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)

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!

FACULTY:

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

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)
  • Illustrators Intensive (Art Director TBD)

See the complete schedule here!

Read more about our faculty here!

 


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:

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 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.

 

 

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Ticket Information

Early Bird Rate - Full Conference (Non-member) - $260.00
Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Saturday and Sunday.


Early Bird - Saturday Only (Non Member) - $210.00
Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Saturday.


Early Bird Rate - Full Conference (SCBWI Member) - $200.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Saturday and Sunday.


Early Bird Rate - Saturday only (SCBWI Member) - $160.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Saturday.


Early Bird Rate - Sunday only (Non Member) - $125.00
Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Sunday.


Early Bird Rate - Sunday only (SCBWI Member) - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Includes all programming, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Sunday.


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 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, www.scbwi.org. 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, 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.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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: https://www.scbwi.org/anti-harassment-report-form/. 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.

 

Non-Retaliation

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.

 

Sanctions

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, 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 handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.

 

Confidentiality

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 info@scbwi.org. Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

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