Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Conference Info

Saturday, September 10–Sunday, September 11, 2022

Denver Marriott West in Golden, CO 

1717 Denver West Boulevard

Per SCBWI guidelines, attendees at the conference are required to either submit proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days prior to the event, as a condition of attendance. Masking will be required. For those submitting vaccination cards, a site to upload the vaccination form will be provided after the registration process is complete.
If you have questions, please contact our Registrars Leigh Gaddy and Jackie Peveto at


Book your hotel room at the conference

Click here to book your room at the special conference rate of $142 per night.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of 7/29, Denver Marriott has notified us that we are close to booking out our room block. If you are too late to get this special conference room rate, they advised waiting until August 12th to book your room, as another block of rooms will open then.

If you have questions for the hotel, please call them at 303-279-9100.


There is an amazing lineup of programs this year!

Read the full itinerary here: 2022 Conference Schedule Booklet 7.16.22

(Note: we may intermittently update this document as new information becomes available.)


The Conference Bookstore is Back!

Our faculty and our in-person conference attendees will have access to many titles made available in our conference bookstore, provided by The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop!

A full list of titles will be available in early August.


Questions? Contact the Conference Registrars:

Leigh Gaddy and Jackie Peveto 


Please see our Cancellation Policy.

Conference Faculty

Editors, Art Directors, and Acquiring Agents

These are the faculty members for whom you will receive submission information after the conference.

Sylvie Frank, Executive Editor at Disney Hyperion
Kristie Choi, Editorial Assistant at Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon & Schuster
Sarah Megibow, Agent at KT Literary
Janna Morishima, Agent at New Leaf Literary Agency
Paige Terlip, Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Charlotte Wenger, Agent at Prospect Agency

Keynote Speakers

Laurent Linn and Kaz Windness, Art Director and Author/Illustrator Team
Andrea Wang, Award-winning Author
Fleur Bradley, Crystal Kite Award Winner

Additional Presenters

Alice Feagan, Author and Illustrator
Amanda Stone Norton, Author/Educator
Ana Crespo, Author and Agent at East West Literary (not acquiring)
Andrea Floren, Illustrator and Writer
Ariane Peveto, Freelance Editor and YA Writer
Dow Phumiruk, Author and Illustrator
JC Peterson, YA Author
Laura Perdew, Author
Malia Maunakea, Writer
Mary Kuehner, Author and Children’s Librarian
Safa Suleiman, Writer
Stan Yan, Author and Illustrator
Z. B. Asterplume (aka Amber Owen), Children’s Book Author-Illustrator

For more information on our incredible faculty: 2022 Letters and Lines Faculty Bios and Photos 7-29-22.docx


Notes, Notices, and News!


2023 Calendar

In-person attendees: Pre-order one at registration for $20 for pick up at the conference! Additional copies will be available onsite at the conference bookstore.


Virtual 101 Sessions: 

Going to your first Letters & Lines Conference or want a refresher on opportunities and how to prepare? This session is for you!


When: Sunday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.–Noon
Where: Zoom, link here; Meeting ID: 943 9040 0118; Passcode: 432538

This year, Assistant Regional Advisor Lisa Trank is offering a 101 session to give you the inside scoop so you’ll get the most out of your conference experience. Learn about special opportunities for authors, faculty critiques, and more.  Bring your questions.


 When: Thursday, August 11th, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom, link here; Meeting ID: 957 0934 1818; Passcode: 131058

Join Illustrator Coordinator Heather Brockman Lee and Co-Regional Advisor Stan Yan for an insiders’ look at the conference and other topics, such as the opportunities and expectations for portfolio reviews, the juried portfolio contest, and the portfolio showcase. Bring your questions.

Note: Both the Author and Illustrator 101 sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend these times in person.


Saturday Morning Start-Off: Morning Mindfulness and Gentle Stretch Session (8–8:30 a.m.)

Get settled and focused before kicking off your day with some basic mindfulness exercises and gentle stretches. Jessica Speer is a children’s author and a trained mindfulness and yoga instructor. All abilities welcome. No mat or special clothing required.


