Saturday, October 29, 2005

Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Conference

I just returned from our fantastic regional conference.
Talk about a shot in the arm.... Between the joy of sharing a ride with a wonderful illustrator friend from town, having time to talk, share tips, meet new friends, comisserate with illustrators and writers, eat good food, and enjoy the pleasure of listening to accomplished writers and illustrators share stories of their journeys to publication....I'm stuffed to overflowing with inspiration.
It's such a blast to meet people in person who have only been known online, such as online illustrator/blogger cohort Courtney Pippin-Mathur. (Hi Courtney! It was a pleasure to meet you in person and see your colorful quirky art "in person" too...I love it even more seeing it first hand. Love those brown boots too.) and writers, hearing wonderful speakers such as Judith Greenburg , (what a hoot she is...she kept us all on our toes with her pictures and unusual scientific info) and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of Shiloh.
As always there were piles of glossy magazines, freebies, and publisher's brochures to pick up and delve into later for research.
The conference was full..sold out. It's a first rate event every year.
I'll write more tomorrow, and try to send a shot of Jackie Urbanovic's signature on the book I bought that she illustrated.
There's nothing quite like spending an invigorating day in the company of children's writers, illustrators, editors and publishers to fan the flame of creativity.


Diandra Mae said...

I'm so jealous! You got to meet Courtney AND were able to be refreshed and inspired? Man!
I'm hoping to have as much fun at my first conference in a couple of weeks. It's good to know these conferences are worth it.

Courtney Pippin-Mathur said...

hee hee, it was great to meet you too. i love my boots, but man i was hurting later. ;)

purple_kangaroo said...

Sounds wonderful!

Elle said...

Hi there Amy! I can't believe I missed the Fall Conference this year for the first time in 3 years. Dang! Glad to hear you had a good time!

Goadingthepen said...

I was there too! I wish I would have thought to look for you. I would have loved to meet you.
I did meet Courtney though!