Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Sneak Peek At The KidLitCon 2013 Schedule - I'll Be Speaking!

I'm really excited about the 7th Annual Kidlitosphere Conference in Austin, Texas!

On Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9, 2013, it will be a conference of in-person networking and idea-sharing with formerly just-online friends.

It promises to be mind-expanding.

Blog- and twitter-exploding.

With vital information and even more-vital connection.
 And, even though they haven't announced the full schedule yet, I did get permission to share with you that I'll be giving a Breakout presentation:

Diversity In Kid Lit: Nurture More, Blog More, Get More

Here's the description:

In this 50 minute keynote full of exercises and interactive activities, blogger Lee Wind, M.Ed., highlights how we're all so diverse - as individuals, as a community of bloggers, and as humans on our Earth. But books for kids and teens have a long way to go to match that diversity.

How can we be allies and UPstanders for those different than ourselves? How can we harness the power of books as both mirrors and windows? Find out how we, as bloggers, can claim our power to nurture more diversity, blog more diversity, and ultimately get more diversity in children's and teen literature.
Here's a photo of me giving another keynote, this one at the SCBWI-Los Angeles' Writers Days 2013. Because I don't have a traveling-forward-through-time photo of me in Austin for this post. Come to think of it, I'll ask Rita Crayon Huang (my friend and shutterbug) to work on that. Thanks, Rita.

Over at Kidlitosphere Central, they just posted some of the bloggers who will be attending, and the list is full of great folks and blogs to explore...

  1. Allie Jones of In Bed with Books
  2. Camille Powell of BookMoot
  3. Charlotte Taylor of Charlotte’s Library
  4. Chris Barton of Bartography
  5. Holly of Book Harbinger
  6. Jen Bigheart of  I Read Banned Books
  7. Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page
  8. Jennifer Donovan of 5 Minutes for Books
  9. Julia Garza of January Day
  10. Katy Manck of BooksYALove
  11. Kelly Jensen of STACKED
  12. Lee Wind of I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?
  13. Leila Roy of Bookshelves of Doom
  14. Maria Burel of Once Upon A Story
  15. Maureen Kearney of Confessions of a Bibliovore and Kid Tested, Librarian Approved
  16. Melissa Fox of Book Nut
  17. Pam Coughlan of MotherReader
  18. Paula Willey of Pink Me
  19. Rosemond Cates of Big Hair and Books
  20. Sarah Stevenson of Finding Wonderland
  21. Sheila Ruth of Wands and Worlds

Time's running out to register yourself and join in the fun!

Fellow bloggers of children's and teen lit, I hope to see you in Austin at #kidlitcon13!


***UPDATE October 23, 2013 at 8:28pm - The Schedule is UP here!***

And I'll also be part of the

Kidlit Blogging Roundtable: Our Past, Present, and Future

moderated by Sarah Stevenson of Finding Wonderland: On this panel, Jen Bigheart, Lee Wind, and others will discuss how blogging has changed over the years in the Kidlitosphere as a whole—different approaches to blogging, varying participation levels, etc.; what this might mean for the future of the community; and how bloggers and authors/illustrators and others in the kidlit community can best continue to leverage blogging for the benefit of all, and keep it relevant and fun.


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