This week (Week of Jan 13, 2023) is the UC Riverside Writer’s Week 2023. It’s a free writer’s festival with a lot of wonderful authors including Vanessa Hua, Courtney Cook, David Tromblay, Tom Lutz, Jan Beatty, and more! What’s wonderful is that it’s free as well and you can either attend virtually or in person. I’ll be there both virtually and otherwise. Tip: Online is hosted via Crowdcast.
I went to this wonderful free conference, of publishers and artists who were an amazing group of people. It was such a surprise as I found out about it last minute. The School Library Journal conference, SLJteenLive! focused on diverse books and the authors that create them.
I’m particularly interested in graphic novels. Publishers such as Oni Press, Random House Children’s Books, Macmillian Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Young Readers (YA), Clarion Books, and Bloomsbury Children’s Books participated. Plenty of established authors as well as new writers. To say the least, I am excited to see all the new and diverse choices out there for YA and middle grade including comics, horror, and thrillers. Videos of the conference talks are available for 3 months according to the organizers.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, known as the international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults, is having its annual summer conference. It is the 50th anniversary of this conference and has an exciting line-up of agents, authors, and poets. Please say hi if you see me there.