Monday, April 12, 2010

Everawesome

I think Washingston should change its nickname from The Evergreen State to the Everawesome State. Of course, maybe the rest of Washington isn't as organized and inspiring and downright fun as the 19th Annual SCBWI Western Washington Conference made it seem, but if it even comes close...it's awesome.

I gave one keynote address to the entire group (a little over 400 attendees), led one writing workshop, and critiqued several manuscripts. In between those events, I had the great opportunity to hang out with the attendees and other faculty members.

Here are a few faces you may recognize (and if you don't, you should definitely acquaint yourself with their books!):



Mandy Hubbard (Razorbill author!)


Laini Taylor (with Clementine)
& Suzanne Young (Razorbill author!)


Jim Di Bartolo (with Clementine again...she loves cameras!)












I hope all of the new autographed books I bought will fit in my carry-on. If not, I'll be leaving a few pairs of socks in Seattle.

10 comments:

Claire Dawn said...

Cuz who needs socks anyway?

Megan said...

I wanted to go to this so bad. I've been wanting to meet you and Holly and Mitali and...

Hope you come back again.

holly cupala said...

Such a fun conference - it was great to see you, Jay! Thanks for the pics.

Nuria Coe said...

Jay, it was great to get to meet you. I hope you come back soon. Loved your presentation, and now I have a mental timeline from now to 12 years from now (I will be 50! Yikes!) and am making little marks of progress on it. :)

Keep up the good work! And don't let another 12 years go by without another book, OK? Now you have a fan base! Responsibilities! Remember Michael Brown's comment that "being unpublished was a very special time in our lives"? Well, yours is over dear, sorry. :)

Cheers!

Nuria Coe said...

OMG I just noticed you have your book published in CATALAN also? I am sooo telling all my friends in Barcelona.

April 23rd is both the Catalan equivalent of Valentine's Day AND Catalan Book Day. We call it Sant Jordi (for Saint George) the Catalan National Patron Saint and in Barcelona all the florists and bookstores put their flowers and their books out on booths in the streets and people buy roses and books for their loved ones... If you're EVER in Barcelona, April 23rd is definitely the day she looks her best.

Coincidence?

Jennie Englund said...

Hope you made it home with everything. Nice seeing you in Seattle.

Molly Hall said...

The conference was phenomenal, and your keynote was very inspiring. Thanks for coming!

iLove said...

your book is amazing!! I just finished it like...5 sec ago!! More Please...MORE!!!

SWK said...

Your keynote was great. Hilarious and inspiring. Thanks for visiting Washington!

Cuppa Jolie said...

So great seeing you, Jay. Thanks for the amazing keynote and being an ear (sorry you got stuck with me so much). :)