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SCBWI Open House April 9

SCBWI Open House April 9

Join SCBWI’s Regional Advisor and Advisory Committee at Jayhawk Central’s coffee shop on the KU Edward’s Campus for a meet and greet open house. Ask all your questions about children’s writing, publishing, and Twitter but have been too afraid to ask…until now. Plus donuts and coffee! FREE! And because it’s an Open House, you can come anytime you want between 1 pm and 4 pm.

Register here so we know how high to stack the donuts. Thanks!

Heartlanders visit local elementary school

Heartlanders visit local elementary school


On February 18, Heartland authors Charlotte Adelsperger, Bridget Heos, Anola Pickett and Colleen Ryckert Cook spoke to fourth and fifth graders at Mill Creek Elementary as part of their Creative Communications Workshop. The annual workshop also featured Mary Anne Demeritt, Darlene Isaacson, Chris Koppenhaver, John Martellaro, Jesse Miguel, Steven Mirakian, Julanne Patrick, Connie Richards, Yvonne Rosser and Jill Silva. Thanks to the parents and students at Mill Creek! We had a blast!

Colleen Cook, Charlotte Adelsperger,
Bridget Heos and Anola Pickett

Bunce and Stuber make ALA list!

Bunce and Stuber make ALA list!


Join us as we toot horns and spray silly string all over Barbara Stuber and Elizabeth C. Bunce! The Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association, nominated their books for the 2010 Best Fiction for Young Adults. In Stuber’s debut novel, Crossing the Tracks (Margaret K. McElderry) 15-year-old Iris finds a home in the unlikeliest of places. The historical fiction is set in rural 1920s Missouri. StarCrossed (Arthur A. Levine Books) is Bunce’s second novel. The historical fantasy novel features spunky heroine Digger, a thief who gets caught up in the political machinations of a society that forbids magic. See all the nominees here.

Release day for Bailey, Heos and Ryckert Cook

Release day for Bailey, Heos and Ryckert Cook

Today Rosen Publishing released three more titles from Heartlander writers: Kansas Past and Present by Diane Bailey, Colorado Past and Present by Bridget Heos, and Kentucky Past and Present by Colleen Ryckert Cook.

This is Diane’s ninth book with Rosen. Her next two titles will be out January 2011. Bridget has nine books with Rosen as well. This is Colleen’s first book with Rosen. The company will release two more titles by her in January 2011.

Kansas SCBWI workshop: Fanning the Flames

Kansas SCBWI workshop: Fanning the Flames

Joins KS SCBWI July 17 at Mardel Bookstore for another great workshop! In the morning, nonfiction writers and fiction writers alike will learn research tricks from KC Libraries’ Kaite Stover. Next up: Heartlander Lisa Wade McCormick. She has twenty years’ worth of investigative journalism tips to teach you how to find the best expert sources – and interview them to get the best data for your writing. In the afternoon, JB Chaney will share secrets on making the most of your author visits with young fans.

Register at the KS SCBWI website today!

Celebrate Barb Stuber’s Debut CROSSING THE TRACKS

Celebrate Barb Stuber’s Debut CROSSING THE TRACKS

Join us to celebrate with Heartlander Barbara Stuber and the release of her YA debut Crossing the Tracks. Kirkus gave it a starred review, saying “Stuber’s tender, evocative style aptly portrays both the evil and the good while remaining emotionally true.”

Launch Party
Thursday, June 17
6pm – 8pm
1025 W.8th Street
Kansas City, MO

Watch the CROSSING THE TRACKS trailer

Jazzing it Up with Ann Ingalls

Jazzing it Up with Ann Ingalls

Join us Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Lackman Library. Ann Ingalls will discuss her new book Little Piano Girl about jazz legend Mary Lou Williams. Williams wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. Join Ann to hear some music, explore her book and how she wrote it, and learn some jazz improvisation. Ages 6 and up. Register online or call (913) 495-7540

Gorman, Marilyn

Gorman, Marilyn

First published as a freshman in high school, when I submitted a response to Reader’s Digest at the urging of my English teacher. Really, it wasn’t that big of a deal; I probably shouldn’t even mention it.

Wrote a few freelance cards for Hallmark, so few that I probably shouldn’t even be mentioning that either.

Wrote and directed a few years of the “Haunted Forest” for the City of Lee’s Summit. They gave me an award for it, then decided to hire me as part of their staff – definitely worth mentioning.

Wrote performance material for the Lee’s Summit Community Theatre as well as their newsletter.

Currently I’m working on two children’s plays, a children’s picture book, a couple of plays for adults, and a grocery list, that I have absolutely no intention of pursuing.