Wednesday, September 4, 2013

MO-SCBWI Conference Update

I’m all registered for the 2013 SCBWI-MO Fall Conference "Follow Your Dream" November 2-3, 2013 right here in St. Charles, MO.  I’m super excited to hear from this year’s keynote panel and attend breakout sessions. Here’s a sneak-peek at the amazing talent with us this year. (Excuse the copy-paste, I didn’t want to leave out any accomplishments).

KEYNOTE - Author Matt de la Peña -- "Working-Class Writer"
Matt de la Peña is the author of four critically-acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and I Will Save You. He's also the author of the award-winning picture book A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. Matt currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

KEYNOTE - Author Lisa Yee -- "Following Your Dream Without Falling on Your Face"
Lisa Yee’s debut novel, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. With almost two million books in print, her other novels for young people include Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers, Absolutely Maybe, and a series about a 4th grader, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) and Bobby the Brave (Sometimes). Lisa is also the author of American Girl’s Kanani books and Good Luck, Ivy. Her latest novel, Warp Speed, is about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up everyday at school. A Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence, Lisa's books have been named a NPR Best Summer Read, Sports Illustrated Kids Hot Summer Read, and USA Today Critics’ Top Pick.

KEYNOTE - Author Judy Young -- "Judy Young, Counting Her Lucky Stars"
Judy Young is an award-winning author of children’s fiction, poetry and nonfiction books. Judy is a frequent speaker at schools nationwide and her author visits include both educational presentations and poetry writing workshops for elementary and middle school students. She also conducts writing workshops for teachers for their professional development in-services and is a frequent speaker for educational organizations and professional conferences. With twenty years previous experience in the public schools, Judy has first hand experience with improving students’ writing skills and her presentations and workshops are directly related to school curriculum.

KEYNOTE - Illustrator-author Dan Santat -- "The 'IT' Factor (Parts of getting published that you need to know but no one has taught you)"
Dan Santat is the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. He is also the creator of the Disney animated hit, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.

For more information or to join me at Lindenwood on November 2-3rd, visit Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Missouri Chapter (SCBWI – MO) at

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