A Writer's Life
None of this would have been possible without the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I joined SCBWI in 2002 and continue to learn and make life-long friends at every conference. I am currently the Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA) of the Iowa chapter of SCBWI and encourage all writers and illustrators to join this amazing organization.
My writing group, referred to as The Bloc, formed in 2006 after a SCBWI conference. During the past decade, Jan Blazanin, Rebecca Janni, Sharelle Byars Moranville and I have published, laughed, and cried together. Anyone interested in writing or illustrating, needs to find a group like this to keep their sanity in the wacky world of publishing.