Sunday, May 17, 2009


The Seattle Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference rocks. I met so many wonderful people and sat in some amazing workshops. Each morning Lake Washington sparkled in the much- welcome May sunshine. Of course, this being the Pacific NW, it was sunny and warm on a week-end destined to be spent indoors.

This was my second conference. I submitted my portfolio to the juried show and submitted a picture book manuscript for consultation. Oh so scary.
I was intimidated by all the fabulous portfolios and felt a little down afterward.

The manuscript consultation was very helpful. Of course it means re-writing that thing again but the suggestions were clear. I can see how to proceed.

Inspiring speakers:
Adam Rex, author of the fantastic The True Meaning of Smekday and really nice guy.
Joelle Dujardin, giver of useful, concrete advice and consultant extraordinaire.
Grace Lin, fabulous writer and illustrator, whose talk could have been titled Breaking the Rules (and getting away with it).
Jon Scieszka, ambassador, hilarious author and speaker. (After hearing his closing speech I have to buy yet another of his books, Knucklehead. (The book budget is getting a little tight. Did you have to be so funny Jon?)

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