Society of
Children's Book Writers
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2018 Conference Faculty: Cate Berry

Meet the faculty of the 2018 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.

Cate Berry, Author

Cate Berry holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts with a Picture Book Intensive Certificate. Cate is an active member of SCBWI, The Writer’s League of Texas and a frequent picture book faculty member at the Writing Barn (Austin, TX). Ms. Berry is presenting at the Association of Writer’s and Writer’s Programs (AWWP) National Conference as a panelist for Gender Stereotyping and Poetic Devices in picture books (Spring/18). Her debut, Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! (Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins) was pinned a Junior Library Guild selection. It releases on 5/8/18; other publications TBA.

Cate Berry
Cate Berry

What attracted you to children’s books?

I’m a stunted four year old. I view the world as if I were still very young. Children’s books give me a vehicle to funnel all the crazy ideas that pop into my head.

What’s the best part of your job?

Knowing that my stories might touch a child, family or teacher that I’ve never met before feels like the biggest honor in the world.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

It’s hard to compartmentalize my writing, carving out time daily between my other responsibilities as a teacher, mom, wife and friend. But I’ve learned that if I don’t make writing a strong priority, everything else suffers.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

The antidote to everything is writing. Blocked? Write. Rejected? Write. Sell a book? Write. Whatever success or failure comes your way, just go back to the writing. It’s the key to the next step.

Come see Cate at the 2018 Austin SCBWI conference, April 28-29, 2018