Another fantastic conference and get-together for writers, illustrators, publishers and art directors! Being my third conference, I had high expectations and wasn't disappointed. The wonderful team led by Susanne Gervay and Deb Abela had pulled together some great panels and varied speakers and this year, some particularly inspiring Skype sessions with international industry experts.
Acclaimed illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky provided fascinating insights into his artistic process and Keynote Speaker Tara Weikum (Vice President HarperCollins USA) also helpfully explained the role of editor and how she approaches working with authors.
A personal highlight was being part of the Illustrator Showcase again. This year I pulled out all the stops with my new portfolio. Some exciting interest has resulted, which I hope and pray will take me further down the path towards publication!
I also took advantage of having some critiques (manuscripts and art portfolio), including an international critique with Jim Hoover (Associate Art Director Viking Children's Books USA). Really helpful and positive feedback and again, a welcome chance to fine-tune my writing and illustrating.
What an amazing two days!