SCBWI Summer Conference

“You are original and creative.”

For the past three days, I’ve been immersed in children’s books at the annual SCBWI conference. Along with almost 1000 other attendees, I geeked out at the superstar faculty and the informative workshops. Here’s a picture journey of my experience:

biltmore hotel

At the historic Millennium Biltmore, formerly a cathedral, and rumored to have ghosts


rejection scroll

65 feet of rejection; inspiration from author Kate Hannigan to keep on trying!


dessert pyramid

Decadent dessert with our sit-down dinner (kind of like a s’mores pyramid)



Gift certificate for being one of the winners for the annual joke contest


book sale

Selling DRAGONFLY DREAMS at the conference


Fun fact: Here was my winning joke entry (theme of Olympics crossed with children’s book or author): “Diver Wins Gold Medal After Tuck Everlasting.”

Diverse Phantom of the Opera!
Foodie Friday First: Red Bean Bread


  1. Thanks for sharing the photos, especially the 65 feet of rejection one! I missed this year’s conference since I’ve elected to attend the LA Writer’s Digest one in the fall. Lots of workshops for YA and NA writers. I heard the hotel venue was outstanding.

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