The Best Part of SCBWI LA

Katherine Longshore 4 Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I love conferences.  Like Bret, I'm a bit of a junkie.  And this year's LA conference provided many opportunities for inspiration, contemplation and fangirling (I got to see Judy Blume up close!  And Donna talked to her!)  But these days, for me, the most inspiring and work-affirming opportunities were meeting up with my fellow writers -- all of us struggling with the same demons and celebrating the little successes.

A short list:  the brilliant Stasia Ward Kehoe, my publishing "twin" (we have the same agent and editor) whose verse novel, AUDITION will launch in October.  Sara Wilson Etienne, Gretchen McNeil, Kristen Kittscher, Barry Wolverton and Brodi Ashton, fellow Apocalypsies and Corrine Jackson, Kimberly Sabatini and Debra Driza, sister Class of 2k12 debuts, and the lovely Nicole Maggi, who was once an Apocalypsie but now debuts in 2013.

And, of course, my amazing roommates, Jackie Garlick-Pynaert, whose writing imagery makes me want to weep and Kjersten Anna Hayes, whose artistic capabilities with paper collage make me smile.  Kjersten will be providing an illustrator's perspective on the conference later today.


Love the new picture of you all together at the conference!

Thanks, Kristen! It was lovely to see you there! (I KNEW I would forget to mention someone important!)

I love converences too, Katy, and catching up with you in LA made it extra special. I am SO EXCITED to read your debut next year!

I'm so glad you had a good time. Maybe next year I can go, too!

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