Saturday, May 16, 2009

A STEP IN THE WRITE DIRECTION with Noa Wheeler and Elana Roth

Noa Wheeler from Henry Holt Books for Young Readers and Elana Roth from Caren Johnson Literary Agency shared their words of wisdom with us at the Shilo Inn near the Portland Airport.

I spent Friday at the SCBWI conference in Portland, Oregon.

We were soooo lucky to have an editor, Noa Wheeler, and an agent, Elana Roth, in attendance.

This was a WOW Them With Words session: or a large-group critique session.

Each author brought 30 copies of the first page of their manuscript to share. Each conference attendee took a copy to write their comments and notes on it.

The author got up in front of the podium and read the page for the audience. All of us in the audience wrote our own comments, while Noa and Elana took turns giving their verbal comments for everyone to hear.

I learned a lot.

One of the most common comments was Show don’t Tell—easier said than done.

I can’t wait to go back tomorrow for more.


Bish Denham said...

I'm sure you're having and wonderful learning time. But I'm so envious!

jone said...

So wished I had gone. Next year!

Ello said...

Kim - I just got back my editorial letter from the freelance editor I hired for my MS and the biggest comment was show don't tell. aaack!! I've got a lot of work to do!!!

Amy Tate said...

Oh, what good stuff! Can you share with us what else you learned?

Kim Kasch said...

It was so much fun and I'll have posts for days about the things I learned.

Ello: I'm there with you.

Rena said...

Sounds like a great time.

Christina Farley said...

Wow! Reading your first page. That's got to be tough.