Have you checked out SCBWI Conversations?
One of the benefits of SCBWI membership is access to this great new series of podcast conversations with leaders in the field of children's publishing.
There are four episodes to listen to right now!
The latest epidsode is an interview with New York times best-selling author and two-time National Book Award finalist Laurie Halse Anderson. SCBWI friend Theo Baker and Laurie discuss her writing Picture Books, Historical and Contemporary teen novels - or, as Laurie puts it:
"I like to say there are three halves to my brain."
It's a discussion full of inspiration and insights from Laurie, including:
"I think that the artist is called to write outside of their experience... but you have to do it with humility and respect..."
"Historical fiction is multi-cultural fiction: because even if you are writing about somebody who is of your ethnic and your orientation and your gender and your faith background, if they lived 200 years ago, they're not in your culture."
"The condition of the human heart is timeless."
"The quality of my work improved to the point where people wanted to publish it when I tapped into my own passions."
The three other podcast conversations available as of this posting are:
SCBWI's Executive Director Lin Oliver talking with Publisher, Editor and Picture Book Author Arthur A. Levine
Theo's conversation with Young Adult Author Matt de La Peña
Theo's conversation with Chronicle Editor Melissa Manlove
Enjoy listening and learning from SCBWI's Conversations!
Illustrate and Write On,