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For the 12th year in a row, I attended SCBWI’s Annual Winter New York Conference in New York City.
The hotel and its location struck me as metaphorically perfect.
The Grand Hyatt, with its easy access to the attached Grand Central Station, once again served as an Important Stop for children’s book creators journeying forward.
The bounty of mentors, allies, friends and teachers, the thoughtful programming and Good Ol’ Serendipity turned any and all “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can’s” into “Of course, I can’s!” and “Ready! All Aboard!”
Little Engines That Could may have pulled into the station Friday but Refueled Super Liners pulled out on Sunday.
There were tears (courtesy of Lois Lowry, Sara Zarr and Linda Sue Park) as well as laughter (thanks to Leonard Marcus’s "Writing Funny" Panel and R.L. Stine’s Saturday Luncheon Keynote.)
In between, editors, agents, art directors and publishers offered bon mots and insights.
The Picture Book panel featuring Jane Yolen, Mark Teague and Patti Lee Gauch had me furiously taking notes, even though I’ve taught Picture Book Workshops since 1997.
The Good News: you can cry, laugh and learn too. Attend the conference vicariously by clicking on the SCBWI Conference Blog. SCBWI’s Team Blog did an outstanding job capturing each presentation's essence, spirit and truths.
And, remember: SCBWI celebrates its 40th Anniversary August 5 - 8 at the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles.