Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Twitter Hightlights of #LA17SCBWI

What a conference! Here are some of the top moments that are still resonating on social media...

Old friends. New friends. So much love and inspiration! ❤️Thank you for an unforgettable weekend at

"Creating a picture book is the closest you can come to whispering in a child's ear." - LeUyen Pham

I danced the hokey-pokey with my hero . Life does not get any better then this, my friends!

"Readers respond when you're not trying to do what you think they want but when you do what feels most genuine to you.”

"Lean into adversity. Wrap your arms around it, shake it off, and pack it under." Vanessa Brantley Newton

LeUyen Pham has illustrated NINETY BOOKS! And is always trying to explore new styles and challenge herself. Lotsa A++++ tips!

"Writers block is the fear of sucking. Get started & maintain momentum; making the art makes you feel better." – at

You need to dream so big it scares the hell out of you -Vanessa Brantley Newton Yes!

"The author has to keep you on the road. The illustrator can show you the beauty of the road." -Javaka Steptoe on

"The darkness in fairy tales is a necessary darkness." - keynote

"I have always believed a writer never retires. ...As a writer, am I retired? Well, you never know…" - Judy Blume

"I've sold 300 books. All of them had their own paths to publication." -

"Young readers are deep thinkers and deep feelers." -

"Have faith in your art, even when others don't." -Sean Qualls

You can see all the conference blog posts here, and check out what's on social media with the hashtag #LA17SCBWI

And thanks to my fellow team bloggers for #LA17SCBWI, Sona Charaipotra, Susie Ghahremani, Jolie Stekly, and Jaime Temairik!

Illustrate and Write On,

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