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09 August 2012 @ 01:34 pm
SCBWI International Conference, 2012  
Oh how I love this conference. For me the best part every year is seeing many old friends and making a few new ones, and that alone would be reason enough to attend. But because Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser, aided by Sara Rutenberg and the SCBWI office staff, do such an amazing job putting it together, the conference has countless other highlights. This year I arrived Saturday at noon, which means I missed the first day and a half. And *still* the weekend was chockfull:

--keynotes by Ruta Sepetys and Gary Schmidt, who both hit it out of the park.
--the Hippie Hop party Saturday night, for which there will be a separate post in a few days (flashmob, anyone?) ;-)
--Sunday's Golden Kite luncheon, with great acceptance speeches from all the winners.
--my Monday writers' intensive, titled SPITSHINE: Putting the final polish on your novel. 25 attentive and enthusiastic writers participated. I gave a lecture, presented revision techniques, and gave them exercises to do on the spot. I hope they had as much fun as I did!
--an interesting and productive Board meeting.

Of course, I was so busy learning and teaching and talking (and hot-tubbing...just once, though) that I almost always forgot to take photos. Here's one taken at dinner on Saturday with Jolie Stekly and Lisa Yee:

Rice porridge with egg yolk and uni at Red Medicine. I wish I could eat this every week for the rest of my life.

It occurs to me that this dish is an apt metaphor for the conference: It was both exciting and supremely comforting.