Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2015 Letters & Lines

Date(s) - 09/19/2015 - 09/20/2015
7:30 am

Marriott Denver West
1717 Denver West Blvd - Golden, CO

Books Give Wings










Diversity In Children's Literature



Travel grant application August 7
Manuscript Critiques August 7
PAL Member Book Sales August 21
Early registration August 28
Conference hotel rate of $99 August 28
Illustrator First Impressions September 11

Sept 19-20, 2015



Dan YaccarinoAuthor/Illustrator



Andrew Karre, Executive Editor, Dutton Books for Young Readers (see an interview with Andrew by Kim Tomsic)

Emma Ledbetter, Associate Editor, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (see an interview with Emma by the wonderful Kim Tomsic)

Kristen Nelson, Agent, Nelson Literary Agency

Semadar Megged, Art Director, Philomel

Deborah Warren, Agent, East/West Literary

Stacy Whitman, Founder and Publisher, Tu Books, imprint of Lee & Low Books


Leslie Ann ClarkDesigner/Licensor

Melanie Crowder, Author

Julie Danneberg, Author

Erin Dealy, Author

Jenny Goebel, Author

Nancy Oswald, Author


Online registration now closed.

Still want to attend? Walk-in registration available at the conference on Saturday and Sunday morning!

Email Jerilyn Patterson for details:

New and Noteworthy!

What is better than writing, illustrating, networking, desserts, cocktails, and fun?

You're right…nothing!  

Networking is an extremely important and often overlooked part of writing and illustrating for Children. Here is your chance to get to know and connect with other writers, illustrators, and faculty members

Join us this year for a free Cocktail and Dessert Party (no evening banquet).


Grants and Scholarships!

Do you need assistance attending the conference because of distance or cost? We don't want anything to stand in your way. See the Grants and Scholarships page for information on the new BELIEVE Scholarship as well as information on our Travel Grant.  

Opportunities for Illustrators!

See the Illustrator Extras page for more information

* "2015/2016 Calendar Image Contest” See your image featured for a whole month with winning image also featured on 2015 Fall Conference Brochure cover.

* Self-Promotion — “Chairperson of the Board” Use a chair as your own display easel

* Individual Portfolio Consultations with author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino.

* PAL Member Book Sales – Have your book(s) in our conference bookstore!

* Optional lllustrator Intensive with Dan Yaccarino

Opportunities for Writers!

See the Author Extras page for more information 

* Manuscript critiques with edtiors, agents and authors

* First Pages with Deborah Warren and Emma Ledbetter (PB) or Kristin Nelson and Stacy Whitman (Novel)

* PAL Member Book Sales – Have your book(s) in our conference bookstore! 

* Optional Post-Conference intensives Sunday afternoon with: Andrew Karre (Novel Roundtable), Deborah Warren (PB Roundtable), Stacy Whitman (Craft)


Conference Tips

* Need a Ride? Want to Share Accommodations? — Check out the discussion board at YahooGroups. Join and post your message to find or offer a ride to a fellow attendee or to find a roommate to reduce your lodging costs.

* 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 are continuing to try and find ways to take care of our earth. A consolidated version of the schedule will be provided in your conference folder, but if you are wanting the full conference brochure, please print your own copies. Thank you for helping us make the world a better place for the children that we write and illustrate for! 

Questions? Contact the conference registrar
Jerilyn Patterson or 303-618-7816

Please note that due to the way the registration system is structured, all sessions (both included and optional) are listed under EVENT EXTRAS. Note that if you want to change your session selection, you must DE-SELECT an option before you will be able to select another one. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

You will not be held to your included session selections (you can change your mind when you arrive), but your selection now will help us when assigning sessions to conference rooms.

Thank you!