Event Report: Austin SCBWI Regional Conference

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Congratulations to RA Debbie Gonzales, ARA Carmen Oliver, Illustration Chair Mark G. Mitchell, and the faculty, volunteers, and attendees at yesterday’s Austin SCBWI Regional Conference, “Something for Everybody,” at St. Edward’s University.

Faculty included: authors Lisa Yee, Donna Jo Napoli, Anastasia Suen, and Chris Barton; attorney Barry Furrow; editor Bonnie Bader of Penguin Young Readers Group (Grosset and Dunlap and Price Stern Sloan); editorial director Diane Muldrow of Golden Books/Random House; senior art director Patti Ann Harris of Little, Brown; publicist Kirsten Cappy of Curious City; agent Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency; agent Jill Corcoran of Herman Agency as well as Erin Murphy and Ammi-Joan Paquette (who’s also a children’s author) of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Critique faculty included: April Lurie, Brian Yansky, Bethany Hegedus, P.J. Hoover, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, Jennifer Ziegler, Jessica Lee Anderson, Margo Rabb, Mari Mancusi, Nikki Loftin and Varian Johnson.

Former Austin RA, author Julie Lake, illustration chair Mark G. Mitchell & author Jennifer Ziegler.


Socializing at the Friday night reception.

Raffle items and illustration portfolios.

Opening session.

Agent Jill Corcoran with her client, author Varsha Bajaj.

Authors Brian Yansky and Greg Leitich Smith.

Author-illustrator Frances Hill-Yansky & writer-editor Samantha Clark.

Author Liz Garton Scanlon, Jenny, Chris, Varsha, and agent Erin Murphy.

Jill’s breakout session on query letters.

Debut author Nikki Loftin, writer-educator Jerri Romine, writer Lindsey Scheibe.

Author & VCFA faculty member April Lurie chats with the Yanskys.

Author-illustrator Divya Srinivasan

The Meredith Davis Member-of-the-Year Award went to writer Shelli Cornelison, the winner of the portfolio contest was author-illustrator Jeff Crosby, and in a surprising turn of events, Greg and I received an award naming us the 2011 Ambassadors for the Austin Kid-Lit Community. We’re deeply honored.

4 thoughts on “Event Report: Austin SCBWI Regional Conference

  1. Thanks for the recap, Cyn! I'm glad we were able to surprise you and Greg with the recognition you so richly deserve for your love and support in the Austin Kid-Lit community.

    Thanks for EVERYTHING you both did this weekend to make the regional conference a huge success!

    Hugs, Carmen

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