Last weekend was an inspiring gathering of writers from all over the Midwest and we got carloads of wisdom from the SCBWI-Iowa conference  presenters. The first of my favorite quotes from the weekend:

“Writing is a confident act. Writing is a brave act.”

Katherine Tegen Books associate editor Molly O’Neill opened the conference with this reminder that creating art and putting words on the page requires a confident artist and the bravery to put your work out there. Her passion and love for children’s books was inspiring as she took us through character boot camp and a look at gripping beginnings. Catch up with Molly at her blog and on Twitter for more gems of wisdom.