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Fall Workshop FAQs

Got questions about the Austin SCBWI 2014 Fall Workshop: Research for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Historical Writers? We try to answer them below. Click here to register for the workshop.

Where is the workshop being held?

The Austin SCBWI 2014 Fall Workshop: Research for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Historical Writers is being held at Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road, Austin TX, 78733. Complimentary parking is available in the parking lot.

I'm coming from out of town. Where should I stay?

Click for a map of hotels in the area.

How much does the workshop cost?

The Ausin SCBWI 2014 Fall Workshop: Research for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Historical Writers runs from 8:30am to 4pm and includes lunch.

Prices are:

Members: $65

Students $70

Non-members: $90

Is lunch included?

Yes, a brown bag will be provided, including water or soft drinks. Coffee, breakfast and snacks are not provided.

What should I do if I have special dietary needs?

Our registration form allows you to let us know if you are a vegetarian or need gluten-free food. If you have further needs, please email us.

What are my payment options?

You may pay via credit card with PayPal or you may choose Pay Offline and mail us a check. If you're paying with check, complete the registration form, then mail your check to: Austin SCBWI, 2305 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, TX 78613. The check must made out to Austin SCBWI.

What if I have to cancel?

We understand that situations change and things come up. If you have to cancel your reservation for the workshop after you're registered, you may get a full refund up to Aug. 16, 2014. After that, you may receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for manuscript critiques after the manuscript has been submitted.

How do the critiques work?

Carolyn Yoder has graciously offered to do up to five 10-page critiques. Critiques cost $40 for 10-minute one-on-one manuscript critiques.

Critiques are for the first 10 pages of your manuscript, or your full manuscript if it's shorter than 10 pages.

Manuscript pages must be submitted as a Word doc, formatted correctly to the industry standard, including:

    • typed with black ink on 8 1/2 x 11-inch white paper
    • in a 12-point font that’s either Arial or Times New Roman
    • double-spaced
    • numbered consecutively
    • and have margins that are 1-inch on each side of the paper.

For more information on how to correctly format your manuscript, look at SCBWI's From Keyboard to Printed Page.

The deadline to submit your manuscript is July 31, 2014. If you have to cancel a critique, refunds will only be given through July 18, 2014, to allow time for us to fill the spot. If you cancel after July 18 and the spot is filled, you will receive a full refund. Email your correctly formatted manuscript to Donna Bowman Bratton.

Please note: If you sign up for a critique, you will miss some of the session going on at that time. Unfortunately, that is unavoidable due to a very busy schedule. Critique times may not be changed on the day. If you miss your critique time, we can not guarantee that you will be able to get another 10 minutes, so please keep an eye on the time. Aim to be in the critique area at least 5 minutes before your scheduled critique time.

This does not answer all my questions. Who can I ask for more information?

If you have any other questions, please email Donna Bowman Bratton.

Important dates:

July 18, 2014 – Last day for guaranteed refund on manuscript critique

July 31, 2014 – Submission deadline for manuscript critiques

Aug. 16, 2014 – Last day to cancel your workshop registration for a full refund; cancellations after this date will be refunded 50% of the workshop price

Sept. 13, 2014 – Workshop Day!

Click here to register for the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you in September!