Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SCBWI-LA Writer's Day - on books, community

The Book Display at Writer's Day -- I bought a few
& all things writerly
just glanced through my notes from Saturday's Writer's Day -- probably one of the best local events I've attended since I joined SCBWI. The faculty was engaging, amusing, inspiring -- and extremely generous with information: 

* Margaret Miller, editor with Bloomsbury Children's Books, let us in on her secret version of an author's bill of rights. 

*Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal for The Higher Power of Lucky, talked about her personal evolution as a writer, and showed us the view out the window above her writing desk. 

* Author Tony Johnston gave a heartfelt presentation on capturing the essence of feelings on paper -- with moving examples from several of her books. 

* Author Rachel Cohn grabbed us on grabbing the YA reader from the first page. 

* Author Bruce Colville kept us riveted with a fantastic overview on writing fantasy, including insights that could apply to any fiction genre.

So many pearls of wisdom in one day, I wish I could string them all on a magic writing necklace. 

Aside from the great program, what struck me most was how gratifying it is to be a part of such a supportive and inspiring community of writers. 

Here's a lovely quote about writing by Susan Patron -- from the bookmark for The Higher Power of Lucky

"I write to find out what I didn't realize I knew, and to discover the humanity in all of us." 

Why do you write? What are your thoughts on being part of a community of writers?

Coming up -- an interview with Patricia Lee Gauch, author and former executive editor of Philomel Books -- on writing, the state of publishing, and plans for this summer's Chautauqua Writer's Workshop. Do check back!


The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

Why do I Write?
It's the only reason I do anything.

My thoughts on being part of a community of writers?
Lots of women.

Smitten Since Kindergarten

Barbara Watson said...

Thought-provoking and insightful post. Thank you.

I write because the story that lives in me lives in no one else.

A community of writers builds and edifies a writer into that deeper place writing needs to go.

nutschell said...

I had such a blast that day, and I went home full of useful information and inspiring quotes. I particularly loved Margaret Miller's talk and Susan Patron's speech. :)