SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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

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

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

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

March 22-24, 2019

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!

FACULTY:

Opening Keynote: Lola M. Schaefer

Closing Keynote: Ronald L. Smith

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

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

BREAKOUT SESSIONS INCLUDE

Ask the Editor ~ Rhyming Picture Books: When to Write Them and How to Write Them Well ~ Writing with Pride: Creating LGBTQ Characters in Kidlit ~ Facts are Fun: Writing, Researching and Publishing Nonfiction for Children ~ Writing for Multicultural Kids ~ Fast Drafting for the Not-So-Speedy Writer ~ Marrying Words and Pictures: What Self-published Writers Need to Know about Working with an Illustrator (and vice versa) ~ The Art of Novelty and Board Books ~ Fiction for Hire: Exploring New Avenues to Publication ~ Agents: Avenues for Connecting Including (But Going Beyond) Cold-Querying

INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:

  • 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)
  • Positioning Your Pitch (Talia Benamy
  • Character Design: Communicating More Personality in Your Protagonist (Kirk Benshoff)

See the complete schedule here!

Read more about our faculty here!

 


All conference registrants are welcome to attend our free Friday evening social activities!

RATES

Full conference registration:

Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Saturday and Sunday. (Note: Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast and dinner with their hotel stay.)

Early Bird Rates (Register by December 31, 2018):

  • SCBWI Member $200
  • Non-Member $260

Regular Rates (Register between January 1 and March 20, 2019):

  • SCBWI Member $235
  • Non-Member $290

Walk-in registration (If available):

  • Member $270
  • Non-Member $315

 

Saturday only registration:

Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Saturday. (Note: Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast and dinner with their hotel stay.)

Early Bird Rates (Register by December 31, 2018):

  • SCBWI Member $160
  • Non-Member $210

Regular Rates (Register between January 1 and March 20, 2019):

  • SCBWI Member $190
  • Non-Member $235

Walk-in registration (If available):

  • Member $210
  • Non-Member $265

 

Sunday only registration:

Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Sunday. (Note: Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast and dinner with their hotel stay.)

Early Bird Rates (Register by December 31, 2018):

  • SCBWI Member $100
  • Non-Member $125

Regular Rates (Register between January 1 and March 20, 2019):

  • SCBWI Member $120
  • Non-Member $150

Walk-in registration (If available):

  • Member $130
  • Non-Member $165

 

Critique registration:

Critique registration closed on February 6, 2019, with the exception of a limited number of Illustrated MG Novel/Graphic Novel Portfolio Reviews with Agent Kevin Lewis. See availability in the registration options below or contact mddewv@scbwi.org to add one on to your registration if you have already registered for the conference.

Our Drop-in Query/First Page/Illustration Critique Booth, featuring critiques by Published and Listed Members of SCBWI, will be available to conference attendees on Saturday during breakout sessions. Sign-ups for these critiques will take place at the booth and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each 10-minute critique (of one manuscript first page, one query letter, or one illustration) costs $10.00, to be paid directly to the critiquer. Complete schedule of critiquers will be posted the week before the conference.

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Critiques: $60.00

This year we are pleased to offer the following types of critiques to conference registrants:

  • Manuscript critiques (up to 10 pages)
  • Illustrator portfolio reviews
  • Social media critiques
  • Website critiques
  • Press kit critiques
  • Promotional plan critiques

NOTE: Critique registration has changed considerably this year! Read more about critique registration here.

 

Conference Bookstore:

Books With a Past will once again be our conference bookseller.

All attendees who register for the conference by February 22, 2019 are eligible to request ONE kidlit title that they have authored or illustrated be sold in the conference bookstore, and may participate in the Saturday afternoon book signing.  This applies to both traditionally published and self-published authors. To request that your title be sold in the bookstore, simply fill out the requested information on the registration form below and register by February 22. If the bookseller has any questions about stocking your title, she will contact you directly to make arrangements for you to bring copies to sell on consignment through the conference bookstore.

 

CONFERENCE POLICIES

Cancellations: No refunds for critique fees will be issued after February 1, 2019. No refunds for conference registration fees will be issued after March 6, 2019. For cancellations, please contact mddewv@scbwi.org

Meals: Your conference fee includes continental breakfast and a full buffet lunch. If you choose to reserve a room at the conference hotel (see lodging information below), your hotel stay will include a full breakfast and dinner buffet in the hotel dining room. Those registering for Saturday only but not staying in the hotel may purchase a dinner ticket at the front desk of the hotel if so desired. The Maritime Conference Center offers a wide array of meal options and is able to accommodate any dietary needs. Please note any dietary needs on the registration form. If you book a room at the conference hotel, please also notify the hotel of your dietary needs.

Children under 18: High school students are welcome to register and attend the conference under the supervision of a parent or guardian who is also registered. We are unable to accommodate other children at the conference.

Accommodations: If you require any accommodations to best enjoy the conference, please contact mddewv@scbwi.org with your specific needs. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 3 weeks prior to the conference.

Registration and payment: Registration will be accepted online and payments accepted via credit card or PayPal account. Please note that PayPal is the system we use to process credit card payments, so if you do not have a PayPal account, simply select “pay with credit card” and PayPal will process the payment with your card.

 

LODGING

Lodging is provided by the Maritime Conference Center. Hotel charges are separate from conference fees and lodging is handled entirely by the Maritime Conference Center. Lodging includes dinner and full breakfast in the dining room. (Your conference registration covers snacks and lunch.) The Maritime Conference Center is able to handle any dietary needs, and also offers a 24-hour shuttle from BWI. To reserve a room at the SCBWI conference rate, click here. You may also call the hotel at (410) 859-5700.

 

Walk in Registration Link (active March 23-24): https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/walkin-2019-mddewv-regional-conference-steering-the-craft-2/

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