Fall 2017 SCBWI Writers and Illustrators Conference

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Once again, SCBWI is partnering with 
Alaska Writers Guild, and this year, Romance Writers of America , too!


Join us on Friday-Saturday, September 15-16, 2017


BP Energy + Conference Center
Anchorage, Alaska


EARLY BIRD PRICING through JULY 31 as low as $105

AFTER JULY 31 as low as $135





  • Keynotes and Panels
  • Breakout Workshops oMarketing, Craft, Traditional and Self Publising, and More
  • Limited Number of Optional Critiques with Agents & Editors (Manuscripts due July 31)
  • Optional Intensives and Roundtable Critiques on Friday
  • Lunch Inlcuded
  • Book Sales
  • Illustrator Portfolio Show, Contest, and Art Show 
  • Evening Social with our Guest Speaker
  • Free Industry Panel with Conference Faculty open to the Public Friday Night 6:15PM

Our Special Guest from NY:

Stephanie Pitts of GP Putnam's Sons Publishing



Friday 2-hour Intensive (optional; must register)

Writing Irresistible Picture Book Characters

For picture book authors and author/illustrators. What makes a new picture book character stand out to an editor? Topics to be discussed include creating memorable and unique character traits, using voice to establish character, writing character arcs, and writing characters for nonfiction. Includes writing and discussion prompts.


Friday 2-hour Intensive (optional; must register)

Raise Your Voice

For middle grade and young adult authors. What makes a voice distinctive and memorable?  What is the relationship between character, point of view, and voice? Includes writing and discussion prompts.


Friday Roundtable (optional; must register; only 8 spaces with Stephanie Pitts available)

Bring 2 pages of your manuscript to share with the group, and receive a critique from Stephanie Pitts. Added bonus of hearing the other eight crituqes and so learning eight times more than at a one-on-one critique. More information on registration page. 


One-on-One Critiques in person and written (optional; must register; only 20 spaces with Stephanie Pitts available)

These also sell out fast. Choose a 15-minute in-person or written critique with Stephanie Pitts. Other critiquers available to. Send in material by July 31st. ​More information on registration page.


Saturday Breakout

Once Upon a Time…The End: Picture Book Plots and Structures

For picture book authors and author/illustrators. How do you tell an entire story in less than 1000 words? Discussion topics include key plot elements, common narrative structures, how to give shape and direction to a manuscript, and picture book nonfiction.


Saturday Breakout

Putnam Publishing and the Children's Book Marketplace 

Get to know a major New York publishing house. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers publishes approximately fifty trade hardcover books a year, including lively, accessible picture books and some of today’s strongest voices in fiction. The discussion includes an overview of children’s book categories, including YA, middle grade, picture books, and nonfiction.