Who attends a national conference of writers?
Executive Director of the SCBWI, Lin Oliver, always starts the conference with jokes and then gives a demographics report.
- This year the conference was attended by 1056 people; 890 women, 166 men. Which, of course, meant that on the ballroom floor, all bathrooms were converted to a Women’s Bathroom. Sorry, guys.
- 15 countries and 46 states were represented.
- Over 50% had never attended a national conference before
- Over 50% of attendees were published
- Attendees listed many professions. One of the most interesting was a person who listed about ten jobs, including vampire hunter. “But,” Lin quipped, “I guess that’s just the night work.”
Random Comments Heard Around the Conference
Before I get to the reports on individual editors and speakers, I’ll just list some of the random comments I heard and recorded:
- Interesting name. Did you know you’re named after a famous New York City theater?
- It’s all so subjective.
- In an industry that is over 80% women, why were all the keynote speakers men?
- Hotel is fine. No problem getting a hot shower.
- Speaker 1: When you’re old, the first thing you size up about a meeting room is how much can you see, so how close do you have to sit.
Speaker 2: Well, yes, that. And how close to the exit I am so I can get out for the bathrooms.
- Speaker 1: Do you have your business cards with you?
Speaker 2: Well, I know just where they are.