Writing Conferences

YA Families in Crisis

Have you ever wanted to write a young adult novel about a family in crisis? I was struck by the passion and knowledge of four authors who spoke at the AWP writer’s conference in March. They discussed the challenges of writing novels about families caught up in abuse, war, poverty, PTSD, and the loss of a…

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AWP 2016 Awesomeness

I had an absolute blast at AWP16 this past weekend! I’m so grateful to everyone who came to my panel Staging the Story: Screenwriting Techniques for YA Fiction and saw me, Cori, Amy Rose, and Jennifer chat up a storm. It was a lively and wonderful discussion with a packed room! We talked story structure, visual storytelling, creative…

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Five Publishers Give an Industry-Wide Picture

Editors Debra Dorfman, Beverly Horowitz, Jennifer Hunt, Allyn Johnston, and Julie Strauss-Gabel all spoke on a panel at the 2011 SCBWI LA Conference about the current state of the children’s book industry. Big issues like self-publishing, e-books, and digital trends were discussed, but deep down it seems that content is king. The following is my…

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2011 LA Times Festival of Books

The LA Times Festival of Books is this weekend (April  30th – May 1st)! If you live in the Southern California area this is a wonderful FREE event filled with hundreds of authors, artists, and book lovers! There’s even a children’s book stage (bring your kids) and a YA Stage! Not to mention the plethora…

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The Quick Take Away: 2011 SoCal SCBWI Writer’s Day

It’s been awhile since I reported on a conference event, but never fear I’ve got lots of good information coming your way. I attended the 2011 Southern California SCBWI Writer’s Day this past Saturday with a variety of speakers from Susan Patron to Bruce Coville. Here’s a few quick take-away’s from the event: Susan Patron…

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