Over the years, I have had the opportunity to attend many conferences, mainly through being a member of the SCBWI. I have taken richly informative workshops with a variety of authors and illustrators and have listened to very engaging presentations prepared by them.
Some of the most memorable encounters have been with: Tomie dePaola, Jerry Spinelli, Katherine Paterson, Ann Brashares, Marc Brown, Ame Dyckman, Adam Lehrhaupt, Marcie Colleen, and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.
I have also met many editors and agents and have had my manuscripts critiqued by some. I have participated in round table discussions, first page workshops, and have had the opportunity to have lunch with some too.
Each experience has brought me one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a published children’s book author. It has been an adventurous journey so far and I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for me!
If you’re not a member of the SCBWI, I strongly suggest joining. It’s a great way to network and to learn all of the ins and outs of the business.