Conference time

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Standing room only at the 2008 SCBWI conference in Los Angeles. Photo by Rita Crayon Huang.

So I’m off to a conference this weekend — the regional conference for the Carolinas chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, of which I’m a member.  This will be my third SCBWI Carolinas conference, and I’ve really enjoyed the other two. You can get professional feedback and critiques, the breakout sessions are informative, and the people are very supportive. I don’t know if SCBWI is unusual in this regard, but the generosity of published members in helping others is wonderful. In addition to the conference, I’ve also found SCBWI helpful in forming a local writing group.

If you’re looking to branch out a bit and start networking, why not consider joining a writing association? Many states, cities, and regions have writers’ networks, or you can check out one that’s specific to your genre:

Know of another one? Please share it in the comments.

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