I myself have been trying to be more metaphorical and less literal in my representations. Ruth Katcher, an editor at Egmont, said the same thing as Rohman but used book passages as examples instead. For instance, in one memoir (that I don't remember the name of), the author writes about sifting through coffee grounds in the trash to find his daughter's lost tooth in order to describe his feelings over the loss of his child. You can't just start off talking about your loss and anger with God; you have to take specifics of physical detail to allow the readers to connect, then tie it into the main point.
Katcher used the term, "magical realism" several times. I don't know if she meant it the way I have decided to think about it, but it will be helpful I think in the future. I take it to mean that the reader/viewer must calibrate his/her senses to the story's idea of normal. It is the illustrator's and the author's job to facilitate this transition.
Some other people of note that I was able to meet include Gene Nelson (2-year Caldecott board member) and Candace Flemming (esteemed author extraordinaire)! Looks like I'm in for an equally awesome day of instruction tomorrow as well!