NJ Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference Highlights

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual NJSCBWI Conference held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Princeton, NJ.  It’s a great weekend of reconnecting with friends in the writing world.  It’s also a chance to network with agents and editors looking for the best conf9in children’s writing. In addition to giving the Keynote address on Saturday,  Illustrator Floyd Cooper,     demonstrated one of his techniques of smudging with an eraser until an image appeared. Amazing!

We enjoyed workshops on every aspect of the art of writing for children.  Saturday and Sunday were filled with these “mini” lessons on how to: craft the perfect Picture Book, develop characters, write for magazines, write non-fiction, write a query, find out what editors and agents are looking for and much more.  There was a book fair with a chance to buy autographed copies of books and  meet authors from all over the world.

We also enjoyed a hilarious hour of stand up comedy by Robin Fox.   c19

The conference is always inspiring and re-energizes me with new ideas.  And, I got to show off my book with my Agent Liza Fleissig…even though it won’t go on sale until September.   c18

Here are some photos of the weekend. Many thanks to RA Leeza Hernandez and her crew for another successful conference!

For more about the conference visit: http://www.njscbwi.com

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With Shiela Fuller and Jody Staton

With Shiela Fuller and Jody Staton

With Marina Cohen

With Marina Cohen

 

with author Audrey Vernick

with author Audrey Vernick

With YA Authors Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

With YA Authors Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

With Author Carole Lindstrom.

With Author Carole Lindstrom.