Note to selves -- If you plan on sitting still for eight hours listening to people talk, it is NOT a good idea to stay up till two in the morning the night before (though Jay appreciates Robin and Eve’s choice in late-night dining: Hooters!).
It was wonderful getting the chance to meet some of our blog readers face-to-face. We’ve always felt that children’s book writers, as a whole, are the most fun group of writers in the world. Turns out, the ones who think we’re funny are even better!
Aside from the tips and inspiring stories shared by the Writer’s Day faculty, we learned who some of the speakers are for this summer’s SCBWI conference:
Authors & Illustrators - Mo Willems, Jacqueline Wooson, Jane Yolen, Caroline B. Cooney, Paul Fleischman, Wendelin Van Draanen, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Nina Laden, Elise Primavera, Melissa Sweet
Editors/Art Directors/Agents - Beverly Horowitz (Bantam Delacorte Dell), Louise May (Lee & Low), Elizabeth Parisi (Scholastic), Jodi Reamer (Writer’s House), Jeremy Ross (TokyoPop), Nancy Siscoe (Knopf and Crown)
And the theme for this summer’s after hours party? In honor of SCBWI’s 35th anniversary: Jade Jubilee. Yes, this’ll be a hard one to dress-up for, but we think we’re up to it.
Oh, and we can’t forget the best news of all. One of the Disco Mermaids did fairly well in the Writer’s Day contest. Eve’s nonfiction manuscript, The Crossing, won First Place!
(To Jay’s utter disappointment, we did not celebrate the triumph at Hooters.)