Pre-Conference Wrap-Up

Good morning! We are on the eve of our fabulous conference On the Road to Sparkling Children’s Literature.


Are you psyched? I hope so, or I’ll have to bring back my good friends, Hans and Franz.

If you haven’t seen Laura’s post from yesterday with tips and links to preparing for the conference, hurry over there and give it a read. And remember to follow us on Twitter at #SparklingLit.

Anyone coming Friday night and/or are staying on Saturday night: If you are interested in meeting and socializing with other conference attendees, the Hilton Garden Inn has a lovely bar/grill area that will be open later than usual! There is also a nice sofa area by a fireplace as well as a large conference table in the lobby. I’ll be leaving some SCBWI stickers at the check-in] desk for those who would like to identify themselves.

Okay, so we covered all our bases, except one…how to get there! The conference will be held at the Claggett Conference Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike,  Buckeystown, Maryland. You can find directions here.  For those of you staying at the  Hilton, go here for a map and directions.

Have fun this weekend! Soak it all in, folks, and learn. Enjoy and support each other!

Happy conferencing!












It’s heeeerrrrrreeeee!


Go here for information on the Saturday faculty and sessions and here for that day’s schedule. If you’re attending on Sunday, head over to our website for details and then prepare any materials or writing samples for your particular intensive.

Laura’s blog post on perfecting your book pitch is a must read and on the subject of pitches, read my writing challenge from way back when What’s Your Pitch?. Larissa’s advice for pre-conference polishing is a gem, as well as a workshop for those of you looking to survive your first critique. It also gives some timeless conference tips.

So, get excited and get ready! For our first-timers – relax, have fun and take it all in. I promise you’ll leave energized, inspired and assured that, yes, you are where you belong! We’re all looking forward to meeting you, as well as seeing old friends.


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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