Joyce speaking as SCBWI-MO Regional Advisor:
After an agonizing week where Frankenstorm Sandy made it look like none of the speakers from NY City would make it, all but one, our agent, made it to St. Louis.
We had a great conference November 3 with keynoters Ellen Hopkns (YA author), Emma Dryden (Editor), David Harrison (PG, MG, YA author) and Will Terry (Illustrator). The breakout session by a trio of SCBWI-MO authors - Nancy Polette, Cheryl Harness, and Ann Ingalls - as well as all other sessions - received excellent evaluations as did our new location at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Well worth all the time and efforts to create the conference. Next year, we hope that literary agent Regina Brooks joins us.
Special thanks to Assistant Regional Advisor Kim Piddington, webmaster Janet Lloyd Weber, and RA Emeritus Sue Bradford Edwards.
Photos from top right:
Joyce Ragland, Joyce with Emma Dryden (center) and Kim Pidington, David Harrison delivering keynote address, Emma Dryden (left) and Ellen Hopkins (right) talking at break with author Shannon Moore, conference large group snapshot