Writing Tips

To Conference or Not to Conference


So, you’re an aspiring writer, and you’re considering going to a writing conference. Is it worth it? What should you keep in mind?

1. Do you need to attend conferences to become a professional writer?
No, you don’t. Conferences cost money, and sometimes you just don’t have it. What you do need is grit, a willingness to learn, a broad knowledge of the literature you’re trying to write and an awareness of how the industry works. It also helps to have a supportive group of fellow writers, who share your dreams, will give you constructive feedback on your work and will cry and/or celebrate with you when required. Attending a writing conference or joining a professional group, like SCBWI, can help with many, but not all of those things. If you are looking to learn more about the industry and to join a supportive community of writers, then attending a conference can be a great first step. (more…)

Writing Tips

Go the Distance with SCBWI Oklahoma

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2016-Spring-Conference-FlyerOne of the best parts of my writing journey has been discovering the friendship and encouragement of fellow writers. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a national organization dedicated to bringing together the creators and facilitators of wonderful children’s literature. SCBWI has many regional chapters, including here in Oklahoma, that provide networking and learning opportunities to beginning and established writers.

This year, I have the privilege of serving on the publicity committee for the SCBWI Oklahoma Spring Conference. Our theme is “Go the Distance.” As an attendee, you will get a chance to learn from and submit your work to seasoned professionals, such as Sara Sargent, Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Vicki Selvaggio, Associate Agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. (more…)