Welcome to Our House (2010 Arizona SCBWI Conference): The Quick Take-Away

BAD NEWS! Unfortunately I’ve had to remove this blog post!

It turns out I am not allowed to share details from the Arizona SCBWI Welcome to Our House conference. So, I appologize for those of you who’ve shown up to hear all about it.

4 thoughts on “Welcome to Our House (2010 Arizona SCBWI Conference): The Quick Take-Away

  1. why not? I am noticing that as a new trend but it is silly. It is so people will have to go to the conferences?
    Most people don’t have money to go to more than one, or even one conference so why not share information.
    How disappointing to hear this is the new policy.

  2. Attendees of the conference had to sign a document saying we wouldn’t video tape, record, or reproduce what we learned at the conference. At the time I didn’t realize it meant I couldn’t blog my notes, but I guess it does, as I was asked to remove this post.

    I do think on some level that the organizers are instituting these policies to try and make sure people still attend conferences.

    My personal philosophy on this issue is that the more information we share the stronger the kidlit community will become. Plus, these notes in no way replace the actual experience of attending a conference. I’m disappointed as well.

  3. Ingrid, I agree with you completely. I just saw the same policy coming from the SCBWI Carolinas conference. What a shame! One of the most appealing qualities of the children’s book writers world is the community and information-sharing. I would hope SCBWI would be taking the lead on that, especially as many writers cannot afford to attend conferences in person.

    In a post I wrote recently about Bruce Coville’s keynote speech at the Rocky Mountain conference, I only covered a fraction of what he spoke about, and as much as I like to think I’m a good writer, it in no way captured the immense inspirational lift that came from hearing it in person.

    If anything, I believe blogging about the conferences will lead to increased attendance at live events. You read summaries and think, “I sure wish I had been there.”

    Perhaps this is something for the umbrella organization to take up.

  4. This is interesting to me. It’s not as if the information is like a movie, or even a published book page, where all you’d have to do is make one copy, and everyone in the world would have access to it. You are recording your impression of your experience.

    I sat right next to you, and we both took notes, and yet if you looked at both of our notes, you’d find completely different information.

    It’s disappointing that the SCBWI has done this. It’s kind of like shooting yourself in the foot. Information that other writers have shared with me about other conferences just makes me want to attend more of them myself, not assume that I now know everything and have no need to attend.

    On a side note, it was great meeting you! I had a fabulous time at the conference. Can’t wait to read your book 🙂

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