Northwest NEWS

November 15, 1999

Valley Special

Local author speaks at WORD conference

   Carnation resident Chris Eboch, author of the middle-grade novel The Well of Sacrifice, spoke at the 1999 WORD conference, "Literacy Matters," on Oct. 30. Her talk was entitled "Putting the Story in History: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction."

   The WORD (Washington Organization of Reading Development) conference was held at the Shoreline Center from October 28-30. Several hundred teachers attended. Ms. Eboch's presentation was one of eight author/illustrator sessions and was followed by a book signing.

   Ms. Eboch was also the keynote speaker at the September 30 awards ceremony for the Seattle Public Library's Young Adult Creative Writing Contest.

   The Well of Sacrifice, published in May by Clarion Books, is a historical drama set in ninth-century Guatemala. The novel received positive reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews.

   Ms. Eboch has her MA degree in Professional Writing and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, and has worked as an editor and writer for magazines, including International Musician. She is the founder of Washington Women Writers and is the regional representative for the International Women's Writing Guild, as well as a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.