Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

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The following is a list of conferences and workshop retreats offered for writers across the country. Conferences are listed first, chronologically, and retreats follow.


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CONFERENCES

SCBWI Events Calendar- Workshops, conferences, retreats and regional events. We do not list the individual regional SCBWI conferences on this page. 


OCTOBER


Oct. 25-27 Whispering Pines Working Retreat A working retreat for writers: great food and company in a beautiful location. No frills. No faculty. A time to work, draft, illustrate. (Whispering Pines, RI).

NOVEMBER

Nov. 7-10 Better Books Marin An intensive craft-based workshop limited to 25 MG and YA writers, where you are paired with an agent or editor mentor to work in small groups. Small group critiques and large group lectures, plus amazing food and camaraderie. Faculty includes: Kaylan Adair, Senior Editor, Candlewick Press; Simon Boughton, W.W. Norton; Anna Roberto, Senior Editor, Feiwel & Friends; Roseanne Wells, Jennifer de Chiara agency. (Petaluma, CA)

MARCH 2020

Mar. 27-29 The VCFA Writing Novels for Young People Retreat A working weekend for serious writers of MG & YA books. The retreat offers lectures and discussions interspersed with blocks of unstructured time to work, with opportunities for feedback from our faculty via one-on-one meetings or workshop. Participants and faculty share meals, and evenings are filled with readings, a lecture from our VCFA alumnx guest, and an open mic session. (Montpelier, VT)  Application opens Nov. 1, 2019.

MAY 2020

May 8-10 Big Sur in Cape Cod Sponsored by Andrea Brown Literary Agency, a working conference for children's writers (PB to YA), where two industry professionals mentor you in very small group sessions where one-on-one feedback is provided. Writers will get the chance to mingle and discuss their works with editors, agents, and published authors throughout the weekend. (Cape Cod, MA)

May 31-June 6 Whale Rock Workshop (only 4 spots left) A Masters Skills workshops for 15 MG or YA novelists with Patricia Lee Gauch (longtime editorial director at Philomel, edited Redwall series, Katherine Erskine, Jane Yolen, more) and Gary Schmidt (MG & YA author, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars) (Concord, MA)

OCTOBER 2020

October 2020 Whale Rock Workshop - Anne of Green Gables Adventure Workshop with award-winning MG & YA author Gary Schmidt (Green Gables, Canada). Sign up for newsletter for more info.

DECEMBER 2020

Dec. 4-6 Big Sur Conference Sponsored by Andrea Brown Literary Agency, a working conference for children's writers (PB to YA), where two industry professionals mentor you in very small group sessions where one-on-one feedback is provided. Writers will get the chance to mingle and discuss their works with editors, agents, and published authors throughout the weekend. (Big Sur, CA)


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