I am delighted to be blogging from my first NE SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Conference. My mind is exploding with information, and my heart feels like it's all hopped up on the helium of enthusiasm and joy. The day started with a breakfast speech by Sara Zarr, author of Sweethearts and other excellent YA novels, that was amusing, honest and inspiring. Dan Yaccarino gave an entirely practical yet motivating class on picture books. The other SCBWI members I've met are passionate about writing and their work, and so much fun to talk with! Best of all, the whole experience occurs while surrounded by the work and magic of the illustrators! J-O-Y!!