4 May, 2019
It was the first day of the conference, we started bright and early with registration opening at 7:45 am. It was fabulous to see people arriving early and all excited about the day. #europolitian19SCBWI
Elisabeth Norton, RA for Switzerland, welcomed all the attendees and after a few administrative announcements, we were treated to an inspiring opening keynote by Chitra Soundar. Chitra filled us with much passion for our craft and gave us practical steps to build our foundation that would help us to scale our scaffolding to success.
The panel discussion, which followed next, gave an overview of marketing in the publishing market and touched on aspects such as; building relationships, book covers, authenticity, brand/platform, online presence and trust. On the panel were Andrew Ruston, Chitra Soundar, Molly O'Neill, and Naomi Colthurst.
Then it was time for a coffee/tea break to stretch our legs, refreshing ourselves before diving into the workshop sessions. The four workshops covered topics such as illustrating picture books, writing picture books, aspects of fiction writing as well as a look at how first pages can change through the editing process.
Lunch break was next and conversations flowed over burgers and soup. The afternoon workshops looked at humour in children's literature, crafting a stand-out manuscript and more illustrations for picture books.
There was another opportunity for chit-chat at the afternoon coffee/tea break. Then we headed back into the last set of workshops for the first day. This time, there were discussions about the creative process, author visits and a session which covered almost every aspect of publishing.
Whew! That was a packed day, filled with loads of stimulating and thought-provoking sessions. But we were not quite done yet; a lovely apéro and networking time followed. Individual consultations with industry experts took place at the same time. Finally, it was off to a well-deserved dinner for all of us.
Below is a slideshow, featuring some of the highlights of the day.
Stay tuned for Day 2.
Willkommen! Bienvenue! Benvenuto! Bainvegnì! Welcome!