Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

MD/DE/WV Conference: Spring: Nature’s Revised Draft

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Date(s) - 03/29/2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bishop Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike - Buckeystown, MD 21710



Monocacy Hall Meeting Room

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!! No walk-ins unless there are cancellations.


Featuring workshops specifically for
                    * MG and YA novelists

                    * NF writers

                    * PB illustrators and authors

Presenters include: 

                  * Novelist-in-Verse Lesléa Newman 

                  * Penguin Group USA Art Director and Giuseppe Castellano 

                  * Debra Hess, Senior Editor, Highlights for Children 

                  * Alex Arnold, Katherine Tegen Books 

                  * Author and PiBoldMo creator Tara Lazar 

Special instructions for workshops:

First Looks and Portfolio Reviews for Illustrators:  Giuseppe Castellano will critique a First Look slideshow of illustrations during his morning workshop. Giuseppe is Art Director at Penguin Group USA.  Illustrators may
send 1-3 images that will be shown together anonymously in the PowerPoint slideshow. The ideal size for each image is no more than 10" on a side @ 100 dpi or less than 3M.If you wish to participate, by Monday, March 24, 2014, please send up to 3 jpeg images to Illustrator Coordinator Susan Detwiler at this address:

Query Letter Critique Live: Bring a hard copy of your query letter to an agent to Sara D'Emic and Rori Shay's session and hear their feedback. Yes, these will be read out loud.

First Pages by Alyson Heller:  Alyson, Associate Editor, Aladdin, Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, will give us her take on how to hook a reader, and will "ask for a few brave volunteers" to read their first pages for a makeover using tips from her session.

From Manuscript to Dummy with Tara Lazar:  Come prepared with a rough draft and at least nine clean sheets of paper to create your very own picture book.


Please join us at the Claggett Center, near historic Frederick, Maryland.

A block of rooms was set aside at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7226 Corporate Court, Frederick, MD. Call (240) 566-1500.

RSCBWIbunnyegistration Instructions

Registration closed March 19. No refunds issued after March 19.

If you had problems with registration, please email us at or Sue Poduska at or Sue Peters at