Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waking Up for Lit Day: LeakyCon2011

Nerves. Jitters.

I'm jumping out of my skin, really.

I am at the Portofino Hotel at Universal Studio with my sister Charlotte and my niece Magda. In one hour we are meeting other author folks and going over to the LeakyCon headquarters at the Royal Pacific Hotel.

We are in Harry Potter world, folks.

I haven't been thinking too much about this, because I've been so busy, but now . . . evidently over 750 people will be at Lit Day, 3000 for the entire Leaky Con.

We flew in on Jet Blue and then met Julie Strauss-Gabel (my neighbor, yes, but also superstar editor - she publishes John Green, Gayle Foreman, and Stephanie Perkins, to name a few) for pizza and were pleased to see some of the other author's and publishers file in.

I started freaking out that maybe more than five people would show up for my writer's workshop. Maureen Johnson said that I would have anywhere between twenty and two hundresd: I was thinking five. I must needs adapt!

Libba Bray challenged me to change into my bathing suit to meet her at the pool, and I am so glad that I did! Because I sure wasn't going to do myself any good pacing around the hotel room!

Now I must shower and dress and drink more coffee: get ready for the panel I will be on at 9AM, the workshop I will lead at 11AM, and the presentation on Madeleine L'Engle I will co-lead with my sister, (follow her on twitter @charlottejv) at noon.

More pics, more news coming soon. Scout's honor!


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