Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Austin 2022 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference – ONLINE

Date(s) - 04/30/2022 - 05/01/2022
7:30 am - 6:45 pm


Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference 2022

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

2022 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference ONLINE!

April 30-May 1, 2022

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


Registration is open!

Scroll down for the registration page. Click on the links above or to the right for more information.

Members, make sure you LOGIN to get the discounted price.

Volunteers, email ARA Lindsay Leslie at for a discount code.


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 three keynotes; a publishing panel; an agent panel, breakout sessions on writing, illustrating and professional development; intensives on picture books, novels and illustration; along with critiques, pitches, portfolio showcase, and more.

Due to uncertainty after Austin once again went into stage 5 because of COVID, we were forced to once again hold our conference online. However, we will be holding an in-person social on the Saturday night for Austin-area attendees. We also understand that online conferences can be taxing, so we’re seeking to record as much of it as we can. More details will be out soon.

Get a sneak peek at our wonderful faculty:

Stacey Barney, Associate Publisher at Nancy Paulson Books, Penguin Random House
Sarah Rockett, Editor at Cherry Lake Publishing Group/Sleeping Bear Press
Rebecca Glaser, Associate Publisher at Amicus Publishing
Minju Chang, Literary Agent at BookStop Literary Agency
Maria Vicente, Senior Literary Agent at P.S. Literary
Aram Kim, Art Director at Macmillan and author-illustrator

Gloria Amescua, award-winning author
Patrice Barton, award-winning illustrator
Arree Chung, award-winning illustrator
Adrianna Cuevas, award-winning author
Evan Griffith, acclaimed author
Leah Henderson, acclaimed author
C.S. Jennings, acclaimed author-illustrator
Varian Johnson, award-winning author
Eliza Kinkz, acclaimed author-illustrator
Rajani LaRocca, award-winning author
Cynthia Levinson, award-winning author
Joy McCullough, New York Times best-selling author
Vanessa Roeder, acclaimed author-illustrator
Emma Virján, acclaimed author-illustrator
Anne Wynter, acclaimed author

Stay tuned for more to be added soon.

Feedback Opportunities: You may also get feedback for your work from our faculty by purchasing a critique for your author manuscripts 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. Illustrators, all the portfolios in our Portfolio Showcase will be eligible to win the Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentor Award.

More information will be on this page soon.

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 sessions so you can view them later.

Members, make sure you LOGIN to get the discounted price.

Volunteers, email ARA Lindsay Leslie at for a discount code.