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Meet Our 2020 Conference Faculty: Liz Garton Scanlon

Meet the faculty of the 2020 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.

Liz Garton Scanlon, Author

Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and the middle grade novel The Great Good Summer, as well Thank You, Garden, One Dark Bird, Kate, Who Tamed the Wind, and many others. Ms. Scanlon serves on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a frequent and popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

Liz Garton Scanlon
Author Liz Garton Scanlon

What attracted you to children’s books?

I started writing for kids when I had my own daughters — re-living childhood through them was visceral inspiration. These days I feel a more desperate need to listen to kids, speak on their behalves, and do what I can to remind the world of their value.

What’s the best part of your job?

I love getting to connect with an actual audience of kids — via Skype or school visits or festivals. But writing-wise, I love revision. Revision is still a time of exploration , a time to see your work in myriad ways . Revision means that a piece isn’t done, which means it can get better. Thank goodness.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The business side of the job — publicity, promotion and social media. It feeds the disease of comparison, takes away from writing time, and you never know if it’s actually helping!

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

Truth is more resonate than flash. Speak honestly and from the heart and it’ll stick.

Come see Liz Garton Scanlon at the 2020 Austin SCBWI conference, May 2-3, 2020