The 2014 SCBWI-MI Fall Conference was held on Mackinac Island last week. Conference coordinators, Charlie Barshaw and Anita Pazner worked their tails off to ensure that everyone had a grand ole' time. Indeed, the experience seems to have aged them a bit.
They had loads of help from our chapter RA's Leslie Helakoski and Carrie Pearson, the AdCom team, J & J book sellers (that's Whistler and Rumberger), Illustration Coordinator Ruth Barshaw, and the numerous conference attendees who stepped up as needed. A fantastic line-up of speakers devoted hours of their time and expertise. Thank you to editors, Arthur Levine and Christy Ottaviano, agent Jodell Sadler, author Candace Fleming, author/illustrators Eric Rohmann and Laurie Keller, and our home-grown talent Kris Remenar, Sandy Carlson, Lori Taylor, Ed Spicer, Julie Hedlund, and David Stricklen!
Congratulations to Wendy Sherrill who took 1st place in the 2014-15 Novel Mentorship competition with author Edith Hemmingway! Bravo to Ann Finkelstein (2nd place) and Magdalena Roddy (3rd place), and to everyone who took a risk and submitted their manuscripts.
Plein air painting at the butterfly house was a huge hit. Thank you, Lori Eslick!
Sketch by Diana Magnuson
Traveling mates: Kathy Gilson, Heidi Sheffield, Lori Yuhas, and Jennifer Rumberger
Kirbi Fagan and Sandy Carlson.
Everyone came home with reams of notes from the informative and inspirational sessions. I have a stack of identical SCBWI folders from many years worth of conferences. I labeled some of them, Sept. 2010, etc. For awhile I remembered, oh yes that was the conference where I had a critique with editor Cheryl Klein, or that was the conference where the editor set off the fire alarm trying to steam the wrinkles out of his clothes. But it's not long before all the years blur together, and I have to sift through every folder and all the papers inside to find what I'm looking for. So, here's a question:
How do you organize all of this valuable material?
Please share your organization tips and strategies in the comments below, and stayed tuned for more conference reflections in the weeks ahead.