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I went to a conference

Last year, I decided it was time I went on a holiday. My crit partner BFF lives in the US, and I asked how she’d feel about my Kiwi butt coming over for a visit.

We decided a good excuse would be to find a conference to go to while I was there. We decided on the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York because RAINBOW ROWELL!!!!!

The Winter Conference is only one and a half days long (plus 1 more day if you got in to the Friday intensives, but we were too late), and takes place in February (the coldest damn month in NY), and it’s not really a “craft” conference, but it was totally worth it.

scbwi_conferenceSaturday was full on. We heard from some amazing speakers, listened to agents’ and editors’ perspectives on the state of publishing, and got some insight from the workshops. Nothing was revolutionary, but it’s good to know I’m up with the play. And then, of course, RAINBOW ROWELL!!!!!

I’m really glad I went with a friend, because it took away some of the pressure of meeting new people. We could just hang out together. But I was big and brave and took my shy, introverted self to the Gala Dinner and mingled at the International (Canada, Australia, NZ) table. I was the only NZer there, but I met some cool people and had a good time.

By the time we got back to our hotel that night, I couldn’t believe it had only been one day.

On to day two. More listening to interesting people, and the highlight for me was Gary D. Schmidt. Gotta love someone who can make you cry in a room full of people.

All in all, the conference was really well organised. They kept us up-to-date on what was happening, it was easy to figure out where to go and when to be there, and everyone seemed to be happy to be there.

If you’ve thought about going to a conference, I can highly recommend it. There’s nothing like hanging around a bunch of like-minded people to make you realise you aren’t the only weirdo. And there are conferences all over the place. You don’t even have to fly halfway around the world to do it.