Friday, September 12, 2008

Shout out to Squi-bee!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is affectionately known by several nicknames. Some members refer to it as The Society. Others (like me) use the initials, SCBWI, and possibly more creative types, give it the moniker, Squi-bee (the spelling is mine).

The annual conference of the SCBWI-Midsouth region takes place next week. This is the annual gathering of writers and illustrators from Tennessee and Kentucky. I am looking forward to attending this conference for the second time. It was a great experience in both knowledge gained and networking opportunities last year. I met two of my critique group members at this conference and another great writer friend.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Bruce Coville. I hear he was a big hit at the national SCBWI conference in Los Angeles this summer. At last year’s SCBWI-Midsouth conference, SCBWI executive director, Lin Oliver shared a quote from Bruce Coville. The quote is on my desk. It says: “Follow your weirdness.”

So every (week)day when I sit down to write, I try to follow my weirdness or write the stories of my heart.


Shauna Roberts said...

Great quote! Have fun at the conference.

Howard Shirley said...

And a shout out back to you! It was good to meet you at the conference and to take part in the critique session with you. Keep me posted on what happens with your middle grade mystery. I think you've got a winner there.

Hope to see you at next year's conference, if not sooner!

--- Howard

Rae Ann Parker said...

Thanks, Howard. It was a great conference and a great critique group.