Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 MD/DE/WV Regional Conference: Steering the Craft

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Date(s) - 03/22/2019 - 03/24/2019
6:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd. - Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090


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Maritime Conference Center, Linthicum Heights, MD (near BWI airport)

SAVE THE DATES! March 22-24, 2018

Breakouts ~ Intensive Workshops ~ Keynotes ~ Panels ~ Manuscript critiques ~ Portfolio reviews ~ Social media critiques  ~ Website critiques ~ Press kit critiques ~ Promotional plan critiques ~  Drop-in Query/First Page/Illustration Critique Booth ~ Book signings ~ Networking and social opportunities ~ and more!


Opening Keynote: Lola M. Schaefer

Closing Keynote: Ronald L. Smith

Editors: Talia Benamy (Philomel/Penguin Random House), Amanda Ramirez (Simon and Schuster), Lauren Rille (Simon and Schuster)

Agents: Kevin Lewis (Erin Murphy Literary Agency), Beth Phelan (Gallt & Zacker), Andrea Morrison (Writers House), Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

Authors and Illustrators: Veronica Bartles, Lisa Crayton, Rachel Kolar, Debbie Levy, Cheryl Mendenhall, Erin Teagan, Mary Quattlebaum, L.V. Pires, Susan Stockdale, Robin Talley, Meera Trehan, Chiêu Anh Urban, Lakita Wilson


  • Ask the Editor (Amanda Ramirez)
  • Rhyming Picture Books: When to Write Them and How to Write Them Well (Rachel Kolar)
  • Writing with Pride: Creating LGBTQ Characters in Kidlit (Robin Talley)
  • Facts are Fun: Writing, Researching and Publishing Nonfiction for Children (Susan Stockdale, Mary Quattlebaum, and Debbie Levy)
  • Writing for Multicultural Kids (Lisa Crayton)
  • Fast Drafting for the Not-So-Speedy Writer (Erin Teagan)
  • The Truth About Trucks, Trains, and Toddlers: Creating Enduring Works for the Very Young (Kevin Lewis)
  • Marrying Words and Pictures: What Self-published Writers Need to Know about Working with an Illustrator (and vice versa) (Cheryl Mendenhall)
  • The Art of Novelty and Board Books: The Journey to Creating Interactive Books for the Youngest Readers (Chiêu Anh Urban)
  • Fiction for Hire: Exploring New Avenues to Publication (L.V. Pires, Erin Teagan, Kathy MacMillan)


  • First Pages Plus (Kevin Lewis and Amanda Ramirez)
  • Selling Yourself: How to Reach Out to Schools/Libraries/Bookstores (Veronica Bartles)
  • Let’s Concentrate on Craft: Making the Most of Every Word (Lola M. Schaefer)

More faculty announcements, full schedule, and registration coming soon!