I recently covered NY-Metro SCBWI‘s January 2016 Professional Series. I’m always happy to be the “designated writer” when we’re short of people to cover.  I’m usually in attendence anyway, but the truth is that the sessions I’ve gotten the most out of are the sessions that I hadn’t planned on attending.

It’s always the thing that you didn’t expect that stays with you.

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Getting Your Word(s) Out

It is possible that I went to SCBWI Midwinter for the joke contest. Last year, Lin Oliver recited the names of past joke-contest winners who went on to get good agents and publish wonderful books. The message to me was clear: in order to publish…

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I’m almost recovered from my weekend at SCBWI. I’ll start with all the new things to read: Henry H. Neff, The Hound of Rowan I was fortunate enough to be in Henry’s critque group at the World Building Intesive; he’s an insightful and endlessly kind…

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I’ll be at SCBWI Midwinter for the next three days, first attending the Friday World Building Seminar. This is my favorite weekend of the year: three days to only think about writing children’s books. No promises about posting until this is over. But I’ll try.…

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Are you attending SCBWI’s Midwinter Conference in New York next weekend? If you are new to the conference, here’s some packing and preparation advice. Things to bring A laptop—but only if it has more than six hours of battery life You may not be near…

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I had some plans, both for reading and writing this week, but then Kate Messner‘s 59 Reasons to Write showed up and now everything else is on hold until I’m done. If the blog goes quiet for a couple of days, you’ll know why. I…

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