It is less than one week until a thousand children's' book writers, published and aspiring, descend on NYC. Here are some of the things I am looking forward to this year:
1. Hanging with my tribe
Children's book writers are some of the most amazing people in the world, and I've been very fortunate to meet a wonderful group at the NY conference. If you are coming for the first time, make sure to put yourself out there. You may end up meeting some great friends.
2. Match making critique groups
On Saturday night SCBWI invites attendees to a Gala organized by region. This is a great time to meet local writers and find out about critique group opportunities. If you are a New Englander, I help you make those connections, directing you to our online blog or to others in the room. I love hearing later that these groups are still going strong after this first meeting. Make sure to bring your business cards, your smart phone, or a piece of paper and a pen to keep track of these connections.
3. Getting inspired
Something about being among writers always gets me motivated to write. And often it's not the keynote authors or the workshop presenters, but the people that I meet that move my work forward. It's not a bad idea to bring a laptop. There have been times I've found myself sitting in the hallway writing because I just had to get the words out of my head.
Are you going? What are you looking forward to?