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.


Rachel Orr, Agent, Prospect Literary Agency

Saba Sulaiman, Agent, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Tiara Kittrell, Editor, Penguin Random House

Sydnee Monday, Associate Editor, Penguin Random House

Anna Sargeant, Editor, Sourcebooks

Maria Middleton, Art Director, Candlewick


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

Samantha M Clark, Author of the GEMSTONE DRAGONS series, and more

Melissa Coffey, Author of FRIDGE-OPOLIS

Carter Higgins, Author/Illustrator of CIRCLE UNDER BERRY, A STORY IS TO SHARE and more

P.J. Hoover, Author of the SOLSTICE, the TUT series and more

Eliza Kinkz, Illustrator of GOLDIE’S GUIDE TO GRANDCHILDING, and more

Carmen Oliver, Author of THE TWILIGHT LIBRARY, and more

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

Kelis Rowe, Author of FINDING JUPITER, and more

Lindsay Leslie, Author of SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A LIBRARY, DUSK EXPLORERS, and more

Kristin Wauson, Author/Illustrator of MR. THATCHER’S HOUSE

Candy Wellins, Author of THE STARS BECKONED, and more

S.G. Wilson, Author of ME AND THE MULTIVERSE, and more

Shannon Wright, Illustrator of TWINS, MY MOMMY MEDICINE and more

Debbie Zapata, Author of UP AND ADAM


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, and more.

In-Person and Online: This conference is being held in-person, but we will also stream and offer recordings of some sessions. Sessions that will not be available online will be noted on the schedule.

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. Critiques and portfolio reviews are available ONLY in person.

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 attend our conference, you must be in accordance with SCBWI’s COVID policy to help maintain the safety of your fellow attendees. You can click here to read SCBWI’s COVID policy.

Weapons Policy: 

It is the policy of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to maintain an environment that is safe for all persons.  To achieve this objective, it is the SCBWI’s policy to maintain a firearms and weapons free environment at all of our events and prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons regardless of any license or permit that an individual may have which would otherwise authorize the individual to carry firearms or weapons. Weapons are defined as anything that is intended to cause harm to another person.

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.

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


Event Registration

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Ticket Information

In-Person Full Conference (Non-Member) - $375.00
Full-priced non-member ticket for both Saturday and Sunday in-person

In-Person Full Conference (Member) - $295.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discounted member ticket for both Saturday and Sunday in-person

In-Person Saturday Only (Non-Member) - $275.00
Full-priced non-member ticket for Saturday entrance in-person

In-Person Saturday Only (Member) - $215.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discounted member ticket for Saturday entrance in-person

In-Person Sunday Only (Non-Member) - $205.00
Full-priced non-member ticket for Sunday entrance in-person

Zoom Full Conference (Non-Member) - $180.00
Full price for the full conference online only

In-Person Sunday Only (Member) - $155.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discounted member ticket for Sunday entrance in-person

Zoom Saturday Only (Non-Member) - $150.00
Full price for online Saturday programming only (keynotes and breakouts)

Zoom Full Conference (Member) - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discounted price for the full conference online only

Zoom Sunday Only (Non-Member) - $85.00
Full price for the online intensives programming only

Zoom Saturday Only (Member) - $80.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discount price for Saturday programming only (keynotes and breakouts) on Zoom

Zoom Sunday Only (Member) - $50.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Discounted member price for Sunday (intensive programming) only on Zoom

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
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You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. 

The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, volunteers, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • Intimidation, stalking, or following;
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
  • Abusive verbal comments;
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors;.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
  • Doxing
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

Sanctions for faculty, speakers, volunteers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.


If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.

If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "Anti-Harassment Policy" in the subject line. 


I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.