Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Author Extras


Limited space available. Pre-registration required.

Deadline to turn in pages: July 31, 2022 

Critiques are a unique opportunity to have your writing professionally reviewed by an author, agent, or editor. Per guidelines set by SCBWI, critiques that involve both a meeting and written feedback (our in-person critiques at the conference) are $75. Virtual Critiques (available only to our virtual attendees) which involve written feedback only and no meeting, and are $50.

Manuscript critiques are an optional add-on for SCBWI Members only. (It’s not too late to join!)  If a critique is on your wish-list, please register early! They sell out fast.

How it works: You are in the driver’s seat! On a space-available basis, you may pre-register for a critique if you are an SCBWI member and attending the conference in-person or virtually. Those who register early will have the most options! Take time to read faculty member biographies and select the perfect match for you. 

Manuscript submission: Within a day or two of your registration, you will receive an email from Dea Brayden, Manuscript Critique and Portfolio Review Coordinator, ( regarding submission guidelines. All manuscripts, from in-person and virtual attendees, must be submitted by the July 31 deadline

In-person one-on-one critiques will be scheduled for 15 minutes slots. Critique appointments are assigned during workshop times based on the critiquer’s schedule. Please be aware you may miss a portion of a workshop in order to receive one-on-one feedback about your manuscript.

For virtual critiques, authors will receive emailed feedback on their manuscript no later than October 12th.

NOTE: Critiques are offered on a space available basis, therefore we can offer a maximum of one per person. Critiques are non-refundable.


Dea Brayden, Manuscript Critique and Portfolio Review Coordinator,


Golden Pen Award

Limited space available. When you register for a manuscript critique, you are automatically entered for consideration.

Deadline: July 31, 2022

Manuscripts submitted for critique will have the opportunity to be nominated by faculty members for consideration for the RMC SCBWI Letters & Lines Golden Pen Award. All members who register for a manuscript critique will be automatically considered for nomination. Finalists will be announced at the conference, and final judging will occur after the conference concludes.

Logistics: Faculty critiquers will have the opportunity to nominate a manuscript for this award. Nominated manuscripts will be narrowed down and then sent for final judging to SCBWI PAL members who live outside the Rocky Mountain Region. In the final stage of judging, the author’s name will be removed from the document, so final judging will only consider the words on the page.  The prize, you ask? Not only will you gain the prestige of such an award, but you will also receive free tuition to the following year’s Letters & Lines conference!


Conference Bookstore—Member Book Sales

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2022

If you are an SCBWI member, have a children’s book you’ve authored or illustrated, and will be attending the Fall Conference on September 10–11, 2022, congratulations! This qualifies you to have one title included in the member book sale during conference weekend. Because of the popularity of this offering, the book table can only accept books that have been registered by midnight on July 30, 2022. Because we have to ensure books arrive on time, and we have to pre-plan our space. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.

Please note a few important rules

*Only members who are attending the conference in-person may have their book sold at the conference.

*SCBWI rules and limited space allow for only one title per attendee.

*Please follow the instructions to the letter. Read those here: BOOK SALES INSTRUCTIONS

*Please meet the unbreakable deadline: July 30, 2022. We want to see your book in our store!

*Carrie Seidel is our Book Sales Coordinator and your single point of contact. Please don’t contact our bookstore partner. Instead, direct ALL questions to Carrie at or your book may be excluded from the bookstore. Just like the Wizard of Oz, Carrie has all the answers!


Critique Connect

Interactive Critique Connect Workshop: Come to critique or to critique and exchange emails so you can form a new group. 

Who: For Authors and Illustrators

When: September 10, 2022, 6:15 p.m.–7:45 p.m., after the book signing party and social hour. It is important to arrive on time in order to form the groups equitably. 

What: The Critique Connect will be run in the same way as the national conferences. You’ll gather at 6:15 p.m. and sit at a table marked for your target group (i.e., illustrator, picture book, middle grade, young adult, chapter book, nonfiction) with a maximum of five people per group. Therefore, if eight picture book writers show up, there will be two picture book groups. Volunteer leader Rachel Funez will put signs on the tables and be on hand to help you find your group.

The session will start with a general review about the “sandwich” method of offering critiques and remind you of the evening’s plan, which is to circle up with your peers, decide on who will be the timer, and establish a fair amount of time per person. For example, if you have five people in your group and you have 1.25 hours remaining to meet, then you should set a timer of 15 minutes per person (5 minutes for reading and 10 minutes to get feedback and ask questions).

WHAT TO BRING: Writers, bring FIVE copies of five pages of your manuscript. Illustrators, bring your portfolio.

*The contact for this event is Rachel Funez. She can be reached at


Optional Writer Post-Conference Intensives 

Pre-registration required, limited space. See Intensives page for more details.

These sessions take place on Sunday, September 11, 2022, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., after the conference has officially ended.

Additional fee of $75 for SCBWI member participants (this fee is in addition to conference tuition fee)

Intensive sessions provide an opportunity to work on individual projects in a smaller setting under the guidance of a faculty professional. They are reserved for SCBWI members only and on a first-to-register, first-filled basis. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference in order to register for an intensive.

There will be time before intensives for a lunch break. We recommend heading over the I-70 bypass to grab lunch at one of the restaurants.


Pre-register for one of the following:

Author Craft Intensive with Andrea Wang

In this intensive, Andrea will use a variety of techniques to help attendees take a deep dive into their memories and experiences in order to produce story/art ideas. Come prepared with paper or laptop as there will be a lot of guided freewriting. Sharing of responses/ideas is completely optional, so don’t let that stop you from attending! We’ll also talk about how to take those ideas and use them to create a story.


Author and Illustrator Marketing Intensive with Janna Morishima

For writers and artists, learning how to write and draw a great story is only half the battle. You also have to learn how to market yourself effectively! In this roundtable, we’ll discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to putting yourself out there and selling both yourself and your work. Since this will be a roundtable format, each participant will share their successes and challenges, and we’ll crowdsource some of the best self-promotion strategies. We’ll share ways to improve our online platforms as we review each other’s websites and social media accounts in real time.


From Pitch to Plot to Winning Submission with Kaz Windness

How does an idea become a book? How do you get unstuck when a story idea is just not working? How do you hook an agent or publisher with your book idea?

This workshop will help you craft a winning elevator pitch (logline), expand it into a 3-Act Plot Structure, and provide tools to help you to develop your book idea into an irresistible pitch-perfect package, ready to submit and dazzle agents and publishers! This hands-on intensive will provide you with everything you need to turn an idea into a book. Kaz will share her secret formula to publishing success and answer all your burning questions.

This workshop is designed for picture book authors or illustrators who want to write picture books. Please come with a book idea featuring a main character that faces a problem.


Author Revision Intensive with Paige Terlip

Wrestling with your revisions? Sinking into an editorial pit of despair? Never fear! The Art of Revision intensive looks at the stages of the revision process and provides tips and tricks to navigate the frustrations and pitfalls of revision—from first to final draft. During this intensive workshop, we will break down strategies for revising from reconstructing character to perfecting pace as well as navigating the revise and resubmit process and breaking through creative blocks.