SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • General Conference FAQ’s What should I wear to our conferences? Attire is casual to business casual. Room temperatures vary so please plan accordingly.  Can I record a session and share it with a friend? Audio taping, videotaping, and/or transmitting any part of this conference is prohibited. The presentations and handouts are copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, tweeted, or reproduced in any way without written permission of the copyright holder. You may share your thoughts about the conference and some brief quotes, but please respect our speakers and the copyright law by not giving away detailed notes. Thank you for your professionalism. I discovered I can not attend our conference. Can I get a refund? Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds for our conferences. You can find someone else to use/purchase your registration and let us know who will be coming in your place. You can also donate your registration to our scholarship fund. (We often have requests for financial assistance from someone in need that would love to attend, but can’t afford to do so.) If you paid for a manuscript critique and already submitted it, but cannot attend, we will mail you the written critique once the conference is over. Can I bring a family member or friend along to our conference? If you choose to bring along a family member or friend with you, they will not be able to participate in the meals or sessions without also registering for the conference. The entire event is for paid attendees. Who do I contact if I have conference questions or concerns? General conference questions can be directed to our Regional Advisor, Shannon Anderson (Indiana-ra@scbwi.org) Critique questions can be directed to our Assistant Regional Advisor, Mandie Anderson (scbwi-ara@scbwi.org) Illustration questions or portfolio showcase questions can be directed to our Illustration Coordinator, Sharon Vargo (scbwi-ic@scbwi.org) Other conference details: ·       SCBWI Indiana is not responsible for lost, late or missing items ·       Photos of faculty and attendees may appear on our website. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Shannon Anderson (Indiana-ra@scbwi.org) Illustrator Showcase  ·       Conference attendees can participate in the Illustrator Showcase.  ·       There is no additional charge to participate, but you must choose the  ·       Illustrator Showcase option when you register. ·       Portfolios should contain a maximum of 15 samples of your work (no originals).  ·       The maximum allowed width is 32” (measured while open). You may also display  ·       business cards and/or postcards. Tables will be set up and marked, 'Portfolio Showcase.' ·       SCBWI Indiana is not responsible for lost or stolen materials. Manuscript Critique Guidelines ·      For picture book manuscripts, you may send the entire manuscript ·      For a middle grade, nonfiction, or young adult manuscript, you may send the first 10 pages and a one page synopsis ·      You do not need to include a query or cover letter with your submission ·      Please send your submission to Mandie Anderson (scbwi-ara@scbwi.org), as an attachment. Put the name of the conference and “Critique Submission” in the subject line. Conference Bookstore  If you are a PAL member (Published and Listed) and want to have one of your book titles at the conference bookstore. Please send your name, book title and ISBN number, before the deadline date to Sharon Vargo - scbwi-ic@scbwi.org. In the subject line please write the conference name – bookstore. (example - Indiana Superstars-bookstore) Volunteers Volunteers will be needed in several areas to keep the conference running smoothly. These areas include such things as being a room host, helping with book signings, transporting faculty or assisting with any additional needs that may arise as plans are finalized. If you will be registering for the conference and would like to volunteer, please contact Shannon Anderson. I’ve been asked to volunteer, how will I know what to do? First off, thank you! Depending on what you’ve been asked to do, your RA, IC, or ARA will have instructions. If you’ve been asked to help shadow a speaker or introduce someone.  Click here for a few resources to guide you.  (attach link to WWMW documents)   *All information listed is subject to change without notice.   
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  •   Wild Wild Midwest rides again! May 3-5, 2019 Date/Time Date(s) – 05/03/2019 – 05/05/2019 12:00 pm   The 2019 Wild Wild Midwest Conference (WWMW), “Let’s Go to the Fair!” will be held May 3-5, 2019 at the conference center of the Chicago Marriott Naperville, in Naperville, Illinois. Location: Chicago Marriott Naperville 1801 N. Naper Blvd. – Naperville, IL 60563 Hosted by six SCBWI regions: *ILLINOIS* INDIANA * IOWA * MICHIGAN * OHIO NORTH * WISCONSIN * This event only happens once every three years. 400 + people will attend with lots of opportunities to learn, meet industry players, and connect with your community. Critique and portfolio reviews will be available. Also, intensives, keynotes, panels, breakout sessions, art show/contest, manuscript contest, costume party, bookstore, and MORE! FEES $295 for early bird SCBWI members (become a member today and save $$$ click HERE) $315 for early bird Not Yet SCBWI members Fees include two lunches and two dinners. Negotiated hotel rate at the Chicago Marriott Naperville is $120/night. More opportunities: $45/ portfolio review (onsite) or written manuscript critique (in advance) (limited spaces) $50 three-hour intensive (limited spaces) $15 Manuscript Contest (limited spaces, one entry per person) Registration opens February 2, 2019.   SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Indiana We will award a scholarship to one Indiana SCBWI member to cover the cost of one early bird registration for the 2019 Wild Wild Midwest Conference in Naperville, Illinois, May 3-5. The eligibility requirements are: Applicant must be a current SCBWI member and live in Indiana Applicant must submit a 100-word maximum essay answering the following question: “What would attending the conference do for your writing or illustrating career?” The winner will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging, food and other necessary expenses. Although scholarships are not completely based on financial need, we kindly ask applicants to keep in mind those members who could not otherwise attend without this opportunity.  Winners of scholarships will not be announced publicly. Our scholarship process is now OPEN.  If you are eligible, please apply by February 28th, 2019.   The winner will be notified in early March. Questions? Email Shannon Anderson   FACULTY For photos and bios of our 35+ blue-ribbon faculty, click HERE: – Silvia Acevedo, author – Jacqueline Alcántara, illustrator – Julie Berry, author — Valerie Biel, author – Betsy Bird, librarian and author – Jack Cheng, author – Shutta Crum, author – Sharon Darrow, author — Nicole de las Heras, art director, Penguin Random House – Stephen Fraser, senior literary agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency – Josh Funk, author – Clelia Gore, literary manager, Martin Literary Management – Wendi Gu, literary agent, Janklow and Nesbit Associates – Esther Hershenhorn, author — Sarah Hunter, editor, Booklist — Allison Hunter Hill, associate editor, Page Street Kids – Linda Howard, associate publisher, Tyndale House — Travis Jonker, school librarian and author – Angie Karcher, author – Cheryl Klein, editorial director, Lee & Low Books – A. LaFaye, author – Dandi Daley Mackall, author – Christine Mapondera-Talley, author – Sarvinder Naberhaus, author – Debbie Ridpath Ohi, author/illustrator – Kathleen Ortiz, literary agent, New Leaf Literary – John Parra, illustrator – Carrie Pearson, author and consultant – Sharismar Rodriguez, art director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books – Kashmira Sheth, author – Linda Skeers, author – Ruth Spiro, author – David Stricklen, author – Eliza Swift, senior editor, Sourcebooks – Natasha Tarpley, author — Francis Vallejo, book illustrator – Tracy Vonder Brink, contributing editor, author – Cyle Young, literary agent, Hartline Literary Agency   SAVE THE DATES! GATHER YOUR COINS! Hope to see you there.   CLICK HERE FOR RIDESHARE AND ROOMSHARE OPPORTUNITIES!
  • INSCBWI Webinar with Author Tara Lazar February 3, 2019  4:00 - 5:30 pm CST Register HERE SCBWI Members - $15 Non-members - $30 This exclusive webinar with Tara Lazar will be chock-full of chunky good stuff, and aside from the first few words of this sentence, will not feature rhyme. Tara will talk about how to create the right kind of platform and identity for you as an author. She will balance books on her head to demonstrate the importance of writing new work while promoting new releases. Tara will also impress upon you the benefits of idea generation to ensure you never meet writer's block and always have a winning concept to flesh out. What about art notes--yes or no? Tara will settle that pesky debate once and for all, showing you how to effectively
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Indiana We will award a scholarship to one Indiana SCBWI member to cover the cost of one early bird registration for the 2019 Wild Wild Midwest Conference in Naperville, Illinois, May 3-5. The eligibility requirements are: Applicant must be a current SCBWI member and live in Indiana Applicant must submit a 100-word maximum essay answering the following question: “What would attending the conference do for your writing or illustrating career?” The winner will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging, food and other necessary expenses. Although scholarships are not completely based on financial need, we kindly ask applicants to keep in mind those members who could not otherwise attend without this opportunity.  Winners of scholarships will not be announced publicly. Our scholarship process is now OPEN.  If you are eligible, please apply by February 28th, 2019.   The winner will be notified in early March. Questions? Email Shannon Anderson

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INSCBWI Webinar with Author Tara Lazar

February 3, 2019  4:00 - 5:30 pm CST

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Click HERE to Register!

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This exclusive webinar with Tara Lazar will be chock-full of chunky good stuff, and aside from the first few words of this sentence, will not feature rhyme.
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Tara will talk about how to create the right kind of platform and identity for you as an author. She will balance books on her head to demonstrate the importance of writing new work while promoting new releases. Tara will also impress upon you the benefits of idea generation to ensure you never meet writer's block and always have a winning concept to flesh out.
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What about art notes--yes or no? Tara will settle that pesky debate once and for all, showing you how to effectively "leave room" for the illustrator and create art notes that will be your manuscript's advantage. Effective art notes signal to agents and editors that you understand (and excel at) the picture book format.
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After an hour of Tara spewing out all that's in her peculiar but potent picture book brain, she'll take your questions and bat them outta the park. Also, be forewarned she may use a lot of alliteration and mixed metaphors.
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Registration opens January 9th!