Ten writers for children. All with something to say.
The Day After the Conference
I could not have written this post two days ago or even last night, but today--a day after the first SCBWI conference I have planned as the MD/DE/WV Regional Advisor--I can breathe a big sigh of relief and think of it as a success. The theme was "Creating Diversity in Children's Literature."
Of course there were glitches, including a last minute change of venue (to my house!) for the speaker dinner Friday night, a few audio visual problems, and too much light to see the powerpoint presentations properly. But the attendees were patient, understanding, and complimentary, our critiquers were thorough and helpful, and our speakers carried the day.
In the photo of the final Q & A panel above from left to right are author Linda Trice ("Building Blocks: First Steps Toward a Writing Career), keynote author Carole Boston Weatherford ("Genre-bending Children's Books"), author Mary Quattlebaum ("Catch an Editor's Eye, an Agent's Ear, and a Reader's Heart), illustrator/author/art director Christy Hale ("Creating a Space for Everyone"), Tricycle Press editor Abigail Samoun ("Tell Me a Story: Lessons from Five Masters of Plot"), and agent Mark McVeigh ("Cracking the Agent Code: How to Get an Agent's Attention in a Letter").
I owe heaps of thanks to my hardworking and supportive planning committee: Asst. RA Laura Shovan, Susan Detwiler, Naomi Milliner, Sue Poduska, Mary Bowman-Kruhm, and Lois Szymanski.
P.S. I'm hoping to get each one of our "potatoes" as conference speakers over the next couple of years--if not all together, then one by one!