Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Austin 2021 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference

Date(s) - 05/01/2021 - 05/02/2021
7:30 am - 6:45 pm


Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference 2021

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

2021 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference!

SAVE THE DATE — May 1-2, 2021

Registration is open! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

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


This conference offers you opportunities to learn your craft, boost your career, get feedback on your work, and meet and make friends with fellow children’s book writers and illustrators. The schedule includes keynotes; a publishing panel; 9 breakout sessions on writing, illustrating and professional development; intensives on picture books, novels and illustration; along with critiques, pitches, portfolio showcase, and more. Click the links above and at the top of the menu on the right to find out more.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and to keep our attendees and faculty safe, this conference will be held online. All except one of the sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees for 2 weeks after the conference, but we highly recommend you attend as many sessions as you can during the conference days to get the most out of the event.

Feedback Opportunities: You may get feedback for your work from some members of our faculty by purchasing a critique for your manuscripts or dummies or a portfolio review for your illustrator portfolios.

Mentorship Opportunities: Writers, all the manuscript pages critiqued by our faculty will be eligible to win the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award. This year’s mentor is author Bethany Hegedus. Illustrators, all the portfolios in our Portfolio Showcase will be eligible to win the Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentor Award. This year’s mentor is Vanessa Roeder.

Check out our wonderful faculty:


Karen Boss, editor at Charlesbridge

Kat Brzozowski, editor at Thomas Dunne/Macmillan

Joanna Cárdenas, senior editor at Penguin Random House

Adria Goetz, agent at Martin Literary & Media Management

Susan Graham, agent at Einstein Literary

Véronique Lefèvre Sweet, associate art director at Little, Brown Books


Crystal Allen, author (THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS)


Jenny Elder Moke, author (HOOD)

Bethany Hegedus, author (HUDDLE UP, CUDDLE UP)

Britta Jensen, author (ELOIA BORN)

Jason June, author (PORCUPINE CUPID)

Carol Kim, author (DOGGY DAY CARE series)

Kari Lavelle, author (WE MOVE THE WORLD)

LeUyen Pham, author/illustrator (OUTSIDE, INSIDE)

Jarrett Pumphrey, author/illustrator (THE OLD TRUCK)

Jerome Pumphrey, author/illustrator (THE OLD TRUCK)

Vanessa Roeder, author/illustrator (THE BOX TURTLE)

Kelly Starling Lyons, author (GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY)

Pat Zietlow Miller, author (SOPHIE’S SQUASH)

More information about our faculty and schedule will be on this page soon.

Haven’t been to an Austin SCBWI conference before? Read the highlights of our 2019 conference.

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.

To our Muslim members, we know this event is during a holy time for you and wish to respect this important time during our event. We are aiming to record as much of the conference as we can in case you miss anything. Links will be provided after the conference. Ramadan Mubarak.

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