See my cute little roses?! See my awesomely gift wrapped . . . um . . . gifts?
Ain’t they adorable?!
Well, I think they are.
But you’re probably wondering what they have to do with being a writer. Here’s how I see it – making these little roses was a creative outlet, just like writing. So they do have something in common.
But here’s a bigger something – see, the gifts are for two outstanding contributors to our local chapter of the SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and isn’t that a heck of a mouthful?) The gifts will be presented during this year’s Houston Conference where the theme is “How Do Your Stories Grow?” Sort of an outdoor, gardening theme. Along that same line, we’re having a very unique fund raiser — we’re decorating birdhouses!
The challenge to the illustrators and writers was to decorate a birdhouse in such a way as to depict the theme of a children’s story. How fun is that?! The birdhouses will be sold in the form of a silent auction along with many other wonderful items up for grabs.
So, that is exactly how my cute little roses, my birds, and my bird houses all fit into writing!
But the conference will have so much more to offer than just birdhouses! We’re going to have incredible guest speakers. At the podium will be
● Author-Illustrator, Dan Yaccarino
● Andrea Brown Literary Agent, Jennifer Rofé
● Art Director with Charlesbridge Publishing, Susan Sherman
● Editor with Dial Books, Heather Alexander
● Senior Editor with Scholastic, Jenne Abramowitz
● Nancy Coffey Literary Agency Subsidiary Rights Director and Agent, Kathleen Ortiz
● Editor with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Connie Hsu
But that’s still not all! Each of our guest speakers have agreed to critique a number of manuscripts or portfolios during the course of the day. Meanwhile, some of Houston’s own local authors will also be doing critiques. The conference gives local authors the chance to promote and sell their books, courtesy of Houston’s Blue Willow Bookshop. And there is plenty of local talent being showcased too. Here’s a peek at all of them – thanks to Vonna Carter and her awesomeness for putting together the video!
One final perk about attending conferences like ours is that each attendee will be given the opportunity to submit their work to publishing houses that are normally closed to unsolicited submissions. Not to mention the chance to meet the guest speakers and to network with fellow writers and illustrators.
In short, the conference is going to be way, way cool in so many different ways!
And gosh . . . just look at my little roses!