Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2014 SCBWI Alaska Conference

Date(s) - 09/13/2014
8:00 am - 7:30 pm

Crowne Plaza, Anchorage
109 W International Airport Road - Anchorage, Alaska 99518

Alaska SCBWI
Teams with the Alaska Writers Guild
to bring you
2014 "Write Under the Midnight Sun" Alaska Conference, September 12–14.

The SCBWI KidLit track is Saturday, September 13, with special pricing available to our members.

Alaska Writer's Guild website for further information and to register.


Workshops Intensives, Friday, September 12

One Intensive available on Friday 9 AM – 12 PM

  • SCBWI Workshop Intensive with Tricia Lawrence, Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Illustrator’s Intensive: “How to Get Your Work Out There,” A nuts-and-bolts intro for artists who are great at drawing and want to get good at selling, too. 

Three Intensives available on Friday from 1–4 p.m.

  • SCBWI Workshop Intensive with Tricia Lawrence, Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency “Digging Deep into Voice” for Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Authors. Creating characters that go beyond the ordinary and start to speak on their own. 
  • Intensive with Jon Fine of
  • Intensive with Lee Goodman, Author

Cost $45 for AWG and SCBWI members and $60 for nonmembers.
Note: These workshops will be held at Alaska Pacific University, not the Crowne Plaza.


Saturday Conference KidLit Track

  • 8:00–9:00 a.m. – Registration and coffee
  • 9:00–9:20 a.m. – Welcome & Opening remarks
  • 9:20–10:20 a.m. – Keynote address: Tricia Lawrence, Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
  • 10:20–10:30 a.m. – Break
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Breakout sessions, SCBWI track: Kaylee Davis, Agent: “MG, YA, and NA: Which audience does your manuscript fit?”
  • OR
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. – Breakout session, SCBWI track: Lucas Elliot, Local Illutrator/Artist: "Character Building: Learn how to build a character from the ground up," especially for illustrators, but picture book authors will benefit too.
  • 11:30–12:30 p.m. – Lunch with Conference Faculty
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m. Breakout session, SCBWI track: Tricia Lawrence, Agent: “Social Media for Kidlit Authors:” How authors can use social media to get known, get sold, and build a career.
  • 1:30–1:40 p.m. – Break
  • 1:40–2:40 p.m. –Breakout sessions, SCBWI track: Tricia Lawrence, Agent:   “Digging Deep into Voice,” An experimental writing-driven workshop to uncover the voices you have as an author 
  • 2:40–2:50 p.m. – Break
  • 2:50–3:50 p.m. – Faculty Panel: Update on the Publishing Landscape with agents Tricia Lawrence, Kaylee Davis, and Kimiko Nakamura, Jon Fine of, and Vered Mares of VP&D House moderated by local author published in many formats, Jolene Perry
  • 3:50-4:00 – Closing remarks
  • 4:30–6:00 p.m. – Juried Illustrator Portfolio Display and Member Book Sales & Signings
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. – Awards Banquet (optional and additional cost)


Registration includes the following:

  • Access to Saturday panels and keynotes, and SCBWI  breakout sessions
  • Saturday coffee and refreshments, and lunch with faculty
  • Access to optional workshops and manuscript critiques
  • Visit the Alaska Writer's Guild website for further information on the complete conference and to register.




June 30


July 31 


September 12

 SCBWI Member  $90 $105   $120
 Non-Member  $120 $135  $150


Manuscript Critiques

Many of our conference faculty also offer manuscript reviews for the first 10 pages of your manuscript, including an optional query letter or synopsis. Critiques are then presented in a face-to-face format during the conference. Manuscript Critique participants are automatically entered into the "Most Promising Manuscript" contest. Each reviewing agent, editor, or author, will nominate the manuscript(s) they feel are most promising. Nominees will be announced during the Saturday Evening Awards Reception. Awards such as these not only feel great and validate all those hours spent writing, they also look great on your writer's resume and query letter. Take advantage of this potential and register for a manuscript critique at the SCBWI and AWG Conference!  Last year, all available slots SOLD OUT. Register early! CLOSED

Illustrator Critiques

Info on how/where to register for illutrator's Critique
still to come
(Website being minted as I type) 

Get your work ready now
Registration for art critique closes August 20th

Here's how, Tricia says: "I'd love to see a pdf collection of a nice range of their work, nothing already published, but fresh, new work (ideally, 5-7 pieces). I'd like a bio and what their goals are (1. working on developing their craft, 2. getting started as an illustrator, or 3. ready for an agent). I can then guide them along to where I think they might be and how they could get to their goals."

Please put all pdf images and statement of purpose in one file. Send to If you have trouble putting your work into a pdf, I cannot help you. If an illustrator would like to guide their fellow scbwi-ers, please let me know.


Conference Speakers

Tricia Lawrence, Associate Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

tricia-lawrenceTricia is the "Pacific Northwest branch" of EMLA — born and raised in Oregon, and now lives in Seattle. After 18 years of working as a developmental and production-based editor (from kids book to college textbooks), she joined EMLA in March 2011 as a social media strategist. Tricia represents picture books/chapter books that look at the world in a unique way, with characters that are alive both on and off the page, and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction that offers strong worldbuilding, wounded narrators, and stories that grab a reader and won't let go. Tricia loves hiking, camping out in the woods, collecting rocks, BBC America and anything British. You can find Tricia's writing about blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, and other social media topics at and her writing about the creative process at


Kaylee Davis, Associate Agent, Dee Mura Literary Agency

kaylee-davisGrowing up in The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio, Kaylee’s lifeline to sanity was the local library where she nurtured her love of all things literary. Kaylee received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and is certified in Copyediting from Emerson College. Kaylee is particularly interested in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, and new adult. She also specializes in steampunk, espionage, coming-of-age, and social commentary. You can find her on twitter at @Kaylee_Davis_ and online at


Jolene Perry, Author

jolene-perryJolene B. Perry is the author of over a dozen books, including Knee Deep, My Heart for Yours, Out of Play, The Summer I Found You, and the upcoming Stronger Than You Know and Love Blind. She wears juvenile T-shirts, worn-out Chucks, and eats too much chocolate. Her degree in political science and French somehow led her to be a middle school math teacher. Now she writes. A lot. She’s a lover of words, stories, smart girls, sweet boys, growing up, falling in love, and all the stuff that happens in between. She’s represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich and writes for Entangled Teen, Albert Whitman Teen, and Simon Pulse. She also writes speculative fiction under the name AJ Brooks and New Adult under the name Mia Josephs. Visit her at


Register for the Conference

Visit the Alaska Writer's Guild website for further information and to register.