Friday, May 11, 2012

Austin SCBWI Meeting and News

There's a lot going on in our Austin SCBWI community and this week is no exception.

Author/illustrator Salima Alikhan will address how to take criticism and turn it around so it motivates you as opposed to letting it depress you. Her talk "Writerly Despair: How to be Inspired Rather Than Crippled by Criticism" takes place at 10am at BookPeople on Saturday, May 12, 2012.

I'm really looking forward to hearing what she has to say. I think it's easy for us to stay in our caves especially after we've received a healthy dose of criticism and weeding through the tough love can be difficult so tomorrow's chapter meeting will no doubt be jam-packed. And I love spending time with peeps, too!

This week also brought along some sad news as we said good-bye to a literary giant in the world of children's literature, award-winning author/illustrator Maurice Sendak. Cynthia Leitich Smith put together a lovely post in his honor. Click HERE if you missed it. Also literary magazine Hunger Mountain has a submission call out, they're putting together a special edition to celebrate Sendak's life and work. Click HERE to get all the details.

As a contributor to ReaderKidz, I'm excited today for the post on author Cynthia Levinson's magnificent book We've Got A Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March. Click HERE to see the post. A truly inspiring story about the difference a group of children made during the Civil Rights Movement. There's also a plethora of educational materials to accompany the book on Cynthia Levinson's website. If you haven't read the book yet you owe it to yourself to read it, you won't be disappointed.

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