Happy New Year all!

I haven’t been around much lately and I can tell you why. Together with my SCBWI colleagues from France, Belgium, Germany+Austria and Switzerland, I have been super busy with the preparations of the second SCBWI Europolitan Conference. This time, the conference will take place in my fair home town Amsterdam on Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5. Two days jam-packed with presentations, panels, hands-on workshops and opportunities to share your work with publishing professionals from all over the world.

It’s going to be awesome, this conference.

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For one, because we have a faculty line-up to die for. I mean, what would you do if you could meet and work with two of the coolest agents in the world: Brooks Sherman of The Bent Agency, and Marietta Zacker of Nancy Gallt Literary Agency? Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could show your portfolio to HarperCollins’ creative director Martha Rago and work with her in a small group on how to present yourself and your portfolio? Of listen to the amazing Greet Pauwelijn, the publisher of Book Island. Or talk to the incredible Jill Santopolo, editor with Philomel Books, who will let you in on the secrets of what editors tell their sales force when it comes to our books?

We Need Diverse Books’ Marieke Nijkamp will deliver the opening keynote ‘Here Be Dragons!’ and lead a panel of publishing pros through the realms of diversity.

We are thrilled that they – and many more cool people who love creating children’s books as much as we do – are joining us at 42. That’s right: 42. That’s the venue where it will all take place. And isn’t 42 the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything? That heralds well, doesn’t it?

Our motto will be CREATIVITY IN BLOOM – GROWING BEYOND BOUNDARIES. So, leap out of your comfort zone and venture beyond boundaries, your personal boundaries and your creative boundaries! Join us in Amsterdam and let your creativity bloom like the Dutch tulips. We promise you that you won’t be disappointed!

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For more information and registration, visit our conference pages: SCBWI Europolitan Conference. Follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group Europolitan Happenings.