If you haven't had a chance to attend a conference, and the opportunity presents itself, DEFINITELY GO!
I attended the 25th consecutive New England SCBWI conference this weekend (not MY 25th consecutive). The silver anniversary of the NESCBWI conference--though there were conferences held prior in the region--they had not been held annually.
I hung out with Heather Kelly, Laura Pauling, Jennifer Carson, Ansha Kotyk, Marissa Doyle, Alicia Gregoire and Joyce Johnson. I met new friends like Josie Cameron, Melissa Hed, Beth Gallagher and Diane Adair.
We heard keynotes from Jane Yolen (she IS a goddess), Harold Underdown, Stephen Mooser, Lin Oliver, and Tomie Dapaola. Tony Abbott (of SECRETS OF DROON fame) signed books for my daughter.
A few of us were challenged to do an impromptu live "elevator pitch" for agent Chris Richman (terrifying even though I have an agent. LOL, and not because Chris is scary. He was, in fact, very sweet and supportive of all of us.) I'll do a longer blog post on this tomorrow. It was a good learning experience.
I networked, I took notes, was inspired. I feel blessed to be a part of such a vibrant and talented community!