picture book conference


The Music in George’s Head by Susan Slade is a picture book about George Gershwin and is the spark for a Pittsburgh literary conference. The WPA SCBWI invited the author, illustrator, art director, editor, and agent to speak about the book and about writing the simple, but beautiful genre of the picture book. It begins tonight at the Airport Hyatt and has drawn regional published and aspiring writers to attend the many workshops and have their writing critiqued. The book represents biography for the 5-7-year-old reader, giving a bite of history that can leave her wanting more with each year. The publisher, Calkins Creek, and editor, Carolyn Yoder are Pa treasures, associated with the familiar magazine, also a gem, Highlights. Children’s writers in Western PA are blessed by the volunteer efforts of the trio of organizers in our WPA chapter. Thanks Marcy, Kate, and Nora.




About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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