2010 Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers and ALA

Last week was amazing. Really.

Our 11th year for WIFYR and we were at a new venue and the attendees and the faculty were pretty darn cool. I don’t think one person left the conference unchanged.

Not exact quotes, but here are two (of many) things I learned.

From Brandon Mull: When you stop thinking you can learn something new about writing, you stop learning. This from a 2 million book best selling author. I was impressed by Brandon’s humor and humility. His workshop class loved him.

From Bonny Becker: Get rid of the good for the great. Inspired words from this EB White Award winner.  I’m reading her book The Magical Ms. Plum. It’s quite clever. Bonny’s class loved her, too.

In fact, there was love all around.

And a lot of cheering when Andrea Brown agent, Mary Kole, danced up on stage to a rewritten version of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

Tomorrow I head off to ALA with a few of my girls. Afterward, we’ll visit with my dad and step-mom and my cousins Kelly and Jeff. It’s finally starting to feel a little like summer here in UT and this is a great way to springboard into the heat.

Of course, I’ll have to come home and write that DD.

But that’s okay. I’m thinking I can maybe do it.

And PS guess what? I have the cover to my newest book called Miles from Ordinary. I’ll see if I can get Kyra to post it. 🙂


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10 responses to “2010 Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers and ALA

  1. Carol, thank you to you and everyone involved for such an awesome conference! Alane’s class was amazing (::cough::AlaneShouldComeBackNextYear::cough::) and all the breakout sessions were fantastic. I feel like my writing got ten times better. And my ability to critique got better too. All in all, it was amazing.

    And I loved your performance, by the way. 🙂

  2. I just did a write-up on the conference on my site. http://lucindaannfelix.com

    Karen’s right. Alane should come back. She has a gift for raising your talent level.

    Loved every second of the conference. And learned so much.
    Things like, Ann Dee Ellis is very forgiving when you say stupid things.
    Kyra knows her stuff and is about the easiest person to love on the planet.
    Cheri P.E. is beautiful and hilarious.
    Carol gives her heart to anyone and everyone. Cannot tell you how many people told me how impressed they were with her.
    Alane Ferguson is the best dance partner, and when it comes to critiquing, she is gold, baby.
    Brandon Mull is very humble and just a great guy.
    Sara Zarr knows how to give a presentation.
    Lisa Hale is a rockstar – but I knew that already.

    So many others with so many talents. This conference was like girls camp on crack. With some very cool guys mixed in there.

    Thank you all my sweethearts, who put this on for me.

  3. Thanks Carol and Ann, for all your advice at the conference. It was wonderful to hear from so many talented authors, as well as Mary Kole, Jennifer Hunt, and Christopher Robbins. Everyone was very friendly.

  4. I’d loooove to put the new cover on your website!

  5. Sounds like a fabulous conference! Wish I could’ve been there. Will plan for next year. Have fun at ALA and get working on DD 🙂

    Yay, summer’s here!

  6. Sara Zarr was absolutely fabulous and totally worth driving ten hours with three small children. She’s so wise and really helped me to gain some perspective on this whole writing thing.

  7. Well I for one left the conference unchanged.

    I am still a writer and I am still totally committed to attending WIFYR each year.

    Oh, you meant emotionally changed, I was thinking ideologically changed.

    Well you know what they say about Ann Dee’s class.

    Her contemporary novel workshop was life changing. And the conference was the backdrop for it.

    In fact, speaking of life changing moments. I think I might have actually won the prize for most changed, and I have you and Ann Dee to thank for that.

    And I don’t know how my name ended up as the grand prize winner.

    But I thank you for three years of life changing conferences so that when my name was called I was well prepared.

    Thank you so much,

    WIFYR is like a hybrid of an OAK and many tomato varieties. It is permanent and comes around yearly, but the friut is so delicate and uniquely individual, like Lisa Hale said so eloquently.

    I thought you’d like a farm analogy.

  8. Looks like I might have added the ly words for fun and to try your patience. They even have a little disjointed internal rhyme.

    You are welcome.

  9. The conference was WONDERFUL. As always.

  10. Thank you Carol, for the amazing work you did and thank you AnnDee for everything. Neil is right. I’m so glad I went.


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