Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

On the Road to Sparkling Children’s Literature

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Date(s) - 09/20/2014 - 09/21/2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bishop Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike - Buckeystown, MD 21710


Please address all communcation to Thanks.

REGISTRATION:  Registration will close on Thursday, September 11 at 11:59 pm EDT. A registration form should appear at the bottom of this page. Through the deadline, the cost is $110 for members, $130 for non-members, $45 for a manuscript critique or portfolio review, and $50 for a Sunday intensive. After September 11, a decision will be made whether to accept walk ins at the conference venue. In any case, walk ins will cost an additional $10 fee per day. 

Payment is by PayPal or check only. Our March conference revealed many glitches with the new online system. We are hoping these have been fixed, but please be patient and try again if you have problems. Email us at Offline registration is also available. Send your MailInRegistrationForm and payment to:

Sue Poduska


PO Box 2834

Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Dates: September 20 and 21, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm at Claggett Conference Center, Buckeystown, Maryland. (

This is a one-day event on Saturday with separate intensives on Sunday. Registration for the one-day conference is required for intensive registration. Please note:  no more spots are available for Kirsten Hall's intensive.

ADDING AN INTENSIVE AFTER YOUR INITIAL REGISTRATION:  If you have registered without signing up for an intensive, it's not too late. Email with the name of the intensive you want to take, and then mail your check for $50 made out to MD/DE/WV SCBWI and noting the workshop name to the address above.

Please note: You may not sign up for an intensive alone.  You must be registered for the Saturday program.  

SCHOLARSHIPIn memory of longtime volunteer Jack Reid, the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Region offers two scholarships (one for a writer and one for an illustrator) to the annual 2-day September conference. This year's event will take place Sept. 20 and 21, 2014. The deadline for application is past.


Speakers will include:

Calista Brill, Senior Editor at First Second Books

Reiko Davis, Agent, Miriam Altshuler Agency

Kirsten Hall, Founder of Catbird Productions

Emma Ledbetter, Associate Editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Ella Kennen, Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency

Marc Tyler Nobleman, Author

Miranda Paul, Author & Director of Rate Your Story

Becky Shapiro, Associate Editor at Scholastic

Sarah Sullivan, Author

David Teague, Author of YA books

Ariane Szu-Tu, Associate Editor at National Geographic

John Micklos, Author of National Geographic titles


NOTE: All manuscript critiques and protfolio reviews on a first come-first served basis. No assignments will be made for second ciritiques unless slots are still available after the August 22 deadline. Watch for an email aanouncement about availability.




LODGING: The new inn at Claggett will not be ready. We have a bloc of rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7226 Corporate Court, Frederick, MD. Time for the special rate is past. Reserve online or call the hotel at (240) 566-1500. There is also a Hampton Inn on Buckeystown Pike.