Letters and Lines 2018: The Rocky Mountain SCBWI conference

This past weekend I had my first visit to Letters and Lines Conference organized by my local SCBWI chapter.

What a fantastic thoroughly positive experience it was!


I had a great time meeting my fellow illustrators and some authors, everyone was friendly and kind. The critique session was fantastic, I wouldn’t have seen the little things that can make my work better if it wasn’t for the group. The portfolio showcase was indeed very inspiring, so much talent and such bright ideas!


I had attended talks by Laurie Halse Anderson (her opening keynote on Creativity was absolutely empowering) and Claudia Mills (her closing keynote resonated with me so much, I was in tears by the end of it, really she is such a delight! And we have the same birthday :)). Denise Vega spoke about feeling worthy and it was a good reminder for all of us (I got her latest If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed, which got Crystal Kite Award, and my 9 year old daughter absolutely loves it!)

Sessions were eye opening (Lily Williams’ talk on Art and Activism was very inspiring) and instructive (Brooke Boynton Huges and Kaz Windness had brilliant presentations on technical aspects of illustrating for children.) Listening to and receiving feedback from Laurent Linn was absolutely priceless. We had an opportunity of seeing his thought process during First Impressions session and Illustrator’s Intensive, which was fascinating and so so helpful. He has such a lovely, sparkling personality, just being in his presence is a delight.


I met Dow Phumiruk, had a good luck being in her critique group for the evening.

I came away a little wiser when it comes to balancing life and illustration, the path to further improvement in my technique became clearer, I feel I know my strengths and weaknesses a little bit better. I am very excited to continue this journey and create more artwork.