SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 MD/DE/WV Regional Conference: Plot Your Course!

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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

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Conference artwork by Olga Herrara

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  ~  Drop-in Query/First Page/Illustration Critique Booth ~ Book signings ~ Networking and social opportunities ~ and more!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!

FACULTY:

Opening Keynote: Linda Sue Park

Closing Keynote: Marc Tyler Nobleman

Editors: Chris Hernandez (Razorbill/Penguin Random House), Rachael Stein (Sterling Children’s Books), Kat Brzozowski (Swoon Reads/Feiwal & Friends), Nicole Fiorica (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster), Feather Flores (Chronicle Books), Catherine Laudone (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), Regan Winter (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Art Directors: Maria Middleton (Candlewick), Jim Hoover (Viking)

Agents: Andrea Cascardi (Transatlantic Literary Agency), Tara Gonzalez (Erin Murphy Literary), Susan Hawk (Upstart Crow Literary), Laurel Symonds (The Bent Agency)

Authors and Illustrators: Veronica Bartles, Melanie Conklin, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Rebecca Evans, Sue Fliess, Tracy C. Gold, Kathy MacMillan, Mike Malbrough, Angele McQuade, Annette Whipple, Lakita Wilson, Matthew Winner, Cheryl Womack-Whye, Timothy Young

BREAKOUT TOPICS: The Science of Picture Book Structure ~ Real Talk: Nonfiction ~ 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 ~ How to Create a “Wow” Query Letter  ~ Dummy Book Development ~ Thinking Outside The Bear: Developing Picture Book Characters ~ Published Authors and Illustrators Forum ~ Ask an Art Director ~ Building a Kidlit Career ~ and more!

INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS: Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success ~ Setting as Character ~ First Impressions School and Library Visit Workshop ~ Real Time Revision ~ Drawing on Discovery

Full 2020 Conference Schedule

2020 Conference Faculty Bios

2020 Conference Critique Information

2020 Conference Suggested Programming Tracks

 


3 registration options:

  • Full conference (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only

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

 

RATES

Full conference registration:

Includes all keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, and panels on Saturday and Saturday, as well as continental breakfast and full lunch on both days. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.

Early Bird Rates (Register by January 13, 2020):

  • SCBWI Member $210
  • Non-Member $280

Regular Rates (Register between January 14, 2020 and March 11, 2020):

  • SCBWI Member $245
  • Non-Member $310

Walk-in registration (If available):

  • Member $280
  • Non-Member $325

 

Saturday only registration:

Includes keynote, all breakout sessions and panels, continental breakfast and full lunch on Saturday. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.

Early Bird Rates (Register by January 13, 2020):

  • SCBWI Member $170
  • Non-Member $240

Regular Rates (Register between January 14, 2020 and March 11, 2020):

  • SCBWI Member $200
  • Non-Member $255

Walk-in registration (If available):

  • Member $220
  • Non-Member $275

 

Sunday only registration:

Includes intensive workshop and closing keynote luncheon, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Sunday. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.

Early Bird Rates (Register by January 13, 2020):

  • SCBWI Member $100
  • Non-Member $125

Regular Rates (Register between January 14, 2020 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. Please click here to read more about Conference Critique Registration. The last day to register for critiques will be 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, 2020. No refunds for conference registration fees will be issued after February 21, 2020. 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 buffet in the hotel dining room. Those wishing to attend the Saturday dinner and Open Mic Café may purchase a dinner ticket at the front desk of the hotel for $26. 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 full breakfast buffet 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.

You may register for a room at the hotel by contacting the Maritime Conference Center at (866) 900-3517. Be sure to state that you are registered for the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

Dinner tickets may also be purchased at the hotel front desk for $26 each. There are also many restaurants in the area. If you plan to attend or perform at the Open Mic Night on Saturday evening, you must purchase a dinner ticket at the hotel front desk.

 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

January 13, 2020: Early Bird registration deadline

February 1, 2020: Last day to request a refund of critique fees

February 5, 2020: Last day to register for critiques

February 7, 2020: Critique submissions due

February 14, 2020: Last day to register and have your book in the conference bookstore

February 21, 2020: Last day to request a refund of conference registration

March 11, 2020: Regular registration deadline

 

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PLEASE NOTE: There are a LOT of critique slots open this year. That means that when you click on a ticket below, it may take a moment for the workshop and critique options to load. Do not be alarmed; this is just your web browser trying to process all the awesome opportunities available at this conference!

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Non-member - Full Conference - Regular Rate - $310.00
Includes all keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, and panels on Saturday and Saturday, as well as continental breakfast and full lunch on both days. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.


Non-member - Saturday only - Regular Rate - $255.00
Includes keynote, all breakout sessions and panels, continental breakfast and full lunch on Saturday. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.


SCBWI Member - Full Conference - Regular Rate - $245.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Includes all keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, and panels on Saturday and Saturday, as well as continental breakfast and full lunch on both days. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.


SCBWI Member - Saturday only - Regular rate - $200.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Includes keynote, all breakout sessions and panels, continental breakfast and full lunch on Saturday. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.


Non-member - Sunday only - Regular Rate - $150.00
Includes intensive workshop and closing keynote luncheon, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Sunday. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.


SCBWI Member - Sunday only - Regular Rate - $120.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Includes intensive workshop and closing keynote luncheon, continental breakfast, and full lunch on Sunday. You are also welcome to join us for Happy Hour and Kidlit Games on Friday evening. Those staying in the conference hotel will receive full breakfast with their hotel stay. Dinner is NOT included in conference registration or hotel stay. All conference registrants may purchase a dinner ticket for the hotel dining room at the hotel front desk for $26.


The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
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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.

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