Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2023 Regional Conference FAQ

2023 Florida Regional Conference


Frequently Asked Questions


When is the conference?

Friday, May 19, 2023, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Friday, May 19, 2023, 4:30 PM – Sunday, May 21, 2023 1:30 PM


Where is the conference?

Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale (17th Street)

1100 SE 17th Street Causeway

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

$169 per night 

To book your room, CLICK HERE.



Is there a way to coordinate room sharing and/or carpooling to the conference? 

YES! If you are interested in sharing a room or would like to carpool to the conference, visit the Room Share and Carpool Sheet to coordinate with other attendees.


How much does the Conference cost? 

Conference pricing information can be found HERE.


When does registration open?

Early Bird registration opens for SCBWI members on February 8, 2023 at 9:00 AM. CLICK HERE to register.


What are the critique guidelines?

The critique guidelines and formatting help can be found HERE.


Will the conference have COVID Safety Protocols?

Yes! You can find the current COVID Safety Protocols HERE.


How do I apply for a Windows and Doors Scholarship to attend the conference?

Scholarship information, including how you can apply, can be found HERE.


What meals are included with the conference?


•  Complimentary breakfast for attendees staying at the hotel

•  Lunch for all Intensive attendees


Friday Night:

•  Elixir Mixer  – cash bar available

•  Dinner on your own



•  Complimentary breakfast for attendees staying at the hotel

•  Lunch for all Full Conference and Saturday/Sunday Attendees

•  Cocktail Costume Party (for Full Conference and Saturday only attendees only) 



•  Complimentary breakfast for attendees staying at the hotel


Click for a printable list of nearby food options.

Click for a Google Maps version of the food map.


I want to help at the conference! How do I sign up to volunteer?

We often need volunteers to pick up speakers at the airport, sell pins at the conference, help at the registration desk, and more. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please fill out this volunteer formYou must be registered for the conference in order to volunteer.


Will there be a bookstore?

We are currently working hard to have a bookstore where faculty and conference attendees can sell their books.
More information will be available soon.


What should I wear? 

Dress as you wish, but most conference attendees dress casually or in business casual attire. Since we cannot control the temperature in the conference rooms, dress in layers or bring a sweater or jacket. For Saturday night’s Costume Cocktail Party, we invite you to dress in your Catch-A-Wave best. Costumes are not required, however.


Additional Questions?

Email our team at