Whether your story has roots in reality or happens in an imaginary universe, a fully-realized world is essential to your readers. In this session, author P. J. Hoover will discuss her world-building process, sharing tips to help you create rich worlds your readers will want to get lost in!
About the Speaker
P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen-year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. Her middle grade fantasy novels, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, and The Necropolis, chronicle the adventures of a boy who discovers he’s part of two feuding worlds hidden beneath the sea. Her first novel for teens, Solstice, takes place in a Global Warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. P. J. is a member of the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek.
10:00 - 11:00 am News, Speaker
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Open Critique Groups
Open Critique Groups
Whenever we have a free Saturday morning chapter meeting, we offer open critique groups for writers and illustrators during the second hour (11 am - 12 pm).
To participate in open critique groups, bring up to 5 pages of critique-ready work (4 copies) to share. In accordance with SCBWI critique guidelines, another critique will read your pages aloud, giving you the opportunity to listen to your prose or verse in action — a great test of readability. Bring fiction, nonfiction, illustration, poetry, synopses, query letters, or any other children's literature work you'd like to get feedback on.