SCBWI LA 40th Anniversary Conference-Part 1

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In the past, I’ve always tried to get at least half, if not a full day of conference recap into each of my blog posts.  I’m going to be doing something a little bit different this time.  I’m going to keep each entry a little bit shorter.  This means that I’ll be writing about the conference slower than most people, but for me, this needs to be savored and relived without rushing–it was special.

Of course, no conference can start without a warm welcome from the official mom and dad of SCBWI–Stephen Mooser and Lin Oliver.

We also must begin with some of Lin’s stats for the conference.

There were…
*1,342 people in attendance.  (A record number.)
*The men broke the 150 mark. (But we still commandeered their bathroom.)
*42% of those attending were published. (Woot!)
*49 out of 50 states were in attendance. (South Dakota needs to get their act together.)
*There were representatives from 20 countries. (70 people from outside the United States.)
*The Children’s Book Market is doing better than the Real Estate Market. (Fist pump!!)

I also would like to show you what the California Ballroom looked like.  I loved the tiers in this room and how they allowed so many more people to have a wonderful view of the podium.

On Friday morning we were introduced to the faculty which had the effect of blowing on an ember.  I couldn’t wait to get started after this spark was lit. (Sorry, the picture is a little blurry.)  Each person on the faculty was tasked with giving a sentence with “40” in it, to celebrate 40 years of SCBWI.  The responses ranged from hilarious to inspirational.  So much fun.

I took tons of pictures of everyone (because that’s what I do) but I’ll pick one to highlight.  As we all know, we’ve arrived not only at the end of the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, but also the movies. *sniff*  The least we can do is send a cyber hug to the man who was instrumental in our happiness.  He is perhaps best known as the American editor for for the Harry Potter Books, Arthur A. Levine, the Vice President of Scholastic and the Publisher of his own imprint, Arthur A. Levine Books.  I really wanted to meet him, but this was the closest I got, without falling over and melting into fan-girl gushy puddles.  

As if being JK Rowling’s go-to guy isn’t enough, he is also the editor for the wonderful, fantastic, debut author Mike Jung.  His middle grade novel Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities, comes out in the fall of 2012.  I can’t wait to mug Mike and run away with an ARC of this book.

Hmmm…I told you I was going to keep this short.  Lets get moving!

The first Keynote Speaker was someone I have been dying to meet and listen to.  I was not disappointed.

Here are the highlights that stuck with me…
*There are 22,000 people in our SCBWI Tribe, the only other place for us is the Island of Misfit Toys.
*It takes a delusional person to believe we are a society that considers children our most valuable resource. We love our children individually, but we have a hard time showing it collectively.
*Craft without inspiration leads to basket weaving, inspiration without craft leads to modern art. Ha!
*There is a butterfly effect.  You never know what kind of impact you will have.  The smallest gesture is a turning point.  
*If I wasn’t already won over by Bruce (and I won’t lie–I was) he would have had me hook, line and sinker when he quoted from the Broadway play, Into the Woods.  I swear, I played the soundtrack to this musical until my college roommate’s ears bled.  I love to be inspired.

No One is Alone… a song of responsibility.  Our responsibility.

*Don’t start with a message, start with your own heart…You can not know the effect of your words.

*I can’t help but think that we reach a very special, lasting place in a kid’s soul.

*Leave an unfinished chord…

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  1. Thanks for this post–you know all of us who couldn't get there are hungry for info. Maybe I'll get to go next year.

  2. I love your conference recaps — they make me feel like I was actually there.

    And I totally believe in the butterfly effect. 🙂

  3. Sounds like an amazing and inspirational conference. So glad you were able to go and so happy to get to spend so much quality time with the boys. Sounds like this is the beginning of a tradition!

  4. Wow! It must be so cool to be there…

  5. The conference was amazing and I couldn't have gotten there without a gigantic Daddy Party Weekend. :o) *squee* That would be an awesome tradition!!!! Gracie-it was the best! And Linda, I sooo believe in the butterfly effect. <3

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! I SO want to go with you the next time. At least now I can live vicariously 😉

  7. YES!!!!! Come next year!!!!! It would be amazing!!!!!!

  8. I liked the list of fun facts…lots of people blogging about the conference, but I hadn't seen this info. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Aw, thanks for the shoutout Kim! Meeting you was definitely one of the highlights, and something I've been wanting to do for a long time. (psssst…Arthur really is the best!)

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