SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 MD/DE/WV Regional Conference

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/13/2020 - 03/15/2020
7:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Category(ies)


March 13-15, 2020 at Maritime Conference Center, Linthicum Heights, MD (near BWI airport)

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!

Registration opening soon!

FACULTY:

Opening Keynote: Linda Sue Park

Closing Keynote: Marc Tyler Nobleman

Editors: Maria Middleton (Candlewick), Rachael Stein (Sterling Kids), more to come!

Agents: Andrea Cascardi (Transatlantic Agency), Susan Hawk (Upstart Crow Literary), Laurel Symonds (The Bent Agency), more to come!

Authors and Illustrators: Melanie Conklin, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Sue Fleiss, Mike Malbrough, Angele McQuade, Annette Whipple, Timothy Young, more to come!

 

BREAKOUT TOPICS: The Science of Picture Book Structure ~ Diversity in Children’s Literature: A Discussion of Representation vs Appropriation ~ Finding an Agent ~ Skip the Pitch: Work-for-Hire Writing Assignments ~ Lies, Goals, and Truths: Using Characterization to Fuel your Plot ~ Dummy Book Development ~ Thinking Outside The Bear: Developing Picture Book Characters ~ Published Authors and Illustrators Forum ~ more to come!

INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS: Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success ~ Setting as Character ~ Workshopping your School Visit ~ more to come!

Full schedule and faculty bios coming soon!


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, 2019):

  • SCBWI Member $210
  • Non-Member $280

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

  • SCBWI Member $245
  • Non-Member $310

Walk-in registration (If available):

  • Member $280
  • Non-Member $325

 

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, 2019):

  • SCBWI Member $170
  • Non-Member $240

Regular Rates (Register between January 1 and March 11, 2020):

  • SCBWI Member $200
  • Non-Member $255

Walk-in registration (If available):

  • Member $220
  • Non-Member $275

 

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, 2019):

  • SCBWI Member $100
  • Non-Member $125

Regular Rates (Register between January 1 and March 11, 2020):

  • SCBWI Member $120
  • Non-Member $150

Walk-in registration (If available):

  • Member $140
  • Non-Member $175

 

Critique registration:

10-page manuscript critiques and portfolio reviews will be available from faculty members for $60 each. More information about critique registration will be posted when conference registration opens. Critique registration will close on February 5, 2020.

Our Drop-in Query/First Page/Illustration Critique Booth, featuring critiques by Published and Listed Members of SCBWI, will be available to all 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 drop-in critiquers will be posted the week before the conference.

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Conference Bookstore:

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

All attendees who register for the conference by February 14, 2020 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 and register by February 14. 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 February 21, 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. Hotel booking information coming soon!