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Sunday, August 29, 2010

AUSTIN SCBWI—The Best Darned Conference in the World!

OMG, I can't believe the time is here already. Yes, you guessed it. It's time for registration for the annual Austin SCBWI Conference which is set for February 18-19, 2010. It's filled with great faculty, speeches, critiques, small intensive groups, wine and cheese receptions...the list goes on.

I know, you're thinking of a million reasons why you're not going to register right now, but here are some of your excuses refuted. So go ahead and click on the register button right now.

1) You're saying you don't live in Austin.
Yeah, we've heard this one before, and let me offer my sympathies. It is a sad thing that you don't live in the best city in the world, but there's no reason why you can't travel here. I mean people travel to China these days. You can be to Austin in the time it takes to assemble your basic 500 piece Lego set. Trust me, I know. I've done both many times.

2) Okay, you're thinking you might register, but you just aren't sure.
Yeah, there will be space in the conference, but the agent, editor, author, and illustrator critiques are filling up fast. Like as in if you don't send in that application pretty soon, a critique with fab editor Elizabeth Law will just be a dream. And an intensive workshop with Arthur A. Levine will be something the "other people" do.
Be one of those people.

Get a critique with her!

3) You don't know anyone is Austin.
Um, hello. Are you reading this blog post right now? Because I'm thinking you are. And that makes one Austinite you are very good friends with. And I love seeing friends. Seriously. Life is about the relationships, so let's hang out and catch up a little.

4) You're too shy to ever go to a writing conference.
Austin writers are special. There is just something about them that stands out. And I'll tell you what it is. They are the friendliest bunch of people you've ever met in your life. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome (trust me, they took me into the fold). And they'll do the same for you.

5) You don't like cold weather.
Have you looked at a map. This isn't an excuse. Austin is south. Maybe we hit the 20s and 30s from time to time, but I lived in Chicago for a year. I know cold (at least colder that Austin). So take that much-earned time in February and come see us. You hear, ya'll?

Have a glass of wine with him.

Right, so the conference is fab. And you are honestly a click away from being a part of it. Fill out the application and get it in the mail on Monday! That's today (or tomorrow if you happen to be reading this on Sunday). Do it now. If you wait, it will fill up and you'll miss out.

And in case I'm not persuasive enough, the list of our faculty includes...

Emily van Beek – Folio Literary Agency
Carolyn Coman – Author
David Diaz – Illustrator
Julian Hector – Illustrator
Kimberly Willis Holt – Author
Elizabeth Law – VP and Publisher with Egmont USA
Arthur Levine – Editorial Director with Arthur Levine Books
Gregory Pincus – Social Media Expert
Michelle Poploff – VP and Executive Editor at Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, a Division of Random House
Stephen Roxburgh – Editor with namelos
Jessica Anderson – Austin Author
Chris Barton – Austin Author
Bethany Hegedus – Austin Author
Kari Ann Holt – Austin Author
P J Hoover – Austin Author
Jacqueline Kelly – Austin Author
Jeanette Larson – Austin Author
Jane Peddicord – Austin Author
Liz Garton Scanlon – Austin Author
Jo Whittemore – Austin Author
Brian Yansky – Austin Author
Frances Yansky – Austin Author
Jennifer Ziegler – Austin Author

I'll see you there!


Tess said...

You've sold this well :D Aren't the local SCBWI conferences the best? Smaller numbers means more friendly, imho. Have fun!

PJ Hoover said...

Wait, does that mean you're coming, Tess????? And yes, the local conferences are amazing!

Miriam S. Forster said...

I would commit murder, or at least petty larceny, to go to this. Unfortunately, no one I know has any money to steal. :(

Travis Erwin said...

Kimberly Holt is awesome. I'm proud to call her a friend. She lives here in Amarillo.

PJ Hoover said...

Miriam, do you live close to any banks?

I can't wait to meet her, Travis! Thanks!

Natalie Aguirre said...

It sounds awesome. I always think Austin puts on awesome conferences.

carmenoliver said...

You're one Texas Sweetheart! Nicely said.

Kelly H-Y said...

Your SCBWI always has puts on awesome events, doesn't it!!! I got a kick out of this post ... especially the Lego-assembling comment!

Casey McCormick said...

Ohhh this sounds so awesome. I wish I could go!