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SCBWI-LA WRITER'S DAY 2010
Saturday, April 10th
San Gabriel, CA



Agnes Parker . . . Girl in Progress, by Kathleen O'Dell
Robin Mellom and Jill Corcoran at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2010Going Bovine, by Libba BrayLee Wind and Eve Porinchak at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2010Old Cricket, by Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by Ponder Goembel 
Books by this year's Writer's Day speakers include: Agnes Parker . . . Girl in Progress, by Kathleen O'Dell; Going Bovine, by Libba Bray (winner of this year's Printz Award!); and Old Cricket, written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Ponder Goembel.
Also pictured above: Robin Mellom with her agent Jill Corcoran (another of our esteemed speakers today!), and authors Lee Wind and Eve Porinchak, kickin' it at lunch.


Hi, Everyone!

Photos from SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2010 are up! Check them out on Flickr by clicking any of the images above, or by clicking the foregoing link. Feel free to use these in your blogs or anywhere, and please credit me if you do (Rita Crayon Huang). I've also added these photos to Facebook here. You're welcome to tag yourselves and others there--or to untag yourselves, if that is your will. Better yet, if any photos make you uncomfortable, let me know and I will pull them immediately. (The necessary disclaimer every time I post photos from SCBWI.)

This year's Writer's Day was absolutely amazing. I've inserted tidbits from my notes in the captions on Flickr, but the highly unoriginal bottom line is that this day was terrific. All the speakers were so warm and engaging, and packed their sessions with practical insights. And delivered them hilariously!!

Do you doubt it? HarperCollins Editor Rachel Abrams, picture book goddess Lisa Wheeler, agent of fabulousness Jill Corcoran, middle grade master Kathleen O'Dell, and YA queen (and Printz-Award winner) Libba Bray? The line-up was incredible. Congratulations to Claudia and Edie for putting together another amazing Writer's Day, along with all the other volunteers!


HarperCollins editor Rachel Abrams at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2010Lisa Wheeler at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2010Jill Corcoran reviews query letters at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2010Kathleen O'Dell at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2010Libba Bray at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2010
The SCBWI-LA Writer's Day line-up this year: Just brilliant.


A doubly hearty congratulations goes out to my good friend Ken Min for winning this year's SCBWI-LA Scholarship Contest--for his illustration of the cryptic line, "Sometimes I wear them to lunch." I started going nuts when they began describing the winning drawing, and the room blew up when they announced Ken's name. Ken's a well-liked guy!


Ken Min's award-winning, darkly humorous illustration of the line "Sometimes I wear them to lunch." http://www.kenminart.com
The winning illustration of this SCBWI-LA Writer's Day Scholarship Contest. Posted here with permission, and described by the anonymous judge (who is a very "hot," high-profile art director, they tell us) as filled with a dark humor that's immediately appealing to kids. Check out more of Ken's great art at http://kenminart.com.


Mary Peterson and I called up Ken during lunch and spilled the news. (Were we not supposed to? I hope he acted surprised later!)


Mary Peterson with her new book, Piggies in the Pumpkin PatchLibba Bray and Rita Crayon Huang (me) at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day
Mary Peterson with her newest book--hot hot hot off the press--Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch. This one she co-authored and illustrated, and it is so much joy--as are all of Mary's books.
Several of us also got to chat with Libba Bray at lunch. What fun! This next photo was her idea, heh:

Libba Bray and Rita Crayon Huang at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day

(Thank you, Lee, for taking these on my camera!)


While we're on the subject of contests, I would like to say that I got so nervous when they started announcing manuscript prizes at the end of the day. My prize from winning last year's Middle Grade Fiction category was attending this year's Writer's Day for free (yay!!), and a sympathetic dizziness overtook me when they started up again. (Or maybe I was just feeling the buzzing and dizziness of the contestants around me?)

Congrats to Graeme Stone for winning the YA Fiction category this year!! I just knew he was going to win. And congrats to Paula Mayerson and Jenni Bielicki for their Honorable Mention and big win, respectively, in the NonFiction category--both for picture books. Well done!!


Graeme Stone, winner of this year's SCBWI-LA Writer's Day contest in the YA Fiction categoryPaula Mayerson's beautiful picture book receives an Honorable Mention for NonFiction at SCBWI-LA Writer's DayJenni Bielicki's picture book wins the NonFiction category at SCBWI-LA Writer's Day
Graeme Stone, winner of this year's SCBWI-LA Writer's Day contest for YA Fiction, embraces the school's COUGARS emblem, which I normally try so hard to avoid photographing.
Paula Mayerson gets called up for her NonFiction Honorable Mention (Westside Represent!! GO, PAULA!!).
Jenni Bielicki's picture book wins in NonFiction!!


Once again, to view all photos from Writer's Day and read recaps from the sessions, go to Flickr here, or to Facebook here.

Enjoy your day, everyone! Cheers!

Rita

P.S. If you'd like to view my photos from other SCBWI events, including past Writer's Days, check out my "SCBWI Events" Collection on Flickr. I'm not an official photographer, but I like doing it. My photos from the past two SCBWI Summer Conferences have also been posted at the SCBWI Web site.
 

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From:rhcrayon
Date:April 16th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Stephanie!! You must have attended free, too (woo!!). I can't believe I didn't see you there! I just checked out your blog and there are great recaps there. Everyone, check out Stephanie's post on Writer's Day for completely different tidbits from what I shared! :D :D
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Date:April 16th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)

AMAZING

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Love you and Libba bonding, and the cougar pose is hilarious,
and ALL of it, words and photos, captures the day brilliantly.
You made me feel like i was there (and wish i was)
topangamaria
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From:rhcrayon
Date:April 21st, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)

Re: AMAZING

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Aw, thanks, Maria, I wish you were there, too. We'll have plenty more SCBWI events to go to together. :D :D

As you always tell me, Write on!
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Date:April 16th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)

Thank YOU, Rita...

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I am going to re-post your photos on my blog. By the way, where did the kid-friendly moniker "Crayon" come from? It's a name made for kid-lit fame. (I've been inspired. Changing my middle name to XBOX 360.)
x,
Kathleen O'Dell
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From:rhcrayon
Date:April 21st, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)

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Hi, Kathleen,

Hooray! I'm so glad you like the photos. I am a huge fan of the Agnes Parker series, and of Ophie Peeler, too! Your talk was wonderful.

As for where my name came from, I keep thinking I'm going to post that story. One of these days . . .

Cheers and take care. Thanks for stopping by!
Rita
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From:leewindauthor
Date:April 17th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)

awesome re-cap!

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Amazing photos, amazing day, amazing Rita.
Thanks for sharing all this,
Namaste and a hug,
Lee
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From:rhcrayon
Date:April 21st, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)

Re: awesome re-cap!

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Thank YOU, Lee, for being my carpool buddy this year, and for so much more, including sharing this day with me.
:D
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From:christyraedeke
Date:April 17th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Spectacular photos, Rita! Wish I had been there. Graeme's big win would have been so fun to see! Didn't you win that last year?
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From:rhcrayon
Date:April 21st, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
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Hee. Hi, Christy! Yes I did, thanks for remembering! But I won for Middle Grade, and Graeme won in YA. Last year's YA winner was Stephanie, who commented above! :D

Hope I see you at the Summer Conference this year!
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From:saratony
Date:April 24th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)

Thanks!

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Thanks for sharing such awesome pics! I wish I'd been there:)
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