Saturday, January 25, 2014

Conferences/Events: SCBWI Winter Conference

SCBWI Winter Conference 2014
February 21st-23rd
Grand Hyatt New York

109 East 42nd Street (at Grand Central Terminal)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 883-1234
Special SCBWI Room Rate: $249 per night 

SCBWI Member Registration:  $435
Non-Member Registration: $535       

Friday 21st: Optional Intensive Workshops (Sold out - waiting list available)
Seasoned authors, illustrators, agents, and editors lead groups and participate with attendees.
Illustrator Intensive
Characters & setting for picture book illustrators
Plot & Structure in Fiction
Seminar type instruction. Writers are encouraged to bring a synopsis of your work-in-progress, as well as computer or paper for writing exercises. 
Writer's Roundtable
For those with submission-ready material. You have the opportunity to present your first 500 words to those at your table, engage in conversation about your writing, all lead by an agent or editor. Intended for those who are not published.

Saturday 22nd: Main Conference
Keynote Speakers
Breakout Session 
Choose your own sessions based on your individual needs. Everything for picture book writers & illustrators, to young adult, new adult, and middle grade. Some sessions focus on craft, some on getting and working with an agent.
Lunch (on your own)
Breakout Sessions 
Again, choose your own sessions. Great place to network.
Keynote Speaker & Panel
Art Browse & Gala Dinner (for networking) 

Sunday 23rd: 
Awards, Keynote speaker, Keynote Panel, Door Prizes, Autograph Session  

I attended this conference in 2011 in the middle of querying my first (horrendous-and--not-ready-for-anyone-to-read-but-didn't-know-it) novel. I participated in the Writer's Round Table and it was eye-opening since I didn't have critique partners yet. I'd recommend this conference for those who are new to the publishing/writing scene and have the money to spend (NYC is expensive) or are relatively close in proximity. No formal pitch sessions are available, though an agent or editor could request your work at an intensive if they are interested.                   


  1. I'll be there and can't wait! Is there a YA Stands social planned?

    1. Also, for anyone interested, the New England SCBWI is in May--it's a bit more affordable than NYC, there are pitch sessions available, and it's more focused on craft. NYC is great, but more focused on the "big picture" unless you're doing intensives.