Illinois SCBWI held its Spring Thaw meeting last weekend at the Morton Arboretum. The guests were none other than Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser, the founders of SCBWI. What a pleasure to hear them speak about their writing and the history of SCBWI. I went for inspiration, and I was inspired.
She and Stephen also ran through a history of SCBWI. Their laid-back style from the get-go (as a Midwesterner, I'd call it "Californian") still defines the organization. Anyone who's ever been to an SCBWI meeting knows what a supportive, caring community it is. There is nothing competitive here. I love the word "tribe" and it came up a lot throughout the day. Finding your tribe feels really good. When Lin and Stephen went looking for their tribe 40-odd years ago, they found it and made it so the rest of us could find it too.
Happy writing. Happy Spring.