Monday, August 10, 2009

Farewell and Autograph Party

Farewell & Autograph Party

After Kathleen Duey's inspirational farewell keynote address, conference goers enjoyed the Farewell & Autography Party where they were able to meet and greet the authors and get their autographs! Fresh lemonade, pretzels, and candy treats were provided for everyone as they headed out the door and back to their homes.

It was clear that close friendships had blossomed between conference goers over the past four days and that everyone - from aspiring newbie writers to published veteran authors - were inspired to rush home and WRITE WRITE WRITE.

The room was full of camaraderie and everyone enjoyed the celebration at the farewell shindig. Tonight, the faculty will meet for a final celebratory wrap-up party.

The entire SCBWI TEAM BLOG - Alice Pope, Jolie Stekly, Jaime Temairik, Lee Wind, Paula Yoo, and Suzanne Young - would like to thank SCBWI for giving us this opportunity to share the highlights of the 2009 national conference with everyone. We had a blast attending all these panels - our one regret was that we wish YOU were there! :) If you would like to find out more about SCBWI and join as a member, please go here for more info:

Remember, we are an interactive forum, so please comment away on our blogs. We look forward to the dialogue between SCBWI members about this year's conference.



  1. Alice Pope, Jolie Stekly, Jaime Temairik, Lee Wind, Paula Yoo, and Suzanne Young - You've done a great service for those of us who couldn't be there. Thanks for all your excellent blogging.

  2. *clap clap clap clap*
    Thank you!!

  3. Hi from New Zealand,
    I've been following the SCBWI team blog the whole weekend and you guys did an amazing job...I laughed, I teared up, I was inspired...I was jealous...I am in awe...
    In 37 days the National Children's Writers and Illustrators conference begins here for New Zealand. It is our first conference in 16 years and My team and I have been planning it for 18 months...I can't thank you enough for the inspiration you have been for me and my team and the wider community of writers and illustrtors in this country.

    Kia Kaha..ake ake ake...
    Be strong for ever and ever.

    Spinning Gold Conference NZ Childrens writers and Illustrators.

  4. Thank you to the SCBWI Conference Blogging Tag Team and your in-depth and personal reporting from the scene.

    You made us feel as if we were a part of the moment.

    You connected us to our colleagues in Los Angeles.

    And isn't that the goal of every writer: to make us feel the story we're reading?

    Great work, great thanks, and great gratitude for letting us eavesdrop on the party. {}

    -Pamela Ross
    New York

  5. Thank you so much for doing this! I've enjoyed all the blog posts and tweets!

  6. Thanks for a GREAT week Team Blog!

  7. Thank you so much! Your sharing took some of the pain out of not being there. Hurray for all of you!

  8. I'm still on a high from all the wonderful workshops and speeches I heard at the SCBWI conference. This was my second time around and it was as enjoyable as the first. Learned so much about the writing process. Thanks.