The Writing Life

  • Term: Summer 2023
  • Start Date: August 5, 2023
  • End Date: August 5, 2023
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
  • Level: Introductory
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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Kid-Lit Publishing 101

What book made you a reader? If your answer is something like Where the Sidewalk EndsThe Babysitter’s Club, or Redwall, then you know the power of children's books. Join Joy McCullough, National Book Award long-lister and New York Times bestselling author of picture books, and middle grade and young adult novels, and demystify writing for kids and teens. Come away with a clearer understanding of the querying process, the submission process, and the publication process.

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Joy McCullough-Carranza

Joy McCullough-Carranza


Joy McCullough’s debut young adult novel, Blood Water Paint, won the Washington State and Pacific Northwest book awards, as well as honors including the National Book Award longlist, finalist for the ALA Morris Award, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and four starred reviews. She has since written picture books and young adult and middle grade novels that have been Junior Library Guild Selections, Indie Next Selections, finalists for the Washington State Book Award, and a New York Time bestseller. Her most recent novel, Enter the Body, received six starred reviews. She writes books and plays from her home in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and two children. She studied theater at Northwestern University, fell in love with her husband atop a Guatemalan volcano, and now spends her days with kids and dogs and books.