to Marketing," Beth Jusino dispenses five crucial pieces of advice for any author considering self-publishing. Learn how to approach publishing your novel as a business, including when and how to hire people to help you.

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The Art of Dialogue

Author Nancy Rawles looks at the way dialogue can enliven fiction, nonfiction, plays, screenplays and poetry. She discusses ways in which dialogue can swiftly convey the essence of character, conflict or background information, and offers suggestions for exercises writers can use to practice writing dialogue.

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Residencies Revealed - Writers and Programs Tell All

Retreat directors and writers share inside tips for applying for and attending writing residencies and retreats. Hear about what residencies offer writers.

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What It Takes to Get Published Today

Publishing pros share insights on querying, finding an agent, working with an editor, getting your book to readers, and all the steps along the way. -- A panel of multi-published authors discuss their writing processes and adventures in publishing. They'll share solid tips on making your book the best it can be and how to get it into the hands of readers.

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SELF-e Publishing Launch and Author Panel

Mitchell Davis, founder of BiblioLabs (creator of SELF-e) demonstrates how the SELF-e platform works for authors. Get tips for creating and submitting your work and learn how books published on the SELF-e platform may be reviewed by Library Journal for possible inclusion in a collection available to readers in participating libraries.

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Successful Self-Publishing

Are you working on a book? Have you considered independent publishing? Join us for a panel discussion with publishing professionals, who will share how to successfully navigate the self-publishing world.

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Writing and Publishing for Young Adults

Panel discussion for insight from three published YA authors on the writing and publishing process.

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Taking the Mystery Out of Getting Published

Six published crime writers unveil the mysteries of writing and publishing in today's evolving marketplace.

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