I judge workshops by the quality and quantity of author craft classes, the professional level of the instructors, the knowledge presented for advanced writers, and the presenters’ technical skills and abilities to communicate. SCBWI-IA's fall workshop was a huge success. I love workshops for the chance to reconnect with fellow authors! And again, the intimate workshop filled that lonely writers need checklists. It was money and time well spent. My thanks go out to the hard work of the organizers and Connie Heckert. http://www.scbwi.org/members-public/connie-heckert
There was a picture book track and a MG/YA track. Each workshop added new insight into the business and author techniques. Stacey Friedberg (who enjoys dark books!) from Penguin's Dial Books for Young Readers http://www.writingforchildrenandteens.com/publisher-directory/friedberg-stacey/, Laura Biagi,agent - Jean V Naggar Literary Agency Inc. http://www.jvnla.com/our_team.html, and Alison Weiss - editor at Sky Pony, imprint of Sky Horse Books http://www.skyponypress.com/ gave us excellent information. If you have the chance to join their workshops, I recommend them.
A special thanks for coming to share her thoughts goes to Susan Campbell Baroletti, http://www.scbartoletti.com/?page_id=7 Her writing exercises stirred memories, hearts, and creative spirits. Her knowledge guided, nourished, and filled me with awe! She is an incredible woman and a wonderful role model for authors in any medium. Thank you Susan for re-lighting the fire.