So, if you’ve seen me in action before and now wonder “Does he still offer that one?” or “Does he have anything new?” or “Good heavens, is he STILL talking about that?” — well, now you’ve got your answer.
(What’s with the Shark Vs. Train reference in the post title? Well, read on…)
Registration opens one week from tomorrow for the annual conference of the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Regardless of whether you’re aspiring or accomplished, the March 7-8 conference has something for you:
keynote addressess and panel discussions
writing craft breakouts
all-day illustrator track
all-day professional development track
critiques and reviews of manuscripts, portfolios, and picture book dummies
There’s all that, and more, and I haven’t even listed the editors, art director, agents, New York Times bestselling authors, and other artists and authors who will be on the faculty. You can see that list here, but I do want to point out that I’ll be among them, as will illustrator Tom Lichtenheld.
In the nearly five years since the publication of our book Shark Vs. Train, this will be the first time that Tom and I have appeared together at the same conference. I’m excited about that, and I hope you are, too.
So, get it on your calendar today, get ready to register next Monday, and we’ll see you in March!
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— Paula J. Gallagher (@paulajgal) November 16, 2014
There’s nothing better than a crowd of librarians and authors to remind me how lucky I am to be in this line of work, and to inspire me to keep on writing and earning my place among this bunch.
This past weekend, Austin hosted the annual YA symposium of the Young Adult Library Services Association. I participated in the Saturday evening Book Blitz — in which authors seated behind stacks of publisher-donated books get blitzed by librarians snagging their share of signed copies — as well as a Sunday-morning panel discussion including (left-to-right in Paula Gallagher’s photo above) Jonathan Auxier, Lisa Yee, Andrew Smith, moderator/organizer/wrangler Kelly Milner Halls, Bruce Coville, and Laurie Ann Thompson.
It’s going to be a full week, as I’ll also be speaking at the Indiana Library Federation’s annual conference — Shark Vs. Train is a winner of the Young Hoosier Book Award — and then reading Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! at a Barnes & Noble back here in Austin.
If you’re interested in hearing me talk for, oh, 27 minutes and 59 seconds, but won’t be making it to either of those events, I’m happy to offer a third option: this podcast interview that author Jason Henderson recorded with me last week. Enjoy!
(All of them that I could find, anyway.)
In 2011, I was looking for such a list, wondered why I couldn’t find one, and decided to just go ahead and make one myself. Since then, I’ve periodically updated and reposted it, and I plan to continue doing so. If I’ve missed any, or included some that no longer exist, won’t you please let me know?
University of Arizona Tucson Festival of Books
University of Redlands Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival
University of Connecticut Connecticut Children’s Book Fair
Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults
The University of Georgia Children’s Literature Conference
Northern Illinois University Children’s Literature Conference
Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature Conference
University of Kentucky McConnell Conference
Framingham State University Children’s Literature Festival
University of Central Missouri Children’s Literature Festival
The University of Southern Mississippi Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival
Concordia University Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival
Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival
Montclair State University New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference
Rutgers University One-on-One Plus Conference
Stony Brook University – Southampton Southampton Children’s Literature Conference
Bowling Green State University Literacy in the Park
Kent State University Virginia Hamilton Conference
The University of Findlay Mazza Museum Summer Conference and Weekend Conference
Youngstown State University English Festival
Kutztown University Children’s Literature Conference
The College of William and Mary Joy of Children’s Literature Conference
Longwood University Summer Literacy Institute and Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference
Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference