Marcia Strykowski

NESCBWI Spring Conference

I thoroughly enjoyed the 28th annual New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference. The conference was held at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield, MA on the banks of the Connecticut River.

There is an abundance of knowledge at these conferences, being that there are about 2,300 members in the New England chapter. Each year the spring conference sells out quickly to more than 600 participants.

On Saturday, the keynote speaker was Peter H. Reynolds–award-winning author & illustrator of The North Star, The Dot and Ish.  “How to Extract a Fable,” was a moving, thoughtful address on  making the world a more creative place. nescbwi Peter Reynolds

There were many workshops on craft, along with expert panels. The picture below shows John Bell moderating a panel of agents (Sara Crowe, Mandy Hubbard, Emily Mitchell, and Kathleen Rushall) on “Publishing In and Out of New York.”

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Throughout the weekend, in the ballroom, two giant screens featured new titles. Look who’s on the screen below: 🙂

nescbwi amy screen

Previously, I volunteered for about a decade when the conference was held in New Hampshire. After being away for several years, it was so much fun to attend again this year.

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  1. leandrajwallace

    Wow, that’s a pretty good sized conference! The screen is a neat feature and how cool to get to see your books. Thanks for sharing your pics!


  2. Bette Norton

    What a wonderful opportunity for you to be with fellow authors and illustrators of children books!! How neat for you to see your two novels up on screens!! A great post!!


  3. It was a great conference!



  4. It was a wonderful conference. There were so many people there, I wish I had connected with you.


    • Thanks for your comment, Bradley. I bumped into many people I hadn’t expected to see, and then others, I never did find. Quite a crowd!


  5. Ashley

    This sounds awesome! I’m not in New England, but can newbies go, or is everyone published?


  6. mirkabreen

    Even the regional SCBWI conferences are very large, as was the one you attended. I’m glad you found it valuable, Marcia.


    • It’s a great organization, worldwide. Thanks for your comment, Mirka.


  7. I’m sorry we didn’t connect at the conference, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. I left there buzzing with inspiration!


    • If only there were enough hours in the day to accomplish all our new ideas. Thanks for your comment, Anna!


  8. It must have been an awesome address by Peter H. Reynolds. And how wonderful to see both your books featured on the big screens! 🙂


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