This past Saturday I had a great time manning the SCBWI booth at School To World. Over 2,000 8th and 9th grade students flooded the convention center to experience hundreds of career options. I talked to talks to dozens of kids and teachers about the writing life, how I plot my books, and what it means to be an author. I also got to tell them about a mega poetry contest I'm conducting with Alamosa Books here in Albuquerque. I'll also be hosting a free verse novel workshop with Caroline Starr Rose at the bookstore on April 14th at 2:00 p.m. For details about the contest, visit Alamosa Books.
The UNM Lobos were at the booth right next to me. As things slowed down they came over for a picture. We got to talking and one of the football players told me he writes poetry and is interested in learning about novel writing. You never know what fascinating people you might meet at these events.