Western Pennsylvania SCBWI Conference, 2016

27 Nov




This cute little reading robot was host to a couple hundred SCBWI members from Pennsylvania, and three from Ohio. Two of my critique partners and I drove almost five hours to be a part of this conference in Pittsburg on the second weekend of November. It was a beautiful weekend, crisp, sunny, and full of hope.




The faculty for the weekend included Heather Alexander (former agent from Pippin Properties and now freelance editor), Mary Colgan (senior editor at Boyds Mills Press), Brett Duquette (senior editor at Sterling Publishing), Karen Grenick (founding agent at Red Fox Literary), Jasmin Rubero (editor at Dial, Random House), Jennifer Soloway (agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency), Jennifer Ung (editor at Simon Pulse), and Rebecca Weston (former editor at Delecort Press and now freelance editor).

As always, SCBWI conferences are chock full of information and opportunities to meet new people. With eight faculty members and only four workshop sessions, I had to choose my sessions strategically. This weekend I chose to learn more about queries, leaving room for the illustrations, reasons for rejections, and acquisitions. But the best thing I did, was submit a story for a critique. Not only, did I receive a thorough and thoughtful critique, I also received an encouraging invitation to submit.

And surprise, surprise… I was chosen as one of the six most promising authors in attendance! Each agent and editor who critiqued work chose one person to receive this honor. It is indeed both humbling and exhilarating !

As a critique group we are quite pleased with our efforts. At the end of the day, we each had something to celebrate!




8 Responses to “Western Pennsylvania SCBWI Conference, 2016”

  1. Patricia Tilton November 28, 2016 at 11:56 AM #

    What a great conference and line-up of speakers.. Love your photos. Glad you had a great time.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Juliana Lee November 28, 2016 at 1:37 PM #

      Thank you Pat. We had a wonderful time and learned so much. I love SCBWI conferences!


  2. jodelle55 November 28, 2016 at 8:25 AM #


    Liked by 1 person

    • Juliana Lee November 28, 2016 at 10:12 AM #

      Thank you, Jodelle. Sometimes all you need is a little vote of confidence to keep going. This was mine.


  3. Jane Heitman Healy November 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM #

    That’s fantastic! Congrats, Juliana!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Juliana Lee November 28, 2016 at 10:11 AM #

      Thank you Jane. I worked on my revision and submitted last week. Hoping to hear some good news soon!


  4. Keila Dawson November 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM #

    It was a fun and productive weekend. Do-over soon!


    • Juliana Lee November 27, 2016 at 10:14 PM #

      That it was! Thinking of saving up for the New England or New Jersey conferences.

      Liked by 1 person

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