Did you ever return from a conference (or finish a class, or—like me—return from an amazing research trip) and have so many story ideas, setting details, and other information that you can’t possibly use it all at once—and somehow, you need to keep track of all that information until you can use it?
If you’re interested in where I’ve been the past few weeks, my report on the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) tour of the Florida Keys appears today in The Miami Planet. If you write about science topics for children–fiction or nonfiction–I highly recommend checking out the SEJ conference. I don’t know anywhere else where I would have collected so much information on setting, science, and location-specific topics as I did on this trip. I don’t know anywhere else where I would have experienced so many different people, places, and adventures in such a short period of time.
Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, if nature, science, or the environment feature prominently in your work, you need to check out this organization.