Last weekend's highlight was "Kick It Up a Notch," the 2013 regional conference of Austin SCBWI.
|Authors Katherine Catmull and Greg Leitich Smith at the Friday night reception at the Austin Children's Museum|
|Agent Erzsi Deak of Hen & Ink Literary Studio|
|Illustrators Amy Farrier & Emma Virjan (Amy in the chapter's incoming illustrator chair)|
|Me with my fellow Cynthia -- YALSA Nonfiction Award finalist Cynthia Levinson|
|VCFA MFA grad Sean Petrie & my former (incredibly talented) student Vanessa Lee|
|Children's novelist K.A. Holt & Dear Teen Me anthologist E. Kristin Anderson|
|John Gonzales & Chronicle editor Tamra Tuller|
|Triple author photo -- Karyn Henley, me & Helen Hemphill|
|Children's author Bethany Hegedus, incoming ARA Samantha Clark, Sean & Vanessa|
|Outgoing illustrator chair Mark G. Mitchell, former RA Tim Crow & author Brian Anderson|
|Award-winning illustrator E.B. Lewis at registration on Saturday morning|
|Tween author Jo Whittemore, author-illustrator Jeff Crosby, E. Kristin, debut author Nikki Loftin & Greg|
|Authors Shutta Crum & Lindsey Scheibe|
|Jeff studies the illustrator portfolios & leaves comments|
|Authors Jessica Lee Anderson & P.J. Hoover|
|Bethany & Samantha|
|Authors P.J., Joy Preble, Cory Putnam Oakes & Jessica|
|Fresh faces -- illustrator Erin McGuire & Jillian S. Tinsley|
|Lester Ferguson of NEWAVE Studio & successful auction bidder Gene Brenek|
|Cynthia & her Peachtree editor Kathy Landwehr|
|H. Scott Beazley -- soon-to-debut YA novelist with Hyperion/Disney!|
|First pages panel with Tamra, E.B., Erzsi, literary agents Rubin Pfeffer and John Cusik & Kathy|
|John Cusik of Greenhouse Literary & illustrator/web guru Erik Kuntz -- kudos to Erik for coordinating gifts for the outgoing chapter leaders!|
|Jo & outgoing RA Debbie Gonzales|
|Austin SCBWI founder Meredith Davis won a web-platform critique from me.|
|Newly agented Donna Bowman Bratton, author Anne Bustard (to whom Eternal: Zachary's Story is dedicated) & me|
|Mine! author Shutta & illustrator Patrice|
The winners of the Betty X Davis Young Writers Award were celebrated, and children's author Liz Garton Scanlon joined me on the local author critique faculty.
National faculty also included editor Neal Porter of Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook.
Incoming RA/author-illustrator Shelley Ann Jackson formally assumed leadership of the chapter.
Thank you to Austin's own independent bookstore, BookPeople, for handling book sales at the event!
From a fashion perspective, the colors purple, red, black and white appeared to be all the rage.Women embraced black tights, while artistic men were all about red fezzes and bowling shirts.
Don't Tweet That! by Shelli Cornelison from Shelli's Soliloquy. Peek: "...the brevity of Twitter makes it a particularly perilous place for conference presenters."