Last Week at the Boise SCBWI and Idaho Reading Association Conference

Boise House

Boise House

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week was the Boise SCBWI and Idaho Reading Association Conference. I pulled up Friday to the Boise House.

Boise House

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rooms were beautiful. I had the upstairs room across the hall from Karl Jones, the editor from Penguin Young Readers. He warned me not to hit my head on the slanted ceiling. I told him I would be careful.

Boise House

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Sara Megibow, the literary agent with Nelson Literary, arrived, Neysa Jensen the regional advisor of SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho walked us down to the Fork Restaurant.

Boise Capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We walked right through the Boise Capital Building. Neysa wrote the poem that was put to music when the building was renovated.

Boise Capital Dome

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the picture of the capital dome. At Fork Restaurant, we were treated to home made potato chips and fried asparagus, mmmmmmmmm.

Rediscovered Book Store

Rediscovered Book Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across the street was Rediscovered Books.

Ann Osterlund, Sherry Meidell and Miriam Forster

Ann Osterlund, Sherry Meidell and Miriam Forster

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Osterlund, Miriam Forster and I signed books and met some lovely people who were going to attend the conference the next day. It was a fun signing.

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After the signing, we walked back to the Boise House where I went upstairs and hit my head on the slanted ceiling.

Boise House

Boise House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The morning of the conference, I was greeted with sunshine through this beautiful stained glass window

boisedeer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and deer eating breakfast next door.

Sara Megibow, Ann Osterlund, Sherry Meidell and Karl Jones

Sara Megibow, Ann Osterlund, Sherry Meidell and Karl Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s one last picture before we head to the conference

Karlshoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and to rival the stained glass window, here are Karl’s shoes.

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There was a nice group at the conference.

Kristiana Gregory and Gloria Skurzynski

Kristiana Gregory and Gloria Skurzynski

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sat with Kristiana Gregory and Gloria Skurzynski, both Golden Kite winners. I did a quick sketch of Gloria.

Gloria Skurzynski

Gloria Skurzynski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria told me to watch for a mystery coming soon from Gloria and her daughter Alane Ferguson at mysteryscenemag.com.

Neysa Jensen

Neysa Jensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neysa introduced the conference and

Sherry Dismuke

Sherry Dismuke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Dismuke started us out with a feather activity.

Karl Jones

Karl Jones

Karl Jones

Karl Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Jones gave a keynote on “Allowing Yourself to Be Creative – and Where That Might Take You”. Here is Karl from my sketch book.

Sara Megibow

Sara Megibow

Sara Megibow

Sara Megibow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Megibow talked about “Your Publishing Options”. I didn’t get a chance to see Miriam Forster and Anne Osterlund because I was presenting “A day in the Life of a Children’s Book Illustrator or When I Woke Up This Morning, I Never Thought I’d End Up Here”. It was a great conference and a wonderful opportunity to meet people who create children’s books and people who love to read them (and look at the pictures).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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4 Responses to Last Week at the Boise SCBWI and Idaho Reading Association Conference

  1. Deena Millecam says:

    Sounds super fun and your caricatures of the presenters are great and pretty much look-alikes; especially in attitude. Congratulations.

  2. I just love when you go places and share. I laugh and laugh. Hope you never draw me-heaven forbid-big nose, drooping eyes, straight hair, and on down it gets worse. So looking forward to your visit to our area Sept 26-27. At this writing we have eight coming. Thanks for considering us on your tight schedule. It will be fun-promise. Because you are coming! See you then. If you need anything call me.

  3. Hey Deena, I am excited to come to the Flaming Gorge Area and meet with you and your fellow watercolorists. That might be a fun activity for the workshop, doing a sketch of you. No big noses, droopy eyes, and straight hair will be harmed in the sketching. See you soon.

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