"You mean there are other writing and illustrating events happening around the kidlitosphere??"
Why yes, there are. Here's a partial roundup:
At readergirlz, the theme is ART SAVES! as we welcome Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg to talk about The Plain Janes. How do you think Art Saves? Show us! Click here to download the Art Saves template, then print it out and decorate it however you'd like. Scan or photograph the final version and email it as a JPG to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the full details here.
Shari Green (one of our awesome Smackdowners!) is running a cool series called Fix-it Friday, for which she has culled lots of revision tips from YA authors like Cynthia Liu, Sara Zarr, and Dia Reeves. Check it out!
Paula Yoo (whose SRS Lash Flash you can find here!) has embarked on Friday 4000 - try it if you dare!
Inkygirl has issued a 1000 words/day challenge, complete with cute badges here.
And don't forget our own Jolie's Monday Moments writing starts over at CuppaJolie!
There are no doubt tons more. What challenges/tips/websites have you been haunting lately in your quest to crack the whip?