Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

General Info from A to Z


Bonnie Bader will hold an unstructured Q&A outside the critique room from 4:45-6 PM Saturday. This is your opportunity to ask anything you’ve ever wanted to know about publishing from an expert who knows all phases of the industry from writing to editing to publicity and marketing. This is your chance to get answers to your burning questions.


Once again we will have our Silent Auction. This year the Silent Auction will take place on Friday night during our January Elixir Mixer. The Live Auction will take place during the closing announcements on Sunday. Please consider donating reader/writer/art items such as: critiques, artwork, writer-themed baskets, wine, etc. The Auctions provide funds for many of the free SCBWI-FL events throughout the year. If you would like to donate anything, please email


Faculty and SCBWI members attending the conference may sell their books through our on-site bookseller, Books & Books. Contact Mimi Powell at with your book titles/ISBN numbers by December 15, 2018. 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 Books & Books to work out an agreement to sell on consignment at the conference.

The conference bookstore will be open Friday through Sunday.


LEVEL UP! and come dressed as your favorite video game hero or villain. The winner will win a free critique at a future conference! Dance and dine from 7:30-11 PM. Tickets for those not attending the FULL CONFERENCE will be available for $65 upon registration or at the check-in desk. For those paying the FULL CONFERENCE price, one ticket is included.


Please bring a new or gently-used children’s or YA book to put in our donation basket which will be donated to a worthy charity.


Since we cannot control the temperature in the conference rooms, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.


Due to scheduling conflicts with the bookstore, our Friday night field trip to Books and Books has been canceled. Instead, we will have an Elixir Mixer (snacks will be served) and a silent auction directly following the First Pages session. This will take place in the foyer in front of the bookstore. You will be on your own for dinner to network with other members. We are making special arrangements with the hotel to provide dinner options if you choose to dine in the hotel restaurant.


If you would like a chance to be critiqued anonymously in front of the group, bring the first page of your manuscript, double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one page only (starting at the top of page) to the registration desk before 4:30 PM on Friday, January 18. Include the title of the piece and genre at the top. No name. Panelists will select a few submissions to read aloud and critique on Friday at 5 PM. If your submission was read aloud at a Friday Intensive, please submit a different piece for this panel. LIMIT ONE SUBMISSION FOR FRIDAY’S PANEL and ONE SUBMISSION FOR A FRIDAY INTENSIVE. All submissions will be recycled afterwards.


Below is a list of what to expect for each meal:

Friday: If you check into the hotel Thursday night, you will receive a ticket at the hotel registration desk for a buffet breakfast on Friday morning at the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant. Buffet lunch is included in the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant with Intensive registration. Ticket will be given at Intensive check-in.

Friday Night: Snacks will be served following the First Pages Critique session. You will be on your own for dinner to network with other members. We are making special arrangements with the hotel to provide dinner options for you.

Saturday: Buffet breakfast in the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant is included with hotel registration (meal ticket received at hotel check-in). Coffee and tea included outside conference room all morning for all attendees. Lunch buffet will be served for all attendees at the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant. Ticket will be given at conference check-in.

Saturday Dinner: Buffet dinner included for FULL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES ONLY. Cash bar. (Dinner ticket received at conference check-in desk.)**

Saturday Only Attendees: Lunch included. Ticket will be given at conference check-in desk.

Saturday Only or Sunday Only Attendees: If you wish to attend the Saturday night “Creating a Masterpiece” Costume Ball, you may purchase a ticket for $65 at the registration desk.**

Sunday Breakfast: If you stay in the hotel Saturday night, you will receive a ticket for Sunday breakfast buffet at hotel registration.

**You may also purchase tickets for guests at $65 per ticket.


Add our SCBWI Florida Regional Conference 2019 pin to your collection! Each year, we feature a different illustrator. This year Salina Yoon will be the featured artist. Proceeds from the sale help finance free events around Florida.


Contact SCBWI Co-Regional Advisor Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld at (321) 338-7208 or or Co-Regional Advisor Dorian Cirrone at


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Our book signing closes the conference on January 20 from 1-2 PM. Come mingle and meet your favorite authors, illustrators, and faculty members. Get your books signed and photographs taken—a great way to end the weekend!


We often need volunteers to pick up speakers at the airport and to sell pins at the conference. Sometimes we need volunteers at the registration desk. If you are registering for one day but will be at the hotel with free time and could work at the desk, let us know. Please write to Dorian at  if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities.


It is the policy of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to maintain an environment that is safe for all persons.  To achieve this objective, it is the SCBWI’s policy to maintain a firearms and weapons free environment at all of our events and prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons regardless of any license or permit that an individual may have which would otherwise authorize the individual to carry firearms or weapons. Weapons are defined as anything that is intended to cause harm to another person.