Ok­la­homa writ­ing group to host spooky sto­ries we­bi­nar

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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

3-8.

“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.

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