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Event Summary • Children’s Literature Hawaii 2018

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:

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.

Sue Cowing, author, presented: How to Write in Rhyme without Losing Your Voice, at both the Hilo and Honolulu conferences


Scott Goto, author-illustrator presented: Exist or Evolve: An Artist’s Dilemma


Leslie Hayashi, author, presented: Books Based on True Stories and Why Facts Matter













Tammy Yee, author-illustrator presented: Write Like an Illustrator, Illustrate Like a Writer; a Teen Track Illustration Workshop for grades 7-12; and co-presented How to Write and Sell Picture Book Biographies