Thursday, June 17, 2010

Critique Groups: Kirby Larson Gathered the Questions, We Attempt the Answers

Kirby Larson has the first of two posts up today about critique groups. A twisty topic, I found, so go read how the other panelists and I tackled the questions---seriously, my fellow panelists offer detailed advice worthy of a book on the topic!--- and please---join the discussion.

Also, Nancy Kress (author of one of my favorite thought-provoking SF books, Beggars in Spain) is one of the writers-in-residence at the two-week Taos Toolbox Workshop. Every so often, she posts memorable quotes from their critique sessions. Highly amusing.

P.S. Part Two is now up.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Between now and ALA


I'll be signing Operation Yes during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association here in Washington, D.C. Look for me at 2:00, Saturday, June 26, at the Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books booth. I'll be the author handing out little green army men. I predict a few battles might erupt in the aisles. Perhaps one of the LGM might work his way onto a book cart for the Sixth Annual Book Cart Drill Team World Championships. Or be spotted at the Newbery/Caldecott banquet cheering for friends Marla Frazee and Liz Garton Scanlon (All the World) and Joyce Sidman (Red Sings From the Treetops) and all the other winners/honorees.

I'm also excited about the KidLit Drinks Night on Friday, June 25, at RFD (Regional Food and Drink) from 7-9. All are welcome! Details here.

I hope to see many, many friends at ALA, including some of the Poetry Seven, my DC KidLit Book Club, and the awesome people who create Arthur A. Levine and Scholastic books. However, between now and then, I have a draft to finish. So this is my last post until ALA rolls into town. See you soon!

P.S. For ALA conference goers, I put together a list of fun literary things to do in D.C. Add to my list if you like.

P.P.S. Don't forget to leave a comment over at TeensReadToo if you want a chance to win a copy of the audio book of Operation Yes---I found out the contest stays open until the end of June.