Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Conference Schedule

Registration (and Friday evening’s activities) takes place outside of our main conference room, which is called Hibiscus A&B. This room is situated to the right of the hotel’s registration desk. All general sessions will take place in Hibiscus A&B. All other room names are indicated on the schedule.


Friday, May 24th

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Opening Chapter Get-Together
and Portfolio Display

Saturday, May 25th

8:30 am – 9:15 am


9:30 am – 10:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 am – 10:50 am

Hilary Leung

Keynote: The Road to Publishing

11:00 am – 11:50 am

Elizabeth Law

Scenes from Behind the Editor’s Desk

Kait Feldmann

Thinking Outside the Book

Geneviève Côté

Shaping Life

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Erin Murphy: Learning and Leaping

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Erin Murphy

Unlocking Your Picture Book Voice

  Elizabeth Law

The Hook’s the Thing

Nancy Brennan

Unraveling the Twists and Turns of Cover Illustration

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Nadia Hohn

Our Feelings: What Goes Into a Sensitivity Read

Kait Feldmann

So You Wrote a Book

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Manuscript Critiques

(Hibiscus A&B)

Illustrator Critiques

Sunday, May 26th

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Award Presentations

10:00 am – 10:50 am

First Pages and Pitches

11:00 am – 11:50 am

Q&A Panel

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Closing Remarks and Silent Auction Results

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Optional Critique Circles and Sketch Crawl