CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE
Children’s book authors, agents, and editors from acclaimed publishing houses will gather in Colorado for the Rocky Mountain region’s largest annual event dedicated to the children and young adult publishing industry.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is hosting a two day conference Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19 at the Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood, Colorado.
The purpose of the event is to bring together established professionals and aspiring writers and illustrators to provide inspiration, information, and guidance in the quickly evolving publishing world.
Award-winning author Bruce Coville opens the conference with the keynote speech THE ART OF THE HEART: WRITING TRUE FOR THE CHILD and will conduct a session on writing series fiction for kids. He is the author of 95 books for children and young adults, including the international best seller MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN, and the UNICORN CHRONICLES series.
The lineup of editors and agents attending include Elizabeth Law, Vice President and Publisher of Egmont USA; Kate Harrison, Senior Editor at Dial/Penguin; Rotem Moscovich, Editor at Cartwheel Books/Scholastic; and Anna Webman an agent at Curtis Brown Literary Agency.
With the objective of helping writers and illustrators prepare submission-quality work, the conference features local and nationally renowned author presentations on the crafting and marketing of manuscripts and artwork. There are many breakout sessions including Children’s Publishing 101 with author Denise Vega; Story Structure in a Nutshell with author Hilari Bell; Social Media 101 (And Maybe a Bit More) with author Drew.
Shope; Pop-Up Books from A to Z: What Makes Your Work Pop? with paper engineer Jane McTeigue; and Critique Connect to facilitate creation of critique groups. Other local authors and illustrators on the faculty include Alece Birnbach, Moberta Collier-Morales, Meghan Dougherty, Lindsay Eland, Julia Kelly, Traci L. Jones, Jean Reidy, and Linda Arms White.
The conference offers opportunities for conference participants to receive feedback from publishing professionals, including several First Pages sessions where the editors and agents read from the manuscripts of conference participants and an illustration critique sessions with an editor.
Additionally, SCBWI is sponsoring a manuscript critique opportunity. Writers can submit a portion of their manuscripts to be evaluated by a panel of experience authors. The panel will recommend the best submissions for editorial critique with one of the editors or agent in attendance. Those not chosen will receive a written critque from a published author.
Please visit http.//www.rmcscbwi.org for a complete conference schedule and to register.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is a professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature. It is the largest writer’s organization in the country and the only one specifically for those working in the fields of children’s books, multimedia, magazines, film and television.