Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Miami: 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. 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 manuscript? No you may not. Many factors go into the assignment of manuscripts, including whether an agent/editor/author accepts manuscripts 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 work will be read thoroughly by at least three readers, who will then assign the best critiquer for your manuscript.

What is a First-Page Critique? You may bring a first page with no name for a possible random critique in an Intensive or on Friday evening at the Regional Conference. For the Regional Conference, please do not submit the same page for Friday night if it was already critiqued in an Intensive earlier in the day.

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

List of PAL Publishers