Whew! Right before the conference I was marveling at how time flies. Two-and-a-half weeks later and it’s still full speed ahead.
What a fantastic weekend we had! It started off with a bang thanks to author Bobbie Pyron who discussed how she managed to slip into the skin of a dog to create Tam’s chapters in her book A DOG’S WAY HOME.
Saturday ended with a keynote, “There Is No App for Eye Contact,” by the legendary Richard Peck. He spoke about how there is a need for story, now more than ever. There is no better storyteller than Mr. Peck – on paper and in person!
Sunday morning’s keynote was given by by Deborah Wiles, who told conference goers to let go of pre-conceived notions, suspend the rules and take a risk.
Our other two keynote speakers were in the afternoon. Author Sally Walker shared her strategy for finding ideas and inspiration for her work and the process she follows when researching.
Author James Proimos was the final speaker with the provocative “How to Write a Novel That Sells in Ten Weeks,” where he shared his secrets to writing in ten weeks a short, smart, sellable novel.
Interspersed among these five speeches were some amazing breakout sessions – too many to recount here. If that wasn’t enough, we all had the opportunity to buy books authored by our faculty and have them autographed. Honestly, I had to hold myself back from slapping down my credit card and say “I’ll have one of each, please!” And, of course, there were lots of critiques and portfolio reviews. With all of that, I am sure just about everyone walked away a lot smarter and more inspired!
Here are a few more pictures:
Disney Hyperion Editor Rotem Moscovich
Richard Peck and Bobbie Pyron sign books
Richard Peck signing books. He was very busy this weekend!
That’s it for the recap. I hope it brought back some good memories and maybe inspired those of you who were unable to attend to try and make our next conference.
Before you get back to your writing or illustrating – your fearless bloggers are going to take a quick summer break and be back by September. With looming deadlines, family obligations and (eek!) school starting there’s hardly time to catch our collective breaths! We promise to be back and ready to roll in a month!
Happy Dog Days everyone!