Why attend a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) conference?
I’ve been writing picture book stories since I was a kid.
But it’s only been in the last couple of years that I have seriously pursued the craft of writing.
I joined Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 and Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo.
I participated in Susanna Hill’s various writing prompts and contests.
I even took the plunge and joined TWO critique groups whose members are all 12x12ers…a local one and an online international one (love you all, guys!).
Every month I would read about different SCBWI conferences that people in this kidlit community had attended.
New York, Los Angeles…from coast-to-coast, writers and illustrators were sharing how fantastic it was to connect with others in the field. They gave peeks inside the educational sessions. They urged people to GO!
So, I did! Last week I took a leap of faith and boarded a plane for Continue reading