Lin Oliver greets us, and starts the 2017 SCBWI Winter Conference by calling up the one and only Jane Yolen (SCBWI's second member, and first Regional Advisor) so she can be serenaded -- Happy Birthday! -- by all 1,121 of us!
Some stats on the attendees:
40% of the group are published
61 people from other countries!
From bakers to booksellers, crime-scene detectives to digital professionals, we work in many different professions -- but we're all here because we are passionate about writing and illustrating for children and teens!