Thank you, New England SCBWI Friends!

I spent this weekend at the New England SCBWI Conference, which is always an amazing opportunity to talk writing and learn about craft as well as a chance to see so many friends. This was the first regional SCBWI Conference I attended back in 2007, and I so remember working up the courage to say hello to Jo Knowles and Loree Griffin Burns, both of whom I recognized from their blogs. Now, I’m lucky enough to count both as friends, along with so many other amazing writers whose company I enjoyed this weekend. If you’ve never been to a writing conference but want to give one a try, I highly recommend this one.

A highlight this year was getting to clap for Jo when she accepted her 2012 Crystal Kite Award for PEARL.  I was sitting in the back, so Jo is tiny in this photo, but I promise you, she’s there, and she’s smiling.


I presented two workshops at this year’s conference – one on revision and one on mystery writing. Here are the fantastic writers who attended my revision workshop, hard at work…

And here are a couple of them in a more active writing activity, an emotional role-play that we used to replace cliched body language.

We talked about using maps, timelines, and charts as revision tools. After the session, Michelle Cusolito came by my signing table to show me the timeline she was using to keep track of events in her novel-in-progress.  Michelle and I share a deep and abiding love for really big paper…

 I had a few people waiting with books when I arrived for the author signing, so I dug out my pens and got right to work. I kept wanting to say hello to Dawn Metcalf and Hazel Mitchell and see what they were doodling on their tablecloth at the next table over.  But every time I started to get up, someone else came with a book. Finally, I got to see their masterpiece — a fantastical interpretation of…my signing line, complete with a wild array of characters holding books!


Above: Hazel & Dawn with their masterpiece!

I promised to share my workshop slideshows here so attendees could reference them later on. (If you weren’t at my sessions but want to check these out, feel free. You’ll just have to make up my words and imagine me next to the screen, talking and waving my hands around enthusiastically.)  Here’s REAL REVISION, and here’s WHODUNNIT…AND HOW TO DO IT WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING MYSTERIES FOR KIDS.

Many thanks to the organizers of this year’s amazing conference and to everyone who came to my workshops or took the time to say hello in the lobby or a busy hallway. Being part of this community of writers is truly one of the great gifts of writing for kids!

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  1. Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    What a weekend! I’m sorry to have missed it, but loved this recap … and the reminder of that special 2007 conference!


  2. Posted May 6, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    So many great pictures, so many great moments! I learned a lot in your revision workshop. You always amaze me. Thank you for all you do with so much grace and heart.

  3. Kelly Ramsdell Finem
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the workshop and the resources, Kate! It was SO great to see you again!

  4. Posted May 6, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Kate, I loooved your revision workshop! It definitely got my creative wheels turning again. 🙂

  5. Posted May 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate,
    So sorry to have missed your workshop on Revisions, but thank you for putting your presentation on Slideshare. Indeed, what a fabulous conference it was!

  6. Posted May 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a wonderful revision workshop! I learned many useful tips that I’m already applying to my WiP!

  7. Deb Dunn
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Kate, your workshop was FABULOUS!! I can’t wait to get back to work and use so many of your ideas. Your enthusiasm, humor, organization, and tried and true ideas made for a fantastic learning experience. Have you posted your chart templates anywhere?

  8. Posted May 8, 2013 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Your revision workshop was fantastic and full of great ideas! Thanks for sharing the notes on the website.

  9. Jennifer Estes
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Both of your workshops were just fantastic! I had so many bursts of inspiration — I’m re-energized to tackle this revision. Thanks for posting the slideshow — it makes deciphering my notes a lot easier! Cheers!

  10. Posted May 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for an engaging, useful, wonderful workshop. You’re amazing. Thank you for all you do for teachers and the KidLit community. Do you sleep?

  11. Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I was sitting on Kate’s right during the signing as Hazel and Dawn doodled on Kate’s left. So glad I got to chat with you a bit, Kate! 🙂

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