I recently attended a regional conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). It was held in Fort Wayne and was well attended with 300+ in Hotel Fort Wayne.
The speakers were top notch – Lin Oliver, Jane Yolen, Kirsten Cappy, Alice McGinty, Caldecott Finalist Peter Brown.
There were many others—too many for me to mention—but special thanks to one of the people in charge – Kristi Valiant
Indiana SCBWI Regional Advisor
Author/Illustrator of: Penguin Cha-Cha (Random House, 2013)
Illustrator of: Pretty Minnie in Paris (Random House), The Little Wings Series (Random House), The Goodbye Cancer Garden (Albert Whitman)
She answered a myriad of questions prior to the conference for those of us who had never attended. I’ve posted photos of the conference. A highlight was meeting Jane Yolen, author of 300+ books and even has an award named for her!
Her son, whom she writes with, Adam Stemple, was also there and they were so easy to chat with about their writing lives.
Another highlight was listening to marketing ideas from Kirsten Cappy of Curious City. I’m planning to implement some of them for my 9 non-fiction Middle Grade books.
I also met other writers like Pat McCarthy whom I exchanged my Taylor Swift book for her Friends of the Earth title to add to my school library.
Lastly, a pic of the Wild West (theme for conference) costume contest. Check out Baby Bump’s tiny hat– he may have made an appearance by now!
If you can attend a SCBWI conference, please do so. It will give you ideas, encouragement, motivation and
Have you attended a recent writing conference? Which one and what did you glean from it? Do you know of an upcoming conference you would recommend? Please share.