Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 Regional Conference: FAQs

What is an Intensive? An Intensive is a day-long workshop, which delves deeply into craft. They are typically available in Picture Book, Novel, and Illustration. All Intensives are presented on the Fridays before the January Regional Conference and the Mid-Year Workshops. The cost of an Intensive is NOT included in the cost of the conference. You must register separately and pay a separate fee for an Intensive. Intensives are only open to SCBWI members.

May I register for an Intensive only? Yes, you may. But you must be a member.

What is a critique? Before the Regional Conference and Mid-Year Workshops, you may send in a picture book manuscript (no more than ten pages) or the FIRST ten pages of a novel for a paid critique by an editor, agent, or published writer. You may also send in a request for a portfolio/dummy critique. See website for deadlines and instructions before conference and workshops. All critiques are held on Saturday afternoons.

May I request a specific person to critique my work? No you may not. Many factors go into the assignment of manuscripts and artwork, including whether an agent/editor/author/art director accepts work in your category or genre. For example, some agents do not accept picture books. Some editors do not want to read fantasy. Some manuscripts might benefit from a critique by a professional writer in your genre who can make suggestions that would result in a more professionally written manuscript. Rest assured your manuscript will be read thoroughly by at least three readers, who will then assign the best critiquer for your work.

What is a First-Page Critique? You may bring a first page with no name for a possible random critique in the Picture Book or Novel Intensive. Please double-space with one-inch margins and use a standard typeface. You may start at the top of the page.

If I’m not published by a PAL publisher, why can’t I attend a PAL Only workshop? SCBWI requires that regions have some offerings that are strictly for PAL members.

What does PAL stand for? Published and Listed. You are a PAL member if your publisher is listed here:

List of PAL Publishers