Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Conference Schedule

8:00 – 9:00      Registration/Breakfast Snacks/Book Sales/Meet & Greet

9:00 – 9:10      Welcome and Introductions, Monocacy Hall

9:10 – 10:10    “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard," Lesléa Newman, Monocacy 

10:10 – 10:30  Break/Book Sales

10:30 – 12:30  Workshops by Genre

     1. “A Children’s Book Art Department: An Inside Look,” Giuseppe Castellano, Art Director, Penguin Group USA, 
          Monocacy Hall

     2. "Revving Your Story Engine: The Essentials of Crafting an Unforgettable Plot," Alex Arnold,
         Editorial Assistant, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books,“ Potomac Room

     3. “From Manuscript to Dummy for Picture Book Writers,” Tara Lazar, Author and PiBoIdMo Creator,
            Blue Ridge Room

     4. "NONFICTION:  Why It Isn’t Just “Not” Fiction,” Debra Hess, Senior Editor, Highlights for Children, Shenandoah Room

12:30 – 1:30    Lunch/Networking/Book Sales & Signing

1:30 – 2:20      Afternoon Breakout Sessions I

     1. “Fantasy Writing: From World-Building to Querying,” Christa Heschke, Agent, McIntosh and Otis, Potomac

     2. “Social Media 101 for Authors,” Sara D’Emic, Agent, Talcott Notch Literary, and Rori Shay, author, Monocacy

     3. "First Chapters!" Alyson Heller, Associate Editor, Aladdin, Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, Shenandoah

2:20 – 2:35      Networking/Book Sales

2:35 – 3:30      Afternoon Breakout Sessions II

     1.  “How to Query and Find an Agent,” Sara D’Emic, Talcott Notch Literary, and Rori Shay, author, Monocacy Hall

     2.  “In the Flesh: Fleshing Out Our Characters,” Lesléa Newman, Potomac Room

     3.  "Five Easy Pieces: A Simple Approach to Author Websites," Shelley Koon, Shenandoah

3:30 – 3:50      Networking/Book Sales

3:50 – 4:45      All Faculty Panel

4:45 – 5:00      Wrap Up & Door Prizes