Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Austin 2023 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference – In Person

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Date(s) - 04/29/2023 - 04/30/2023
7:30 am - 6:45 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton Austin
6505 N I35 - Austin, TX 78752


Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference 2023

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

2023 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference!

April 29-30

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


Our conference is going back in person in 2023! (Fingers crossed COVID numbers will stay low.) We’re gathering our faculty and you can view some of the amazing people who’ve confirmed so far below. Please note: This is NOT the final list of faculty. We are also working on lining up an art director, illustrators, editors and more authors.

Registration will begin in late January, so SAVE THE DATE!


Rachel Orr, Agent, Prospect Literary Agency

Saba Sulaiman, Agent, Talcott Notch Literary Services


Linda Sue Park, Author of THE ONE THING YOU’D SAVE, A LONG WALK TO WATER and many more

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Literacy Activist and Author of FEELS LIKE HOME, the FAT ANGIE series, and more


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; 9 breakout sessions on writing, illustrating and professional development; intensives on picture books, novels and illustration; along with critiques, pitches, portfolio showcase, cookies and more.

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. Illustrators you may also purchase a spot in our Portfolio Showcase to show your work.

Scholarship Opportunities: We offer a number of scholarships for our conference, including the Austin SCBWI Scholarship for Creators of Diverse Worlds, Austin SCBWI RA Scholarship , Austin SCBWI IC Scholarship, Carmen Oliver On-the-Verge Annual Austin SCBWI Conference Scholarship.

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.


To minimize the risk of Covid-19 at all SCBWI in-person events with more than 75 attendees, event organizers are required to implement the following attendance policy:

• Within three days of the event, attendees must submit current proof of
vaccination OR proof of a negative covid test administered by third-party healthcare, taken no earlier than three days prior to the event, as a
condition of attendance.

At any SCBWI in-person event, regardless of the number of attendees, organizers must offer each attendee a free disposable mask, provide hand sanitizing stations throughout the event area, and post this policy in its entirety in areas visible to attendees.

Comments regarding this policy should be directed to SCBWI headquarters by emailing Include your name and contact information in order to receive a response.

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.