Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Today I’m sharing some excellent photos of our conference last month, taken by Mike Turner, who is the brother of one of our distinguished faculty guests, author Nanci Turner Stevenson. Thank you, Mike!
This post comes under the heading Better Late Than Never, because our conference was a month ago already! I apologize for not posting these photos sooner. But to those of you who attended our Team SCBWI conference in Buckeystown March 19-20, you’ll enjoy seeing scenes from the event (and maybe yourself in some shot—!). To those who could not join us, here’s a peek at what went on.
The conference took place at The Claggett Center, a beautiful retreat and conference venue in Buckeystown, MD, which our SCBWI region has used for conferences since July 2010. It is set in rural, rolling hills, complete with breathtaking views.
The recent addition to the campus of the Christiana Inn, seen on the left, makes it possible for us to get even more out of each conference because we can include evening activities and social events without having to travel. Our activities coordinator, Sarah Maynard always comes up with inventive games; this year we played Exquisite Corpse where we passed paper around, alternately adding a sentence or an illustration to illuminate what came before on the page. Fun!
After an informative and entertaining keynote address, “Trendwatch or Change Is Good (Right?)” from the wonderful Betsy Bird, we we broke into groups for specific sessions.
Our own Kathy MacMillan, one of the Sweet Sixteen Debut Novelists, gave a talk titled “Taking Off the Training Wheels.”
“Fiction Doesn’t Mean Fake,” was the talk by Lois Sepahban, a Sweet Sixteen Debut Novelist.
“Pitch Perfect,” was the talk given by Janet Sumner Johnson, a Sweet Sixteen Debut Novelist.
Ava Jae, a Sweet Sixteen Debut Novelist, gave her talk, “From the Ground Up: World Building in Sci-Fi/Fantasy.”
“Revising a Novel from the Author’s and Editor’s Perspectives,” was the title of the talk given by Nanci Turner Stevenson and her editor, Andrew Harwell, Senior Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Literary agent Stephen Barbara was the moderator of a panel made up of the Sweet Sixteen Debut Novelists: Laura Shovan, Janet Sumner Johnson, Kathy Macmillan, Ava Jae, and Lois Sepahban. The title of the session was, “Authors Get Real: Working With an Agent.”
In between the sessions, we all enjoyed a delicious lunch — I think the Claggett does a great job with the food! Those who stayed at the Inn had an equally tasty supper included in the price of lodging.
One of the terrific benefits of these SCBWI conferences is the opportunity to have your work critiqued by members of the faculty. Nancy Turner Stevenson gave her undivided attention to the writers who asked her advice.
The conference events on Saturday ended with an all faculty panel moderated by Sarah Maynard. Faculty members from left to right: Linda Comacho, Jess Tice-Gilbert, Andrew Harwell, Stephen Barbara, Traci Todd, Victoria Selvaggio, Mallory Grigg, and Betsy Bird.
Sunday attendees could choose from one of six workshops, led by faculty. Another wonderful lunch followed, and then we headed home.
It was a great conference; hope to see you there next year!