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Kids Lit Grows With Help From Conference Faculty

Nanci Turner Steveson Would Rather Be Riding

Hello fellow lovers of children’s literature! I was SO excited to be be back with our wonderful group in April. And here it is May and we meet this week on Thursday, May 11, from 6-8 p.m. in the conference room at the Center for the Arts. In June we will be meeting on June 8, same time, same place.

 
It’s spring, our conference is coming soon, and it’s time to put our heads back in our manuscripts and make some magic happen. Even if you don’t have anything on paper to share, come join us and immerse yourself in your fellow KidLit writers readings, celebrations and agony. Yes, we all know there is agony in writing, in fact I know of two people experiencing it right now, myself as one of them. 
 
Writing books is not easy, It is not for the faint of heart. It is for those of us who are called to write without any other option, the same way we must breathe. Sometimes breathing is difficult, too. Sometimes we get a head cold and have to breathe through our mouths to get oxygen. Sometimes we get bronchitis and every breath hurts. Sometime we jump into the water and hold our nose and we can’t breathe until we resurface. But still, to survive, we must breathe.
 
In the same way, when we have a story burning inside our hearts, we must find a way to share it, to get it onto the page, the breathe life into it and present it to the world.
 
That is what our group is for. To help us imagine, create and believe. 
 
So come next time or the next. There may or may not be cupcakes on the table. If not this month, then next or the next! Sheryl Haft and I both had books come out on May 2nd, so cause to celebrate.
 
For those of you interested in writing YA, we have several fabulous authors on our faculty this year who are presenting workshops and offering critiques, including our own Amy Kathleen Ryan, and also award winner Bill Konisgberg (The Porcupine of Truth; Honestly Ben, and more). Check out the cast of characters here:  www.jacksonholewritersconference.com. $410 for three days is a deal!
 
And when you get an editorial letter from your editor (suggesting revisions) and collapse to the floor weeping and crying, “I can’t do it, I can’t do it!” (happened to this author), this group can bring you back to your senses. You can do it!
 
See you this Thursday!!! Bring a friend. Bring snacks. 
 
Nanci Turner Steveson
(with some editing LOL)