Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring: From the Bay to the Mountains

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Date(s) - 03/28/2015 - 03/29/2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bishop Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike - Buckeystown, MD 21710


One-and-a-half day conference.

Saturday is a traditional conference format. Sunday morning will be intensives conducted by faculty and a first pages first looks sessions. Saturday attendance is required for both critiques and for any Sunday activities. 

Please address all communication to Thanks.


We will accept walk ins at the conference venue. Please contact Sue Poduska at to let us know you're coming.

Payment is by check only. No refunds can be issued at this point.

Prices: Saturday program:  members, $130; nonmembers, $150
Sunday intensives: members, $60; nonmembers, $70
Friday accommodations at Claggett Center (includes Fri. dinner, Sat. breakfastand lunch, and snacks) single room, $80; double per person, $65.
Saturday accommodations
at Claggett Center (includes Sat. lunch and dinner, Sun. breakfast and lunch, and snacks) single room, $100; double per person, $85.

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

Speakers will include:

E.B. Lewis, Artistrator, will deliver our keynote on Saturday.

Heather Alexander, Pippin Properties
Kate Angelella, Former S&S editor, Current Baltimore MG and YA Editing Specialist
Fred Bowen, Author of MG fiction and the Thursday sports column for kids in The Washington Post
Carol Burrell, freelance editor
Amy Cloud, Editor, Aladdin Books, Simon & Schuster

Emily Feinberg, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Carrie Howland, Agent, Donadio & Olson
Travis Keller, Successful Kickstarter and Illustrator,

Razvan E. Miutescu, Gorman & Williams, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Susan Raab, Founder of Raab Associates, Inc, since 1986, the only agency dedicated to promoting and marketing children’s books

Manuscript Critiques, Marketing Consultations, and Portfolio Reviews


LODGING: The beautiful, new Christiane Inn at Claggett is open. The rooms are comfortable and feature bathrooms in each room. Each room also comes with a full meal package.The number of rooms is limited, but it's gonna be a party!. Request all rooms through the region, either at registration or by email. If requesting a double room, you may request a specific roommate. To request a roommate, email us at Please make sure your roommate gets registered and requests you too. We are handling the list, so please request these rooms through us.

The Hilton Garden Inn, 7226 Corporate Court, Frederick is also close and very accommodating. Their number is (240) 566-1500.