One of my favorite events of the year, the SCBWI Summer Conference starts today! I'm once again heading up SCBWI's Team Blog, and we'll be tweeting (follow the hashtag #la14scbwi) and blogging live from the conference floor over at the Official Conference Blog.
Among the conference events I'm most excited about is getting to host the LGBTQ Q&A session this evening (Friday August 1, 2014), from 7:30pm - 8:30pm in Olympic II.
Our faculty guests this year are fantastic, and will be joining us with enthusiasm, encouragement, and answers to attendees' questions about the fears, challenges and triumphs of including LGBTQ characters and themes in works for children and teens.
Who are they?
Tim Federle, 2014 Golden Kite For Fiction Winner for his Middle Grade novel, "Better Nate Than Ever." I did a fun pre-conference interview with Tim here.
|Author Tim Federle|
Agent Danielle Smith, of Red Fox Literary
|Agent Danielle Smith|
Agent Adriana Dominguez, of Full Circle Literary
|Agent Adriana Dominguez|
Art Director Laurent Linn from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (who worked on Tim's cover!)
|Laurent Linn and a friend|
and legendary author Bruce Coville (who has published over 120 books and whose "Am I Blue?" short story back in 1995 gave the title to the ground-breaking Marion Dane Bauer-edited anthology, "Am I Blue?: Coming Out From the Silence."
|Author Bruce Coville|
If you're attending the SCBWI Summer conference, I hope to see you there. Otherwise, if it's of interest, stay tuned to the conference blog and to twitter for a tapas-like taste of what's sure to be an amazing event, in a weekend of superlatives!
** UPDATE SAT AUG 2, 2014, 6:33AM **
You can read my session summary here at the Official SCBWI Conference Blog.