Category Archives: Conference

KidLitNation Webinar on 1-31-18

Kid Lit Nation (http://kidlitnation.com/) is hosting a webinar on 1-31-18 featuring debut picture book author Baptiste Paul and illustrator Jacqueline Alcantara.  For more detailed information about the event, click this link – KIdLitNation Webinar You can register for the webinar … Continue reading

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Voice and Ownvoices

I can’t count the number of times I have heard that word used by agents and editors at a writers conference I attended in the fall. Prairie Writers and Illustrators day is a yearly one-day affair by the Illinois chapter … Continue reading

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The Gift of #Ownvoices

I gave myself an extra special holiday gift this year. Was it expensive? Absolutely. Was it worth it?    Again, a resounding yes. Will I do it again? Read further and see the answer. What was this present – well, a … Continue reading

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PWID 2016 Scholarship winner – Nabeeh Bilal

You never know how the things you experience today can prepare you for an opportunity tomorrow. Likewise, you also never know how a person you met yesterday can influence your five year outlook. Let’s just say life is a puzzle … Continue reading

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PWID 2016 Diversity Scholarship Winner Khannie Dastgah

As I sit here thinking about how I am going to explain what this opportunity means to me, I get flooded with emotions and I feel my heart start beating a little faster. I have always believed that I have to … Continue reading

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Diverse authors/illustrators at the Illinois SCBWI conference

Fellow African American children’s author, Urania Smith, teamed with me, B A Binns, to sponsor three diverse authors to attend the 2016 Illinois SCBWI conference, Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day (PWID) coming up on Saturday, November 5 at Harper College … Continue reading

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Using Diverse Books in Library Programs – ILA 2016

The Illinois Library Association, ILA, held it’s annual conference in Rosemont, Il on October 19 and 20.  On Wednesday, Oct 19, I spoke at a session titled Using Diverse Books in Library Programs. Along with my co-presenter, Nancy Goodfellow, a … Continue reading

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What if you gave a contest and nobody came?

For the record, the title of this blog is meant to be a hook. Authors know what I mean, that thing good novels use to capture a reader’s attention. In reality, the contest I am going to tell you about … Continue reading

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2016 Prairie Writers results

  Presenting the winners of my contest to provide free tuition for diverse children’s authors and illustrators to attend Illinois SCBWI’s 2016 conference – Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day – PWID Contest Results… PWID 2016 Faculty…PWID 2016 Faculty… The three winners … Continue reading

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Contest winners

Here are the winners of my contest, two fresh author/illustrator faces who won free tuition for the Illinois SCBWI conference, Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day,  Nabeeh Bilal and Jill Kuanfung. Both will be my guests at this year’s conference.   … Continue reading

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