Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2016 Letters & Lines

Date(s) - 09/17/2016 - 09/18/2016
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Denver Marriot West
1717 Denver West Blvd - Golden, CO 80401



It's a Party!
Celebrating Children's Literature & 40 Years of SCBWI in the Rockies!

Registration is now closed

Please Note: Walk-up registration will not be offered this year as the conference is SOLD OUT

Click the image below to see the fabulous slideshow created
by talented member and Chapter historian Jennifer Smith-Daigle!



    Manuscript Critique Submissions August 5
    Member Book Sales August 12
    Early registration August 26
    Conference hotel rate of $119 August 26
    Illustrator First Impressions September 9
    Last Day of Online Registration September 9

September 17-18, 2016



Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser, co-founders of SCBWI 
Richard Peck, Author
Judy SchachnerAuthor/Illustrator



Sandra Bond, Agent, Sandra Bond Agency
Kat Brzozowski, Editor, Swoon Reads/Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan
Minju Chang, Agent, Book Stop Literary
Sylvie Frank, Editor, Paula Wiseman Books
Stephanie Pitts, Assistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
Andrea Spooner, VP, Editorial Director, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers



Tara Dairman, Author
Ruth Harper, Illustrator
Benjamin Hummel, Illustrator
Todd Mitchell, Author
Jean Reidy, Author
Len Vlahos, Author & Bookseller

It's what some of you have been waiting for!

SELF AND INDIE PUBLISHED BOOKSALES: ALL members attending the conference may display and sell ONE title, whether that title is traditionally or independantly published. Instructions on having your book in the conference bookstore on the Author Extras & Illustrator Extras pages. 

JURIED PORTFOLIO REVIEW: This is a new offering allowing illustrators to submit their portfolios for a juried review by select members of the faculty Saturday evening. Results of the judging will be announced Sunday during the conference. For more details, see the Illustrator Extras page.

MASTER CLASS DVD WITH RICHARD PECKFor over 30 years, Richard Peck has been a preeminent and prolific voice in literature for young readers. He has twice been honored as a National Book Award finalist, and garnered both a Newbery Honor (A Long Way From Chicago) and a Newbery Medal (A Year Down Yonder). Now, SCBWI Master Class takes you inside the craft and creative process of a writer whose beloved and award-winning novels have inspired generations of readers and writers alike. Special features include a reading from Richard's forthcoming novel Season of Gifts.

Running time: 74 minutes.

Copies are available for $14.95 at registration.


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

Opportunities for Illustrators!
See the Illustrator Extras page for more information

Got what you need? Check the supply list for your sessions in the session descriptions on the Conference Schedule page.

2017 Calendar Image Contest See your image featured for a whole month with winning image also featured on 2017 Fall Conference Material and Merchandise.

Individual Portfolio Consultations with author-illustrator Judy Schachner along with editors Sylvie Frank and Andrea Spooner. (SOLD OUT)

Member Book Sales – Have your book in our conference bookstore!

Optional lllustrator Intensive with Judy Schachner.

Opportunities for Writers!
See the Author Extras page for more information 

Manuscript critiques with edtiors, agents and authors. (SOLD OUT)

First Pages with Minju Chang (PB) or Sandra Bond and Kat Brzozowski (Novel).

Member Book Sales – Have your book in our conference bookstore! 

Optional Post-Conference Intensives Sunday afternoon with Kat Brzozowski (Novel Roundtable), Stephanie Pitts (PB Roundtable), Sylvie Frank (PB Roundtable), and Todd Mitchell (Craft).


Conference Tips

Need a Ride? Want to Share Accommodations? — Join the closed RMC Facebook page to start a discussion about sharing rides or rooms to reduce your lodging costs. Members can also get great additional information about the chapter, the conference, and other upcoming events. Click HERE to join.

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 the Earth. A consolidated version of the schedule will be provided in your conference folder, but if you would like 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

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!

Tips for Registering:

* SCBWI members: make sure to sign in with your username and password before you complete registration to take advantage of the member discount.

Open the 2016 Fall Conference schedule in a new window for more details while making your session selections below.

* We accept payments through PayPal or with a debit/credit card. If you choose the option to pay by credit card, PLEASE NOTE the system will take you to the PayPal website, however you do not need a PayPal account to pay with a credit card. Once the system takes you to the PayPal site, choose the option that says "Pay with a debit or credit card." PayPal will then take you to a secure page to enter your credit card information.  If you have special circumstances and need to make payment arrangements different than PayPal or debit/credit card, please contact Jerilyn Patterson at

* Once you reach the PayPal payment page, you cannot go back and edit your registration–the system will indicate you are attending the event, however 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: 

1) Log into your SCBWI account on This should take you to your profile page if you're not already logged in. If already logged in, you can get to your profile page by clicking on "My Home" in the top right hand corner of any SCBWI page.
2) On your profile page, click on “Event History” (more than halfway down on the left sidebar). This will bring up all the SCBWI events you've attended with the Letters & Lines Conference near the top.  
3) 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 pay either through a PayPal account or with a credit/debit card. (There is a link underneath the PayPal sign-in section that will take you to a secure page to make your payment through credit/debit card.) Once payment is complete, you should receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter and your registration will be complete!
Registration is now closed
Please Note: Walk-up registration will not be offered this year as the conference is SOLD OUT