You stand like that proverbial shag until you recognise someone from Facebook. Into the throng you head... (then again, you may just stand on your lonely rock until someone says hello).
|2010 SCBWI Conference Dinner|
For a first time SCBWI conference attendee the experience can be overwhelming.. a room filled with hundreds of people talking and laughing, happy to catch up with colleagues and friends and, worst of all everybody seems to know each other (except for you).
I used to be very shy (still am, not that you can tell!) so I understand how difficult it can be approaching strangers, especially award-winning authors, publishers, agents and the like.... what if they ask you what you're writing? What if you'd rather battle a monster from the deep than pitch your 50,000 word fantasy novel in two sentences? What if you sound like a complete nong? Yep, been there, done that.
I was lucky on my first conference attendance - I knew several writers from an online children's writing group I'm in (here's looking at you, KWDers!) and it was great to connect with them in the real.
|Authors, Dee White and Oliver Phommavanh|
This will be my third SCBWI A/NZ Conference and I can't wait.
We're part of a very special creative industry and everyone I've ever met in this industry feels the same way. That's why we love connecting at the bi-annual SCBWI Conference in Sydney - and being with the tribe.
Tomorrow, I'll post a very useful blog - gleaned from some of Australia's best-loved writers and illustrators especially for you. Tips for Attending your first SCBWI Conference.
Lots of great advice for not-as-yet writers and/or published. Also some great tips for us old-timers!
Do you have some extra advice for attendees?
Remember to leave your comments on tomorrow's post...
|Authors/illustrators, Lynn Priestley, Kathleen Noud, Julie Nickerson|
|Chatting in The Hughenden's lounge|