Cynsational News

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Have Fun with Your Grown-up Game of Make Believe by Susan Beth Pfeffer from Adventures in YA Publishing.Peek: “You can take all the classes in the world to learn how to be better and you can absorb all the excellent advice in the world to learn how to be better and you can write write write until, with practice you become better, but there’s no point in doing any of that if the very act of writing isn’t fun.”

Transformation Through Writing from Marion Dane Bauer. Peek: “If we are choosing well when we climb into a story idea, we are asking questions that still have urgency for us, not giving answers we’ve already found.”

When Research Turns Up Nothing, and It’s a Good Thing by Dianne Salerni from Crowe’s Nest. Peek: “There’s no credible evidence for a historical King Arthur. In fact there’s a lot of evidence that weighs against him. Most notably: no historians from his time period mention him at all.”

Agents vs. Editors by Mary Kole from Peek: “Before you think that I’m calling agents mercenary art-killers and editors starry-eyed idealists, though, here’s another layer of complexity: In the real world, it is very difficult for either party to get what it wants.”

Listening with Our Pens: Narrative Humility for Writers by Sayantani DasGupta from Uma Krishnaswami at Writing with a Broken Tusk. Peek: “Narrative Humility is not about gaining any sense of competence or mastery over our patients, or their stories. Rather, it is about paying attention to our own inner workings – our expectations, our prejudices, our own cadre of personal stories that impact how we react to the stories of others.”

Processing Contradictory Advice on Query Writing from Shelli Cornelison. Peek: “When I was first trying to learn how to write a query letter, all that opposing advice freaked me out, to put it mildly.”


Reality Boy by A.S. King (Little, Brown, 2013) from Adventures in YA Publishing.

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Audio: Greg Leitich Smith on the Peshtigo School novels

Hey, San Diego! I’m winging your way next week. Check out the full scoop below, and plan to come see me Monday evening at the central library!

Thank you librarian Julie Salvato and everyone at Lampasas ISD for yesterday’s school visit at Lampasas (TX) High School! Pics to come!

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Cynsational Events

Cynthia Leitich Smith will offer several presentations the week of Oct. 20 in conjunction with Jingle Dancer (Morrow, 2000) being the featured title for children as part of the 2013 One Book, One San Diego campaign, sponsored by KBPS. Kickoff event: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Central Public Library-San Diego (9th floor)(330 Park Boulevard, San Diego).

Cynthia Leitich Smith joins featured authors at the Texas Book Festival Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at the State Capitol Building in Austin. She will speak at the “Girl Power(s)” session with Kami Garcia and Jessica Khoury from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Capitol Extension Room E2.014, with a book signing immediately following.

Join Cynthia Leitich Smith at the Illumine Award Nov. 8 at the downtown Hilton in Austin, Texas.

Join Cynthia Leitich Smith at the Kidlitosphere Conference Nov.  9 in Austin, Texas.

Cynthia Leitich Smith (Feral Nights) and P.J. Hoover (Solstice) will sign their new releases from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Barnes & Noble in Round Rock, Texas.

Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith will speak at the Florida Association for Media in Education Conference Nov. 20 to Nov. 22 in Orlando.

The Craft & Business of Writing: Everything You wanted to Know About Writing,
a fundraiser featuring C.C. Hunter, Miranda James and Lori Wilde for
the Montgomery County Book Festival, on Nov. 16 at Lone Star College
Montgomery Campus in Houston. Fee: $100. Registration deadline: Nov. 10.
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