SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2022 Regional Conference Components

 

What Is It?


Explanation of the Components 
of

SCBWI Florida’s Regional Conference 

 

Picture Book And Novel Intensives

•  Writing craft-based, all-day session that allows participants to dig deep into the world of the genre (Picture Books or Novels) and hone their writing skills.

•  Sessions include lecture, hands-on experiences, mentor texts, writing exercises, and more.

•  First-page critique opportunities available during the Novel session as time permits.

•  Written pitch critique opportunities available during the Picture Book session as time permits.

•  Useful to those who write in any genre of Picture Books or Novels.

•  Participants range from pre-published to published.

•  Limited to 25 participants.

•  Picture Book Intensive Faculty: editor Chris Krones, agent Miranda Paul, and author Baptiste Paul.

•  Novel Intensive Faculty: editor Eileen Robinson, agent Saritza Hernández, and author Rajani LaRocca.

NOTE: Only SCBWI members may register for an intensive. The Intensive is not part of the full conference.

 

 

Illustrator Intensive

•  An all-day session that allows participants to dig deep into the world of kidlit illustration.

•  The session includes lectures, examples, hands-on activities, evaluation/feedback on work, mentor texts, and often features a pre-assignment that participants complete before the session and bring with them.

•  This intensive will be useful for those who are illustrators and author/illustrators.

•  Participants range from self-taught to trained, inexperienced to experienced, pre-published to published.

•  Limited to 25 participants.

•  Faculty: Art director Laurent Linn and illustrator/author Dan Santat.

NOTE: Only SCBWI members may register for an intensive. The Intensive is not part of the full conference.

 

 

First-Page Critique

•  Available to participants in the Novel Intensive only.

•  First-page critiques are optional and hardcopies of first-page submissions are handed in at the beginning of the intensive.

•  First-page critiques are anonymous and allow industry professionals to provide their first impressions of a piece.

NOTE: Please see the guidelines for formatting a first page. 

 

 

Written Pitch Critique

•  Available to participants in the Picture Book Intensive only.

•  Written pitches are optional and hardcopies of pitches are handed in at the beginning of the intensive.

•  Pitches are anonymous and allow industry professionals to provide their first impressions of a piece.

NOTE: Please see the guidelines for formatting a pitch. 

  

 

Keynote Addresses

•  Each keynote is 45-minutes in length and is for all participants attending the Annual Regional Conference.

•  Delivered in the main meeting room/ballroom.

•  Usually inspirational and/or informational and may focus on one’s creative journey; a topic near to the speaker’s heart; industry trends, insider info, etc.

•  In the past, these presentations have been standing-ovation worthy and career changing for our participants.

 

 

Legacy Keynote—NEW!

•  Each year we will strive to invite at least one faculty member to our conference who is part of the legacy of kidlit, someone who has made significant contributions to the world of children’s publishing, and who’s career can serve as inspiration to us all.

•  The Legacy Keynote closes out our Sunday session.

•  This year’s legacy keynote address will be presented by author Bruce Coville.

 

 

Editor/Agent Panel—NEW APPROACH!

•  Agents and editors sit down together for a discussion of kidlit.

•  Moderated by an SCBWI Florida member, the panel is made up of the agents and editors who are speakers at this year’s conference.

•  You’ll discover what each industry professional is acquiring.

•  Q&A will focus on industry trends, best practices, working relationships, and more.

•  This year get ready for a fun, interactive approach to this panel.

 

 

Creatives Panel—NEW!

•  A panel of the authors and illustrators who are part of our faculty.

•  Moderated by an SCBWI Florida member.

•  Q&A will focus on creative processes, creative challenges, overcoming obstacles, forging your own creative path, and more.

 

 

Breakout Sessions

•  Each breakout session is 75-minutes long and may include lecture, writing exercises, Q&A, and more.

•  Breakouts focus on a craft, writing, or an industry topic.

•  Each is led by one of our invited guest faculty members.

•  A total of fifteen breakout sessions will be included during our three breakout periods.

•  During each of the three periods, five breakout sessions will run concurrently.

PLEASE NOTE: Seating in each breakout session is limited and you will choose which you will attend when you register. Spots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

 

Pal Breakout Sessions

•  Two breakout sessions will be offered for PAL (Published-and-Listed) Members.

•  Sessions are designed for those who are published and moving forward in their careers.

•  Open to PAL members only.

•  This year’s PAL sessions will be led by noted authors and Florida SCBWI members, Sophia Gholz (Sunday) and Taryn Souders (Saturday).

