The SCBWI Conference
The conference center was big and bright:
and the sessions were informative and energizing.
New York Times bestselling picture book author Judy Sierra started the main session off with a keynote speech on writing children’s books. Listening to her and how she got started writing, as well as the way she comes up with her book ideas, reminded me to keep my eyes open for story possibilities and to keep enjoying the journey along the way. (I liked the title of her speech… How I Almost Didn’t Become a Children’s Author: Don’t Let it Happen to You!)
I loved meeting Laura Kvasnosky, author and illustrator of many books, including the popular Zelda and Ivy series. Her session on writing picture books inspired me to dig out some of my old manuscripts and re-work them. It’s been fun looking at them from a more visual perspective and making sure the problem is introduced early, that there’s a constant flow of tension and resolution, and that the story ends with an ahhh feeling.
I also loved talking with author of the City of Ember series, Jeanne DuPrau, who taught a standing-room-only session on revision. When she and I spoke earlier in the day, I was reminded that so much of the writing process is revision. And time and patience, too. :)
As always, we had a fabulous team of volunteers at the conference (made up of local authors/illustrators). Here are just some of them:
My Nuts and Bolts session started bright and early at 8:00 am, but we had plenty of good coffee and a lot of fun. I loved being able to share some of my own writing journey and tips, as well as connect with many others who are starting out along the same path.
I look forward to reading your posts!