I had second thoughts about attending the SCBWI-MI Fall Conference. Now that it's over, I'm not positive that I should have gone.
I didn't sign up for a paid critique or the first page panel. I chose not to read at open mike. Perhaps I should have.
I loved seeing old friends and meeting new people. I enjoyed hearing Paula Morrow and Barbara Seuling read inspirational excerpts from their favorite books. Matt Faulkner's art is amazing. Kate Sullivan's talk was full of useful information. I will follow her suggestions to plot tension vs. page number and to list the reason for every scene.
But, I left early - right after breakfast this morning. My younger son (Jeremy) turned 15 today and I was eager to hear from both boys about the parade, football game and dance.
Here are a few words of wisdom from the conference.
"Heart can't be taught, but it can be caught." -- Paula Morrow
"The one thing you have to put in a children's book is hope." -- Barbara Seuling
"Don't I have the right to tell an American story?" -- Matt Faulkner
"... Another amazing service provided by your librarian. I like librarians. I'm married to one." -- Bob Morrow
"The hard part is saying why I didn't like this part." -- Kate Sullivan