Though not an SCBWI-sponsored event, many SCBWI Hawaii members attended this year’s 19th Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii’s Children (CLH). The free three-day conference, that takes place on two islands, is a celebration for parents, teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, and others interested in children’s literature. The conference consists of three strands: Interpreting Literature, Using Literature and Creating Literature. And, includes a Teen Track and Professional Sessions. The next conference will be in June 2020, if you’d like to know more about CLH visit their website: https://www.childrensliteraturehi.org
Steering committee members, Sue Cowing and Kirsten Carlson helped organize the event. And Sue, along with three other SCBWI members gave presentations. Writers, Kimberly Russell and Lou Ann Gurney, attended the Hilo event. And, attending the Honolulu event were: Amanda Allison, Vera Arita, Naomi Hokama (Tanizaki), Christin Lozano , Meriko Merritt, Sharan Ro and Cindy Shyne. The logo for this year’s theme, The Places We Come From, Fictional & Real created by Scott Goto, author-illustrator.