Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

© Stacy Ebert

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


Oct. 3. Picture Book Summit  A world-class online conference for picture book writers and illustrators, featuring keynotes and workshops from bestselling, award-winning authors and illustrators, plus other learning and networking opportunities for aspiring picture book authors around the globe, all from the comfort of home. 

Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. PDT Better Books Marin Online Workshop. workshop to all MG and YA writers via Zoom: 
  • What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know – Writing Outside Your Experience - Miranda and Baptiste Paul
  • Fiction, Nonfiction, and the Spaces Between: Harnessing Reality to Speak to Readers (Uma Krishnaswami)
  • Stories of the Editorial and Development Process: The Creative and Destructive Work of Attacking a Narrative We No Longer Need (Namrata Tripathi) 
  • Creating Multidimensional Characters  (Cheryl Klein)
Cost is $30 plus optional donation. To sign up, please email darceybetterbooks (at) gmail (dot) com for links to payment & live Zoom.  

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.


Nov. 4-8 Master Skills Picture Book Workshop Phoebe Yeh (VP/Publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers) and Maria Modugno (Executive Editorial Director, Random House Children's) will teach this workshop reserved for published and/or agented picture book authors only. (Concord, MA)


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)


Feb. 27 The Write Universe Kid Lit Workshop with Random House Editor Frances GilbertRandom House Editor, Frances Gilbert, will share honest insight about the reasons she rejects manuscripts, the behind-the-scenes process of accepted manuscripts, picture book hooks that work, plus much more. Q&A sessions will assure that she answers your burning questions about picture book publishing, working with an editor, acquisitions with a "Big Five" house etc. Opportunity for feedback. (Richardson, TX)
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