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.

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