Intensives Are Back: For further details, please visit our Intensives Page.


Critique Connect (6:15 p.m. on Saturday): 

Participants will form groups (facilitated by Critique Coordinator Rachel Funez). For full details, please see the Author Extras Page or the Illustrators Extras PageWhat to Bring: Writers, bring five copies of five pages of your manuscript. Illustrators, bring your portfolio.


Faculty Critiques:

You’re in the driver’s seat! You get to select who critiques your manuscript or reviews your portfolio when you register. Faculty members are offering a limited number of critiques and portfolio reviews. Once a faculty member has reached the maximum number of slots, registration for that faculty member will close. To view faculty preferences, please view our faculty bios here: 2022 Letters and Lines Faculty Bios and Photos. Register early and get what you want!


Conference Bookstore—Member Book Sales: 

All members attending the conference in person may display and sell ONE title, whether that title is traditionally or independently published. Click here to read instructions on how to have your book in the conference bookstore.





Conference Tips


Members: Join the closed RMC Facebook group!

Want to share a ride or hotel room? Start a discussion here. Members can also get great additional information about the chapter, the conference, and other upcoming events. Click HERE to join.


Tweet and tag your RMC SCBWI community by adding @SCBWIRockyMtn


Divide and Conquer 

Wish you could clone yourself and attend multiple sessions? Just divide and conquer! Find one or more buddies and decide who will attend which sessions. Take good notes, then swap them after the conference.


Attention Bloggers!  

If you plan to share your experiences from the conference, please note our Blogging & Recording Policy.


Going Green! 

We always look for ways to take care of the Earth. A consolidated version of the schedule will be provided in your conference folder, but feel free to print the 2022 Conference Schedule Booklet 7.16.22 on your own, or simply open this link on your device.


Get Registered for Letters & Lines 2022!

Due to the way the registration system is structured, all sessions (both included and optional) are listed under EVENT EXTRAS. If you want to change your session selection, you must DESELECT an option before you will be able to select another one. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

You are not held to your included session selections (you can change your mind when you arrive), but your selection upon registration helps us to assign sessions to conference rooms. If you have any questions, please email the registrar at


Tips for Registering:

SCBWI members: Be sure to sign in with your username and password before you start the registration process in order to take advantage of the member discounts and opportunities (i.e., manuscript critiques are offered to members only).

The first page will show $0 for SCBWI members for the conference. We wish it could be free! Unfortunately, this is just a feature of the registration system. The member costs for the conference is $280 for early bird pricing (ends on July 31) and $315 after that.

Manuscript Critiques, Portfolio Reviews, and Intensives (workshops and roundtables) are additional and fill up quickly.

To sign up for a Manuscript Critique, you must register by July 31. To sign up for a Portfolio Review, you must register by September 2. 

Open the 2022 Conference Schedule Booklet 7.16.22 in a new window for all the details while making your session selections.

If you are registering for only one day (Saturday ONLY or Sunday ONLY), please only check the boxes for sessions occurring that day. For example, if you are registering for Sunday ONLY, do not choose a lunch option on Saturday.

Payments are accepted through PayPal, either with a PayPal account or as a guest with a debit/credit card.

*Once you reach the PayPal payment page, you cannot go back and edit your registration. Be aware that your spot is NOT confirmed until payment is complete. If you navigate away from the payment page without paying, complete the following steps to confirm your registration:

*Log into your SCBWI account on and visit your profile page by clicking on “My Home” in the top right hand corner of any SCBWI page.

*Scroll down and click on “Event History.” This will bring up all the SCBWI events you’ve attended with 2022 Letters & Lines near the top.

*The status for Letters & Lines will say something like “Awaiting PayPal Payment.” Click the link to the right and it should take you to the page that allows you to complete payment. You should receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter, and your registration will be complete!


Questions? Contact the Conference Registrars:
Leigh Gaddy and Jackie Peveto