Society of
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2018-19 Passports On Sale Now!

Registration for the 2018-2019 SCBWI WWA Monthly Programming Passport has closed. Passport holders may attend our remaining monthly meetings free of charge. SCBWI Members may attend for $10, Non-members for $15. Cash and check accepted at the door.



A full season of regular monthly programming begins with our kickoff Editor Extravaganza, Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Seattle Central Library in the Microsoft Auditorium. During the Monthly Meeting portion of the day, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, we’ll host Tiffany Liao, editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, presenting on Mirrors, Windows & Doors: Writing & Thinking Cross-Culturally.” After the meeting, enjoy the work of local illustrators at our KISS Art Showcase, displayed in the lobby of the Seattle Central Library.

But, wait, there’s more planned for our Editor Extravaganza! Plan to spend the day and evening with your SCBWI friends! From 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, Tiffany Liao will lead a wonderful master class workshopThe Heart Wants What It Wants: How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters.For your evening entertainment, stay for the Washington State Book Awards ceremony, 6-7 p.m. with schmoozing afterward. All events for the Editor Extravaganza and Washington State Book Awards will take place at the Seattle Central Library.

The final event for our Editor Extravaganza takes place on Sunday. Tiffany Liao will lead two 90-minute Roundtable Critique sessions on October 14, 2018, at Seattle Pacific University, between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sign up for Passport early to get your spot at the table!

Tiffany Liao is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. She’s had the pleasure of editing authors such as Tomi Adeyemi, Rhoda Belleza, Dhonielle Clayton, K.D. Halbrook, Lesley Livingston, Henry Lien, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, and Margaret Owen, among others. She acquires young adult and middle grade fiction of all stripes, as well as the occasional nonfiction title. A Bay Area native, Tiff now resides in Brooklyn where she continues to pine for a good avocado. She (mostly) tweets about bookish things at @tiff_liao.


Monthly Meetings, Webinars, and Additional Opportunities, September 2018 through May 2019

You asked and we listened! This year, we’ve mixed up some of our programming, moving regular monthly meetings to Saturday mornings, 10 am to noon, and expanding meeting locations. Watch for announcements about monthly meetings at several different venues, some familiar and some new: Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Central Library, and Bellevue College. We’re also launching Webinars, free to Passport holders, open to others for a fee. Webinar times and dates vary. Be sure to check our website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and, as always, your email inbox. We hope this mix of diverse programming means that there will be something for everyone in our fabulous region!

You won’t want to miss even one of these meetings and webinars and your Passport purchase ensures that you won’t have to! This year, our season starts in September and ends in May. Our SCBWI Western Washington chapter is fully self-supporting since we don’t receive money from dues to the International Membership. But our chapter works hard to keep our fees low-cost or free when possible. For lowest cost access to all 2018-2019 monthly meetings and webinars, pay a one-time registration fee — $44 for SCBWI International members and $88 for non-members. This year, we’re offering scholarships for Passport. For more information about how to apply for a scholarship, check out our website or email Even without a Passport, you or your friends can still participate in our monthly meetings and webinars — $15 per monthly meeting, and $10-$15 per webinar. Invite a friend!




September 8, 2018, 10:30 to 12:30 p.m: An SCBWI & Seattle Writes Welcome at Seattle Public Library. (Free and open to all!)

September 17, 2018, 7:30 a.m to 8:30 a.m., Webinar: Author/agent Lauren Spieller with “Dazzling First Pages.” (All attendees must register to participate. Watch email and social media for announcements.)

October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to Noon: Mirrors, Windows & Doors: Writing & Thinking Cross-Culturally with Tiffany Liao, Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

October 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m: KISS Art Showcase. (Select this option during Passport registration.)

October 13, 2018, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m: Master Class with Tiffany Liao, The Heart Wants What It Wants: How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters. (Register here.)

October 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m: Washington State Book Awards Ceremony. (Free and open to all!)

October 14, 2018, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m: Roundtable Critiques with Tiffany Liao. (Option to purchase during Passport registration.)

October 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m**, Webinar: A Conversation with Martha Brockenbrough, The Writing of Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump, hosted by Lisa L. Owens. (All attendees must register to participate. Watch email and social media for announcements.)

**NOTE: Martha’s webinar was originally listed as occurring on 10/17/18 — the date has been changed to 10/24/18.

November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m to Noon: Come to this monthly meeting where we will use the time to make announcements, break the ice, and share our first pages in small breakout groups with others who write in our age group. Enjoy this first-ever Passport offering — with tasty snacks, music, and writing buddies!

November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Webinar: Just the Facts: On Researching Your Nonfiction Children’s Book with Lisa L. Owens, hosted by Joni Sensel. (All attendees must register to participate. Watch email and social media for announcements.)

December 8, 2018, 10 a.m. to Noon: POV & Emotion: Writing Reluctant First-Person Narrators with Rob Land. And don’t miss our ever-popular holiday cookie contest and book exchange!

January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to Noon: Nuts and Bolts of Self-Publishing with Amazon KDP (indie publishing) with Beth Bacon.

January 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m: The Great Critique. (Not part of Passport programming; separate registration & fee required. Watch email and social media for announcement.)

February 2019, Webinar: Topic, Date and Speaker TBD, moderated by Joni Sensel. SCBWI WWA’s creativity liaison, Joni Sensel, will moderate a webinar about a topic related to creativity, your imagination, and how to harness them to improve your work, your life, or both. Watch your inbox and our Facebook page for the date and time of this not-to-be-missed webinar! (All attendees must register to participate. Watch email and social media for announcements.)

February 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m: Social with SCBWI-WWA. Mingle with fellow SCBWI members at a no-host dinner after the WWU conference. (Watch your inbox and social media for details!)

March 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m: Keynote presentation from agent Quressa Robinson.

March 9, 2019, 6pm to 10pm: Roundtable critques with agent Quressa Robinson.

March 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to Noon: Nonfiction Craft Talk with Laurie Ann Thompson, hosted by Lisa L. Owens.

April 13, 2019, 10 a.m. to Noon: Worldbuilding: How to Create Solid Worlds That Feel Real with Alma Alexander (followed by Kidlit Write-In; see description below).

April 13, 2019, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m: Kid-Lit Write-In. (Kid-Lit Write-In is not part of Passport Series; separate registration required.)

May 18 – 19, 2019Imagine That! SCBWI WWA Spring Conference at Seattle Pacific University. (The conference is not part of Passport Series; separate registration required.)

June 1,2019, 10 a.m. to Noon: Join us for our final meeting of the year as we take a video stroll through two illustrator studios. After the video, both illustrators will answer questions from the audience about their work. (Illustrators to be announced in the new year.)


Locations for In-person Meetings


Seattle Pacific University
509 West Bertona
Demaray Hall, Room 150
Seattle, WA 98119



Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave., Microsoft Auditorium, Level 4, Room 1
Seattle, WA 98104



Bellevue College
Paccar Auditorium (N-201)
Bellevue, WA 98007