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 […]

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 […]

On meeting Angie Thomas

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, at our local SCBWI LA/MS JambaLAya conference. As you can see, I was fangirling a little bit, and I hadn’t even read her book yet! I still regret not making intelligent conversation at the signing or later, […]

JambaLAya Kidlit Festival tomorrow!

Exciting! I’m attending the LA/MS SCBWI children’s literature festival here in New Orleans tomorrow! AND I might get a chance to meet the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Angie Thomas! Ms. Thomas is a guest author at the conference, offering her insight into writing and publishing her first book. Her story is […]

JambaLAya Kidlit Festival in New Orleans

I just signed up for the New Orleans SCBWI JambaLAya Kidlit Conference! Have you? Early bird pricing is in effect until the end of January–a great deal for a conference! Diversity scholarships are available, too. AND there are manuscript / portfolio consultations, plus a dinner. It’s going to be great! I’ve gotten to know the […]