Austin SCBWI‘s Destination Publication: An Awesome Austin Conference for Writers and Illustrators took place last weekend. Keynote speakers were Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson and two-time Caldecott Honor [author-] illustrator Marla Frazee.
The faculty also included: editor Cheryl Klein of Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic; author-editor Lisa Graff, formerly of FSG; agent Andrea Cascardi of Transatlantic Literary; agent Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency; editor Stacy Cantor of Walker (Bloomsbury); and agent Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
In addition, Cheryl and Sara Lewis Holmes spoke together on the editor-author relationship, Marla and Liz Garton Scanlon spoke together on the illustrator-author relationship, and illustrator Patrice Barton offered portfolio reviews.
The local speaker-critique faculty included: Jessica Lee Anderson; Sibert Honor Author Chris Barton; Shana Burg; P.J. Hoover; Newbery Honor Author Jacqueline Kelly; Philip Yates, and Jennifer Ziegler.
Texas Gulf shrimp;
an assortment of goat cheese and wild mushroom, chicken, and shrimp quesadillas made with assorted cheeses on homemade tortillas;
asparagus, snow peas, mushrooms, carrots and other garden vegetables;
a chef’s selection of cheese wedges such as Spanish sheep’s milk, English blue, triple-crème Brie, Italian Provolone and fresh goat cheese garnished with seasonal berries and grapes;
and delicious dessert bars such as: Butterscotch Brownies, Chocolate Brownies, Toffee Brownies, Lemon Bars and Seven-Layer Bars.
Erin Edwards and Brian Anderson.
Nathan Bransford (blue sweater) and Stacy Cantor (yellow).
Frances Hill Yanksy and former Austin SCBWI RA Julie Lake.
Stacy Cantor, Erin Edwards, and Carmen Oliver, who was named the 2010 Austin SCBWI Meredith Davis Volunteer of the Year.
Huge thanks to Tim Crow, his committee, the speakers, and everyone who participated!
See reports (many with photos) from Shelli Cornelison, Don Tate, Chris Barton, the Texas Sweethearts, P.J. Hoover, Kirby Larson, Carmen Oliver, Vonna Carter, Samantha Clark, Mark McVeigh, Greg Leitich Smith, Sara Lewis Holmes (part two), E. “Emily” Kristin Anderson, and Austin SCBWI. Note: more posts are going live by the minute, and I’m sure I’ve missed who-knows-how many. But a lot of folks are making an effort to link, so these wrap-ups should lead you to others.
See also Thoughts on Conferences, also by P.J. Hoover. Peek: “I joined Austin SCBWI and signed up for the conference which was only a few weeks later. I didn’t know a soul. I knew almost nothing about the publishing business. All I had was a completed manuscript and a new-found love of writing kids’ books.”