SCBWI Winter Conference

I just read about the SCBWI Winter Conference registration over at Lee Wind's blog I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?

As someone who has begun writing a book, works in publishing, and generally loves children's literature, I'm thinking it might behoove me to attend this shindig. But I don't really know what to expect.

Can anyone give me the inside scoop? If you've been to a SCBWI conference before, let me know your thoughts. What did you get out of it? What is to be gained by attending?


Vonna said...

Though I have never been to one of the national SCBWI conferences, I have been to regional SCBWI conferences and the Texas Writers' League conferences several times.

Besides getting the opportunity to submit your manuscripts to closed houses (a boon for those of us who are unagented), you will have a chance to meet agents in person. This is an advantage over just reading about them when trying to decide who to query about your work. The talks that are presented are helpful and interesting. And meeting other writers in such great numbers is both fun and inspiring.

I've got two conferences lined up in Texas soon, Austin SCBWI in January and Houston SCBWI in February. Can't wait!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the info, Vonna! I also talked to a friend of mine who is an editor and she confirmed the same thing. I don't think this is exactly what I'm looking for.

You guys saved me $200!