Monday, October 14, 2013

Get Ready - and Get All The Info - For #NY14SCBWI!

Get Ready!

SCBWI's 15th Annual Winter Conference promises to sell out (as it's done for the past few years) so here's the information you need:

We'll be in New York, New York February 22-23, 2014 (with the optional Pre-Conference Intensives February 21.)


It's an amazing lineup of keynote speakers and panels, including Keynote Addresses by:

Sharon Draper

Jack Gantos

Kate Messner

Elizabeth Wein

Keynote Panels: The Art of The Picture Book with

Peter Brown

Raul Colon

Marla Frazee

Oliver Jeffers

Shadra Strickland

Moderated by Arthur Levine

and The Future of Authorship with:

Paul Aiken

Jean Feiwel

Jane Friedman

Abbi Glines

Timothy Travaglini

and Banned Books with

Joan Bertin and

Ellen Hopkins

AND 24 hands-on Breakout Sessions with editors, art directors and agents on Seven Essentials You Need to Know About...(on craft and marketing topics ranging across all genres)

Intensives on February 21 (optional) Our pre-conference intensives are highly sought after and fill up fast. This year, they include:

I. Writers' Roundtable: This intensive gives writers two opportunities to share their first pages with a group of agents and editors.

II. Writers Intensive Plot and Structure in Fiction: Limited to a maximum of 50 students, an incredible faculty (Sharon Draper, Emma Dryden, Kate Messner, Jill Santapolo, Harold Underdown, Elizabeth Wein and Jane Yolen) provide seminar style instruction on the nemesis of all writers----plot.

Participants bring a synopsis of a work-in-progress for critique and workshopping.

III. The Illustrator Intensive: World Building
Step-by-step construction of compelling scenes that will not only convey but enhance a narrative. Faculty includes Pat Cummings, David Diaz, Tomie DePaola, Brian Floca, Brett Helquist, Arthur Levine, EB Lewis, Lily Malcolm, Holly McGhee, Cecilia Yung and Paul O. Zelinsky.

There will be a PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE Friday, February 21.  Illustrators, don't miss out on a golden opportunity to have your work seen by the top art directors and editors in the business! For those enrolled in the Illustrator Intensive this is included. For those who are not, you can still display your art for a fee of $50.

SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY Back by popular demand, we are holding our Saturday night party with buffet and drinks for everyone to network with their regional advisors, old friends and new ones!

GENERAL INFORMATION Conference Tuition: Basic tuition includes all conference workshops & events on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, the Gala Party on Saturday night (includes cocktail, food, and a drink ticket), and bagels, tea and coffee before the first session each morning. Tuition does not include the pre-conference intensives on Friday, February 21.

Early Registration (Before January 15):
$400 SCBWI Member Registration
$500 Non-Member Registration

Regular Registration (January 15 and thereafter):
$440 SCBWI Member Registration
$540- Non-Member Registration

Intensives:$225 each

Portfolio Showcase $50 Fee to participate in Friday Night Private Portfolio Showcase. No fee to those enrolled in the Illustrator Intensive.

Venue Information: GRAND HYATT NEW YORK 109 East 42nd Street (at Grand Central Terminal) New York, NY 10017 (212) 883-1234 Special SCBWI Room Rate: $249, single or double occupancy (limited rooms available so book quickly! ) Includes free in-room internet. Click here to book.

How to register: You can register online at or by phone (323-782-1010). You must be a current SCBWI member at the time of registration to be eligible for the member's discount.

Full conference schedule and more details will be available in the coming weeks at

We'll be tweeting the conference with the hashtag #ny14scbwi and blogging about it here at the official scbwi conference blog.

All of us at SCBWI - and your Team Blog - hope to see you there!


  1. When will we know which agents will be attending?

  2. Hi Jill Ann - while the Writer's Roundtable intensive participants are not announced ahead of time, the editors and agents who will be leading the 24 breakout sessions will be announced this week, over at - and I'll post about them here as well!

  3. Looking forward to a terrific conference! Can't wait to see so many author/illustrator friends.