FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
BP Energy & Conference Center
| 9:30 || Registration Opens for Illustrator Intensive|
| 10:00 - 12:00|| Illustrator Intensive with Kristen Nobles|
|12:00|| Registration Opens for Roundtable Critiques|
|12:30 - 2:30|| Roundtable Critiques: Lane Heymont, Patricia Nelson, & Kristen Nobles|
|2:15|| Registration Opens for Afternoon Intensives|
|2:45 - 5:45|| Self Publishing Intensive (TBA) with Pamela Fagan Hutchins|
|2:45 - 5:45|| Author Craft Intensive (TBA) with Robert Dugoni|
|2:45 - 5:45|| Get Submission Ready with CM McCoy|
|3:15 - 5:15|| Picture Book Intensive with Kristen Nobles|
| 5:30 - 7:00||SCBWI Meet n' Greet Event: Come enjoy appetizers and refreshments while you chat with fellow |
SCBWI Members, writers, and illustrators, and our guest speaker from Candlewick Press.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
BP Energy & Conference Center
|Traditional Publishing||Self Publishing & Author Marketing||KidLit / SCBWI||Writing Craft|
|9:50 - 10:50||Breakout Session 1-A Patricia Nelson: Rookie Submission Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them); Learn about common pitfalls of queries and first chapters, along with a crash course in best practices for catching an agent's eye.||Breakout Session 1-B|
Kathi Diamant: Best Practices to Present Your Book, How to Present Your Book to an Audience so They Will Buy It.
|Breakout Session 1-C|
The Successful Blind Date (or Author Seeks Illustrator): You've written a picture book manuscript and now need to find your other half. An inside look at how manuscripts are paired with illustrators at Candlewick Press.
|Breakout Session 1-D|
Tam Linsey: Why Should I Care? Writing Characters People Actually Want to Read about.
|10:50 - 11:00||Break|
|11:00 - 12:00||Breakout Session 2-A Lane Heymont: The Art of the Query; Learn what makes a query work, what doesn't, and how to really stand out in that never-ending slush pile!||Breakout Session 2-B|
Susan McBeth: Strategic Event Planning and Book Signings, How to Plan the Launch of Your Book NOW!
|Breakout Session 2-C|
John Weddleton: What a Kid Wants; Diving into the Sandbox of Manga & Comic Books
|Breakout Session 2-D|
Marivi Soliven: Native Tongues; Blending "The Other" in English Through Dialogue
|12:00 - 1:00|| Lunch with Conference Faculty|
Juried Illustrator Portfolio Display and Member Book Sales & Signings
|1:00 - 2:00||Breakout Session 3-A
CM McCoy: Pitch Perfect! Cook Your Manuscript Down to its Juiciest Bits and Tantalize Your Audience
|Breakout Session 3-B
Pamela Fagan Hutchins: Let's Talk Readers, Branding, & Image; Tips on both essential and overlooked elements to include in your books, how to build a following and keep it, and how to convert that following into cash.
Breakout Session 3-C
The Illustrator as Illuminator, an introduction to what the art department looks for in an illustrator, including visual examples of what works and what doesn't.
|Breakout Session 3-D
Robert Dugoni : Playing God; Creating Memorable Characters: What is it about certain books that make the characters stay with us for days, or even years?
|2:00 - 2:10||Break|
|2:10 - 3:10||Breakout Session 4-A Lane Heymont: Landing Your Dream Agent, and How to Keep Them; Learn how to get an agent, work with an agent, and stay with an agent!||Breakout Session 4-B|
Jenny Fast: The Web, Be There or Be Square. How to start your blog and use social media to self-promote.
|Breakout Session 4-C|
Patricia Nelson: What's Working NOW in YA and MG; Tips and Tricks for navigating the children's market and writing MG and YA that sells!
|Breakout Session 4-D|
Kitty Morse: Cooking Up Memoirs, How to Record Your History, and Others'
|3:10 - 3:20||Break|
|3:20 - 4:20||Faculty Panel: Robert Dugoni, Pamela Fagin-Hutchins, Patricia Nelson, Lane Heymont, & Tam Linsey |
|3:20 - 4:20||SCBWI Panel: Kristen Nobles, CM McCoy, & Dan Walker|
|4:30 - 5:00||Saturday Closing Remarks and Awards|
| Turkey Red Restaurant in Palmer: Taste of Morocco dinner event with author Kitty Morse |
* Times, speakers and topics subject to change
For more information on our annual writers conference, email the conference chairman Brooke Hartman at email@example.com