I've just returned from the 2011 SCBWI-Michigan fall conference and even though this was my 6th fall conference with this group, I am still in awe of their comraderie, support and skill. If you are a children's book writer and/or illustrator and you haven't joined the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, do it today (www.scbwi.org). So many members swear it is what has kept them going during long, dark rejection nights, taught them how to improve their craft, and pointed them in the direction of publication. Join up, go forth, and conquer!
I was lucky to be able to attend the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) http://www.scbwi.org/ national conference this past Friday - Monday in Los Angeles and I'm still smiling about it. It was an amazing experience to be in the same orbit as the "A List" of authors, editors, and agents in the children's book world. My master class with Linda Sue Park http://www.lindasuepark.com/ was a life-changer. Her thoughts about middle grade novel writing were concrete and inspiring. Plus she's just so approachable and giving with her craft. I highly recommend any opportunity for a class with her at the podium. My advice? Start saving your pennies now for the SCBWI national conference in August 2011. But don't wait till next August for a conference! The SCBWI-Michigan conference will be held this October 8-10. Check out the lineup and register at http://kidsbooklink.org/. See you there!
Click on "News" above and you'll find out more information about Networking Day in our area. I'm hosting and bringing something chocolate, something caffeinated, and something interesting. You'll have to come to find out what. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-228-4465 (so I know how much of the stuff to bring.)
This is a great opportunity to share, get new ideas, and move forward on your dream of writing and/or illustrating and publishing children's books.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author, writer-cheerleader, and mentorship matchmaker.