Annette and Anne Marie did a great job of organizing. We were all given the chance to introduce ourselves and give out business cards and post cards as a sample of our work. (Note to self: Bring more business cards).
As we ate, there was informal chatting coming from all around our tables. It was a chance to catch up with friends met at conferences and to meet and encourage those new to the adventure that is writing and illustrating.
Towards the end of the evening, we gathered to listen to each other share about realistic goal setting and adapting our writing/illustrating schedules to the rest of our life schedules. Some may be able to put in a 5 hour session of work. Others may have to break it up because of "day jobs", children or other commitments. Whenever and however one works is less important than the quality of the work and the satisfaction of chasing ones dream.
Annette and Anne Marie canvassed the group for preferences of topics, meeting places, and times for our next meeting. It was an opportunity to have a say and benefit the most members for the next one.
A special thanks to the ladies for arranging all the logistics and accommodating a bunch of crazy artists. I can't wait until the next one.
Check out the SCBWI Canada East website for the date, time and location.