Conference Updates & KidLit News, April 24

I’ve just spent six days/nights in the glorious Texas Hill Country at a lovely lakeside cabin with no television. Wildflowers all over the place! During that time, the temperatures ranged from 44 to 94 degrees, with frequent strong winds and a smattering of rain. Beautiful! I spied lots of deer, turkey, hawks, and doves (and buzzards, lot’s of buzzards), but no hogs or snakes this trip, which is a good thing. I stayed off the internet and shut out news of the outside world. This was not a writing retreat, but I did get in a bit of writing. Funny how solutions come to you when you aren’t thinking of the problems. It was great to be unconnected for a few days, but now I’m scrambling to catch up with my website updates. The site had gotten pretty large and time-consuming so I’m paring down a bit and focusing on the most-visited pages.

Here’s what’s new this week:

Local Events

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For Writers

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APRIL 28-30: DIVERSE INPIRATIONS: CONNECTING THE DOTS

Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston
COST: Varies

Houston Writers Guild is partnering with Houston Baptist University HWG’s annual March one day conference, including a variety of panels and breakout sessions. The keynote speaker is Nina Sankovitch, author of three books of nonfiction, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading; Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing; and The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family. Agents attending: Doug Grad, The Doug Grad Literary Agency; Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary; Alex Franks, Literary Agent, The Donaghy Literary Group. Editors attending: Christine Klocek-Lim, Senior Acquisition Editor, Evernight Publishing.

MAY 1, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI MTG: AILEEN KIRKHAM

Tracy Gee Community Center
COST: FREE

Aileen Kirkham presents, Nuts & Bolts of Marketability & The Paper Trail: Networking, Timelines, Invoices, Contracts, & Insurance. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Conference Updates

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Agents & Editors @ Conferences

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI—IOWA STORYTELLING:UNLOCK YOUR SUPERPOWERS!, CEDAR RAPIDS, IANew!

AGENT: Jennifer Soloway/Andrea Brown Literary
EDITOR: Jill Santopolo/Philomel
ART DIRECTOR: John Sanford/Cricket Media

Retreats & Writing Workhops

SEPTEMBER 8-10: SCBWI-NEW ENGLAND SQUAM LAKE RETREAT, HOLDERNESS, NHNew!

EDITOR: Christian Trimmer, Editorial Director at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
AGENTS: Linda Epstein/Emerald City Literary; Wendi Gu/Greenburger Associates

SEPTEMBER 22-24: PACIFIC COAST CHILDREN’S WRITERS NOVEL WORKSHOP & RETREAT, SANTA CRUZ, CAUPDATE!

AGENT: Brianne Johnson/Writers House
EDITOR: Stacey Barney/Penguin/Putnam BFYR

SEPTEMBER 22-24: BIG SUR ON THE CAPE, CAPE COD, MAUPDATE!

EDITORS: Mary Lee Donovan/Candlewick Press; Yolanda LeRoy/Charlesbridge Publishing
AGENTS: Andrea Brown, Jennifer Laughran, Kathleen Russell, Jennifer Soloway/Andrea Brown Literary Agency

OCTOBER 12-15: BETTER BOOKS, CAUPDATE!

EDITORS: Harold Underdone; Emma Dryden; Tiffany Liao/Razorbill/Penguin Young Readers Group
AGENT: Stephan Fraser/Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI-SOUTHERN BREEZE BACK TO NATURE KIDLIT RETREAT, NAUVOO, ALNew!

AUTHOR: Heather L. Montgomery

OCTOBER 26-30: SCBWI-NEW MEXICO HUMMINGBIRD WRITING RETREAT, JEMEZ SPRINGS, NMNew!

AGENT: Natascha Morris/Bookends Literary