I recently attended an excellent online conference that is normally held in New York every winter. It was hosted by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators — a wonderful organization with chapters around the world. There are two big conferences a year, one in New York in February and the other in Los Angeles in August.
I have attended both in the past (in person) but because of the pandemic, it was a conference by Zoom this year. Surprisingly, it worked very well! And it was impressive in size with over 6000 participants from many parts of North America and beyond.
We heard from editors, agents, publishers, authors and illustrators about current trends in children’s book publishing and it was very inspiring. Much to think about! The great thing about this Zoom conference is that the sessions were recorded and are available for participants to watch (or re-watch) in their own time over the next month.
It was a worthy winter event, and even though it wasn’t in New York (which is always special!), it provided a welcome boost to the mind and spirit.
If you are an aspiring author or illustrator, consider becoming a member of SCBWI — there are local chapters everywhere! You will learn a lot and find a group of like-minded people willing to share their craft, expertise, encouragement and support. And maybe some day, you can attend one of these conferences, too!