Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

© Sylvia Liu

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

9 Ways to Ruin a Writing Conference

Ask the Agent: Do You Need to Go to Writing Conferences?

On SCBWI, Advice for Authors and Illustrators - Giuseppe Castellano


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)

Nevada SCBWI Mentorship Program - a six month mentorship program with a published author, illustrator, or editor, with in person writing conferences. Highly recommended!


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

What are the Great Children's Literature Writing Retreats?


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.


Feb 9-11 Write On Con A three-day online conference for kid lit writers and illustrators of PB, MG, YA, and NA. Enjoy keynote speakers, blogs, v-logs, critique sessions, pitch sessions, more.

MARCH 2018

March 2-4 Whispering Pines Retreat  One of the premiere retreats for children's writers and illustrators, with presentations, workshops, and critiques with mentor authors, editors and agents. (West Greenwich, RI)

March 15-19 Writing Cross-Culturally Workshop
A workshop giving writers and editors the tools and resources to create stories not of their own background with care and sensitivity. Participants will learn about discuss representation and misrepresentation, as well as the damage it can do, privilege and point of view, basic dos and don'ts, and the many ways our own prejudices and privileges connect to every part of the writing and publishing process. Co-sponsored by Madcap and WNDB. (Lyles, TN)

Mar 22-25 Everything You Need to Know about Children's Book Publishing: A Crash Course
A Highlights workshop for serious beginners; an intensive weekend on how children's book publishing works. Learn all about submitting, producing, and selling trade books, and connect with industry professionals. (Honesdale, PA)

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