Category Archives: Conference Wisdom

#LA14SCBWI: Schmooze, Learn, Get Inspired

I’m really looking forward to my upcoming trip to SCBWI-LA, the annual summer conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. My flight down to LA is at a much less ungodly time than my usual trips–it leaves … Continue reading

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Adventures at the ALA #alaac14

This was my first trip to the American Library Association’s annual conference and it was a whirlwind tour for me. I arrived in Las Vegas around lunchtime on Friday, then headed back to the airport around dinnertime on Saturday. In … Continue reading

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The Magical Formula for a Bestseller (Sorry, there isn’t one)

Some writer friends of mine just got back from the national conference of Romance Writers of America. This is a huge conference, jam-packed with workshops on both the craft and business of writing. When I was a member of RWA, … Continue reading

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OnFireFiction, or Creating a Creative Cooperative

In October 2012, I attended the annual conference of Novelists, Inc, one of the alphabet soup of writer’s groups (SCBWI, SFWA, MWA, and SinC) to which I belong. As I mentioned in this blog post, one of the hottest topics … Continue reading

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Gol! How I met my goals when I thought I hadn’t set any

This week, YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday asks, where are you on your reading and writing goals? I have blogged before about how I don’t like setting goals and making resolutions. They kind of stress me out and bring up … Continue reading

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What Should a Writer’s Conference Be?

Having just returned from the SCBWI winter conference in NY, I started pondering what the best format for an annual writer’s conference should be. Then it occurred to me that there may not be a “best.” Partly because the attendees … Continue reading

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RTW – Writing Books & Writing Advice

This week,  YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday asks us to Share your most inspiring and/or motivational video, book, or quote on writing. All those NaNoWriMo participants out there nearing November’s half-way point could probably use an extra push toward the … Continue reading

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#LA12SCBWI – Day 3

A day that started great, including a killer chocolate mousse for lunch dessert, then got a little weird on the way home (an accident that trapped me and hundreds of other motorists for an hour on Highway 99). The conference … Continue reading

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#LA12SCBWI – Day 2

My impressions of the second day of the annual SCBWI summer conference. Rough notes from five of the keynotes/workshops I attended. Karen Cushman talked about how writing rules often contradict one another, so we should either ignore rules or write … Continue reading

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#LA12SCBWI – Day 1

Here are my impressions of the first day of the SCBWI annual summer conference. Kind of quick and dirty. First, the Arthur Levine keynote in which he discussed timelessness this way: When a story captures a moment of intimacy between … Continue reading

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