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Upcoming Events

There is lots and lots on my plate for these next few weeks, but it will include some opportunities to meet up with writers! The first chance for NYC locals is tonight. I’m teaching my final class for the Learning Annex in midtown Manhattan, starting at 6:45 p.m. You can get more information and register for the class here. It’s the same class I’ve taught several times already, so the content won’t be different, but it is my last one for them, so do come on down if you haven’t had the chance to attend before.

This weekend I’ll be at the Pitch Slam for the Writer’s Digest Conference. If you are in New York or have flexible travel plans, I would suggest you register for this one. I can’t wait!

Next week, I’ll be at Digital Book World, and I can’t wait to find out more about all the opportunities that exist for digital books, games, and apps, per last week’s article, which you can find here.

Next weekend, I’ll be at the SCBWI NYC national conference! I’ll be doing the Writer’s Intensive roundtable workshop critiques on Friday, January 28th. As far as I know, those sessions have sold out, and you can’t pick your preferred critique leader, either way. However, I know a lot of my blog readers will be at the conference, so I wanted to open myself up to meeting people who are in town.

I’ll post more information next Friday, but I’m thinking of parking myself at the Grand Hyatt, or choosing another location nearby, and holding a meet and greet salon type of thing for anyone who wants to come by and chat, maybe on Saturday the 29th at 5 p.m., after the day’s last keynote. I don’t really want to hear pitches at this time. That would be dreary after a long day, when I’m trying to meet and be social. Plus, I prefer written pitches and a writing sample anyway, because I can’t tell about your writing from your verbal pitch. With that in mind, if you want to come by and meet me and chat and share your impressions of the conference, I will be happy to see you!

These opportunities are all NYC-based, I know. I’m still firming up my travel schedule for the year. My next few events are the Big Sur Conference in Monterey, CA in March, then SCBWI Indiana, in Indianapolis, in late April. Check my Events and Conferences page for more details. I’m still getting conference invitations for 2011 (and would love some more, if you’re a SCBWI RA or a conference organizer), though, so you never know where I’ll pop up next!


  1. Emily White’s avatar

    The SCBWI Winter Conference will be my first. I’m really excited about it. Do you have any particular advice for first-timers? 🙂

  2. Chelsey’s avatar

    Same as Emily, SCBWI will be my first! Hope to meet you there!

  3. Ishta’s avatar

    I’m going to be at the SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC, too. I’ll be sure to look for you and introduce myself. Like Emily, I’m excited, but also a bit nervous. One of the things I’m wondering about is how many people will actually be there… 300? 500? 1,000? Will we take over Manhattan with our picture books about fluffy bunnies and cute birds? I have no idea.

  4. Melissa’s avatar

    I’ll be there too, also a newbie. I think the meet and greet is a great idea–hope you decide to do it!

  5. Kristen Hilty’s avatar

    I’ll be there too for the first time! Thanks for making yourself accessible. I’ll be at the intensives on Friday and can’t wait for the experience!

  6. Melissa’s avatar

    Wish I could make it to the NY conference, but I can’t afford it. I’m doing the local conference in Seattle this year, though. It’ll be my first kidlit conference, so I’m excited, although it won’t be a chance to meet you. Thanks for the update on your upcoming adventures!

  7. Emily Hainsworth’s avatar

    You guys are going to have a BLAST at SCBWI! I went with a group of friends last year and it was so much fun — totally jealous of everyone who gets to attend in 2011! Have fun and take pics!

    Oh, and I totally recommend going to the top of the Empire State Building after 11:00pm! It’s open until at least 2:00am, hardly anyone was up there at that hour, and the view was ~spectacular~. 🙂

  8. Brigetta Schwaiger’s avatar

    Thanks for the updates on where to find you. I wish I could be in NYC the next few weeks. Maybe next year.

  9. Ammie @’s avatar

    Oh man, Mary, I am so sad I have to miss your class!!!! I hope I get to try again! I have been drooling to take your classes since you spoke/um, typed at the online conference last year. Have an awesome class!

  10. Francesca’s avatar

    Whee! I’m going to be there – and am Highly Official this time as I’m the newish ARA for Eastern PA. I might even have a name badge. Not that it will inoculate me against conference jitters or make me immune to the intense, mind-blowing waves of inspiration and information coming at us.

    See you there, everyone! I might even work up the nerve to wave shyly at Mary.

  11. Isabel’s avatar

    Hello Mary!!

    I love your insight you are generous enough to share with us interweb users. 🙂 I will be attending the Big Sur Writing Workshop in March! It will be my first conference, ever, and I can hardly contain my delirium. Seriously. I look forward to meeting you.



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