Words of Wisdom from the SCBWI Summer Conference 2012 August 13, 2012 14:49 6 Comments

I just returned from the 41st Annual Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Summer Conference in Los Angeles. I came home feeling so inspired and empowered. One of the main messages of the conference that really resonated with me was to create in a way that speaks to the inner child within you. Here are a few other words of wisdom from the conference that I wanted to share with you to add positive and inspiring thoughts to your day! "Play every day." Melissa Sweet, author and illustrator "Give yourself permission to be imperfect — at least at first." Arthur Levine, Editorial Director Arthur A. Levine Books and a Vice President of Scholastic (also, the American editor for J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series) "There is a doorway that will change your life, if you just walk through it." Bryan Collier, author and illustrator There are no shortcuts. Slow down. Focus on what you can control." Steven Malk, Literary agent with Writers House For anyone out there thinking about writing or illustrating children's books and don't know where to start - my first piece of advice is to join SCBWI. Through SCBWI, immerse yourself in the craft, business, inspiration, and community - you won't regret it! Here are a few photos from the conference: [caption id="attachment_3029" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="The best thing I love about attending these conferences are the people - whether novice or expert, everyone is so encouraging and supportive. It is unlike any industry and I feel truly blessed to be part of it."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3032" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Signing copies of my book WE BELONG TOGETHER at the Pizza & Wine Book Signing Party with author Trisha Speed Shashkan."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3035" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Every year there is a poolside costume dance party. This year's theme was a 60's Hippie Hop! Needless to say - it was a groovy time. *Peace, Love, and Children's Books* Photo Credit: Debbie Ridpath Ohi (DebbieOhi.com)"][/caption] For an in-depth recap of the event and more photos, read the article SCBWI Summer Conference: A Gathering of Kindred Spirits featured in Publisher’s Weekly.
To quote Bryan Collier "It is a privilege to be able to create and express yourself" ...and I am so grateful to all of you every day for allowing me that privilege. xo Joyce