In April, I had the opportunity to attend the SCBWI Idaho Conference on Youth and Children’s Writing. It was a great day filled with many authors, writers, and an agent and editor. I learned so much, and made many new friendships and connections. It is always nice to have an entire day dedicated to my writing. I always learn new things, and I always make new friendships. I love attending this conference every year.
For a good portion of the day, I attended an intensive with the Bonny Becker. She is the author of the Mouse and Bear books. She taught us her secrets to writing a great picture book. She spoke a lot about ideas, character, traits, basic elements of a story structure, endings, research, audience, framework, and revision. I learned a lot from her intensive. It was very informative and helpful. I always enjoy getting other authors perspective on the industry.
I also heard from the author, Leslie Patricelli. She is the author of many board books about opposites—Yummy Yucky, Big Little, and Quiet Loud. She spoke a lot about her journey to publication. It was very interesting to hear her story about how she got her first book published. I enjoyed listening to her.
Also speaking at the conference was editor, Wendy McClure from Albert Whitman Company. She spoke about what it means to dig deeper in our writing. I really enjoyed her presentation. It was informative and fun.
Lastly, I heard from literary agent, Michelle Witte. She spoke about rhythm and rhyme in our manuscripts. It was interesting to listen to.
All in all, I had a wonderful time at the conference. I am glad that I went. I love this industry, and I love that I can attend a conference that teaches me so much about it. I also love making friendships with other writers and authors. It was a great day.