One Writer’s Journey

November 14, 2018

Free Online Conference

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:50 am

Are you interested in writing graphic novels, science fiction or fantasy?  Then check out LibraryCon Live! You can register here.

If you are like me, a lot of free webinar’s just end up being annoying.  You sign up excited to learn about plot or picture books or magazine writing but all you get is an hour-long ad for someone’s paid course on plot, picture books, or magazine writing. I’ve attended two events so far and at least in my experience Library Journal and School Library Journal events are not like that.

The markets for these events are libraries and librarians.  The editors, authors and illustrators who speak want their books to end up in libraries.  So in that sense they are selling their work but they do it by discussing their work, how what they’ve done relates to the larger body of work, and their creative process.

This event took place on November 7 but the sessions were recorded and archived so you can still register and watch whatever appeals to you.  There is also so much material that you can download – graphic novels, graphic novel samples, catalogs, slides from the talks, discussion guides, teacher’s guides and more.

Sessions include:

A keynote with Victor LaValle, author of Destroyer (BOOM! Studios)

A panel, Women Creators in the Lead with Karen Berger (Editor, Berger Books/Dark Horse), Gwenda Bond (author Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds/Del Rey), Amy Chu (author, Summit/Lion Forge), and
Dana Simpson (author, Phoebe and Her Unicorn/Andrews McMeel)

A keynote with Mariko Tamaki (author Supergirl: Being Super and Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass/DC, Abrams)

A panel, Hosting Your Own Comic Con-style Library Event

A panel, Children’s and YA, with Greg Neri (author, Grand Theft Horse/Lee & Low), Chad Sell (author, Cardboard Kingdom/Random House Children’s Books), Tui Sutherland (Wings of Fire/Scholastic), and Mark Tatulli (author, Short & Skinny/Little, Brown)

A panel, Fan Faves, with Jo Whittemore (author, Supergirl: Age of Atlantis/Abrams), Jeremy Whitley (author, Princeless/Diamond), and F.C. Yee (author, The Rise of Kyoshi/Abrams)

A keynote with Margie Stohl (author, The Life of Captain Marvel/Marvel)

Still not sold? There are also probably 18 (I’m not counting), author’s sessions.  Some of these are video. Some were texts.  All are available for download.  At a glance, I see sessions with Amy Chu and Ryan North (author, Squirrel Girl).

I’ve only watched 3 sessions so far and can’t believe how much I’ve learned.  Definitely worthwhile and I will be looking for more LJ and SLJ conferences and webinars.


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