January 12-14, 2018
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018
8:00-9:00 AM –Check-in for Intensives (Get your badge and folder.)
9:00-4:00 PM – Picture Book, Novel, & Illustrator Intensives
3:30-4:30 PM – General Registration/Drop-off First Page Critiques at Registration Desk
4:30-5:00 PM – Meet Your SCBWI Florida Regional Team
5:00-5:45 PM – First Page Critiques
5:45 PM – Board buses in lobby for Books & Books (265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables)
6:30 PM – Reception at Books & Books. There will be a cash bar.
7:30-9:00 PM – Enjoy dining on your own at Books & Books or on Miracle Mile. Last bus departs Books & Books at 10 PM.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018
7:00-8:30 AM – Check-in for conference. (Get your badge and folder.)
8:00-4:30 PM – Art Exhibit
(Artists must pick up portfolios by 4:45 PM)
8:30-8:45 AM – Co-Regional Advisors Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld & Dorian Cirrone: Welcome, announcements, and introduction of faculty.
8:45-9:30 AM – Sara Pennypacker: The Top Ten Things I've Learned: Sara Pennypacker has been writing for children for twenty-five years. In this keynote, she'll share what she's learned.
9:30-10:00 AM – Judy Schachner: My Life in Books: A behind-the-scenes look at an insane, yet very responsible #1 New York Times bestselling picture book author and illustrator.
10:00-10:15 AM – Break
10:15-11:00 AM – Editor Panel
11:00-11:45 AM – First Books Panel
11:45-Noon – Special Presentation
12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00-1:45 PM – Jonathan Maberry: Who Are You? Setting your social media and professional brand, building an audience, and having fun.
1:45-2:15 PM Lee Bennett Hopkins: Celebrity: Encounters With Writers.
2:15-2:20 PM – Break
2:20-3:05 PM – Agent Panel
3:05-3:35 PM – Shutta Crum: Becoming Real—Creating Books that Matter: From wordless picture books to 90,000-word young adult fantasies, Shutta will talk about the key ingredients needed to create books that will touch the hearts of your readers and matter in their lives.
3:35-4:20 PM – Lin Oliver: 40 Years of SCBWI Eavesdropping—The Ten Most Helpful Things I’ve Learned.
4:30-6:45 PM – Critiques in East Hall
4:30-5:00 PM – Special autograph session with Sara Pennypacker outside critiques room.
7:30-11:00 PM – “Creating a Masterpiece” Costume Ball
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018
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9:00-10:30 AM – Workshop 1
10:30-10:45 AM – Break
10:45 AM-12:15 PM – Workshop 2
12:15-1:00 PM – Main Meeting Room for Rising Kite Awards & Door Prizes
1:00-2:00 PM – Autograph Party
Important Dates for Attendees:
December 1, 2017: Deadline for Early Registration and to be entered to win prizes!
December 15, 2017: Deadline to contact us if you want your book for sale at the conference bookstore. Contact Mimi Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is open to all PAL members (two-book limit). Self-published members can sell one book but must sign consignment contract with Books and Books. Those whose publisher doesn’t accept returns must also sell on consignment.
December 8, 2017: Deadline to send in Manuscripts & notification of portfolio/dummy critiques.
December 8, 2017: Deadline for Early Registration.
December 31, 2017: Deadline to contact Linda Shute at email@example.com if you wish to exhibit your portfolio.
January 5, 2018: Deadline to reserve hotel room for special SCBWI conference room rate. Subject to availability.
January 12, 2018: Intensive check-in at Front Desk, 8:00-9:00 AM.
January 13, 2018: General check-in at Front Desk, 7:00-8:30 AM. Illustrators drop off portfolios between 7:00-8:00 AM in the main conference room for art show.
January 12-14, 2018: Bookstore open all weekend.