…would you find children’s writers who loom larger than life with titles such as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and think nothing of knocking you out of your chair with their straight-faced humor till you roll in the aisles holding your stomach, groaning with excessive mirth?
Author Jon Scieszka delivers the opening keynote address for SCBWI 2010
…would you hear famous authors sing fictitious State anthems, in litanical form, so roguish in nature as to elicit a letter from said state’s horrified governor addressing said author as “buster?”
Author M. T. Anderson sings his version of the Delaware State Song
…would you meet hordes of old friends and make new ones over quesadillas and drink tickets and bald patches of lawn at a party where the top names in publishing, agenting, writing, and illustrating for young people mingle casually, all outfitted in red?
Julia Shahin Collard and her illustrator friends chowing down on Mexican food at the Heart and Soul Poolside Gala
The Grand Pooh Bah himself, Arthur A. Levine…with little ole me.
Critique buddy Nancy O’Connor savoring a heart cookie
The Central Cal Gals set the night on fire
…would the photographer look more glamorous than the photographees?
Photographer and schmooze coordinator Rita Crayon Huang elegantly documents the event for posterity
…would the Queen of Hearts have to win her crown by dancing across a stage handing out buttons to the crowd?
Tina Nicols Coury holds court as Queen of Hearts
…would the King of Hearts win yours with a story and a song?
Golden Kite Winner Ashley Bryan reads from his beautiful picture book
…would the giants of storytelling and magic-weaving embrace newbies, encourage them with uplifting words, and bless them with a smile?
Gail Carson Levine enchanted the book I asked her to sign!
…would gifted writers do almost anything to encourage a child to read?
Gennifer Choldenko holds up her book for my little friend Minori
…would friends from near and far meet to toast the future?
Critique buddy Nancy O’Connor and award-winning illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi toast our tradition of spending the last evening in the wonderful Rock Sugar restaurant
Fred Sisson and award-winning illustrator Stephanie Roth Sisson compete with YVL models on tour…and win!
…would award-winnng authors let you share in their victory?
Julia Durango and her Golden Kite award-winning book spoke on 10 ways to bring your story back from the dead!
…would guardian angels really come true?
The one and only Lin Oliver, star of the show, glittering guardian angel of all children’s writers and illustrators
SCBWI Annual Summer Conference 2010 will long be remembered!
Words Worth Repeating:
“Do congratulate yourself for being here.” Jon Scieszka
M. T. Anderson loves “those books that take us away from what we expect and allow us to see our own world as new.”
“That is the place where the giant brain rests.” M. T. Anderson…you had to be there.
Carolyn Mackler wants you to know your protagonist intimately. What does she keep hidden in her underwear drawer?
“As artists we need to fill ourselves to overflowing, then give it all back.” E. B. Lewis
“Be patient with your ideas. None of them are dumb.” Gail Carson Levine
“Research the edges of your subject. Stereotypes live in the middle.” Sue Bartoletti
“Don’t let form dictate content. Keep yourself open. You never know what you might find. Have faith in the process.” Deborah Heiligman
“Knowing how your character feels physically changes how you write. We write to live in the mind of another.”
“The scene you’re avoiding is a scene your book needs. You have to rub it like a bruise.” Rachel Vail
“Human beings need stories. We always have, we always will.”
“Look for the door in your story and walk through it.”
“Wow! That’s a lot of red!” Rilla
Some related links:
SCBWI Team Blog
PW Article on SCBWI Annual Conference
SCBWI Southern California
Dear Editor by Deborah Halverston
Deborah Halverston’s downloadable handout
Inky Girl-Daily Diversions for Writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Debbie Ridpath Ohi discusses the comments the judges had on each of the images in her awardx2-winning portfolio! Very educational.
Stephanitely–Blog scribbles by Stephanie Roth Sisson
Arthur A. Levine Books
Pen and Ink Blog
Susan Kaye Quinn blogs about the Conference
Greg Pincus and the Happy Accident
I’m Here, I’m Queer What the Hell do I read by Lee Wind
Alice Pope’s CWIM Blog
Ken Min Illustrator
Sherrie Peterson writes about the conference
Rita Crayon Huang’s photos of the conference
Julia Shahin Collard, Illustrator