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Austin SCBWI 2015 Writer’s and Illustrator’s Working Conference

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Date(s) - 03/07/2015 - 03/08/2015
12:00 am

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


Online registration for the Austin SCBWI 2015 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference is closed, but there are some seats. If you'd like to join us, you can register in person at the registration desk. To see all the pricing options, look at our FAQ.

The 2015 conference will follow the same format as 2014, which got rave reviews. Once again we'll have inspirational keynotes; a publishing panel with the agents, editors and art director; writing craft breakouts; an all-day illustrator track and an all-day professional development track. That's just on Saturday!

On Sunday the work continues with craft intensives for both writers and illustrators. Plus, there will be opportunities to have your work professionally critiqued by our faculty, and you can pitch the agents and editors on Sunday. 

For the first time this year, in addition to manuscript critiques and portfolio reviews, conference attendees also have the option to submit picture book dummies for critique from faculty. And Cynthia Leitich Smith will offer consultations, allowing one-on-one time when you can ask this wonderful New York Times bestselling author anything you'd like about writing and publishing.

Plus, the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award will return, with Brian Yansky as the mentor. And we're thrilled to launch the Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentorshop, with Don Tate as the mentor.

Registration opens Dec. 8. In the meantime, look out for Q&As with our speakers throughout November and more details in early December.

Here's our list of speakers:


Jennifer NielsenNew York Times bestselling author of the Ascendence trilogy, including the soon-to-be-a-movie The False Prince, among others. Read our Q&A

Tom Lichtenheld, award-winning author/illustrator of New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Shark vs Train, among others. Read our Q&A

Chris Barton, author of Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! A Gamer's AlphabetCan I See Your I.D., and the New York Times best-selling Shark vs Train, and others Read our Q&A

Don Tate, award-winning illustrator of The Cart That Carried MartinDuke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite andHope's Gift, and author of It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, among others Read our Q&A

Cynthia Leitich SmithNew York Times bestselling author of the Tantalize series, as well as picture books Holler LoudlySanta KnowsJingle Dancer and others Read our Q&A

Jo Whittemore, author of novels D is for DramaOdd Girl InFront Page Face-Off and others Read our Q&A

Bethany Hegedus, author of novel Between Us Baxters and Truth With a Capital T and picture book Grandfather Gandhi Read our Q&A

Jessica Lee Anderson, author of novels CalliBorder CrossingTrudy and others Read our Q&A

Emma Virjan, author/illustrator of picture book Nacho the Party Puppy Read our Q&A

Cory Putman Oakes, author of novels The Veil and Dinosaur Boy Read our Q&A

C.S. Jennings, author or Hello, Texas! and illustrator of the Jacob Wonderbar books, among others Read our Q&A


Beach Lane Books Publishing Senior Editor Andrea Welch Read our Q&A

Sourcebooks Associate Editor Aubrey Poole Read our Q&A

Chronicle Books Design Director Kristine Brogno Read our Q&A

Literary Agent Jill Grinberg Read our Q&A

Literary Agent Victoria Wells Arms Read our Q&A

Authors Guild Attorney Stevie Fitzgerald

Register now! Members, make sure you login to see the discounted member pricing. To see all the pricing options, look at our FAQ.