LA SCBWI 2011 Conference

The Los Angeles SCBWI conference was amazing! I met so many awesome people, saw a number of inspiring keynotes and workshops, and had a great time at all the parties.

There were so many brilliant keynotes this year. Libba Bray gave a hilarious talk about staying sane during revisions, Judy Blume gave a heart warming interview about her career, and Gary Paulson told us about his incredible life, from growing up as a street kid to racing sled dogs in Alaska years later.

In between keynotes, we attended different workshops hosted by agents, editors, illustrators, and authors. My absolute favorite workshop was by Laurie Halse Anderson, who really motivated me to stop "farting around on the internet" and quit watching so much TV. She said that we need to change the way we think from "I don't have enough time" to "24 hours a day is more than enough time." Her talk motivated me to give up TV and stay focused until I get this draft done. From now on I plan to picture her yelling at me whenever I need a kick in the butt. (I did this yesterday and wrote 2000 words. Totally works.)

You can read more about all of the keynotes and workshops on the SCBWI Conference blog.

Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos during the conference. I know someone took photos of me in my pajamas at the party, but now I can't remember who. So if you have any, let me know!

Luckily, I did find a photo of me with my writing buddy Rachel Searles and new friend Leigh Menninger at Pink Taco (taken by the lovely Debbie Ohi).

Why is everyone looking at the camera except for me? I have no idea. That's how exhausted I was by the end of the conference.

Now... back to writing. I can't let Laurie Halse Anderson down!

UPDATE! A pajama photo of me and Rachel and our new friend Dana Elmendorf!