A few more words: Even though I've attended the FL SCBWI Conference nearly each of the last eleven years, this year I hesitated. Do I have the time? Money? Then I remembered that at one of the conferences, instead of taking notes during a speech, I began scribbling ideas that became my novel, HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL.
When my good buddy Jill said she'd drive, I was in!
To say that speeches by Lin Oliver, E.B. Lewis, Greg Neri and others inspired me would be a vast understatement.
There's something magical about the energy created by a room full of creative people. I knew a quarter way in it was clearly worth the time and money.
|The Editors Panel Discussion|
Sometime during Lin Oliver's amazing speech, while I was taking notes so fast my hand hurt, it happened again. IT HAPPENED AGAIN! I scribbled an idea I think will be my next middle grade novel.
Thank you Linda Bernfeld and the many hard-working, dedicated volunteers (I'm talking to you, Laurie Taddonio!) who helped make the magic happen for the 11th year in a row!