I just have to say that I am still on a high from Florida’s SCBWI conference. Way to go Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld and your team!! What a great line-up for the all-day general sessions on Sat. Chris Crutcher (funny & moving), Augusta Scattergood and her editor Andrea Pinkney (sweet), Sara Pennypacker (passionate & inspiring), Peter Brown (thoughtful & zany) and the inimitable Lois Duncan whose first book for teens came out in 1956! (Wise & funny . . . she’d written so many that at one point she had to go onto amazon.com to check and see if she’d written a particular title that a movie producer was interested in! She couldn’t remember. Wonderful stories of the writing life.)
What a way to keep the writing fires stoked! Many thanks to my writing community and to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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)
Austin bound this weekend to meet up with friends, get introduced to the lovely and talented Patrice Barton, and to do a program for writers in the Austin area. Patrice will also be getting her Crystal Kite award for illustrating MINE! (Oh, those darling babies!!!) Rarely do I get to meet one of the illustrators of a book I’ve written. And this weekend, I not only get to meet her but we will also read together at a Friday night reception, and present together on Saturday. How cool is that? I hope to have pics to post afterward. Stay tuned.