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Austin 2019 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference

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Date(s) - 05/18/2019 - 05/19/2019
7:30 am - 6:45 pm

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


Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference 2019

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

2019 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference!
May 18-19, 2019

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


Registration for our 2019 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference is now OPEN.

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.

Our conference has expanded this year. The schedule includes two keynotes; a publishing panel; 16 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 gray menu on the right.

Below is the list of our fantastic faculty. Click on their names to read Q&As.

Publishing Faculty

Sarah Jane Abbott, Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, Associate Editor

Mekisha Telfer, Roaring Brook/Macmillan, Associate Editor

Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency, Agent

Lorin Oberweger, Adams Literary Agency, Agent

Ann Rose, Prospect Agency, Agent

Kirk Benshoff, Scholastic, Art Director

Author/Illustrator Faculty

Chris Barton, Author

Samantha M Clark, Author

Susan Fletcher, Author

Kari Anne Holt, Author

Lindsay Leslie, Author

Mitali Perkins, Author

Sean Petrie, Author

Vanessa Roeder, Author/Illustrator

Dan Santat, Author/Illustrator

Tammi Sauer, Author

Emma Virján, Author/Illustrator

Jo Whittemore, 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 EXCEPT for critiques with Dan Santat, which will 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.

Haven’t been to an Austin SCBWI conference below? Read the highlights of our 2018 conference.