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Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Summer Con

March 27, 2012

While we put together the final details of my spring tour for A Hero for WondLa, I can tell you that I will be attending the Society of Children’s Book Writers & illustrators (SCBWI) summer conference in Los Angeles, California from August 3rd through the 6th.

I will be a keynote speaker as well as participating in an illustrator’s intensive where I will focus on merging writing with pictures. Here is a link on the SCBWI site with the info.

I’ll post more details as I receive them. Until then, I’ll seeya in LA!


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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.