Bruce Hale is the first speaker this morning with a talk entitled: Of Books, Beauty and Boogers: Lessons Learned from Writing for Middle Graders.
Bruce's books include the Chet Gecko series and Underwhere graphic novel series. (And he always wears a great hat.)
It's a weird business we're in, says Bruce. For writers the whole process is internal. He's offering lessons he learned from kids through talking to them and doing school visits. Oh--we're getting a song! (Bruce is also a terrific singer.)