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Monday, October 3, 2011

Overcoming Challenges and Some Quotes for Inspiration

     This past Saturday, I attended the SCBWI - Overcoming Challenges: A Program for Writers, Illustrators and educators at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA. 


Melissa Stewart


Jacqueline Davies
Kathryn Lasky
Lois Lowry
Bill Thomson

On the agenda:

"My Biggest Career Challenge and How I Solved It"

     Four children's book creators discuss the most significant hurdles they've overcome in producing their work, selling it to publishers, and promoting it to educators, booksellers and the general public.

"My Biggest Writing/Illustrating Challenge and How I Solved It"

     Four children's book creators discuss the struggles they've faced while producing the children's books we know and love.  Their stories will inform and inspire writers, illustrators, educators, and children's book enthusiasts.

Book Sale and Signing

     I already have a lot of these books that were for sale at the book sale, but I did pick up:

Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry
Chalk by Bill Thomson

     Since Mondays are becoming my day for quotes for inspiration, here are some said by the panelists on Saturday:

"I do what I want to do, when I want to do it, it depends on the day." - Jacqueline Davies

"One way to eat an elephant, is one bite at a time." - Bill Thomson

"Everyday, I get up and I get to re-invent the world." - Kathryn Lasky

"Success falls into the category of perfection. - It's stupid.  I just feel that what gives you satisfaction is success." - Lois Lowry


Janet Johnson said...

Oooh, I love Ms. Lowry's quote! Seriously!

Sounds like it was a great conference. :D

Tara Tyler said...

great advice and quotes! thanks =)

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I love Ms. Lasky's quote. Sounds like a fun and educational day.

Alleged Author said...

Sounds like a very inspiring day!

Maeve Frazier said...

Janet - I do too! She also has a geat sense of humor!

Tara - You're welcome. It was a great day. :)

Stacy - I am so glad I had the opportunity to go.

Alleged Author - I left very inspired.

WritingNut said...

Amazing advice, and I love those quotes too! :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

I like the idea of reinventing the world each new day.

Lynda R Young said...

haha I love Bill Thomson's quote. That's awesome and true all at once.

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Love the quotes, Maeve! Some better than others! The conference sounds great - did you learn a lot?

The Golden Eagle said...

Great quotes! :)

It sounds like it was an interesting event.

Maeve Frazier said...

WritingNut - I love quotations!

Shannon - Me too!

Lynda - Each of the panelists that day had a great sense of humor.

Pat - I love going to conferences and workshops. You do lean a lot and you get to meet other writers, both published and yet to be!

The Golden Eagle - It was :)

Susan Barclay said...

I read Bless this Mouse last year and really enjoyed it. Check out my review at: