SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

“Power of Perseverance” with Jolie Stekly and “Ask a PAL Panel”

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/11/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location
Demaray Hall, Seattle Pacific University
509 West Bertona - Seattle, Washington 98119


January Professional Meeting Series
 
Writing, no matter your background, is a challenging endeavor. It’s not for the get-it-quick spirit. But even if that’s not you, the time it takes, on top of the expected rejection, can bring a writer to a complete stop. And, as has been said: the only thing that can stop you is stopping. So much of writing is what’s happening in your head, so being solid with your own mindset can make all the difference. Join Jolie Stekly as she shares thoughts on ways to continue to show up during the rollercoaster ride of publication. In addition, Jolie will moderate an Ask-A-PAL panel of local Published and Listed authors and illustrators.
 
Meetings are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check. You may also purchase a Passport to the Professional Meeting Series at a significant discount ($44 for members, $88 for non-members):
 
Click here to purchase your Passport!
 
Jolie Stekly Bio:
 

 
Jolie Stekly is a writer and teacher who works with writers at all stages to grow their craft and achieve their goals. Over the past 15 years she has worked with numerous editors, agents, authors, and illustrators to develop programming for conferences, retreats, and classes. She is a former regional advisor of SCBWI Western Washington and she was recognized as SCBWI’s 2009 Member of the Year. Jolie now welcomes hundreds of first-time attendees to the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles each summer and is a member of SCBWI’s Team Blog. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @cuppajolie and at joliestekly.com.
 
Ask a PAL Panel Members
 

 

Anait Semirdzhyan moved to the Seattle area with her husband and twins from sunny Armenia in late 2012. Since then she has been dedicating herself to art, focusing on children’s book illustration. Anait worked with several self-published authors before she signed with Christy T. Ewers at The Cat Agency Inc. Her new picture book The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil releases on February 4, 2020 from Tilbury House Publishers. When not drawing you can find Anait spending time with family and friends or boosting creativity with Broad Strokes, her children’s books authors and illustrators critique group. More about Anait and her work at www.anaitsart.com
 

 
Vicki Conrad is a teacher with a passion for literacy development and inspiring students to love reading just as much as she did as a child. Growing up, she was always found with a book in her hand, and she has stayed that way ever since. When she is not writing or teaching, she is traveling the world, growing a garden, or searching for stories. Her first book, Just Like Beverly was released from Little Bigfoot in 2019. It received a starred Kirkus review and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. She has called Seattle her home for many years. She doesn’t mind the rain, as long as she has coffee, friends, and good books for company.
 

 
Mark Holtzen is the author of the local picture book, A Ticket to the Pennant, which was a Washington State Book Award finalist and represented Washington State at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. He taught elementary school for many years and continues to teach in a summer writing clinic. He is proud of his strong relationships with local librarians, and stellar northwest independent booksellers. Working on middle-grade novels as well as picture books and personal essays, he believes that sharing his creative process can help other writers uncover their own and passionately believes in the power of stories.
 

 
Sara Nickerson began her writing career in television and film. Her first middle grade novel, How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found started out as a screenplay she wrote while attending a screenwriting program at the University of Washington. She is the author of two other middle grade novels: The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me and Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club. She lives in Seattle and is currently working on a novel that has only four words in the title.
 
Meetings are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check. You may also purchase a Passport to the Professional Meeting Series at a significant discount ($44 for members, $88 for non-members):
 
Click here to purchase your Passport!