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When SCBWI Gets in the Way of Writing


Conference illustration by Jeslyn Cantrell, www.jeslyncantrell.com

It’s true. This can happen. We ran an exhausting Fall Conference and 3 Intensives in October, followed by preparation for our new year’s schedule, training of 2 wonderful new volunteers, looking for a new conference site, preparing for our first ever SCBWI Faire scheduled for Dec. 6th, and preparing for our January and May Intensives. The result, between work and SCBWI, no writing for the past nearly 3 months. It just gets disheartening. But when all seems dark, new inspiration sneaks in. And that new inspiration comes from the wonderful energy of other SCBWI members that offer to happily help. That’s right, happily help. Our new Illustrator Coordinator, Julie Bayless, offered to do an ad for Dec. 6th. Our assistant regional advisor, Keely Parrack, offered to help with even more, and other volunteers came forward to run county programs, welcome new members, and more. The lesson learned. Kindly ask for help. (That’s something that’s a bit hard for me to do.) Graciously accept it. And START WRITING. My sweet Della, in my new chapter book MS, Della Hates Dirt,  is nearly done (I hope.)

Fall Conference “Spin A Magical Story” – Registration Now Open

Whew! The conference team has been working on the preparations for months and we are so excited about this workshop-based conference. Be prepared to work, be inspired, and meet new colleagues on October 19th, 8 – 5, Preservation Park, Oakland.

The masthead illustration is perfect!

SCBWI Masthead final

Alice Feagan is the winner of our masthead contest. I am an autumn girl and I totally love these colors and characters. Truth be known, my favorite colors are purple, orange and lime green! So how could we go wrong!

The speaker lineup is terrific and their topics are right on target. Get to www.norcaconference.info right away and register to get the workshops you want! They are going fast. Plus if you register online by August 15th, the conference fee for members is only $119! See you there.

Pumpkin Head

Two Great Regional Meetings on the Same Day – Whoops & Wow

On May 18th, we held 2 local region meetings, one for illustrators in Oakland, and the other for writers in Walnut Creek. It was just one of those scheduling things where one speaker could only do that day and we had already scheduled the other event. We weren’t sure if there would be torn allegiances — the desire to attend both, and there was. So we learned, DO NOT schedule events on the same day, even if we think one is for illustrators and one is for writers — those writer/illustrators are caught in the middle.

Both events were terrific and we had the largest local meeting turnout ever. For both events, we had nearly 100 total attendees. Pretty great.

We were especially overwhelmed by the generosity of Dr. Terry Rawls at Patten University, patten-campusOakland, who let us use his outstanding facility. The room was lovely, professional and had great tech, which we are so very appreciative. This a great article about the co-founder of UniversityNow and owner of Patten University!

Programs are on A Roll

SCBWI is a wonderful organization of talented volunteers. I am biased. I think our region has among the best. We have some terrific programs starting off the year for writers and illustrators to learn, hone their craft, and get inspired to keep on plugging (as we all know that there is not a lot of money in children’s lit unless you wrote Harry Potter.)

Right around the corner:

Sat. March 23rd, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, award winning author/illustrator Ashley Wolff will speak at Sun Gallery, Hayward. Learn More

Fri, March 29th, 7 – 9pm, author Natasha Carter Yim will speak at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol. Learn More

Thurs, April 18th, 7 – 9pm, award winning author Ginger Wadsworth will speak at the Depot Bookstore & Cafe, Mill Valley.

See you there!