NESCBWI 14: Terrific Conference, Going Fast!

Registration for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators New England regional conference opened today at 10:00 AM. Already two thirds of the slots are full. If you plan to attend, what are you waiting for? If you are a writer or illustrator of books for children and young adults, this conference will stimulate and inspire you.

– Firstly, register right away if you want to get your first choices. Some workshops are already full.
– Read through the options and make a list, then sign up, a.s.a.p.!
– When you book a room, ask for the NESCBWI conference rate. If those rooms fill, you will find yourself across the street paying a bit more (again, ask for the conference rate).
– If you want a manuscript crit, Agent Quick Query or Portfolio review, hop to it! Things fill.
– Everyone has different needs. Choose the workshops that look the most interesting to you. Go by the general experience levels indicated. The ratings are a more or less recent thing and do help.
– If you can afford it, fill your schedule. If it gets to be too much, skip something. You’re probably used to working alone in a quiet studio, so it may seem like sensory overload, but all that info is great to have. And it’s good to get as much as possible out of it because of the cost.  Besides the workshops and speakers, it’s a great opportunity to get to know new, like-minded people.
– Since the breakfasts and lunches are included, you have nothing to lose by signing up for those. It’s nice to not have to worry about what to do for food, since you really are focused on other stuff. The hotel has dining options too. Maybe crowded. Or not.
– Last year some people in our crit groups hung out together for various meals. Others would rather go solo to maximize networking with professionals.
– One note on the dinners – Springfield isn’t the greatest place to walk around by yourself. Take a taxi if you go to a restaurant or walk with other conference goers.

But you’ll only get there if you register now!

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