Inspired by… Writing Conferences

I recently attenderd (spelling error, but I like it this way) the 2022 Winter Conference for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). First, I owe a huge hug to this organization for the boost it’s given my writing career. Second, if SCBWI were a “secret society”, the hoods of the cloaks would definitely have bunny ears. It is the nicest group of sharing, caring writers ever. Here are some take-aways from the conference.

“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are.”

-Brian Selznick

“Every book is a brick in the wall of your overall career.”

— Samantha Fabien

“Be kind. Be professional. Be open to feedback.”

-I don’t know. I was so into listening and writing in my craft notebook, I didn’t make a note of who was talking during the Editors panel!

“Mistakes are important. 50% of writing and publishing is trying and making mistakes.”

— Stephanie Garber

“There are a lot of elements you cannot control… What you can control is your writing. Keep writing.”

-Thao Le

“This business is persistence.”

— Jem Chambers-Black

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