Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Intensives are offered to SCBWI members only. To register for an intensive, you must be attending one or both days of the conference.

WRITER INTENSIVES ($65 participant) Sunday, September 21, 12:00 – 3:45

SCBWI members only, first come, first served basis. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference to register for an intensive. Due to limited enrollment, registration for intensives is online only.

=> Roundtable Intensives

Each intensive will open with a 30-minute presentation by the facilitator. The remaining time will be devoted to participants reading 3-5 pages of their manuscripts and receiving a critique from the editor (and other participants as time permits). Each participant will have approximately 10 minutes for read and critique.

BRING: 16 STAPLED copies of your manuscript pages and give them to the moderator for sorting

Picture Book Roundtable Intensive (Limited to 15 participants)

Picture Book Revision Strategies: How not to "write" yourself into a corner – Carter Hasegawa – Your writer's group, agent, editor, and even Timmy Johnson, your 9-year-old "beta" reader neighbor from next door all love your picture book manuscript, except one thing . . . Are you stuck and don't know how to fix your picture book manuscript? We'll consider quick-and-dirty revision secrets straight from the pros, so you can write yourself out of that corner and into a contract. 

Novel Roundtable Intensive (Limited to 15 participants)

Creating Characters for MG/YA Novels:  – Tricia Lawrence – Thinking deeply about characters and what motivates them, what's underneath the surface of their outward behaviors, can, for the MG/YA novelist, provide a much-needed burst of writing fervor and helps keep their characters from veering off into cliché.

=>Scrivener From Zero to 60: Get up and running and writing with Scrivener TODAY – Debbie Maxwell Allen – Scrivener software is an increasingly popular tool for writers, yet there's a steep learning curve. Many writers own the program, but don't maximize the use of the software's best features. Others shy away from having to learn 'another thing.' This workshop will familiarize you with Scrivener, and get you writing on your manuscript the same day. You'll learn to navigate the software, import your manuscript and every scrap of research, plus how to take advantage of Scrivener's most helpful features. Picture book writers: Scrivener is for you, too! Special tips included. Bring your computer with Scrivener already downloaded (you can try it free for 30 days).


Building A Professional Book Dummy – Salina Yoon – This will be a hands-on demonstration on how to build a board book and hardcover picture book dummy. Questions regarding when and why it's advantageous to build a dummy will be answered. We will also look closely at various book formats and why they should be considered (particularly for novelty formats).