Behind the scenes
As an ARA (assistant regional advisor) from New England, my conference started on Wednesday with a pre-conference dinner at Stephen Mooser's house. I met many of the RT (regional team) members that help to run SCBWI around the world.
In the afternoon we had more training as RT members and as conference volunteers. We also had a chance to meet all the people in the SCBWI office that support us and put the conference together.
Conference Day 1
The next morning I tried not to feel overwhelmed in a room as big as a sports stadium. There were about the same amount of people as at the New York conference, but somehow this conference felt bigger, grander.
|Kim Sabatini, Jodi Moore, and Stacy Mozer|
|Conference Faculty Dancing In|
Keynote: Meg Rosoff - Warning, Peter Rabbit May Be Harmful to Your Health
Meg Rosoff shared a realistic version of the story of Goldilocks to make a point about storytelling. Without imagination it would be a sad tale of a girl lost in the woods who gets eaten, a tale told brilliantly, but still horrifying. There are people in the world doing actual studies on the harmful affects of fairytales on young minds. But Meg Rosoff reminded us of the importance of imagination and the fact that, "no story we make up can be stranger than the truth."
Breakout: Lamar Giles - The Incredible Shrinking Novel - Writing the Synopsis
Keynote: Judy Schachner - Thinking in Pictures: My Storytelling Process
After lunch, Judy Schachner took us through her storytelling process, becoming her characters by switching accents in the middle of sentences as she turned from Bostonian to Raccoon. She shared a strategy for brining her characters and settings to life, which she called her bibles. Each one was full of magazine cut outs, quotes, sketches, pieces of fabric, and anything else that made the character or setting real.
Keynote: Stephen Chbosky - How to Write Your Timeless Classic (or Die Trying)
Stephen Chbosky was not there to share his process, he was there to motivate us to write our novel. Some of my favorite quotes, "It is not up to an editor or agent to tell you who you are." "Inspire yourself to be better than you've ever been." and "If you do it for you, you do it for the world."
Breakout: Megan McDonald - Creating and Shaping A Believable Character
|Stacy Mozer and Megan McDonald|
The first day ended with a diversity panel and PAL booksale. I was so excited to meet Karen Avivi, the author of the book Shredded and the winner of the SCBWI Spark award. Karen is a fan of my blog, Sporty Girl Books and even gave us a shout out during a magazine interview. Make sure to check out more about Karen on Sporty Girl Books.
|Karen Avivi and Stacy Mozer|