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Conference Confidential + Austin Austen Meets a Peep

Just got back from my first trip to Austin, Texas where I spoke at the SCBWI Regional Conference. The whole time I was there, I kept wanting to spell the city: A-U-S-T-E-N, as in Jane . . .

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Left the house at 7:30 a.m. for a 10:45 a.m. flight, which was cancelled, and then I was rebooked for a 7 p.m. flight. Sigh. Behold the gliz and glam of traveling as I dine and recharge my dead phone . . .

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As soon as I got to Austen/Austin, the doom and gloom of travel and a particular bad airline which I won't mention (UNITED AIRLINES), lifted. Peeps was particularly pleased with the gift bag the SCBWI chapter left for her . . .

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BTW, there were BAT symbols everywhere in Austin . . .

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I thought that the town was Batman crazed, but learned that it's because their bridge is batty.

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A couple MILLION bats live under the Congress Bridge. They weren't there when I was in town, luckily for all because you would have heard me screaming.

Oops. Digression. Back to writing!

The next morning, I delivered the opening keynote . . .

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It was so much fun and everyone was wonderful. After, Peepy and I cast our ballots for portfolios and sat in on some of the panels, like this one with Chris Barton moderating and agents Erin Murphy and Ammi-Joan Paquette from the EMLA Agency.

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We also marveled (and were confused) by the bathroom sinks . . .

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Peepy was presented by ANOTHER gift bag, this time by the Texas Sweethearts . . .

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To cap off the conference, there was a wine and cheese party and book signing. Here's the room before and after . . .

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During the signing, Peepy cornered author/editor Diane Muldrow and asked for advice about her epic memoir/fashion tips book. (They also discussed trigonometic integrals.)

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Then Peepy had the great idea of getting author Donna Jo Napoli to blurb her yet-to-be-written book . . .

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(Donna agreed, but only after Peepy promised to blurb her next novel.)

After, there was a big bash for the faculty and amazing volunteers and birthday people . . .

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Jeanette Larson, Cynthia Leitich Smith and Peepy discussed who would play them in the movie version of their autobiographies . . .

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The next day it time for my class "Creating Compelling Bad Guys and Bullies." Peepy was gifted (yes, again!) with a lovely Texas cheerleader dress. It was given to her by her newest BFF, Austin Austen, the bear . . .

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The workshop sold out and closed at 50 attendees, and I made them work and work and work. Okay, so I sort of bullied them . . .

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At one point, we role played and then wrote about it. The actors were so convincing that if this writing thing doesn't work out, they have promising careers in the theater . . .

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At lunchtime, the baked potato buffet was a hit . . .

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Then back to work!

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After exhausting my students, agents Jill Corcoran, Sarah Davies and Erin Murphy, and I did first page critiques. That's where the first pages of novels are submitted without anyone's name on it and read aloud . . .

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Then, the agents and I give our first impressions on the page while being timed (so that it moves quickly) by Debbie Gonzales, the amazing Austen/Austin regional advisor . . .

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Thank you, Austen/Austin SCBWI, we had a MARVELOUS TIME!!!

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NEXT BLOG: Exploring Austin City Limits . . .

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