Category Archives: Conference

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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A second Illinois SCBWI member has stepped up to join in the effort to help diverse authors and illustrators attend the annual conference on Nov 5. Children’s book author Urania Smith has also stepped up to sponsor an attendee.  We … Continue reading

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