Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Art of Story 2019

Date(s) - 05/24/2019 - 05/26/2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Holiday Inn Montreal Centre-Ville
999 St-Urbain - Montreal, Quebec H2Z 0B4

SCBWI Canada East


The 2019 Art of Story


The conference is sold out. We’re sorry you can’t join us this year. We hope to see you next year!


Illustration by June Steube,

As usual, our guest faculty will include agents and editors from top houses:

Kait Feldman, editor, Orchard Books (Scholastic)

Elizabeth Law, editor, Holiday House

Nancy Brennan, art director, Viking Children’s Books

Erin Murphy, president, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Nadia Hohn, author

Geneviève Côté, illustrator

Hilary Leung, author/illustrator (keynote)


Early-Bird Registration Prize. All those who have registered and paid by March 15, 2019 will be entered into a draw for a chance to win an amazing prize: a one-on-one pitch session with literary agent Erin Murphy.

But don’t fret if you don’t win the draw, there are other opportunities to win a chance to pitch to Erin. See our Conference Details for more information.


Illustration by Julien Chung,

Unable to attend this year? There’s another option. Nothing beats hearing the speakers’ talks in person; getting a sense of their likes and dislikes from their presentations and their answers during the Q&A panels; listening to them joke, banter, and occasionally disagree with their colleagues during the First Pages session. With our conferences scaled to encourage an intimate atmosphere, being present offers you many opportunities for face time with a speaker, from one-on-one critiques to impromptu chats in a coffee break or over lunch.

But we understand that members can’t always attend. However, while we can’t bring the conference to you, we can offer distance critiques. Editor Elizabeth Law of Holiday House has agreed to offer a few long-distance critiques to members who are unable to attend. On the registration form below, simply choose “Distance critique only.” Note that you cannot register for both the conference and the long-distance critique, as this option is only available for members who will not be attending the conference. ** We’re sorry, but this option is now closed ** 

Illustration by Alice Carter,

Applications are being accepted for the Rising Kite Diversity Scholarship and the Gift of Creativity bursary. For more information on these grants, please follow the links in the top right-hand menu.

Please contact Alma Fullerton, Regional Advisor, or Michelle Jodoin, Assistant Regional Advisor, should you have any questions or should you encounter any difficulties with the registration process.

If you prefer to pay offline, we can offer that option, however, we request that you register online so that we can hold your spot. Please register using the form below. The image below demonstrates how to select the “pay offline” option.

If you encounter any issues with PayPal, please contact Alma Fullerton, Regional Advisor.



Help us spread the word and make the conference a success!

Download one of our conference ad boxes for posting on social media. Or print and post the ad at your local library, favourite coffee shop or local writer’s hang-out.  For a full-size image, simply click on the image first.