SCBWI’s annual winter conference took place in New York City on February 12-14 and was filled with fantastic speakers, fascinating panels, helpful workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities! I particularly enjoyed taking the train to and from the conference, where I managed to do a lot of thinking and writing.
The Writers’ Roundtable on February 12 enabled writers to workshop 500 words with a table of seven other writers and an agent or editor. I was able to get valuable feedback on both my MG novel and a picture book.
The rest of the conference was full of inspiring speakers and workshops in smaller settings where we still had access to some major members of the kidlit community. It was wonderful to feel the enthusiasm of so many who love literature for young people!
I was lucky to share a hotel room with one of my critique partners — it felt like a three-day slumber party! The temperatures in NY were literally sub-zero, but luckily we never had to go outside since the hotel was right over Grand Central Station.
All in all, this was an excellent way to start off 2016. I’m going to ride this energy until my next conference in April!