Conferences -- especially those that offer a lot of workshops on various aspects of the craft of writing for children and teens -- can drastically improve your writing, and your chances of getting published. Conferences are great places to meet agents, editors, and last but definitely not least, other writers who can help you further your career in one way or another. You'll meet many new writer friends, many of whom who will stick with you through the thick and thin of the writing life for many years to come.
So, today here's a reminder that the SCBWI (National) Summer Conference (Aug 2-5, 2013) is just such a conference. It's a conference that offers many presentations and hands-on workshops on various aspects of writing for children/teens, and many aspects of the industry. It's also the place where the childrens/YA authors the rest of us all want to grow up to be, come together to network and share their wisdom.
Here is NY Times Best-Selling Children's Author Nikki Grimes sharing her thoughts on last years 2012 SCBWI Summer Conference:
Here are writer Jenny Howard's thoughts on last year's Summer conference as well:
So here's a reminder that Registration for the SCBWI Summer Conference is Coming NEXT WEEK!
Check out the Info. on this summer's conference, including the 25 post-conference writers' and illustrators' intensives! This is one of the two National SCBWI conferences that occur annually. The other one is in New York City during the winter.
Perhaps one of these conferences is right for you!
So, there's no reason for any of us to miss out on the Conference!
Here is a video of last year's SCBWI Summer Conference "flash-mob" that surprised SCBWI Co-Presidents Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser with 400 children's writers dancing as one. Enjoy!