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KidLitosphere Conference 2009

The Kidlitosphere Conference is an annual gathering of the Society of Bloggers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The 2009 conference was held at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel just outside of Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 17th. While there were no sessions on Friday, a Library of Congress visit was scheduled for those who were able to participate. An author reading/signing in Alexandria was scheduled for Sunday as well.

The main sessions (after a pre-session meet-and-greet breakfast) went from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and covered:

  • The Blog Within: An Interview With Your Inner Blogger
  • Building a Better Blog: Best Practices, Ideas, and Tips
  • Split Reviewer/Author Sessions:
    It’s All About the Book: Better Book Reviews
    It’s Not About Your Book: Writing Ideas for Blogging Authors
  • Split Reviewer/Author Sessions:
    Social Networking for Fun (and Profit?)
  • Authors, Publishers, Reviewers (and ARCs): A Panel Conversation
  • Coming Together, Giving Back: Building Community, Literacy and the Reading Message (KidLitosphere Central/PBS/RIF/Literacy)
  • Meet the Authors

A fun dinner to mix and mingle followed from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The conference was right next to the Crystal City Shops and a few blocks from the upscale Fashion Center at Pentagon City, and a mile from National Airport (free shuttle service was available); a Metro station on the same block allowed travel to Washington in minutes (downtown DC being only two miles away).

See photos from the KidLitosphere Conference

Visit the KidLitosphere Conference 2008 site

Visit the KidLitosphere Conference 2008 CafePress store