Do you blog about children's and/or young adult books? Do you write children's or YA books? Do you publish children's or YA books, and want to talk with the people blogging about the books? Are you thinking about starting a blog, and interested to learn more about how to do it? Would you like to meet other people who share your passion for creating and talking about these books?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, the Portland KidLit conference is just the thing for you. The theme is: "Bridging the Worlds of Books and Blogs". This is the second of what promises to be an annual conference about children's books, blogging, and community. The first conference, held in Chicago last year, and organized by Robin Brande, was excellent.
This year's conference is being organized by Jone MacCulloch and Laini Taylor. It will be held on Saturday, September 27th, at the Sheraton Portland (Oregon) Airport Hotel (with, probably, informal events Friday evening and Sunday morning). The conference fee, which includes dinner on Saturday night, is a very reasonable $60 (plus $30 each for any guest you might want to bring just to the dinner). The registration form is available now (at the bottom of the post). You can also see a list of people who plan to attend at the bottom of this post.
I know that it's difficult for some of you to make it out to Oregon. And I would imagine that next year's conference will be held somewhere on the East Coast, to balance things out a bit. But if you can at all swing it for this year, do try. I promise, you won't be disappointed. The chance to talk, face-to-face, with a roomful of kindred spirits is truly priceless. I hope to see you there! I'll be sending in my check this week.