Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2017 Letters & Lines

Date(s) - 10/07/2017 - 10/08/2017
12:00 am

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


2017 Calendar cover-Hawkins

The Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual

Letters & Lines Conference


Books and Friends Created Here


October 7-8, 2017


***This event is SOLD OUT***




Matt De la Peña, author
Vanessa Brantley-Newton, author/illustrator
Matt Ringler, Senior Editor, Scholastic Books
Emily Feinberg, Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Sean McCarthy, Agent, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
Shannon Hassan, Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Fleur Bradley, Author
Melanie Crowder, Author
Luke Flowers, Illustrator
Tim McCanna, Author
Laura Perdew, Author
Dow Phumiruk, Illustrator
Dian Curtis Regan, Author
Denise Vega, Author
Suzanne Morgan Williams, Author
Karen "Kaz" Windness, Illustrator


DISTANCE FACULTY (not in attendance at the event; offering online critiques ONLY)

Rebecca Aronson, assistant editor, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Maria Barbo, editor, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Sylvie Frank, editor, Paula Wiseman Books – Simon & Schuster






















New this Year!

Golden Pen Award: Manuscripts submitted for critique will have the opportunity to be nominated by faculty members for consideration in the RMC SCBWI Golden Pen Award. Finalist will be announced at the conference and final judging will occur after the conference concludes. LOGISTICS As mentioned, faculty critiquers will have the opportunity to nominate a manuscript for this award. All nominated manuscripts will be sent for final judging to SCBWI PAL members who live outside the Rocky Mountain Region. Furthermore in the final round 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 the winner gain the prestige of such an award, but the winner will also receive free tuition to the following year's Letters and Lines conference!

Intensives and Sunday LUNCH:  This year, those who sign up for a post-conference intensive will also receive a boxed lunch and beverage. You will select your choice of boxed lunch during the registration process.

All New Critique Connect: This year, the writers and illustrators Critique Connect will take place after the autograph party and social hour. Furthermore, this year we plan to run Critique Connect the same way it is run at the national conferences, You'll gather at 6:00 pm Saturday evening and sit at a table marked for your target group (illustrators, picture book, middle grade, young adult, chapter book, non-fiction). Groups will be set  to allow for a maximum of five people per group, therefore if eight picture book writers show up, there will be two picture book groups. Volunteer leader Judith Snyder will be on hand to pre-set tables with signs and help you find your group. The session will start with Judith who will tell you 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. 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 (five 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.

E-faculty: You asked for it, we made it happen!  Critique slots are one of our most popular offerings, however they get snatched up quickly. This year in order to provide more critiques, we invited a small handful of e-faculty members (professionals who will not be on site at the conferece, but who will provide emailed critiques). We can't guarentee there will be enough critique slots for everyone, but this addition should help.

Critique selection:  This year, you're in the driver's seat!  You get to select who critiques your manuscript or reviews your portfolio. Faculty and e-faculty members are offering a limited number of critiques and portfolio reviews. You make your selection when you register. Once a faculty member has reached the maximum number of slots,registration for that faculty member will close. Register early and get what you want!  


New Last Year and Still Going Strong!

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

JURIED PORTFOLIO REVIEW: Entrance fee, $20.00. This offering allows illustrators to submit their portfolios for a juried review by select members of the faculty (please have portfolios turned in prior to breakout session four). Results of the judging will be announced Sunday during the conference. For more details, see the Illustrator Extras page.

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.

Critique Connect is for illustrators, too! Saturday evening from 6:00pm-7:30pm

2018 Calendar Image Contest Twelve images will be chosen for the 2018 calendar, voted on by conference attendees and faculty. The 1st place winning image will also be featured on 2018 Fall Conference Material and Merchandise, and receive free tuition to 2018 Letters & Lines.

Individual Portfolio Consultations with author-illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton, illustrator Luke Flowers, agent Sean McCarthy or editor Emily Feinberg. 

Member Book Sales – Have your book in our conference bookstore! CLICK HERE FOR BOOK SALE INSTRUCTIONS

Optional lllustrator Intensive with Vanessa Brantley Newton.

JURIED PORTFOLIO REVIEW: Entrance fee, $20.00. This offering allows illustrators to submit their portfolios for a juried review by select members of the faculty (please have portfolios turned in prior to breakout session four). Results of the judging will be announced during the conference. The winning entry will receive an online portfolio consultation with Art Director Laurent Linn of Simon and Schuster! For more details, see the Illustrator Extras page.

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

Manuscript critiques are available to SCBWI members. These opportunities with edtiors, agents and authors are based on your pre-registration and are offered on a space-available basis, therefore the first to register for the conference get first pick of critiquing slots. Now with the option for e-critiuqes! See manuscript critique page for more info

Member Book Sales – Have your book in our conference bookstore! CLICK HERE FOR BOOK SALE INSTRUCTIONS

Optional Post-Conference Intensives (see Intensives page) Sunday afternoon with Matt Ringler (Novel Roundtable); Sean McCarthy (PB Roundtable); Emily Feinberg (PB Roundtable); and a co-lead craft session for novelists on emotion and tension with Denise Vega and Melaine Crowder (Craft for novelists).


Conference Tips

Need a Ride? Want to Share Accommodations? Here are tips on how to make that happen

Members only can 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.

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 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!












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. If you have any questions, please contact the registrar by copying and pasting this to send an email to

Thank you!

Tips for Registering:

* SCBWI members: make 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).

Open the 2017 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. At 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.

* 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: 

1) Log into your SCBWI account on and visit your profile page. If you're 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 2017 Letters & Lines 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!











Questions? Contact the conference registrar
Lindsay Eland

This event is fully booked.