The last few months have been full of writing events, but last weekend it came to an end with the Northern Ohio SCBWI conference. It was a wonderful event, full of encouraging talks and great company. I was lucky enough to visit with many people during lunch and between the talks, including a few that I had not seen in a long while. It’s always so fun to catch up with fellow writers “in the trenches” and hear about their progress. Very inspiring!
I went to a number of talks at the conference, including two by Jody Casella. She included my previous outlining method (discussed here) in her talk on revision. I have to say, it was pretty fun to see my handiwork up there on the big screen. J I also went to a talk by Allison Weiss, an associate editor at Egmont, about creating pitches. That is such a difficult topic and I’m still struggling with it, so it was great to hear her advice and get to work with other YA writers on a better pitch for my current WIP. I wrapped up the conference with an encouraging critique and plenty of things to think about before I jump into the next draft of my manuscript.
This weekend also happens to be my birthday weekend (who-hoo!) so I took the time to reorganize my office and finally hang a new bulletin board that I made. I’ll need it to help contain all the business cards I’ve been collecting! Now that fall is here, and my major scheduled events are complete, the next bullet on the to-do list is completing my draft and possibly reading a few craft books before I jump back in. Here’s to spring and all of the upcoming events in 2015!