I had the pleasure of attending the 2011 SCBWI Winter Conference. Much like the Summer conference I was excited to hear the ‘Voice’ of so many familiar authors and illustrators such as Lois Lowry, Jane Yolen, Jules Feiffer, R.L. Stine, Mo Willems and many more. I took away a lot of useful information and inspiration. The keynote that probably inspired me the most was given by Sara Zarr. She beautifully, encapsulated the struggles of the creative, dissolved the myths that a creative must suffer and instead she encouraged us to take care of ourselves. I was quickly reminded of her wonderful keynote when I watched this message from author of Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert. Although, Sara’s message seemed to hit a little closer to home.
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