Here be magic woven...
|It's not just my camera: the light and magic pouring out of Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie weaves a magic spell over us, using her words and amazing energy to transform the large hotel ballroom (with over 1260 of us!) into "our cathedral, our sacred space..." a fire circle where we can gather around, stay warm, keep the dark at bay and tell our stories.
She tells us her own story (from hating English class in school, to a rejection letter for Speak that she laminated, to having her 30th book coming out in January 2014!), encourages us to be there for each other, and cuts to the core of our insecurities - the ones we as creative people share. She's funny, and eloquent, and honest.
She lifts us up, assures us that there's a reason we have the urge to be create, that we have this creativity in our hearts, that we have this gift of magic...because we write books for our reader's hearts.
Books that will capture the power of pretend, the glory of love, that protect, defend and celebrate childhood.
She gives us wonderful advice, challenges us to go outside our comfort zones, urges us to
"tell the story that's in your heart."
And she is magic. And maybe, feeling the truth of what she shared, each of us can trust that we are magic, too.
What a beautiful start to the conference!