Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Richland Revision Workshop

Date(s) - 10/12/2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Richland Library
955 Northgate Dr - Richland, WA

There’s nothing like finishing your novel and typing those two sweet words–The End. But as all writers know, it’s really just the beginning. Now comes the real work of revising and editing. Where do we start? How do we shape and strengthen our creations into works that are worthy of publication?


Seasoned authors Heidi Lang, Maureen McQuerry, and Steven Wallenfels have been there–done that. Now, they’re ready to help you! At this Revision Workshop in Richland, they’ll offer their revision advice, then assist participants in small groups.


Whether you’re revising after a critique, getting your post-conference submissions polished, finishing a draft, or looking for a fresh perspective, these authors, along with our supportive writing community, will help you dig into the work of revision.


Bring up to 500 words from your Middle Grade or Young Adult novel, along with your revision questions for this 2.5-hour workshop.


Photo taken by Devi Pride Photography

Heidi Lang believes that the next Grand Adventure is always just around the corner. She has
chased her love of judo from the east to the west coast, run ultra marathons, started her own
dog walking business, and converted a Sprinter van into a tiny home so she could experience
#vanlife. Currently she lives in Richland, Washington with her husband and two dogs. She is the
co-author of THE MYSTIC COOKING CHRONICLES series (A DASH OF DRAGON, A HINT OF HYDRA, and A PINCH OF PHOENIX), as well as the author of RULES OF THE RUFF and WRONG WAY SUMMER (forthcoming April 2020).






Maureen McQuerry is the author of two YA novels: a 2014 YASLA “Best Fiction” pick THE PECULIARS (Amulet) and BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER (Blink YA) a Barnes & Noble “Most Anticipated Historical YA of 2019.”She also authored BEYOND THE DOOR (Amulet), a two book middle grade series which was a Washington State Book Award finalist, and a Booklist “Top Ten SF-Fantasy” pick. She is currently anticipating the publication of BIG IDEAS FOR LITTLE PHILOSOPHERS, a board book series releasing spring/summer 2020 from Penguin Putnam. She lives between Richland WA  and Bainbridge Island, but hopefully by the time of this workshop, she’ll have a house somewhere.



Stephen Wallenfels earned a BA in Physical Education and International Relations from USIU San Diego. His writing career started as a freelance journalist in the health and fitness industry. After a decade of writing non-fiction, he published some short stories then switched to novels. His YA science fiction debut, POD (Penguin-Ace), was published in eight languages and has been adapted into a screenplay.  Then, keeping with the survival theme but switching to realistic fiction, Stephen published two YA survival thrillers with Disney-Hyperion: BadCall, set in Yosemite National Park, and Deadfall, set in the mountains of southeastern Oregon.


Personal information:

Stephen has extensive wilderness experience as a climber and avid backpacker and worked for a summer in his favorite place on earth, Yosemite National Park.  He lives in Richland Washington with his wife. He has one son, enjoys any sport with a racquet, still does not play golf, and is passionate about the environment.