New Beginnings

A gift from my beautiful friend Julie Klink. Can you see? It says: Write


Our Geneva writer’s group had a great turn out last night. We talked about some of the upcoming Society Of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conferences. If you are interested in writing for children there are some fabulous events coming up. Here in the Midwest we have the Wild Wild Midwest conference in April. Next month is also the big conference in New York. The information for those is below. There are still lots of openings for sessions in New York and registration for Illinois is February 1st. I am super excited to attend both, make new friends and soak up the energy.

As I look back on 2015 I am blessed to have come across SCBWI in my search for a writer’s group. There is nothing like sharing your writing with others who have the same passion for books as you do.  I am also blessed to have a supportive family and friends and this cool blog!  Goals for this year: consult God first, cherish family and friends, forgive, and revise until the cows come home.

In New York:



Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street (at Grand Central Terminal)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 883-1234
Special SCBWI Room Rate: $259 per night. There are limited rooms available at this rate so book early!




Includes all programming on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 as well as the Gala Party on Saturday Evening

Note: There will be no part-time or walk in registration. There is no cancellation allowed after January 10, 2016.


Conference Early Registration (up to and including December 11)

SCBWI Member Registration:  $425

Non-Member Registration: $525       


Conference Regular Registration (December 12 and thereafter)

SCBWI Members Registration: $460

Non-Members Registration: $560    


Optional Pre-Conference Activities (members only):

Please note that you must sign up for the conference to sign up for any of these with the exception of the Professional Authors’ Forum.

Writers’ Round Table: $225

Writers’ Intensive: Revisions:   $225

Illustrators’ Intensive:  $225

Professional Authors’ Forum: $75 if you register for the whole conference. $150 if you are just coming for the day. PAL members only.    

Portfolio Showcase (SCBWI members only):

Open to full-time conference attendees only.

Portfolio showcase participation is included in illustrator intensive registration. For those not enrolled, if room is available, there is a $75 fee.

The Art Browse takes place at 5:00 PM on Saturday, February 13. All conference attendees may show their portfolio at the Art Browse. Table space is provided, and participating attendees pick a spot to put their portfolio. No registration is required specifically for the Art Browse, and there are no specific portfolio guidelines. The event will be attended by faculty, conference attendees, and invited industry members.

In Illinois:2016 Wild, Wild Midwest Conference

Date(s) – 04/30/2016 – 05/01/2016
12:00 am

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Blvd. – Naperville, IL 60563
Plans are underway. It’s going to be the bees knees!

Theme: Roaring 20s
Registration: Online registration OPENS February 1st for SCBWI members (Not-yet-members February 8th)

Program & Faculty:
• 40 faculty members!
• 7 different intensives – (three hour in-depth sessions on Friday afternoon)
• Newcomers to the Industry Session for Beginners
• 35-40 different sessions on topics related to Picture Books, Novels, Nonfiction, All-Genres, Business, Illustration, and Publishing Independently
• First Pages Panels, First Looks Panels, and onsite Art Show included in registration
• Written critiques; Onsite portfolio reviews; a manuscript contest (with four categories):prize–full manuscript submission!
• Autograph party and Costume Party and Prize for best costume!

 Bookstore:  Sponsored by Anderson’s Books. Registered attendees who are either traditionally or independently published will be able to sell one title. Faculty’s books will be available, too.

Save the date for the Wild Wild Midwest Regional Conference in 2016: April 29-May1. Plans are underway. It's going to be the bees knees!    


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