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

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

On SCBWI, Advice for Authors and Illustrators

Seven Tips for Your Next Writers' Conference


A List of SCBWI 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. 

Craft Writers' Workshops/Retreats 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?


June 11-15 Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers 2-, 3-, and 5-day workshops with editors, agents and authors to develop and perfect your craft. (Draper, UT)

June 22-24 Vermont Writer's Roundtable: How to Write Creative Nonfiction for Children and Teens The field of creative nonfiction is expanding and generating attention from editors, teachers and award committees. Limited to 15 participants, the Vermont Writers Roundtable features small-group critique sessions, one-on-one time with a faculty member, and workshops that build on each other so you leave with a solid action plan on how to write, revise and pitch your creative nonfiction manuscript. Plus, you'll have a group lunch (via Skype) with a top editor and a follow-up webinar with faculty. (South Londonderry, VT)


July 11-15 Stonybrook Southampton 2018 Children's Lit Conference  Attend workshops, lectures, and presentations with renowned authors, illustrators and editors. Limited workshop size, graduate credits available (Long Island, NY)


Want to learn how to add this timely topic to your educational & trade fiction and nonfiction books? Consider signing up for the Nuts and Bolts of STEM writing at the Highlights Foundation with Miranda Paul, Jen Swanson, an editor from Crown Books on site, with Skype visits from editors at Nomad Press, Millbrook Press, and Bloomsbury. All attendees will be able to submit to 5 different publishing houses. Scholarships are available! (Honesdale, PA)


Sept. 22 MFA Solstice Conference: Agents, Editors, Writers Join a small group of writers meeting with agents and editors for critiques and panels in a one-day workshop. (Belgrade Lakes, ME)


Oct 12-14 Behind the Book: Fight or Flight Join authors Fonda Lee, Stephanie Kuehn, J.C. Geiger, and Bill Cameron for a weekend of talks and workshops for writers of young adult adventure stories and psychological thrillers. (Eugene, OR).

Oct 20 Rutgers One-on-One Conference Children's writers and illustrators work one-on-one with industry professionals (editors, agents, art directors, or published authors & illustrators) as mentors for a work in progress. You are guaranteed a 45-minute individualized critique and you join a roundtable discussion with four other mentor pairs. Application deadline June 30 for fiction and June 21 for nonfiction.

MARCH 2019

Mar. 15-17 and April 4-6 Whispering Pines Writer's retreat for serious children's book writers and illustrators, with critique sessions from mentors. (West Greenwich, RI)

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