Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Conference Season (by Jena Benton Lasley)

I'm done.  I finished my Portfolio for the upcoming Conference in LA.  I've been working on nothing else but this Portfolio for weeks now.  I'm exhausted.  I want to just lay on the floor and bask in the joy of knowing that I did the best I could do and it's now DONE.


BUT there is still a conference to attend.  I'm SO excited to be going to the National SCBWI Conference.  I can't wait to learn as much as I can, make new friends, and see what happens.  However, I know it will also be exhausting.  It will be 4 days of nonstop input.  I know I'm not the only one who finds that a bit intimidating.


Maybe you've found past conferences disappointing.  Here's some tips to keep conferences positive.


Maybe you're an introvert (as most of us writers and illustrators are) and you dread the idea of spending that much time with a bunch of people you don't know.  Here's some tips for introverts to rock conferences.


At least our Fall Conference isn't that intense.  And I don't have to travel to get there.  BONUS!  It's coming to ME, as are the editors and agents who will be here in September.


Whether it's LA or Anchorage, SCBWI Conferences are SO worth it.  I learn something new or find something to "take away" EVERY time.  It connects me to a group of people, my TRIBE, who are all interested in the same thing: kids' lit.  I highly recommend attending a conference, if you can.