Monday, July 25, 2011

Southern Illinois Bookends SCBWI Summer Critique-Nik

Our annual Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Critique-nik held on Saturday, July 23, was so powerful and productive, that last night I dreamed of my latest book and found myself in the world of my imagination solving problems with the manuscript!   How many groups can provide that kind of assistance?

Anastasia Burke-Ely and Sherry Randle
Our Learned and Totally Sober Co-Chairs
To a person this group (and they were not all there, alas) is smart, studied, intuitive and interested in honing the craft of writing children's books.  And, in fact, it's fun to sit back and listen to authors play off each other's thoughts and shared experiences.

So on a sultry St. Louis Saturday, we worked, critiqued, listened, laughed, empathized, learned, grew and validated our love of writing for children.  Oh, and of course, as St. Paul said, indulged in "a little wine for the stomach's sake..."


This is an inventive artifact for the critique-nik's theme!

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