Hey, all! Fancy meeting you here…where have we been this past week, you ask?
*Working on MFA requirements (still doing that a little…)
*Revising our YA WIPs and completed manuscripts.
*Attending an awesome SCBWI Novel Retreat in Shenandoah National Park!!!
The last item on the list was probably the most fun and informative and we would love to share that experience with you. After traveling on a train, a bus, and then a taxi cab,we FINALLY arrived in Shenandoah National Park Friday June 10th. We went to our room which looked like this on the outside:
And the view looked like this:
Oh, and this is us posing with the awesome bear at Big Meadows Lodge (cuz we were in bear country!):
Then we proceeded to have dinner and after that was our FIRST (out of four) sessions with the amazing, super intelligent, uber literary, spectacular Cheryl Klein from Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic). In the first session Ms. Klein gave us general ideas about what we’d be discussing later in the weekend, and probably gave one of the coolest pieces of advice ever. Ms. Klein told us how she has her clients write a letter to her when it’s time for revisions. In the letter, Ms. Klein tells her clients to answer the following questions:
We stood in a line like this to get our books signed:
Now…there was a limited number of these excellent books, and essentially me and Pam are one person. So…we decided to get one signed for us: