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