The volunteers running this chapter work so hard to offer exceptional events, and the spring conference has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. I'm not always able to attend, but it is always worth it when I do. I love having the opportunity to take the kidlit industry's pulse, see my writer friends (and make new ones), network with other industry colleagues, and learn a thing or two about writing . . . or marketing . . . or whatever manuscript I'm working on at the time.
This year's conference takes place April 16–17 at the Marriott Redmond Town Center. The guest faculty includes these notables (and so many more):
- SCBWI International's Executive Director Lin Oliver
- authors Holly Black, Emily Jenkins E. Lockhart and Deborah Wiles
- author-illustrator Dan Santat
- editorial and art director guests from such houses as Greenwillow Books, Candlewick Press, and Simon & Schuster
- agents from several firms with names-you-know
Sign up, already. And maybe I'll see you there!