I’m just returned home from the Highlights Foundation’s Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature. Hong Kong and Honesdale, PA aren’t close. Though I’m completely exhausted (and my six-year-old won’t let me be), I am desperate to get started creating. With the incredible group of participating writers, agents, editors, and publishers, I was able to discuss ideas both big and small. No small thanks to Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency for creating this program and to Highlights Foundation for hosting us.

I had my reservations about joining such an accomplished group, but everyone was gracious and inclusive. I met too many people to mention them individually, but I know that many I consider friends, and some will become collaborators.

Rena Bunder Rossner, who when speaking about her book, Sisters of the Winter Wood, said something that has stuck with me. She said that she created a book that was “unapologetically Jewish.” By saying this, she gave us all ‘permission’ to do the same and I can’t wait.

After I unpack my luggage and mentally unpack as well, this symposium will be the subject of or inspiration for many blog posts and story ideas in the future.