Input vs. Instinct by Lauren Ranalli^M

-Posted on: October 25, 2021

As all authors know, receiving feedback is an important part of the writing process. But what happens when the feedback isn’t helpful or doesn’t align with your gut instincts?


I was scrolling through some Facebook groups for authors this …

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Spotlight Illustrator Jiemei Lin^M

-Posted on: April 8, 2021

Jiemei Lin HeadshotOur featured illustrator for the spring is author-illustrator Jiemei Lin. She works with both digital and traditional media such as watercolor, pencil, oil, and mixed media. Lin’s works frequently take on themes of individual and cultural identity with a keen

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Meet a Member, Pierr Morgan^M

-Posted on: March 2, 2021

Here it is! Chicken Talk Around the World by Carole Lexa Schaefer – my twelfth collaboration with Carole and my 25th illustrated picture book. There’s a story behind every one of them.


In 2012 I announced to my close

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Improving Your Craft, February Creative Currents^M

-Posted on: January 25, 2021



Three Commonly Overused Words in Fiction

By Sue Ford writing for children as Susan Uhlig



As an instructor for children’s writing, I see overused words repeatedly. Let me share three.


The overuse of “as.” I

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Meet a Member, Lora Senf^M

-Posted on: January 25, 2021


I wasn’t born in the Inland Northwest, but I grew up here and it’s definitely home. Today it’s where my husband and I are raising our twins (somehow, somehow they’re already first graders). I love this community and have …

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Spotlight Illustrator Mary Pat Kanaley^M

-Posted on: January 9, 2021

Mary Pat HeadshotOur featured illustrator for the winter is illustrator/author Mary Pat Kanaley. She is an accomplished award-winning author and illustrator of the children’s picture book series Imp’s Adventures. Currently, there are four books in the series and a “how to draw”

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Improving Your Craft^M

-Posted on: December 30, 2020

Writing Irresistible Kidlit-the Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole

By Dianna Dorisi Winget

If you Google craft books on writing for children you’ll be overwhelmed by the thousands of results. Many …

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Meet a Member, Laurel Gale^M

-Posted on: December 30, 2020

Meet Laura Gale. Laurel will be moderating our Middle Grade Creative Conversations this year. Welcome, Laurel!









I am happy to be in the Inland Northwest region – although I don’t recommend moving

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SCBWI INW PB Web Series Scholarships^M

-Posted on: November 2, 2020

If you’re unpublished in kidlit, an SCBWI INW member, and have a Picture Book manuscript/dummy that shines a light on characters or topics that are underrepresented in Picture Books, apply today! Each scholarship includes all 4 webinars, plus a professional

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Spotlight Illustrator Esther Mann^M

-Posted on: October 8, 2020

Esther Mann headshotOur featured illustrator for the fall is illustrator Esther Mann. Raised by a muralist father, she can remember painting large backdrop sets, landscapes, and scenes for an amazing number of years. Of all the subjects she painted, she found and

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