PLEASE NOTE: Seating in each breakout session is limited and you will choose which you will attend when you register. Spots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

 

Early-Bird Sessions—NEW!

•  Offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:00-7:45 a.m.

•  Designed for our early-to-rise members (and those who want to participate even if they’re not early birds).

•  Each session will guide you to begin your day as you wish—writing, drawing, or stretching.

•  Sessions and leaders include: RISE AND WRITE with Taryn Souders, RISE AND DRAW with Fred Koehler, and RISE AND STRETCH with Dianne Ochiltree.

•  No pre-sign up is required. Just come and enjoy!

 

 

3 Tips For Success Closing—NEW!

•  The closing of our conference.

•  All faculty members (agents, editors, and creatives) will share three tips for success to inspire you as you prepare to head home.

•  Have your note pad ready for this don’t-miss-it closing session.

 

 

Critiques

•  Our faculty of editors, agents, authors, and illustrator/author will provide critiques for conference participants who feedback.

•  This professional feedback will help take your creative work to the next level. Submissions will be made electronically.

•  You will receive a 15-minute face-to-face critique and written feedback.

•  Initially, participants may only sign up for one critique. As we get closer to the conference if additional spots are available, participants will be able to register for additional critiques.

•  Visit the critique guidelines page for help on formatting your submission.

NOTE: Critiques are $65.00 each. You must be registered for the conference in order to register for a critique.

 

 

First Books Panel

•  SCBWI Florida members who had their first book released in 2021 are invited to participate in our First Books Panel.

•  The First Book Panel will be held during the opening session of the conference on Friday, May 13.

•  To participate, email Jason Pratt at  j.jason.pratt@gmail.com. Please use the subject line First Books Panel. Deadline for signing up to be on the panel is March 14, 2022.

NOTE: First Books Panelists must be registered for the conference.

 

 

Pal Slide Show

•   We want to celebrate all of our SCBWI Florida PAL members who had a book (or books) released in 2021—whether they’re able to attend the conference or not.

•   To participate, please follow the instructions here. If you have any difficulty with the template, or have any questions, please email Jason at j.jason.pratt@gmail.com 

•  The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2022.

 

 

Elixir Mixer And Silent Auction

•   On Friday evening we invite you to the Elixir Mixer and Silent Auction.

•   Come enjoy socializing with old friends and make new friends.

•   A cash bar (which will also include non-alcoholic drinks) will be provided.

•   Come prepared to bid on some fabulous auction items.

•   Proceeds from the auction help provide Equity and Inclusion Scholarships for future events.

NOTE: This event is open to all SCBWI Florida members whether you are attending the conference or not.

 

 

Costume Cocktail Party

•  Following our critique sessions on Saturday, we will come together for a Costume Cocktail Party.

•  Dress in your 1970s best and enter our costume contest.

•  Come prepared to dance to the hits of Kool & the Gang, the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, and more!

•  Appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar (which will also include non-alcoholic drinks).

•  The dance floor will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

•  Afterwards, gather up new and old friends and find a fantastic place for dinner. (Did we mention that Disney Springs is a short walk away?)

NOTE: The Costume Cocktail Party is only open to those who are registered for the Full Conference or Saturday only. Guest tickets may be available for purchase for $65. Costumes are optional.

 

 

Illustrator Portfolio Showcase

•   Illustrators are invited to bring and display their portfolios in our annual Illustrator Portfolio Showcase.

•   Our faculty (including agents, editors, and art directors) along with our members will enjoy oohing and ahhing over your work.

•   NEW! This year, faculty judges will recognize outstanding portfolios and our members will have the opportunity to vote on the Member’s Choice Award. For more information, visit our Portfolio Showcase page.

NOTE: Only those registered for the conference may participate in the Showcase.

 

 

Collector Pins

•   Our collector pins have been a favorite of members for over a decade.

•   This year’s pins will be designed by Dan Santat and will be sold for $5.00 each.

•   Proceeds from pin sales help support our ongoing free meetings around the state.

 

 

SCBWI Florida Literacy Award—NEW! 

•  In the past, we’ve collected gently used books to distribute to organizations what work with children. This year, we are happy to launch the SCBWI Florida Literacy Award.

•  The purpose of this annual award is to recognize an organization, institution, or individual that is making significant literacy contributions to children in Florida.

•  The award is member-nominated, judged by a panel selected by the SCBWI Florida Regional Team, and the recipient is announced at the SCBWI Florida Regional Conference.

•  This year’s award will be $500.00. For more information, visit the Literacy Award page. Deadline to nominate is May 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM.