My name is Jonene Ficklin, and I'm a full-time wife, mom, writer, and professional artist. I've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I use colored pencils, oil paints, and watercolors. I love what I do!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Conferences and Contests and Books, Oh My!

It pays to surf the blogs, let me tell you! Since you're still here, I will.

1) Conference
Last year, I attended the Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers Conference and thought I had hit writer's and artist's heaven! If you have any desire whatsoever to write the great American novel, or illustrate a book, start pooling your pennies and check this conference out. 
or watch their clip here:
I guarantee you won't regret it. They have a fantastic list of classes:

Beginning Class– Sharlee Glenn

Picture Book Class– Trudy Harris
Picture Book Class– Kristyn Crow
Illustrator Class– Kevin Hawkes
Chapter Book Class– Mike Knudson
Middle Grade Novel– Claudia Mills
Beginning YA Novel Class– Emily Wing Smith
Novel Class — Louise Plummer
Fantasy Class– Holly Black
Advanced Novelist Class– Martine Leavitt
Advanced Novelist Class– Kathleen Duey
Writer’s Boot Camp– A.E. Cannon
Keynote Speaker– Ally Condie

And if you want to meet an awesome agent and editors, take a look:

Agent– Mary Kole, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Editor– Alyson Heller, Aladdin Books
Editor– Lisa Yoskowitz, Disney

I'm already signed up for Martine Leavitt's class and can't wait!!!! (I'd put a lot more exclamations points here, but I'll spare you. This time.)

2) Contest and Books
Now, let's move onto the contest and books. Cherylynne is giving away 50 books! Check out how to enter here:, but you need to hurry. The contest ends on February 26th.

Have a great weekend!


  1. That looks like a great conference! I'm trying to figure out if I'll go to a conference this year or not...

  2. Lydia, it was such a fantastic conference. If you write YA or for children, you won't regret going to this one!


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