Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Ten things I love about the SCBWI Conference

Thanks to Candy Gourlay for photo! candygourlay.com!

  1. The people. I've been going each November for some years now and I have friends who I look forward to spending time with there each year.
  2. The generosity. The conference is planned and run by volunteers. And there's also a generosity of spirit in the way in which people share ideas and experience.
  3. The new ideas I come away with. It's always inspiring because of the talks and workshops but also the ideas which somehow spin off and stay with me.
  4. The inspiration. It is fascinating to hear about other people's journeys. One of the nice, and maybe unusual, things about this conference is that it reflects writers and illustrators at all different stages. 
  5. The support. Writing can feel solitary so it is is lovely to be with so many people having the same experience. 
  6. Sharing success. Every year there is a Mass Book Launch Party and this year One of Us was part of it.
  7. The cake. As well as featuring all the SCBWI members' books published this year, it also tasted very nice.
  8. The place. I love Winchester. Its glorious architecture forms the perfect backdrop to the weekend.                                                                                     Thanks to P Tolley for photo.
  9. The Friday fringe. This year I had fun on the sketch-crawl and at the Critique Meet - a great opportunity to have your work critiqued by people coming to it with fresh eyes.
  10. The fact that it will happen again next year! 

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  1. Someday ... i'm going to actually see Winchester as well as the conference! So wonderful to spend time with you, Jeannie. See you at the British Library SOON.

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    1. It was lovely to see you too, Candy. Winchester is worth a visit in its own right, so many gorgeous things to see. I will try to get to the British Library for some serious writing time soon.

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  2. Looks like it was a wonderful time. And that Cake! Wowza, it's terrific. :)

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    1. It was very beautiful! It didn't last long though!

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    1. It really was! I'm still mulling over all the gems I took from it.

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  4. Belated congrats on your book launch Jeannie. I didn't go to the party on Saturday but have just read your post/taken a look round your website and your book sounds amazing. I'll definitely have to get hold of a copy! I've got a book - also my first - coming out with Chicken House in the summer - and although it's middle grade and historical I think from the looks of it, it might share some common themes with yours. Maybe our paths might cross at a future SCBWI event...

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    1. Hi Ally, very nice to hear from you, and congratulations on your Chicken House book. I love historical novels so look forward to reading yours.

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