The room is buzzing with anticipation as Stephen Mooser takes the stage at this year's 14th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference.
We are starting the conference with a song: Happy Birthday to the effervescent Lin Oliver.
Of course Lin has the room giggling almost immediately.
Who is here?
The thousand attendees come from 17 countries, and from 45 states. There are 796 woman, 138 mean, and 65 undeclared. Of that, 287 are published authors and illustrators. Some of the interesting professions (other than writer or illustrator): architect, child therapist, clown, floral designer, and even a bug taxidermist.
Lin always welcomes those attending with such warmth and a true sense of community.
Let's get this party started.