Author Archives: CLW

People We Plan to Interview

Chris Crowe

Cynthia Leitich SMith

Ilima Todd

Jennifer White

Julie Berry

John Cusick

Brooks Sherman

Cheri Pray Earl

Ann Dee Ellis

Jandy Nelson

Julie Olson

Courtney Alameda

Greg Leitich Smith

Anyone you want to hear from? Let us know.



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And So My Vacation Begins

I have been so tired, I’ve been unable to  to do much of anything. I HAVE taken naps, though. Sometimes two a day. I rarely, rarely nap.

Who would think a month and a half of traveling and conferencing and visiting and writing could be so tiring?

Last week I mentioned my goal making in my little writing world. I begin today. Will you play with me?

What is your big writing goal for July?

We have just over two weeks left.

I have another goal. It’s a secret that only my daughters know–and one friend.

I’m not sure how to make this happen, but I’m going to put my mind to making it happen.

Do you have a secret goal?

How will you accomplish it?

Finally, here is a yummy salad:

cold watermelon, cut in thick slabs

topped with arugala

balsamic vinegar to taste (you can reduce this and make a stronger dressing)

blue cheese crumbles or feta crumbles.

DANGED good!


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Three Things Thursday on Friday

First Thing from Carol!
We’re back. It’s been a very long month and a half with many thousands of miles put on a couple of cars. I am still tired. But almost everything I did these last few weeks was worth it. I may have even come up with a scene for a book. What book? I don’t know. But maybe I know the climax of that unwritten, un-thought-of book.
So next week we start in full swing back with the blog.
And we have several fun plans. Plus, we’ll need to set up a meal at Olive Garden for sometime in August!
I have a few goals for myself and the rest of the summer.
Number One–The girls and I are spending lots of quality time together. Dinners. Movies. Game time. Laughing. Arguing. Etc.
Number Two–I am gonna read like crazy. So far I have read THE END OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT and LIFE AS WE KNEW IT and I am halfway through Chris Crowe‘s book DEATH COMING UP THE HILL and halfway through Robin McKinley‘s ROSE DAUGHTER and I have  Ilima Todd‘s REMAKE and Courtney Alemeda‘s SHUTTER and Jandy Nelson‘s I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. Plus I’m reading THE BOOK OF MORMON each day. :)
Number Three–I am going to finish four books in various stages of edit and writing.
I will also get my Dyson fixed.
And then vacuum really well.
AND I’m decluttering and preparing for my fall class and working on my website and learning twitter.
But One, Two and Three are most important and I intend to do what I love most the rest of July and August and September AND maybe the rest of my life.
Cheryl Van Eck says:
On my first attempt at writing a novel, my MC was a teenage boy with superpowers who was in love with a girl.
It sucked.
As a woman, I struggle to write like a man, particularly like a man in love.
It goes both ways, too. There’s a certain YA series out there by a man who pumps out about ten books a year.
I was about 50 pages in, doing pretty well, reading about this hardcore, James Bond-type main character with tons of action.
Then suddenly, the MC starts talking about how attractive this other guy is. My first thought: They’re gay?
Really, I considered that the MC was gay before I considered that the MC was a girl with a masculine nickname. She didn’t think like a girl or act like a girl. It was poor characterization.
Are you trying to write like the opposite sex? Do you feel you are successful? And if so, how do you do it?
Brenda Bensch says:
I love cool quotes from cooool writers about cool, writerly subjects. This oldie but goodie is from Ursula K. Le Guin back in October of 2000: “There are a lot of people who will say I’m the exception, the only good science fiction writer.  That’s nonsense.  I do seem to be somebody who has carried people from realistic literature to fantasy and back.  I’m happy to do that.  If I’m a steppingstone, walk on me, for heaven’s sake.”
That was then, this is now.  And I know plenty of writers who have been steppingstones for a lot of us.  Some of the leaders of the pack are Rick Walton, Dave Wolverton/Farland and, of course, Carol Lynch Williams.  If we’re lucky, we’re “walking” — if not on them — at least in their well-worn footprints. Thank you all for leading the way!
(Thank you, Brenda!)


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Hello Writers and Illustrators in Utah and Southern Idaho!

by Elissa Cruz–ARA SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho

Writing or illustrating can be a lonely endeavor, so join us this summer for some much-needed social time.  We’ll be coming together at the Rice Terrace Pavilion at Liberty Park (600 E. 900 S. in Salt Lake City, Utah) on Friday, July 18th from 6pm-9pm to eat and mingle.

You don’t have to be a member of SCBWI to join us for this free event, so bring all your writing or illustrating friends with you. The more the merrier!

Potluck assignments are as follows:

YA writers: pasta salads, potato salads, deviled eggs
MG writers: fruit, fruit salads, desserts
Picture Book writers: fried chicken, finger sandwiches, other finger foods
Illustrators: green salads, chips and dips

You may want to bring your own lawn chair as well.


Are you still struggling to figure out where to start with your online presence? Bring your smartphones and other wifi-enabled devices and we’ll help you get connected. We’ll have teachers on hand to walk you through the steps to signing up and using your social networks of choice, as well as offer suggestions on ways to contribute to the online conversation.


Can’t make it to the social? This year you can join us virtually! We will be using the hashtags #GoSocial and #SCBWIUtahSouthIdaho for this event, so you can follow the event on twitter, instagram, and other social networks.

We hope to see you at the social (in person or online)!

P.S. For a map and directions to the pavilion, please visit our website at

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