Recently, Peepy and I were in the Birmingham, Alabama area for the SCBWI Southern Breeze20th Anniversary Conference . . .
We arrived early and were able to get some writing done in the hotel room. That is, until Peepy saw some presents and insisted on opening them . . .
Soon it was time for a dinner, and oh man, do these people know how to put on a spread!!!
The conference organizers, volunteers, agents, authors, and editors took part in a toast to everyone's favorite Peep . . .
After dinner, it was time for the Dessert Party . . .
The next morning I gave the conference opening keynote speech to these dessert-filled authors and illustrators . . .
(It's possible that they weren't singing, but rather talking about what they look for when reviewing manuscripts. However, I was still on a sugar high from the night before, and therefore easily befuddled.)
In addition to doing manuscript critiques, I taught three writing workshops . . .
Oh dear. Those were my "let's act weird" workshops. Here are my writing workshops . . .
I also got to meet Ashley Parsons.
It was fun talking with her, because we have this in common . . .
Oops. That's Agent 007. I meant to show this photo . . .
That's right. It's Jodi Reamer, literary agent extraordinaire, and Ashley just signed with her!
Since Lin is the president, and I'm on the board of the SCBWI, we wore our official SCBWI uniforms -- brownish/eggplant-ish velvet . . .
After the conference, the speakers and organizers and volunteers were still full of pep, so we all gathered for a fabulous dinner and wild rumpus . . .
What a great conference!
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