Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Conference September 20-21

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 Laurie Halse Anderson and Eddie Gamarra


*Diversity Author Panel

*16 Breakout Workshops on
Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Marketing, Craft, Traditional, Self Publishing and More
All Brought to You by More Than a
Dozen Literary Agents (including Agent Rachel Orr of Prospect Agency),  

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:

Rachel Orr
of Prospect Agency

Her Workshops and Intensives:

Picture Book Intensive: “Bad Writing” 

Voice flat? Not unique? Struggling to find your niche in the market? We will purposefully rewrite great passages in published books poorly in order to better understand the distinction between a solid voice and a flat one that doesn’t grab reader’s attention and keep it.

Picture Book Breakout “Get on the Right Page” 

(for authors AND illustrators)

Look at your story through the eyes of an agent and editor by learning to how to pace your story, or illustrations, with page turns. We will study the art of pagination by making dummies of our works-in-progress. Illustrators who are not authors can practice laying out other participants stories.

Rachel Orr: Prior to joining Prospect Agency in 2007, Rachel worked as an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she had the pleasure of working with such successful novelists as Dan Gutman and Suzanne Williams. Because of her editorial background, Rachel continues to do a lot of hands-on work with her clients before sending their projects out on submission. Rachel loves working with clients who come from diverse backgrounds and have fresh perspectives to offer readers.You can read more about Rachel at You can also find her tweeting at @Rachelprospect.

 SCBWI’s Special Guest:
Award Winning YA author
Laurie Halse Anderson
Her Keynote, Workshops, and Intensives:
Keynote: Creativity is a Wild Mind and a Disciplined Eye – Laurie explores the roots of our creativity and how we can change our lives so that our creativity is being constantly nurtured, allowing us to do our best work.
Workshop, Historical Fiction: Blood, Bone, and History – A fast-paced, fact-heavy look at the special demands of researching and writing historical fiction. Bring your questions and the log jams that are holding back your research!
Intensive: Revision Without Tears – A deep dive into the craft tools necessary to revise your work until it sparkles on the page. Laurie will use examples from her own work and welcomes questions.
LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous international, national, and state awards. She has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was also short-listed for the Carnegie medal.


9:00am – 12:00pm

SCBWI’s Intensive:

Let’s Lay it Out: Comic and Kidlit Page Design with Illustrator Lucas Elliot

Whether you’re creating your first picture book dummy, or you are scripting your first graphic novel, determining how your story flows from one page to another is important. With this intensive, we’ll go through the anatomy of what it takes to develop a strong sense of story through panel design, composition, and framing.
Other Intensives:
Revision Without Tears with Bestselling Author Laurie Halse Anderson
Moving Characters with Romance Author Damon Suede 
and Submissions 101 with Authors Dante Medema and Brooke Hartman


3:00pm – 6:00pm

SCBWI’s Intensive:

Picture Book Intensive “Bad Writing” with Literary Agent Rachel Orr

Voice flat? Not unique? Struggling to find your niche in the market? In this intensive session, we will purposefully rewrite great passages in published books poorly in order to better understand the distinction between a solid voice and a flat one that doesn’t grab reader’s attention.

Other Intensives:

Crash Course in Screenwriting with Film Writer Douglass Bourne

Plot, Scene, and Sequel with Romance Author Damon Suede

and Breaking into the Indie Market with Authors Tamsin Ley and Boone Brux

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: “They spent a fine, long day together.”

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.

Deadline: 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 and People’s Choice (which both win a $50 visa gift card).

QUESTIONS: Contact Jena Lasley:

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:



Deadline: August 31


CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP:  SCBWI Scholarship Winner(s) will receive One (1) admission to the 2019 AWG/SCBWI Conference for Writers & Illustrators and One (1) Intensive.


TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP:  One (1) travel scholarship of $100 will be awarded to help defray travel expenses. This may be awarded to any scholarship applicant, not necessarily to the conference scholarship winner(s). See eligibility requirement #4 below.



1) Must be at least 18 years old and an Alaska resident.

2) Need not be a member of SCBWI, but MUST be an author or illustrator for children’s or teen literature.

3) Preference will be given to diverse applicants (under-represented, marginalized writers and #OwnVoices writers—if a writer’s main character is marginalized or under-represented, the writer belongs to that same group).

4) The travel scholarship is intended for applicants beyond commuting distance to Anchorage. Preference will be given to applicants who must fly in for the conference.



Your Scholarship Application consists of TWO sections:

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



2) “Anything goes!”:

*Writers – A 250-word writing sample. Anything goes as long as you wrote it AND it is intended for readers <18 years old.

*Illustrators – One illustration. Anything goes as long as you drew it AND it is intended for viewers <18 years old.



  • -E-mail your application to Kirsten Randall 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 .docor .docx document or as a .pdf
  • -File name: Scholarship + four non-sequential numbers of your choice, e.g., scholarship2354.docx (avoid common number sequences like 1234).
  • -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).