Society of
Children's Book Writers
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For information on dates, hotel, workshops, intensives, faculty, critiques, etc., see the website’s home page and click on the appropriate link. Below are some details about the Orlando Mid-Year Workshop. Please read to ensure you get the most out of the experience.


Faculty and SCBWI members attending the Workshop may sell their books through our on-site bookseller. Contact Mimi Powell at with your book titles/ISBN numbers by May 15, 2019. PAL (Published and Listed) members are eligible to sell two books. (Please visit for SCBWI’s list of PAL publishers.) Self-published authors and non-PAL members may sell one book. If your books are self-published or your publisher does not accept returns, please contact Mimi Powell to find out who to speak to at the bookstore to work out an agreement to sell on consignment at the conference. The bookstore will be open Friday and Saturday.



Follow the directions at this link below for discount Disney tickets to SCBWI-FL Workshop attendees:




Please bring a new or gently used children’s or YA book to be donated to Read to Learn Books for Free. The organization distributes more than 5,000 books a week, supplying children’s books to 65 bookshelves around Miami-Dade County, providing every child who visits the shelves a free book to take home. Together we can change the statistic that only 1 in 300 children own a book at home! Marked boxes or baskets will be at the check-in desk. For more information, please visit:



Our meet-and-greet, the Elixir Mixer and Silent Auction (which also has a live-auction component and cash bar), will be held on Friday, June 7, at 7 PM in the Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Our auction is open to all workshop attendees and their guests, as well as SCBWI members not attending the workshops. Items for auction include original works of art, fun craft items, photography, fantastic writing courses, critiques, and more. To donate an auction item, please contact Larissa Hardesty at



Bring the first page of your manuscript, double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one page only (starting at the top of page) to your workshop or intensive. Include the title of the piece and genre at the top. No name. Presenters will select a few anonymous submissions to be read aloud and critiqued. If your submission was read aloud at an intensive, please submit a different piece for your workshop. All submissions will be recycled afterwards. NOT ALL FIRST PAGES WILL BE READ.



Presenters often assign homework ahead of time. Watch the website and our Facebook site for updates. E-mails are sometimes sent out with homework assignments from our Mailchimp account. Please open them and do the homework in order to get the most out of your intensive or workshop.



The following is a list of all meals included with your registration:

Friday: Lunch for Intensive Attendees and Faculty

Saturday: Lunch for Workshop Attendees and Faculty

Please let Linda Bernfeld at lindabernfeld@gmail know if you have any food allergies or special food needs.



Add our SCBWI Florida Mid-Year Workshops 2019 pin to your collection! Each year, we feature a different illustrator, and proceeds from the sale help finance free events around Florida. Pins are $5 each.



For FAQs click: here

Otherwise, contact SCBWI Co-Regional Advisors:

Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld:

Dorian Cirrone:

For illustrator questions contact Linda Shute:



For up-to-date information on everything, visit our Facebook page, Twitter page, and our Website often. Use the hashtag #SCBWIFL2019 for media posts about the Workshop.



On Saturday, June 8, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. there will be an unstructured talk about the professional aspects of creating books for children. Laurent Linn will be there to answer all your publishing-related questions.