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There is nothing more powerful than a kind, positive word

I attended the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference July 31 - August 3rd. I've attended many, many children's writers conferences, intensives and programs. Perhaps the most outstanding program I've attended to date was done by Stephen Fraser, agent with De Chiara Literary Agency -- He conducted a middle grade intensive. He laid out his plan for us - we each were…

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When you are the slowest . . . It’s all about perspective.

I never thought it would happen. Really, I never thought about age. I keep trying new things. But I never thought I would get slower in running. It's hard to accept. So when I entered the China Camp Trail Half Marathon, for some reason my young mind thought, just train and surely you can't be the slowest. Well, when you…

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The Ups and Downs of Critiques

I've had blistering critiques, start-over critiques, not nice critiques, critiques that called my work "a critique quilt", critiques by "experts" that obviously didn't write or buy my category, and more. And then you have a good critique, or even a "great" critique -- and you wonder, are they sure? did they read it? are they just being nice? Okay, now…

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May 16th Oakland Intensives Spot On

Our Oakland Intensives for Picture Book and Novel writers were spot on and sold out. The attendees were terrific and the faculty of authors Bill Konigsberg and Katheryn Otoshi, and associate editors Taylor Norman (Chonicle Books) and Susan Dobinick (FSG), complimented us on the fine work they read in the critiques. We billed the Intensives for developed writers -- and…

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May 16 Intensives for Picture Book and Novel

Our SCBWI programs are blessed with many devoted volunteers and more join every day to help us put on terrific programs. Our May 16 Intensives sold out in a little over 3 weeks. There might still be room on the waiting lists. Intensives are small group workshops that help writers and writer/illustrators dig deeper into their craft and help diagnose…

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Setbacks – Star Wars Half, or not to Half

I'm used to running (and writing) setbacks. 2014 seemed to have its share of them. First, plantar fasciitis, right at the beginning of the 2014 year, for the Tinkerbell Half. But I powered through it, then was out for 3 months, wearing a sleep boot. But all is good. Then I had basil cell carcinoma on my left calf (who…

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Great Ending to 2014 and Blast Off for 2015

Our SCBWI Region ended the year with a terrific Faire and Holiday Mixer on Dec. 6th! Over 85 members and non-members joined us to learn all about our region and the opportunities, plus we had the greatest food brought by all! The Oakland Library was a wonderful midpoint location for our celebration. Everyone loved the time to ask questions, meet…

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Our First FREE SCBWI FAIRE on Dec. 6th!

I have gone to many trade shows and managed many in my professional career, along with board meetings, seminars, conferences and more. It dawned on me that there is no way for SCBWI members to get answers to their questions about the organization -- so how about a trade show - where there is a person for each topic area…

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