Monday, April 04, 2011

SCBWI Spring Conference 2011

{Eric Rohmann and Me, 2011}
{Lin Oliver and Me, 2011}
{Des Moines Area SCBWI Members, 2011}
This past weekend was the annual Iowa SCBWI Spring Conference. As always, it was fabulous! Featured guests included:
  • Lin Oliver Author and Co-Founder of SCBWI
  • Molly O'Neil Assistant Editor at Katherine Tegan Books, Harper Collins Children's Books
  • Alli Brydon Editor at Sterling
  • Author Candace Fleming
  • Illustrator Eric Rohmann
  • Diane Muldrow Author and Editor at Little Golden Books
  • Gary D. Schmidt Hamline Professor and Author
  • Stephen Fraser Agent
  • Michelle Bayuk Marketing Director for Albert Whitman
Aside from the featured guests, attendees came from all over Iowa. There were also people from Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska and Illinois! We have so many talented people in our group and there are many published authors and illustrators. I'm excited to join the ranks as a published member at next year's conference. During the conference I had a scheduled portfolio review with Caldecott winner and author/illustrator Eric Rohmann. He had wonderful ideas to help improve my chances with art directors and to help polish my portfolio. I was also able to meet Lin Oliver, the co-founder of SCBWI. She is incredibly sweet and very invested in helping writers and illustrators find their wings!

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