SCBWI conference in Oakland

On Saturday I attended a regional conference of SCBWI (the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators) in Oakland. I always enjoy the regional conferences which are a great way to connect with other writers in my area, as well as agents and editors.
There were some good tips shared, information and inspiration. I especially appreciated what Tim Myers had to say in his inspirational closing speech. He said we as writers, whether published or not, are all waging peace. We are advocates for literacy, which he defined as not simply a set of skills, but an attitude about reading and a desire to read. Literacy, he said, instills a sense of wonder about life, in spite of all life’s difficulties. It is spirituality in the broadest sense because it brings significance and a deeper engagement with the universe. Literature helps young people develop a sense of self and to become critical thinkers.
Myers added that literature involves us in the “Great Conversation” that has been going on for over 2000 years. And, lastly, for kids who grow up in poor neighborhoods where so many of the messages they receive are negative, it makes available other messages. Stories can create a path for them to follow.

4 thoughts on “SCBWI conference in Oakland

  1. Thanks for sharing, I’m so pleased you had a good time and found the speakers – Tim especially, so inspiring.
    I always come away from these events fired up and raring to go 🙂

    (Speaker coordinator for Mills – yes I am one lucky girl!)

  2. Thanks for the lovely post, Sylvia. I’m glad you got so much out of the conference. And I’m glad you included Tim Myers’ thoughts – they are very helpful on this path!

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