Each year I put a lot of thought into the theme for the conference and the people who are going to speak and teach workshops at it. There are so many talented writers out there, sometimes it’s hard to choose. But not all writers are great teachers or speakers, and not all speakers are great writers. So you’ve got to find people who combine both skill sets.
With all that in mind, an update on the career of Randall Platt. Her latest book Hellie Jondoe has just won four awards: the 2010 Will Rogers Medallion Award for WesternFiction-Young Adult, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the ForeWord Reviews’ BRONZE medal for best Young Adult Fiction’s, and the 2010 Winner of the Willa Literary Award. A hearty congratulations to a hard-working writer (she’s often up before 5 A.M. folks, I have the e-mails to prove it). You can find more information at her web site and when you meet her at the conference.
You might also want to check out her tips 10 Changes I Made to Boost My Creativity at her site.