Writing and Illustrating for Kids ’08 went off without a hitch — and with a great deal of fun and enthusiam.
In his keynote, Paul Fleischman urged writers to collect the rich details and ideas that we come across throughout our lives and to work on them and with them until we can fit them into our art: a book. He likened the process to “Found Sculpture.” Later, during a workhop, he suggested we think of picture books as a theatrical form because the page turns matter a great deal. He suggested that poetry, ballads and folks tales are good models because they leave things out: “That is a skill you need to write a picture book.”
As I mentioned in previous posts, this was the first time I had a chance to sign Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator at an SCBWI event. Donna Bowman, one of our Regional Advisers and a fellow non-fiction writer and photographer, took this picture of me at the autograph party. The bookstore sold out of Wolfsnail before the session ended so I replenished the stock from my box in the car.
I will write more about the conference in the next few days and post more pictures. Right now, there are meals to be made and clothes to be folded. Back to real life.