Highlights from the 2011 LA Conference! (Pictures)
- Friday, August 26, 2011
SCBWI Co-Founders Lin Oliver (Executive Director) and Stephen Mooser (President) celebrating their 40th Summer Conference.
kicked off the conference with an inspiring keynote on "Why What we do Matters" and recieved a standing ovation.
Author and SCBWI Board member Ellen Hopkins
critiqued manuscripts one-on-one and led a Monday writer's intensive
Vice President and Publisher at Simon & Schuster imprint Beach Lane Books, Allyn Johnston discussing the state of the industry at a Friday afternoon panel
author Norton Juster giving a Saturday afternoon keynote address
Author/illustrator David Small
broke into dance (as did the audience) after his keynote address on Saturday morning
, won the Golden Kite Award for picture book text for her book Big Red Lollipop
SCBWI staff members Gee Cee Addison and Sara Rutenberg taking a much needed break.
Surprise guest and longtime SCBWI board member Judy Blume
discussing her illustrious career with Lin Oliver.
Judy Blume chatting with fellow writers
Author Jon Scieszka
speaking about his career on Saturday afternoon
Everyone was excited to meet Judy, even Jon Scieszka
Author Gary Paulsen
signing books after his keynote and workshop
Almost 200 portfolios on display at the saturday night portfolio showcase and reception.
Illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky
demonstrating his technique at the Monday illustrator's intensive.
Editoral director at Golden Books/Random House, Diane Muldrow, giving an individual manuscript critique.
signing books after his keynote
painting fellow illustrator/author Dan Santat
at Monday's illustrator intensive
Alessandra Balzer, Editor at HarperCollins inprint Balzer and Bray, led a workshop and participated in panel discussions on the state of the industry and contract negotiations.
Richard Jesse Watson
led a workshop on illustrating picture books and did a demonstration during the illustrator's intensive.
Vice President at Scholastic and SCBWI Board Member, Arthur Levine, led a writer's intensive called "Chapter One: The Great First Date of Your Novel"
signing copies of her book Paris Pan takes the Dare
Henry Winkler, author of the Hank Zipzer
series with Lin Oliver, leading a workshop with Lin on writing humor.
SCBWI board members Cecilia Yung
, (art director and vice president at Penguin Young Readers Group) and Jerry Pinkney
(illustrator) chatting after a session.
Author and linguist Donna Jo Napoli
gave a keynote "Writing About Terrible Things Makes Your Reader A Better Person"
Illustrator and SCBWI Board member E.B. Lewis
helped lead the illustrator intensive day.
, winner of the Golden Kite for Turtle in Paradise
and non-fiction author Verla Kay
, signing books during the autograph party.
Author Libba Bray
discussed writing during her rousing keynote and at her workshop.
Author Lisa Yee
signing books during the autograph party.
Author Bruce Coville
at his writer's intensive on writing fantasy.
Author Laurie Halse Anderson
signing books after her closing keynote and standing ovation.
Lin Oliver and surprise Golden Kite Award luncheon keynoter Richard Peck
Arizona Regional Advisor Michelle Parker-Rock
being named Member of the Year
Author/Illustrator, and SCBWI Board member Pat Cummings
during the judging session of the portfolio showcase.
Literary agent Tina Wexler led a workshop and participated in a panel discussion on the state of the industry.
Lin Oliver addressing the crowd at what was an incredible and historic conference
All photos by Alan Baker
More pictures and full conference coverage from SCBWI Team Blog: http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/