Monday, May 17, 2010

13 NESCBWI Conference TweetChat Round-Up

This past weekend, the New England SCBWI chapter held a conference, Moments of Change, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. They followed the event up with a TweetChat, where generous attendees shared words of wisdom from presenters.

@kquimbyjohnson: Author Lisa Papademetriou says, “Write to your strength. Edit to your weakness.”

@vleemahoney: Dawn Metcalf: “Find your teen voice without using dated slang/technology.”

@melindabeavers: Illustrator Matt Phelan: “As much as you can, feel what your characters are feeling.”

@mitaliperkins: Author Cynthia Leitich Smith: “Switching genres improves writing & makes you less vulnerable to trends.”

@yleemahoney: Author Cynthia Leitich Smith: “Dare to take risks in work.”

@melindabeavers: Author Cynthia Leitich Smith: "Pick your creative battles wisely, but pick them."

Probably my favorite one: @JMBradleyBooks: "My critique: piece "lacks character development" and is unsucessful - walk out and discover said piece has won award. Wow. Thank you!"

Congratulations, @JMBradleyBooks!

Thanks to all the Tweeples for sharing your conference experience with us!

Happy Writing,

Marissa

For more information, here are some blogs about the event:

http://kmessner.livejournal.com/150444.html

13 comments:

  1. If I can't go to a conference the next best thing is hearing about it!

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  2. T. Anne, exactly! I love hearing what great words of wisdom come out of events. The blog is very helpful when it comes to conferences!

    Marissa

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  3. Thanks for the post. I don't tweet so it's interesting to see a tweet discussion. I agree that it's valuable to hear about all these awesome conferences we can't attend.

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  4. Great stuff here! I love how tweeting brings out the best in blurbs and quotes. Almost makes me want to start it myself, just for the writing exercise it would give me. As you can see from this really long comment, I struggle with succinctness.

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  5. Natalie, believe me! I'm Twitter-challenged myself. Martina holds my hand and is my Twentor (Twitter + mentor)!

    KarenG, these tweets really do hit the "moments." I wish I could travel more easily because it sounds like this was a fantastic event! Oh, well. At least there's Twitter!

    Marissa

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  6. I'm TOTALLY with T. Anne on this! It is the next best thing.

    However, TWEETING looks TERRIFYING!!! How many seminars does one normally have to do in order to be TWEET-Proficient?!

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  7. I laughed out loud when I read Marissa's comment just now. I am so Twitterpated. I set up our twitter account, what? A month and a half-ago? And in my typical fashion, I have yet to read anything about how it works or what you are supposed to do with it. I'm so glad Marissa is getting involved in that side of it though, and I have to admit that it has been much easier since Casey McCormick recommended TweetDeck. I also found TweetChat last week and joined my first #YALitChat on Weds night. That was a blast, but talk about terrifying. The few times I'd listened into a chat subject before that, I had NO idea what was going on. Now I'm only mostly clueless, but since that's normal for me, I can't complain.

    Ann Marie, everyone, come Tweet with us. Just go to Twitter.com and sign up for an account. Then download TweetDeck, and follow us -- we're @4kidlit. It's Russian Roulette whether you'll get me or Marissa tweeting, but Twitter is a lot of fun.

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  8. I am THRILLED you've posted this. I SO wanted to attend!! Finally, a conference close to home (a state removed, so what??), and I couldn't attend. This helps soften the blow.

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  9. Thanks for the tweet highlights. Helps this poor international blogger who can't come feel like she's been. :)

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  10. We're sorry Lindsay! We hope to have you in the States for a conference soon. You're in good company with Ann Marie! In the meantime, Martina and I will do what we can to help you gals out :)

    Marissa

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  11. Thanks for the great summary of tweets! Twitter scares the heck out of me, so I'm thankful you two took the bullet.

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  12. I love the tweets! Esp CLS's. I was priviledged to hear her speak at a conference, and she was awesome and inspirational. Gave me courage to write BOTH MG and YA. :)

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  13. Julie, if I can do it, anyone can! Ask Martina! I'd love to see you on Twitter!

    Susan, thanks for commenting as someone who has heard CLS speak before! I need that inspiration to cross genres, too :) Good luck with your writing!

    Marissa

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