News and Events
Oregon Spirit Book Award
I'm thrilled to announce that THE TURNING has been named the winner in the Middle Readers category of the Oregon Spirit Book Award by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English! This honor is especially meaningful because of all the amazing, life-changing work these teachers do every day, bringing kids the magic of words and inspiring them to make their own magic. My thanks to the awards committee, and congratulations to honor-book winners Barbara Kerley and Cindy Baldwin!
2019 Summer Reading Summit
Oregon Library Association
September 28, 2019
Salem Public Library
Author Fair and Lunch
October 3-5. Free!
2019 Oregon Book Awards authors Nick Dybek, John Larison and Emily Whitman will visit Lake County schools and libraries.The authors will appear at readings and talks with Q&As at Christmas Valley, Paisley and Lakeview community centers and libraries. In addition, Emily Whitman will visit two schools in Lakeview county, and John Larison will offer a free writing workshop on Saturday, October 5, at Lakeview library. The authors appear in partnership with Lake County Library District, as part of the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour.
October 17: Redwood Prep School
October 18: Ferndale Elementary
Oregon Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference
October 12, Wilsonville High School
Oregon Spirit Book Award presentation and author panel
Writing Workshops at the Attic
Conveying Emotion: A Workshop for Writers of Middle-Grade, Young-Adult, and Adult Fiction. Mondays, October 7 -28. A reader falls into a book by seeing through a character’s eyes, and that means feeling what the character is feeling. But how many times can a character’s heart pound in their chest, or a shiver run down their spine? In this workshop we’ll explore fresh, effective ways of expressing emotion. Each week we’ll focus on a method or two, including physical signs, using the surrounding scene, metaphor, dialogue tricks and tools, and even naming emotions outright. We’ll do exercises in class to explore and break through some barriers. Then you’ll go home and use the techniques on your work-in-progress (or a new piece inspired by your explorations). By the end of the workshop you’ll have a big toolbox to use in conveying emotion, practice in putting the tools to use, and a stronger work-in-progress. For writers at all levels.
Writing Middle-Grade and Young-Adult Novels: A Critique-Based Workshop. FULL, Wait list only. Tuesdays, October 1 -29.This workshop is for people who want to grow their work, whether that’s churning out new pages or shaping and deepening a full draft. Get feedback on pages, ask questions, and work though places where you’re stuck. Each week you’ll come with five double-spaced pages of your work in progress. Every other week you’ll share your pages with the group; on alternate weeks you’ll give me a copy for comments and to keep going. We'll work on setting goals, and discovering and clearing obstacles. Come find a supportive, inspiring environment to develop your work, whatever stage you're at in this journey.
A few past favorites . . .
Fitting in vs. Belonging: What I Learned From a Selkie
My post on parenting, wanting to help our kids, and supporting them in being themselves is on Medium.com.
My post on the importance of friendship, inThe Turning and in my writing life, is at the wonderful Kirby Larson's blog.
A lovely review
This is from Between the Lines, a program at Belmont Books where 7- to 17-year-olds review books. Joshua nailed it!
"The Turning is about a boy named Aran who is a selkie — a human who can turn into a seal. Sadly, he has not got a pelt--the item that turns a human selkie into a seal. Aran's goal is to find his pelt so he can live with his family in the water and have fun with his clan. I really liked this book because it is packed with action but also has a sentimental part to it. Most books that aim to be poetic end up being boring. The Turning is a great example of an exciting poetic book. I highly recommend this book. If you get it, I hope you have a great time reading it." — Joshua, age 11