Monday, August 1, 2011

SCBWI Summer Conference

This week I'm off to the SCBWI Summer Conference in L.A.! A few factoids:

—The all-star line-up includes authors such as Donna Jo Napoli, John Green, Mary Pope Osborne, Jon Sciezska, Gary Paulsen, Jennifer Holm, Bruce Coville, Laurie Halse Anderson, Lisa Yee, Ellen Hopkins, Bruce Hale, and even Norton Juster.

—Then there's the parade of illustrators, among them David Small, Richard Jesse Watson, Laurent Linn, Paul O. Zelinsky, Kadir Nelson, Marla Frazee, Denise Fleming, and Jerry Pinkney.

—But the most important authors for me are the three members of my online critique group who are meeting me there. We've been hanging out online for 7 years, but I've only met one of them face to face so far. For lack of a better term, I keep calling our meet-up a reunion, though it would be more accurate to call it a thrill! (You can see some of their book covers here.)

—Not to shock you, but I don't think I'll be posting this weekend. I might give you a few highlights of the conference when I get back, though...

—Now, if you're feeling left out, fear not: you can follow the conference at the official SCBWI Conference Blog. Join in the fun!

6 comments:

LinWash said...

Enjoy the conference! I wish I could go. Some of my friends are going. I've got a school deadline coming up, so I'll have to miss out. But how lovely that you'll get to connect with your critique group. And congrats on the upcoming publication of your poetry collection!

KateCoombs said...

Thanks, Lin! Good luck with school!

rockinlibrarian said...

Jealous! I don't know why all the really interesting conferences in the world take place in places that aren't Pittsburgh...

KateCoombs said...

Amy--Ya know, I think you should start one! :)

Kim Aippersbach said...

Wow, awesome authors at that conference (and I love Paul Zelinsky!). Was it amazing?

Hey, I've met KC Dyer! So six degrees of separation and all that. (Or maybe the kid lit world is just sort of small . . .) She's very fun in person; I bet you guys had a riot.

KateCoombs said...

Kim--Oh, lucky you! Isn't kc cool? And yes, the whole thing was marvelous. One incredible speaker after another, though I have to say, Gary Paulsen might just have been the best. I'll have to post about the conference ASAP!