January 2018 Regional Conference: Save the Dates!!

Dates – 01/12/2018 – 01/14/2018

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel
3900 NW 21st Street – Miami, FL 33142



Melissa Manlove: Senior Editor at Chronicle Books (editor of the bestselling GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE, which she found in the slush pile).

Amy Fitzgerald: Editor at Carolrhoda books, the trade imprint of Lerner Publishing.

Sylvie Frank: Senior Editor at Paul Wiseman Books/Simon and Schuster


Jennie Dunham: of Dunham Literary, Inc.

Marcia Wernick: of the Wernick & Pratt Agency

Nicole Resciniti: president of the Seymour Agency

Lorin Oberweger: of Adams Literary


Sara Pennypacker: best-selling and award-winning author (Golden Kite for Picture Book Text; Syd Fleischman Award for Humor.)

Jonathan Maberry: best-selling and award-winning author. (Multiple Bram Stoker Wards.)

Shutta Crum: author of fifteen picture books

Lee Bennett Hopkins: Florida Artists Hall of Fame poet

Lin Oliver: founder of SCBWI and author of several novels including the Hank Zipzer series with actor Henry Winkler

Kerry O’Malley Cerra: award-winning author

Zebo Ludvicek: 2017 debut author/illustrator


Judith Schachner: author/illustrator of the popular Skippyjon Jones series and more

Art Director

Patrick Collins: 

Novel Intensive:

Jennie Dunham

Jonathan Maberry

Lorin Oberweger

Picture Book Intensive:

Melissa Manlove

Sylvie Frank

Shutta Crum

Illustrator Intensive:

Judith Schachner

Giuseppe Castellano