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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fun at the SCBWI WWA Conference!

Joni Sensel, Laurie Thompson, Kim Baker, Jaime Temairik, Sara Easterly, and all of the people at SCBWI WWA have outdone themselves again, if that were even possible!

Tea with Mitali Perkins & readergirlz, Kidlit drink night, dinner with Secret Agent Man Edward Necarsulmer (who is no longer a secret, after he made a huge splash here), an unbelievable lineup of speakers (Laini Taylor, Jay Asher, Michael Bourret, Elizabeth Law, the classy women of Blue Slip Media, Mitali, and many more).

Here's tea with Mitali and the readergirlz team, Martha Brockenbrough, Lorie Ann Grover, Mitali Perkins, Jackie Parker, Janet Lee Carey, me, and Dia Calhoun:

Dinner with the faculty: Suzanne Young, Jay, Jolie Stekly, me, and Edward:

Jay Asher asked to take a picture with me. Yeah, I couldn't believe it, either!

Late addition: me with Deborah Reber of Smart Girls Know, who writes savvy, cool non-fiction for teen girls:

And I was on the local success panel with incredibly distinguished local writers Robin Cruise, Kevin Emerson, Lois Harris, Paul Schmid, Suzanne Selfors, and Suzanne Young! Here's a shot, courtesy of Jay:

It was my first time talking about TELL ME A SECRET - boy, was I nervous and left out half of the important stuff...especially the happy ending:

I wanted to encourage all of you that you not only came to learn the craft of writing and to connect with peers and professionals, but you also came to listen for that story that calls your heart. You came to seek the open door. And you might even open the door for someone else.

Thanks to everybody who came up to me and was excited about TMAS - you are all the best. Come back Friday to see who won the advance copy!


  1. Great seeing you! Miss you already!

  2. It was lovely to meet you (although it was brief)! And thank you for sharing your story at the panel.

  3. Beautiful, Holly. And that line: You came to seek the open door.

    You have been holding that door open, and beckoning me through since the beginning. Thank you so much!

  4. Suzanne, I miss you, too!

    Mindy, I'm so glad we met and can't wait for your novel.

    Jet, I am honored to help open doors for you.


  5. Your words left an imprint with me and I'd wanted to tell you at the conference but I didn't get a chance. Thank you for sharing your story and for being amazingly brave.

  6. It was so nice seeing you. Thanks again for taking me under your wing when I wanted to start a blog. I didn't get a chance to tell you what a neat person I think you are, so I'm telling you now. :)