Saturday, June 11, 2011

talking to grown-ups

About this time last weekend, I was looking at something like this:

Because I was the keynote speaker for the NJ SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) conference. While I do a lot of speaking, it had been a while since I presented to adults. I had to catch myself before I said anything like, "Now, please sit criss-cross applesauce!"

But it was very enjoyable! I forgot how much nice it can be speaking at events like this. I met many lovely people, including conference attendee Tara Lazar who wrote a recap of my speech here (thanks, Tara!) , Joyce Wan, the creator of Wanart which produces the adorable onesies I give to all my friends' new babies (which reminds me, I have to buy some more...)and many, many other talented authors and fantastic artists who are too numerous to name.
(Though I did want to include this photo of me and the talented Ryan Sias from whom I stole this photo from off of FB. It makes me laugh that we are matching. Ironically, later that day, I had a conversation about how the new thing in Korea is for couples to dress identically. So in Korea, people would've thought we were a couple! I'll have to get the Sasquatch a red shirt, now.)

But my favorite part was when later in the day Alvina and I gave a workshop about the author/editor relationship. Some of you may know that even though Alvina is my editor, she is also "Melody" in The Year of the Dog which is why I showed this photo:

Ha ha!!


tricia said...

I'm speaking at the NEOhio SCBWI conference this September and a wee bit nervous (as it comes closer I'll be a lot nervous) so good to know you had such a fine time!

Bicultural Mama said...

You gave an excellent speech at SCBWI. I know people were talking about it afterwards. It was so real and inspiring at the same time. Thanks.

Joyce Wan said...

Your keynote was one of the best parts of the conference! I also loved the workshop with you and Alvina - it really showed the power and magic of collaboration. You are such an inspiration!

Jillian said...

It's cool to see the real-life Melody! :)

Pony Writer said...

Grace, your talk at the NJ-SCBWI was wonderful. It was moving, funny, engaging, refreshing, and informative, but most of all it was IMPORTANT to many people who face the same type of challenges as you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. And I wish you would have said, "crisscross applesauce." That would have brought the house down. :-)


Ryan said...

We're like Ling & Ting, exactly the same.. well not exactly the same.. hehe

We'll have to coordinate non matching out fits next time we are in Korea! I don't want the Sasquatch throwing me off a snowy mountain cliff!

that photo is super funny! haha Thanks for the shout out, it was great talking to you, and i agree with Joyce your keynote was the highlight!

OMG that photo of you an Alvina is high school fabulous! haha very brave of you to post that! Amazing you've know each other for so long.
-Ryan Sias

Grace Lin said...

Thanks so much everyone for your nice comments! I'm really happy that my speech went over so well and I got to meet all of you. Hope to see you all again soon!