Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 Conference Sept 21-22


5th Annual Conference

SCBWI is Partnering with
Alaska Writers Guild and AK Chapter Romance Writers of America
To Bring You
An AMAZING Line up of Presenters and Presentations



Keynotes with Dr. Judith Briles: Creating Confidence as an Author & Writer

Local Author Panel: Alaska Native Voices in Publishing

16 Breakout Workshops on
Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Marketing, Craft, Traditional and Self Publishing
and More
All Brought to You by More Than a
Dozen Literary Agents, Editors, and Authors

Optional Intensives and Roundtable Critiques on Friday
as well as
One-On-One Manuscript Reviews
with Editors and Agents
(Spaces limited-these sell out-sign up soon!)

Illustrator Juried Art Show AND Portfolio Display

Book Sales

Also Included
Inspiration and Connections

Click here for more information on presenters and presentations  

SCBWI’s Special Guest

Clelia Gore
of Martin Literary Agency

Her Workshops and Intensives:

Landing a Literary Agent: In this intensive, literary agent Clelia Gore will provide practical tips, resources and guidance on how writers can best position themselves for success in landing a literary agent. She will go through publishing basics, provide insight on what kind of books the current market is looking for, demystify the submissions process, query writing and developing an author platform.
Finding Your Voice in Middle Grade and Young Adult Writing: Finding your main character’s voice is one of the most difficult parts about writing fiction. “A strong voice” is an element of writing that all agents and publishers are looking for. In this presentation, literary agent Clelia Gore will discuss the elements of a strong voice and offer tips on how to find and fine tune voice. Clelia will also offer her perspective on how voice plays out in the queries she reads and how you can put your best foot forward in a query.
Picture Books That Sell
A workshop that highlights and examines current trends in the picture book market, and where those trends might be heading. Hear straight from an agent’s perspective as to what is selling, what isn’t, some dos and don’ts, which trends are over-saturated, and how to tap into trends in your own unique way.
Clelia Gore is a literary manager at Martin Literary & Media Management, a literary agency based in Seattle, Washington. She heads the children’s and young adult book division. Clelia is a former attorney from New York. She represents everything under the kid lit umbrella–from picture book to young adult, fiction and nonfiction. This past year, her clients Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes’ book, RESCUE & JESSICA: A LIFE CHANGING FRIENDSHIP reached #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. You can read more about Clelia at and You can also find her tweeting at @MadmoiselleClel.


Announcing our first ever

Who can enter? ANYONE in the state of Alaska, not just attendees of the conference, and it is a HUGE opportunity for Alaskan illustrators to get their work in front of editors, agents, and authors looking for an illustrator. 

Prompt: “Now run along, and don’t get into mischief.”

Here’s what you need to do: Create 1 piece inspired by the prompt. Submit only your BEST work and stay true to yourself!

CRITERIA: The name of the game is CHILDREN’S BOOKS. This is not a fine art show. Our select judges will be looking for dynamic pieces that also fit into the realm of books for young readers.

See the Juried Art Show page for more details on criteria, formatting for submission, and how to register.

We would appreciate it if you’d let us know by August 31st so we know how many tables we will need. But you can register for the event up until September 17. We really hope you are going to show your work. We’d hate for you to miss out.

We do not accept responsibility for artwork, lost or damaged, during the weekend.

Artwork will be displayed all day Saturday at the conference.

Winners: Two categories: Best in Show (which wins a $50 visa gift card) and People’s Choice.

QUESTIONS: Contact Jena Lasley:


Deadline: August 31

Winner Receive One (1) admission to the 2018 Conference for Writers & Illustrators and One (1).


  1. At least 18 years old Alaska Resident
  2. Must not have previously attended a writing conference
  3. Need not be a member of SCBWI, but MUST be an author or illustrator for children’s or teen literature
  4. Preference given to diverse applicants


Your Scholarship Application consists of TWO sections: 

 1. “Why me?”: Explain in 250 words or less of what getting the scholarship(s) would mean to you. Topics could include what going to the conference would mean to you and how you would use money saved.

 2. “Anything goes!”: Writers – A 250-word writing sample. Anything goes as long as you wrote it. Illustrators – One illustration. Anything goes as long as you drew it. 

  • E-mail your application to Stefanie Tatalias at no later than midnight, August 31.
  • Subject line of e-mail:  Scholarship – (Your name)
  • In the body of the e-mail:  Name, E-mail address, Telephone number
  • Send your Scholarship Application as a SINGLE, two-page .doc or .docx document or as a .pdf file.  
  • File name: four non-sequential numbers
  • Written “Why me?” and “Anything goes!” sections should be in manuscript format, double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins. 
  • The illustration should be copied into the application document after the “Why me?” section.  
  • Do not put your name anywhere inside the attachment (your scholarship application).

If you are registered for the conference, you can submit one portfolio for FREE.  Though you do still need to register.

DO NOT submit original art!

There is no contest for Portfolios this year. More details on formatting, what to submit, and how to register will be on the Juried Art Show page as well.


We do not accept responsibility for portfolios or dummies, lost or damaged, during the weekend.

Portfolios will be displayed all day Saturday at the conference.

QUESTIONS: Contact Jena Lasley: