Monday, May 17, 2010
Indiana SCBWI 2010 Conference
This was not my first writers conference, however, it was my first one in Indiana. I am so happy I went because not only did I meet new people and learn a few things, but I met my Kenosha friend, Diana, in Hammond where the conference was held. I can't even begin to tell you how good it was to see her again! It was like we picked up where we left off ten years ago. She and her daughter, Tea, stayed with us (my daughter, Janine came with me) at the Fairfield Inn. I gladly missed the conference stuff on Friday night so I could visit with them. Diana was my daughter, Janine's, first violin teacher. She saw something in her that sparkled and Janine, little as she was, could feel that. They had a connection, Diana was able to introduce Janine to the world of music. I will be forever grateful!!!! Diana runs a music festival now. Check out her website http://www.lucitoscane.org/.
The picture is of Trisha Batey, conference coordinator (with the classy glasses) and Lisa Graff. The people that attended the Focus On The Novel conference are able to submit their manuscripts to Associate Editor, Beth Potter, at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. However, Lisa does not recommend anyone submitting anything until their manuscript is completely finished. That means there isn't any more fixing to do. There is a problem with writers submitting too early. One thing all three speakers agreed on was "You can't know the true beginning of your story until you know the end." Stephen Roxenburgh founder of namelos http://www.namelos.com/ and award winning Author Helen Frost were also guest speakers and very interesting to listen to.
I don't have any pictures of Janine and Tea! Diana will be sharing some soon so I'll post more in the near future!
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