SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Austin 2018 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/28/2018 - 04/29/2018
7:30 am - 6:45 pm

Location
Crowne Plaza Austin
6121 N. Interstate 35 - Austin, TX 78752

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Want to build your children’s book career? Don’t miss Austin SCBWI’s

2018 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference! April 28-29

Schedule | Faculty Bios | FAQ | Critiques | Portfolio Showcase | Silent Auction

Registration for our 2018 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference opens on Jan. 23 at 10am Central! Scroll down for the registration form. SCBWI members, login to this website to get the discounted member pricing. Non-members, if you’d like to become a member before you register, go here.

The schedule includes three keynotes; a publishing panel; 12 breakout sessions on writing, illustrating and professional development; intensives on picture books, novels and illustration; along with critiques, pitches, portfolio showcase, cookies and more. For more information, click on the links in the pink outlined menu on the right.

Below is the list of our fantastic faculty. Click here for full faculty bios, and click the names for Q&As with each faculty member:

Publishing Faculty

Alvina Ling, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers VP, Editor in Chief

Mallory Kass, Scholastic Senior Editor

Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt Agency Agent

Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary Agent

Lucy Ruth Cummins, Simon & Schuster Art Director

Author/Illustrator Faculty

Selina Alko, author/illustrator

Elana K. Arnold, author

Chandler Baker, author

Cate Berry, author

Bethany Hegedus, author

Thomas Jung, illustrator

Cynthia Leitich Smith, author (critiques only)

Mari Mancusi, author

Joy Preble, author, bookseller

Marsha Riti, illustrator

Christina Soontornvat, author

Jennifer Ziegler, author

Writers, you may purchase one (1) critique with an agent or editor and/or multiple critiques with our faculty authors. You may also purchase one (1) pitch with an agent or editor. (Note that critiques will only be on Saturday and pitches will only be on Sunday.) The genres they critique are listed on the registration form and in their bios. Before you register, we strongly recommend that you read the faculty bios, which include details about which genres each faculty member critiques as well as their critiquing style.

Illustrators, you may purchase portfolio and/or dummy reviews with our art director and/or illustrators. What they will review are listed on the registration form and in their bios. Before you register, we strongly recommend that you read the faculty bios, which include details about each member’s critiquing style.

Austin SCBWI is a non-profit run by volunteers and we are dedicated to providing quality, affordable programming and scholarships. To help us with our mission, please consider donating to our Silent Auction. Choose the option under the Tell Us About You section in the registration below.

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Schedule | Faculty Bios | FAQ | Critiques | Portfolio Showcase | Silent Auction

PLEASE NOTE FOR APPROVED VOLUNTEERS USING A COUPON CODE, There is an invisible box to the right of where it says “Coupon Code” where you can type in the code.

Bookings

Event Registration

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Ticket Information

Non-Member Full Conference - $312.00
Full-priced non-member ticket for both Saturday and Sunday


Non-Member Student Full Conference - $264.00
Discounted non-member student ticket for both Saturday and Sunday


Member Full Conference - $248.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discounted member ticket for both Saturday and Sunday


Non-Member Saturday Only - $230.00
Full-priced non-member ticket for Saturday entrance


Non-Member Student Saturday Only - $190.00
Discounted non-member student ticket for Saturday entrance


Member Saturday Only - $180.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discounted member ticket for Saturday entrance


Non-Member Sunday Only - $180.00
Full-priced non-member ticket for Sunday entrance


Non-Member Student Sunday Only - $140.00
Discounted non-member student ticket for Sunday entrance


Member Sunday Only - $130.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discounted member ticket for Sunday entrance


Event Extras

Author Manuscript Critiques - Saturday Only

    Agent/Editor Manuscript Critiques (Choose One) - Saturday Only

    Portfolio and Dummy Reviews - Saturday Only

              Sunday Intensive (Choose One) - Sunday Only

                    Agent/Editor Pitches (Choose One) - Sunday Only

                            Other Additions - Saturday Only

                              Tell Us About You!

                                      The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
                                      To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
                                      Scroll to the bottom to read the policy.

                                      You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.

                                       

                                      The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. This includes all harassment, intimidation, and discrimination made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity. Harassment includes verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as deliberate intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying or coercion of any kind, in particular forcing another to accept your beliefs.

                                      The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination at SCBWI programs and activities and is applicable to all SCBWI events and all SCBWI venues, including but not limited to SCBWI events, conferences, meetings, meet-ups, critique groups, and online interactions. Harassment, intimidation, and discrimination at any SCBWI event, any one of the foregoing events, or on-line is prohibited.

                                       

                                      Code of Conduct

                                      All participants in SCBWI events and activities, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

                                       

                                      -Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.

                                       

                                      -Sustained disruption of talks or other events.

                                       

                                      -Inappropriate physical contact.

                                       

                                      -Unwelcome sexual attention.

                                       

                                      -Abusive verbal comments.

                                       

                                      -Quid pro quo – sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.

                                       

                                      Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

                                       

                                       

                                      Reporting Procedures

                                      Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

                                       

                                      -All SCBWI conferences will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.

                                       

                                      -A complainant may request assistance from any SCBWI officer, employee, or regional team member.

                                       

                                      -SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any incident of harassment. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: https://www.scbwi.org/anti-harassment-report-form/. Reports can be filled out anonymously or with identifying information. Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred online. Emails will be monitored at all times, including during SCBWI events. SCBWI will fully investigate all complaints, including those made anonymously, and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence. Please note however, that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

                                       

                                       

                                      Non-Retaliation

                                      The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.

                                       

                                       

                                      Sanctions

                                      SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Every report will be investigated by a panel consisting of independent consultants specializing in issues of harassment. The results of the investigation and the recommendations of the panel will be reported to the officers of SCBWI, who will determine, in conjunction with the panel or, when appropriate, in consultation with an independent arbiter, the appropriate sanction.

                                      Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

                                       

                                      -warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;

                                       

                                      -immediate removal from the event;

                                       

                                      -denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;

                                       

                                      -withholding of a contracted honorarium;

                                       

                                      -prohibition from future speaking engagements;

                                       

                                      -prohibition from future faculty appointments;

                                       

                                      -expulsion from SCBWI;

                                       

                                      -removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate

                                       

                                       

                                       

                                      Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

                                       

                                      -warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;

                                       

                                      -immediate removal from the event, without refund;

                                       

                                      -denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;

                                       

                                      -termination of SCBWI membership, without refund;

                                       

                                      -prohibition future SCBWI membership

                                       

                                       

                                       

                                      Confidentiality

                                      SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.

                                       

                                      * SCBWI acknowledges the contributions of Geek Feminism, Science Fiction Writers of America, and WisCon for their work in developing anti-harassment policies.

                                       

                                         

                                      If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.

                                       

                                      If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to info@scbwi.org. Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

                                      I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.