Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2014 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference

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Date(s) - 02/08/2014 - 02/09/2014
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Marriott Austin South
4415 South IH-35 - Austin, Texas 78744


The Austin SCBWI team is excited to offer a slightly different format in our conference this year and a new location. Registration is now open. Register below. If you are an SCBWI member, make sure you're logged into the website so you can see discounted member pricing. View all the pricing options in our FAQ.

Here's the list of our speakers:

Keynote Speakers:

Matt de la Peña, critically acclaimed author of young adult novels The Living, Ball Don't Lie and We Were Here, among others, as well as the award-winning picture book A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

Kelly Murphy, critically acclaimed illustrator and author of picture books and chapter books, including Hush, Little Dragon Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters; and the Beastologist series

Writers & Illustrators:

Liz Garton Scanlon, award-winning author of numerous picture books, including All the World, Noodle & Lou, Happy Birthday, Bunny! and more

Bethany Hegedus, acclaimed author of two middle-grade novels, Truth With a Capital T and Between Us Baxters, and the upcoming picture book Grandfather Gandhi

P.J. Hoover, acclaimed author of the middle-grade Forgotten Worlds series, the young-adult novel Solstice and the upcoming Tut: My Life As an Immortal 8th Grader

Nikki Loftin, award-winning author of the middle-grade novel The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy and the upcoming Nightingale's Nest

Don Tate, critically acclaimed illustrator and author of picture books, including It Jes' Happened, Hope's Gift, She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story and more

Art Director/Editors:

Sarah Ketchersid, Executive Editor at Candlewick Press

Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Madeline Smoot, Editor at CBAY Books

Laura Whitaker, Associate Editor at Bloomsbury Childrens Books


Abigail Samoun, agent at Red Fox Literary

Liza Voges, agent at Eden Street Literary

View their full bios here, and the schedule is here.

The conference features tiered pricing for Saturday-only, Sunday-only and full-conference attendance, with discounted early-bird pricing available until Jan. 1, 2014. Look at all the prices in the FAQ.

New this year are a Professional Development track, an Illustrators track and pitches available on Sunday.

The Sunday intensives will be split into writer intensives and illustrator intensives. Each track will have two 2-hour intensive sessions. Writers will learn from Matt de la Peña and Sarah Ketchersid and illustrators will learn from Laurent Linn and Kelly Murphy.

Saturday attendees may join the faculty and Austin SCBWI team for a networking dinner for an additional price. Critiques and the Portfolio Showcase are also available for an additional price. This year, we're thrilled to introduce the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award. The winner will be decided from the manuscript critiques.

Get more information in our FAQ.

PLEASE NOTE: The site has been experiencing some technical difficulties with registration, but the payments have been fixed! Please let me know if you have any more problems. If you've already registered but haven't paid, you can check your confirmation on the website. When you're logged in, go to My Home in the top-right corner. In the menu on the left, click on Conference History and you'll see our conference in the list. Click on View Registration Confirmation. We will arrange for payment soon.

If you have any question, please send an email to Regional Advisor Samantha Clark through the Contacts page.

And thank you for your patience. We're using a new website feature and we're the first SCBWI chapter to use it live. The improvements that are being made thanks to us are going to help every chapter in the international SCBWI. Thank you!