Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

© Lori Ann Levy-Holm

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


Tips for Attending the Summer Conference

Tips for Conference SCBWI Conference Newbies, Second Timers, plus a challenge for Many Timers

Avoiding the Biggest Post Conference Pitfall

Do's and Don'ts of Attending a Conference


A List of SCBWI Mentor Programs - there's no better way to advance your career and improve your craft than finding a mentor. SCBWI helps with its many regional mentor programs.

Ask a Picture Book Author and Free Mentorship (with Rebecca Colby)


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

Highlights Foundation Workshops 2015- A list of all of the workshops being offered by Highlights for the year. Some really great workshops being offered by the best in the biz.

Craft Writers' Workshops/Retreats: a nice list of writing retreats and conferences compiled by author Vonna Carter, not limited to kid lit

College Kid Lit Conferences -listing of children's literature conferences around the country


Online First Pages Workshop: Middle Grade and Chapter Books Share your first fifteen pages and get critique from literary agent and writing instructor Sally Apokedak. You'll submit to a private online workshop group, exchange feedback with peers and get written feedback from Sally. There will be a debrief webinar to close for discussion and questions.

MARCH 2017

Mar. 30-Apr. 7 Nuts & Bolts of Science Writing Highlights workshop on how to write engaging STEM concepts for kids, with Miranda Paul, Jennifer Swanson, and more. (Honesdale, PA)

APRIL 2017

April 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Color of Children's Literature Conference  A full day of panel discussions and workshops with editors, agents, and authors, with opportunities for manuscript reviews (Manhattan, NY)

April 22-29  Kidlit Cruise College Enjoy a week of writing while cruising from Miami, Fl to Cayman Islands, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. Join authors Eric Rohmann, Candace Flemming, agent Jill Corcoran, and more. 

JULY 2017

July 10-15  Writing for Children Workshop with Esther Hershenhorn Small week-long workshop with craft and writing instruction in the morning and writing time in the afternoon. (Green Mountains VT)

July 10-14, Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Conference  Intensive one-on-one coaching from agents (Christa Henschke), editors (Brett Wright/Bloomsbury, Sylvie Frank/Paula Wiseman), and authors (David Greenberg, Marsha Diane Arnold, Pamela Smith Hill, Jenn Reese, Margriet Ruers).  (Oceanside, OR)

July 17-19 Mazza Museum Conference A conference for teachers, librarians, writers and illustrators to discuss picture books with prominent authors and illustrators. (Findlay, OH)

July 19 - 23 Stonybrook Children's Literature Conference  Five days of intensive writing craft workshops with a top-notch author in Picture Book, Middle Grade, and YA, with opportunities to "cross-pollinate" learning from the many other sessions in the entire Arts Summer program. Limited to 12 participants in each kidlit type. (Southhampton, Long Island)


Sept. 22-24, 2017 Big Sur on Cape Cod Come join the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for their second Big Sur on Cape Cod conference. Work closely in small groups with ABLA agents and hand-picked editors and authors. (Cape Cod, MA)

Template developed by Confluent Forms LLC; more resources at BlogXpertise