And then there is this community of writers and illustrators called the SCBWI.
My experience with this organization can only be described as, well, beautiful. Perhaps it's the KidLit industry in general, but I have a feeling that there's nothing else out there quite like it. It's a safe haven for both established and very green writers and illustrators, and it's very much like an incubator - all warm and bright, nourishing and inspiring. What is required of you is that you show up with your work in hand and a certain degree of vulnerability, handy for giving and receiving feedback.
Recently I attended the SCBWI Canada East conference in Montreal organized by Lizann Flatt, Alma Fullerton, Peggy Collins, Michelle Jodoin and Rachel Eugster. These women put out so much time and energy pulling together this fabulous event, and I cannot say thank you sufficiently. Well done.
|Friday night at Babar en Ville. Peggy Collins reading her picture book.|
Below are my photos from last weekend. Feel free to use them on your own blogs (Please link them back here or name me (Julie Prescesky) in the credits).
|The venu - in Chinatown! Montreal.|
|A parade wanders by during lunch, celebrating the National Day of China. Lucky us!|
|Laurent Linn critiquing illustrators' pre conference assignments.|
|Laurent Linn revealing the actual book that the illustrators had had a crack at in our own styles for the pre conference assignment.|
|SCBWI Canada East Illustrators with Laurent Lin and David Diaz. Photo taken by the lovely Debbie Ohi.|
|The wonderful women of the SCBWI Canada East. Peggy Collins, Lizann Flatt, Alma Fullerton.|
|Sketch Crawl through Chinatown.|
|Julia (in the red jacket) from Montreal Drink and Draw joined us for our sketch crawl.|
|Chris Jones, Niall Eccles and Robin Walton.|
|Christine Tripp and Ellie Arscott.|
|Peggy Collins and Hilary Leung.|
|Chris Jones, Niall Eccles, and Hilary Leung. It's a bromance. I'm pretty sure.|
Hey look, it's me!