Big Chill 2019

It’s October already? Here in New Orleans, it still feels like August, temps in the 90s with 70-90% humidity. Good weather for staying inside, reading and writing. I did get away to Percy Quin State Park for a personal weekend writing retreat, where the mornings were in the 70s and the sunsets were glorious. Over…Continue reading Big Chill 2019

Conference time

It’s here! JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2019, right here in New Orleans. Our regional branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI LA/MS) hosts this annual three-day conference, full of Master Classes, keynote speakers, written and in-person critiques, breakout sessions, casual meet-ups, dinners, and even a breakfast session for published authors & illustrators.…Continue reading Conference time

JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2018

  For the second year in a row, the Louisiana/Mississippi chapter of SCBWI knocked it outta the park! This is one of the best kidlit conferences I’ve attended, and I’ve been to a few. I tend to prefer regional conferences for the intimacy and depth of focus, not to mention the community building, and this one delivered.…Continue reading JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2018

A retreat and an advance, writerly speaking

For the past two weekends, I’ve been submerged in a glorious writerly time-out-of-time, first at the Big Chill writer’s retreat, then at the RUCCL One-on-One conference. Whew! Re-entry into the real world has been tough: the toilet’s broken, a kid’s home with tummy troubles, cockroaches in the bathtub. Sigh. So let’s go back to my…Continue reading A retreat and an advance, writerly speaking

I’m a mentee!

I just received word that I was accepted as a mentee to the 2017 RUCCL One-on-One Plus Conference! The Rutgers Council on Children’s Literature accepts a limited number of applicants for one-on-one mentoring with an author, editor, or agent (and for illustrators, art directors and published illustrators). I love this idea! Forty-five minutes to talk…Continue reading I’m a mentee!