Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What a Great Writer's Conference!

I has such fun at the SCBWI Miami Writing Conference, and also learned valuable insight from the speakers.

I met numerous other writers and authors, including Peggy from Orlando pictured left in 2nd photo. I even bought five books to read that were written by some of the speakers including Richard Peck (bottom photo) who gave a fantastic opening speech.

The 3rd photo is the panel that discussed first pages submitted by writers. They are from left: Marietta Zacker, agent at Nancy Gallt Literary Agency; Jennifer Rofe, agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency; and Kathleen Duey, author of numerous books including the Hoofbeats series (see my blog http://horsebookreviews.blogspot.com/2009_09_01_archive.html) I loved her writing so much that I bought the other three books of the Lara series and had her sign them!

The top photo is attendees dancing the Salsa after the Sat. night dinner! Some even dressed in costume for the Havana Nights theme.

To learn more about the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) visit http://www.scbwi.org/ I highly recommend joining if you write for children!

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Florida Chapter, will hold its regional conference in Miami from January 15 through 17, 2010. Visit http://www.scbwiflorida.com/Jan_2010.html for details.

I'll be attending - traveling and rooming with Betty, a writer from Bradenton.

I'm looking forward to the educational seminars, meeting other writers and brainstorming ideas!

If you write for children, I highly recommend joining SCBWI - see http://www.scbwi.org/