Oklahoma writing group to host spooky stories webinar
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Oklahoma (SCBWI) will host author Kim Ventrella for a webinar focusing on the art of writing horror for young readers.
Ventrella, an Oklahoma author, had her debut novel, “Skeleton Tree,” published with Scholastic in 2017. Her second novel, “Bone Hollow,” is scheduled for publication with Scholastic in early 2019. Both novels take a new, sometimes whimsical approach to death and the afterlife, and are intended for readers in grades
“Skeleton Tree” was praised by critics, and New York Times best-selling author Cassie Beasley called the novel “a powerful and tender story.
Kim Ventrella knows when to be playful and when to break your heart.”
Ventrella will share her tips for creating deliciously spooky stories for middle grade readers during the webinar, which is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 13. The webinar will be recorded, but participants must register before the webinar to view the recording. Registered attendees will be able to view the recording for one month after the webinar date.
Those who register will also be able to submit to the following offsite professionals following the webinar:
• Naomi Kristen, senior editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, California.
Kristen acquires about 20 titles a year, ranging from picture books to games, stationery and novelty formats. The books focus on smart, art-driven projects with international appeal. Naomi’s titles include international-bestsellers “I Didn’t Do My Homework Because ...” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School.” She also originated Star Wars content.
• Claire Friedman, literary agent with InkWell Management.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Claire spent three years working for local indie bookstore, The King’s English, before moving to New York to attend Columbia University. Before joining InkWell in 2016, Claire worked at Macmillan, Time Inc., and Don Congdon Associates. She enjoys reading literary fiction, young adult and children’s books, and narrative nonfiction.
The webinar cost to SCBWI members is $15; for nonmembers, the cost is $30. To register, go to oklahoma. scbwi.org.
For more information about SCBWI, go to scbwi.org.