SCBWI - The Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators - is an awesome organization. How awesome?
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SCBWI has their big international annual conference in Los Angeles this August 7-10, 2009 (lots of great info on it here), and I'll be there, live blogging the event with an amazing team of fellow authors and bloggers. (Check out links to their blogs in the right hand column, under "SCBWI TEAM BLOG")
If you write or illustrate (or want to write or illustrate) or are otherwise part of the children's book universe, come to the conference and it could very well be the highlight of YOUR career year, too!
There are sessions on craft (how to become a better writer and/or illustrator) taught by some of the biggest luminaries writing and illustrating for children and teens.
Honestly if I start naming names, I'd have to list them ALL... (click here for the full list!)
But I will say that I'll be having an exclusive pre-conference interview right here on "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read?" with Ellen Hopkins!!! AND another interview with Holly Black!!! and I'm very very very excited about talking to both of those AMAZING authors!
There are sessions on the business (agents and editors talking about how to do things and about their own personal tastes)
There are even opportunities to have your work professionally critiqued!!!
But wait! There's more....
There's a beautiful pool, a gala costume party, joke contests, a bookstore, chances to get SIGNED COPIES of your favorite books by your favorite authors, so much fun to be had, and endless opportunities to network and make new friends on your professional journey!
I hope to see you there,