Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

KidLit Write-in & Sketch-in

Date(s) - 04/13/2019
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Cir SE - Bellevue, WA 98007

(Kid-Lit Write-In is not part of Passport Series; separate registration below.)

REGISTRATION OPEN THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 12 @ NOON.  LUNCH ORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED, please bring your own lunch since we only have one hour in between our SCBWI Monthly meeting and the KidLit Write-In.


Join us on Saturday, April 13, from 1:00 – 5:30 for SCBWI Western Washington’s KidLit Write-In & Sketch-In at Bellevue College!

Join in on a community of writers & illustrators for an afternoon of creative productivity. We will have four blocks of uninterrupted time for you to work on your work-in-progress or start something new. You won’t want to miss this day designed to maximize progress, alongside your peers who will offer encouragement and lots of writing mojo.

The afternoon starts promptly at 1:00 pm. Each hour will start with a ten-minute quick-tip & inspiration led by one of local SCBWI success stories. You will be inspired, learn something new all while working alongside your SCBWI buddies, new or old. Win fabulous prizes, share snacks and socialize with fellow writers.

Registration is only $20 for SCBWI International members (you must login to register) and $30 for non-members and includes door prizes, coffee, tea, other beverages, snacks and a unique opportunity to write or sketch within your KidLit community and learn from local SCBWI successes. Don’t delay register below.




Liz Wong was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she spent her early childhood painting and clambering about in mango trees. Winning the first place trophy in her elementary school poster contest encouraged her to pursue art instead of a sensible career in finance like the rest of her family. Liz holds a BFA in Art and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington and currently resides in Edmonds, Washington with her husband and son.



Vicki Conrad is a teacher with a passion for literacy development and getting 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 has stayed that way ever since. Her first picture book, JUST LIKE BEVERLYJust Like Beverly will be released from Little Big Foot this year. When she is not writing or teaching she is traveling the world, baking, gardening, and thinking of the next story to tell. 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.



Christine Grabowski: DICKENSEN ACADEMY is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA). When she isn’t reading, writing, or editing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.



Ann Haywood Leal comes from a long line of musicians, artists, and teachers.  Since she’s never been able to carry a tune, she was always given plenty of writing supplies and allowed to use the sharp scissors.  Eventually, she put those writing supplies to good use and wrote her middle-grade novels, ALSO KNOWN AS HARPER and A FINDERS-KEEPERS PLACE.  She recently contributed to Black Dog & Leventhal’s MY BOOKSTORE: WRITERS CELEBRATE THEIR FAVORITE PLACES TO BROWSE, READ, AND SHOP. Ann is currently hard at work completing her next middle-grade novel.


Schedule of Events:

12:30 Check in. First come first served seating. (Since we only have one hour in between our SCBWI Monthly meeting and the KidLit Write-In, please bring your own lunch. LUNCH ORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED.)
1:00-1:15 Opening remarks and guidelines with quick-tip and inspirational start.
1:15-2:00 Writing/Sketching
2:00-2:15 Author or Illustrator led quick tip & inspiration
2:15-3:00 Sketching/Writing
3:00-3:15 Author or Illustrator led quick tip & inspiration
3:15-4:00 Writing/Sketching
4:00- 4:15 Author or Illustrator led quick tip & inspiration
4:15-5:00 Sketching/Writing
5:00 -5:30 Closing remarks, celebrating our accomplishments of the day and socializing.