SCBWI Big Five-OH! Summer Conference

I’ve “been here” since Thursday morning. Et tu?

A main event for me yesterday was class with one of my revered middle grade authors, Gary D. Schmidt, reminding/pointing out to writers the perhaps subtle, yet concrete importance of your novel’s minor character(s). His examples ranged from David and Goliath, to Dickens, to contemporary fiction. I only wish the presentation had been several hours instead of 30 mins., and contained absolutely everything Mr. Schmidt knows about writing novels.

I attended all sessions with, of course, Digory. Bless his sweet soul. His enduring love of kidlit Zoom presentations is unwavering and inspiring. He is late this morning, however I expect him at any second–for a cat, he is completely reliable when it comes to Zoom-time on my lap–I especially enjoy when he is so moved by a presentation, he stretches his paw to the computer’s screen. Usually I am quick enough to intercept his pads from making contact, at which point he will yawn, purr, and begin kneading my clothing as I free my arm from his perpetually shedding girth and continue my notetaking. Such a sweet, sensitive fellow. Constant companion.

Yours in conference attendance during which we transform into human sponges and wonder madly where we’ve stashed the lint roller,


About PB Rippey

Writer, wife, mother, fortunate. Fiction, memoir, poetry, kidlit (MG), member SCBWI.
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2 Responses to SCBWI Big Five-OH! Summer Conference

  1. Jen Plana says:

    Lovely! Digory is such a gem!

    Jen Plana, Broker Associate Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 805.895.2112 1290 Coast Village Rd. Montecito, CA 93108


  2. westpittstonlibrary says:

    That Digory fellow is such a smart one.

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