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. 



JULY 2021

July 11-17, 2021  Master Skills Workshop with Editor Patti Gauch and Author Gary D Schmidt - Former editorial director of Philomel Books Patti Gauch and ward-winning MG & YA author Gary Schmidt will do a deep dive into writing novels for children. Online and in person component is available. (Lexington, MI)  

AUGUST

Aug. 3-Sept. 30 Highlights Revision Retreat Join editors Eileen Robinson and Harold Underdown to learn revision strategies to help you identify problems in your picture book, chapter book, novel, or narrative nonfiction manuscript. The Revision Retreat is set up to meet you wherever you are in the process of revising a manuscript, whether you are at the beginning, mid-draft, or near the end, and to help you move along in the process while learning tools and techniques that can be used in the future. The faculty will meet with you 1:1 on two occasions. The first meeting will take place during the weeks of the live class sessions in August, and the second one either the week before the Retreat or during the Retreat. (online, with optional in person 5-day retreat)

OCTOBER

Oct. 3 Picture Book SummitJoin the Picture Book Summit, headlined by Yuyi Morales (Caldecott Honoree and recipient of numerous other honors) and Jon Klassen (winner of the Caldecott Medal and bestselling author with more than 2.7 million copies); attend instructional workshops from Editor/Educator Laura Backes Rules Schmules: How to Break the Rules and Get Away with It; Authors Emma Walton Hamilton & Julie Hedlund: Pitch Perfect: Fine-Tuning the Voice in Your Pitch; Author Rob Sanders: Mind Mapping Your Way to Authentic Stories; and agent/editor panels with

Eileen Robinson, Executive Editor and Consultant to the Publisher, Reycraft Books; Helen H. Wu, Associate Publisher, Yeehoo Press; Naomi Krueger, Acquisitions Editor, Beaming Books; Adria Goetz, Martin Literary Management; Emily Forney, BookEnds Literary; Stefanie Molina, Ladderbird Literary Agency. Discounted Early Bird registration is now open at PictureBookSummit.com


Oct 8-10 Big Sur Children's Writer's Workshop at Cape Cod Join small, intensive writing workshops with two industry professionals organized by Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Larger panel discussions  with agents and editors also included. (Cape Cod, MA)

Dec. 3-5 Big Sur Children's Writer's Workshop Join small, intensive writing workshops with two industry professionals organized by Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Larger panel discussions  with agents and editors also included. (Big Sur, CA)