I had a great time in Austin last weekend at the 2013 Austin-SCBWI conference. Wonderful conference, welcoming folks, and great food! Also, I absolutely loved getting to meet the hugely talented E. B. Lewis, Neal Porter, Erzsi Deak, Tamra Tuller, Cynthia Levinson, Rubin Pfeffer and others who co-presented. The highlight of the Friday night reception was Patrice Barton getting her Crystal Kite award for the illustrations in MINE! So happy for her! Patty is such a warm, generous person—and very very talented! Here are a few pics to share with ya’all! Thanks to Cyn, Mark Mitchell, and others for these wonderful photos. (And for those of you who did not get a copy of my handouts the link is here to Austin SCBWI 2013 Handout.)
Shutta & Patrice Barton
Greg & Cyn Leitich Smith
Fraternal Order of the Armadillistrators 2013 and the new R.A. of Austin
Shutta and E. B. Lewis
E. B. Lewis painting at Austin SCBWI
Neal Porter, Editor, Roaring Brook
First Pages Panel (Agents & Editors: Tamra Tuller, E. B. Lewis, Erzsi Deak, Rubin Pfeffer, John Cusick, Kathy Landwehr)
I’ll be on a panel sharing my experiences about getting my work published for children and teens at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center, Room 310A. There’ll also be time for questions from the audience. From 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 17.
Also on the panel will be Brynne Barnes, author of “Colors of Me,” who has a master’s in creative writing from EMU; Laura Handy (pen name Laura Ellen), author of “Blind Spot,” who has a master’s in children’s literature from EMU; and Shaun Williams, author of “Sea Beds,” who has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from EMU.
The event is free and open to the public. Nicola’s Books will provide books for those interested in purchasing books and having them signed.
For more information, contact Christine Hume at email@example.com or Annette Wannamaker at firstname.lastname@example.org. EMU’s Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/OP4JSZ .
See you there!
Carrie A. Pearson’s site hosts an article or interview dealing with mentors and mentorship every Monday. Today (March 12, 2012) she’s posted an interview with me (as an SCBWI mentor) and Tracy Bilen (mentoree–is there such a word?) whose teen novel What She Left Behind will be published by Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster later this year. YAY, Tracy! For me, it was a fun to read Tracy’s responses and then respond, myself. Take a look at Carrie’s site . . . click here: http://www.carriepearsonbooks.com/1/post/2012/03/mentor-monday-shutta-crum-and-tracy-bilen-an-scbwi-mi-mentorship-program-success-story.html