|Lin Oliver (top) welcomes the community (including you!)
Jennye Kamin provides sign language interpretation.
From her dining room table, Lin shares that doing this 49th annual SCBWI conference digitally (due to COVID-19) has opened so many doors. There are 4,800 of us attending, gathering around Lin's table virtually over the next four days, talking about children's books!
4,800! A record (by far!) for SCBWI conferences. 1,600 of us are published (one-third!)
We come from every US state, and from 48 other countries around the world.
Lin reminds us that every session will be recording and will live on the SCBWI website for the entire month of August (so if you miss one, or want to re-watch one, that's where to go.)
She also suggests we all check out the SCBWI bookstore - 2 books by each faculty member, as well as books written and illustrated by our fellow attendees!
There's the online portfolio showcase - over 450 artists have submitted their portfolios! "The work is incredibly beautiful, so browse, and reach out to people."
And don't forget the meme contest!
All those links are in the conference attendee packet - which you can access by signing in at scbwi.org
Everywhere else, #SCBWISummerSpec is the hashtag.
Lin introduces Philip Pullman and Arthur A. Levine, and we're off on the adventure of the next four days...