When I started writing picture book manuscripts in 2020, I was amazed and delighted by all the online communities, workshops, and resources. Despite the pandemic and lockdown, online I found abundant, real-time, opportunities to interact with people, from instructors to critique buddies.
My first on-site conference was the June 2023 FL SCBWI Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. Wow! I felt like Dorothy opening the door to exit her house that just landed on Oz. The kidlit world is warm and welcoming online. In person, that shining star becomes supernova bright!