I'm motoring 3 hours west to Charlotte, NC, this weekend to attend to my regional Society of Children's Book Writers and illustrators (SCBWI) conference. This international organization is THE group for people who love writing and drawing kids' books.
For me, conferences mean non-stop learning, workshops, and connections with other creatives in person instead of in cyberspace. Plus, I'm meeting my illustrator, Irene A. Jahns, who lives nearby the conference site. Woot, woot!
To mark the occasion, I penned another R*A*P---Really Awful Poem. Please have a read if you dare. Then scroll to the end for a serious resource list resource to help you crush your next professional conference.
R*A*P...Really Awful Poem
Writers' Conference R*A*P
by Cat Michaels
With apologies to...
Disney, The Hunger Games, and true poets everywhere.
Hi ho, hi ho!
It's off to conference we go!
Buckled up and Charlotte bound,
My trusty GPS the route to be found.
So many peeps to greet.
Tons of ideas to tweet.
Notes to take and ideas to share
As we talk and gather there.
........scores of awesome books to see.
Hey, maybe sell a few Finding Fuzzy and Sweet T?!?!
I'm feeling excitement in the air!
When I wish upon a star
for my Red-Eye Critique group to take us far
With its unique late-night tweaks of our manuscripts to offer,
So we'll write best-selling Kid Lit tales to fill our coffer <wink wink>.
I'm also lunching with Irene, my Illustrator Supreme,
Who lives nearby the conference scene.
Can't wait til we publish Sweet T & the Turtle Team this spring.
It takes a village to tackle a creative thing!
Well, no idea how to end this RAP.
So I'll just give one last tap and say:
May the conference odds forever favor your way!
P.S. Attending SCBWI's Carolina Fall Conference?
I'm easy to spot:
Wearing comfy black shoes;
Carrying my Sweet T Tales tote bag.
Can't wait to meet YOU!
P.P.S. Fuzzy Rabbit and his feline pal are staying home.
Learn More: Resource List
Check out these spot-on ideas to help you get more from your conference. My tips: keep hydrated, bring mobile chargers, dress comfy, and have fun!
How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Conference
by Joan Edwards, fellow North Carolina author
100 Conversation Starters for Virtually Any Situation
By Aja Frost, HubSpot Blog
How to Prepare for a Literary Festival: A Writer's Checklist
By Chris Robley, BookBaby
How to Pitch Your Book at a Writing Conference
by Cynthia P. Gallagher, Writing World
Before you go.....
How do you ace your professional conferences?
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