Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Clarifications and Deadlines

Early Bird Registration ends Feb 4, 2016 To avoid paying an increased registration fee AND get a free Friday night workshop add-on, register before this date.

Deadline to register for the conference is April 20, 2016

Written Manuscript Critiques and payments are due 2/18/16

– All manuscripts AND payments ($45) must be received by 2/18/16. Payment by check must be in the same envelop as the manuscript; online payments will be made at time of registration. 
Only one manuscript per person may be submitted. 

Don't Forget About First Pages Roundtable during Saturday Lunch!

There's another change to get some feedback on Work in Progress: bring a first page to read aloud during lunch at the First Pages Roundtable! Reading off a laptop or mobile device is fine, but paper copies are a better idea so others can write down and hand you notes. Artists: bring your latest WIP art/illustration/sketch/drawing; we'll have illustrator's tables too. Deadline: Bring it with you on Saturday.

Face to Face Portfolio Critiques don't really have a deadline as they are held on Saturday
– This is a critique of your portflio, performed on the spot, between you and an art professional. [This is not the same as the Portfolio Showcase.] Payment ($45) must be paid at the time of registration, or if paid by check, it must arrive no later than 4/20/16, which is the close of registration.

The Portfolio Showcase doesn't have a deadline. Just show up with your portfolio.

The Portfolio Showcase is open to MEMBERS ONLY. Artists can display their work for the day in Saturday, at no charge. Attendees and faculty are encouraged to leave written notes. Judges will choose one winner, who will receive a free face to face Portflio Critique at next year's 2017 Spring Spirit.

Portfolio Showcase Vs. Portfolio Critiques: Explained

The Portfolio Showcase is FOR MEMBERS ONLY and is a display of the portflio artwork on a table, like an informal art gallery, for conference attendees to view. It is free. Attendees and faculty are encouraged to leave comments via post-it notes on the artwork. Portfolio Critiques are paid-for critiques where an art professional gives you face to face feedback on your portfolio.

Friday Night Workshop are Add-On not Stand-Alone Sessions

There are three Friday night workshops, that are a brand new addition this year! Check out the registration link to see the offerings, topics, and faculty members presenting. Early bird registrants are offered their choice of one workshop FOR FREE; otherwise conference attendees can choose a workshop for a small additional $25 add-on fee for members and $40 for nonmembers. Worth it! Deadlines to sign up and register for these workshops are the same deadlines as registration for the conference. The Friday workshops are add-on sessions, not standalone. You may not register for or attend the Friday not workshop without attending the Saturday conference. (Well, technically you COULD, but you'd be paying for both. So, don't be silly.)


Full refund less $30 processing fee before March 15, 2016. From March 16, 2016 on, a 50% refund will be offered IF we can fill your spot off the waiting list. Otherwise, no refund. No refunds for manuscript or portfolio critiques regardless of when cancelled. We are a nonprofit, and our region is run by completely volunteers. Refunds are a huge challenge that require a ton of paperwork, and are more work than you can imagine. We thank you for understanding the need for such a strict refund policy. 


By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that audio taping, video taping and/or transmitting or aiding in the foregoing of any part of the conference (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions and networking events) is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder ONLY. The information you learn at the conference is what you're paying for. Don't be a jerk by making any of this Grade A content public or by sharing it with those that didn't pay to attend the conference. 


As of Dec 18, 2015, our regional mailing address is:

P.O. Box 4516

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762