Our story continues with awesome news: One of my students, Andrea Zuill (see Awestruck, part 1), just earned a 2011 Mentorship award at the 40th Society of Children’s Book Writers Summer Conference, alongside five other winners at their Annual Portfolio Showcase.
“. . . having a portfolio review with David Diaz; going to your class; meeting with my critique group; and going to Priscilla Burris‘s (SCBWI-San Diego) portfolio workshop. . . . I can’t believe I won the mentorship! When I walked into the showcase I started grabbing promotional cards from all of the fantastic illustrators there. . . . Within minutes of starting the showcase they called the winners’ names, and surreally they called mine!. . . I was totally blown away!”
“I was very excited to meet up with the mentors (E.B. Lewis, David Diaz, Priscilla Burris, Cecilia Yung, and Pat Cummings), soaking up what they had to say, and putting their recommendations into action.
So, today I will be taking the day off. I am so freakin’ tired (having just returned from the Conference) that I can’t think straight. But lastly I will say that without your class and advice I would definitely not have gotten as far as I have, so from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! — Yours in near comatose condition, Andrea”
Check out Andrea’s website, featuring her winning portfolio, here.
Kudos, Andrea! Here’s a peek at a few of her character studies….
More about teaching adventures to be continued. . .