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. 


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)

Nov. 8-11 2019 Autumn Frost Retreat Join the Indiana SCBWI with a fabulous fall retreat. Faculty include Mary Kate Gaudet (Exec Editor, Little Brown Readers); Dawn Frederick (Founder, Red Sofa Literary Agency); Natascha Morris (agent, Bookends Literary); Pat Cummings (author-illustrator, SCBWI board member); Natalie Davis Miller (author); Lola Schaefer (author); and Shirley Mullin (bookstore owner). (Nashville, IN)

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.

APRIL 2020

April 3-4 The Color of Children's Literature Conference  conference that celebrates and supports Indigenous and POC writers and illustrators to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. April 3: four master classes with Linda Sue Park (MG), Ibib Zoboi (YA), Aida Salazar (verse novel), Vanessa Brantley Newton (PB). April 4: four tracks: Publishing, Novel, Illustrated Books, Nonfiction, and Intensives Track. (Brooklyn, NY)

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) Early registration open Nov. 15.

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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