Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

IN SCBWI Autumn Frost Retreat November 8-11th


November 8-11, 2019

Autumn Frost Retreat

Brown County State Park, Abe Martin Lodge,

Nashville, Indiana

P.O. Box 547

Nashville, IN 47448


Registrations opens September 1st!


Click HERE for the interesting history of the Abe Martin Inn.


Join us for our first annual Autumn Frost Retreat, nestled in the woods of Brown County State Park. Come ready to write, draw and relax in your coziest sweater, while getting to know our new Indiana Regional Team; RA Angie Karcher, ARA Diane Bradley and IC Teresa Robeson, PLUS…

Our Faculty:

Executive Editor Mary-Kate Gaudet with Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Agent Dawn Frederick with Red Sofa Literary

Agent Natascha Morris with Bookends Literary

Author/Illustrator and SCBWI Board Member Pat Cummings

Librarian Sandra Farag with Ingram

Indiana Author Natalie Davis Miller

Author Lola Schaefer

Shirley Mullin with Kids Ink Bookstore

*Session Descriptions coming soon.


 This is our conference room.
It was once the entrance to the Inn and is book-ended by two gorgeous stone fireplaces.


PLUS sign-up for paid critiques with faculty. We’re also offering remote/face-to-face, portfolio and manuscript critique (Zoom meetings/phone calls) with 2 editors, 2 agents and 4 art directors from the retreat.



Our favorite spot by the fire where we planned this retreat!


When we’re not working, join us for: A wine and cheese gathering on the covered patio on Friday night. Costume Contest and Open Mic on Saturday night. KidLit Cab Team Trivia Game on Sunday night. Monday Intensives, plus stay a few extra days at the lodge or in a rustic cabin on the lake to reflect and create.


Registration Opens September 1, 2019 at

We will offer SCBWI discounts on lodging so don’t book your rooms yet.



There are miles of trails for hiking so bring your walking stick.



Enjoy the blazing fireplaces on the cool November evenings.



Bring your guitar so we can sing by the campfire while roasting marshmallows.

See you this fall!