Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 Big Sur in the Rockies

Date(s) - 05/18/2018 - 05/20/2018
12:00 am

Chautauqua - Boulder, Colorado 80302



MAY 18-20, 2018


This event is SOLD OUT and the wait list is full. Thank you for your interest in Big Sur!

For information on faculty, schedule, pricing, and more, click on the categories in the upper righthand sidebar.

For the past twenty-five years, writers have gone to the Big Sur Writing Workshops in California for an intensive weekend of working on manuscripts with publishing professionals who are dedicated to helping new writers. Literary Agent and Executive Director of the Big Sur Writing Workshops Andrea Brown and RMC-SCBWI are bringing that workshop to Boulder, Colorado.

The workshops are designed for writers who have a finished or partially finished manuscript that needs critiquing, revisions, editorial help, and guidance. Our workshop provides tools needed to prepare one’s work for publication as manuscripts must be polished to sell in this tight market. The format of the weekend program is different from other conferences and workshops. Writers meet and work closely with faculty members throughout the weekend, from agents to editors to authors. The ratio of faculty to writers is mostly six to one or better.

No two writers have the same experience, and it is the unique nature of our workshops that have made them so popular that a large number of attendees return year after year. The number of writers is limited, so there is an intimate feel to the weekend and writers get many opportunities to talk, share information and work with each other, as well as the faculty. The weekend is filled every moment with small critique groups, panels, rewriting time, and delicious meals. The faculty are all established book professionals and wonderful people who know how to target weak spots and help writers polish their works because they care about giving back.

We are proud of our many success stories (see  Add the magical setting of beautiful Chautauqua Park at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, and we know you will have an unforgettable, rewarding experience. Our goal is to have writers leave on Sunday with the knowledge needed to see their works published.

What makes the Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshops unique?

First, the format of the weekend is different from other conferences and workshops. The ratio of faculty to writers is mostly six to one or better.

Second, the weekend is limited to 55 writers — just enough people to share valuable information and not too many, so each writer feels special.

Third, the weekend is packed with critique groups, rewriting time, panel discussions, delicious meals, and much sharing of information. Writers devote the entire time to focusing only on their writing.

Fourth, the faculty are all children’s book professionals and wonderful people who know how to target the weak spots and help writers polish their manuscripts.

To learn about faculty, schedule, FAQ’s and more, please click the links on the righthand sidebar.


Please read instructions carefully before registering!

Note: Works may not be accepted if the content falls outside the faculty area of expertise, or if the executive director feels the work and writer would not benefit from attending the workshop. You will be notified as soon as possible, with a full refund of the registration fee, should your work not be approved. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance is via email.  If you have not heard by close of registration, please contact Jerilyn Patterson at

Register early. Space is limited so we can keep the workshop small for personal attention.

1. Log into your SCBWI account (if you are a member) and complete ALL registration fields below. Payment may be completed with a PayPal account or using a credit card through the PayPal system. Your manuscript will not be considered until payment is complete. 

2. Once you have completed registration and payment, submit the first two pages of one manuscript (maximum 500 words) to with “Big Sur workshop submission” in the Subject line. Attach the submission as a Word document. Format in Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double-spaced with 1-inch margins. Include your name, title, and category (YA, MG, PG, etc.) of your manuscript within the attached document. You will receive notification that your submission has been received. If you do not receive notification, please double check email address and resend. Do not include illustrations or images with your submission. Text only accepted. Please Note: You may send one (1) submission. Please do not send multiple or revised versions once you have submitted.

Deadline for submitting your application pages:  March 11, 2018

Sometimes an author’s writing doesn’t match that of the participants (different skill levels or no faculty member to match writer with). If that is the case and your writing sample is not accepted, you’ll be notified approximately three weeks after your application is received and your registration fee will be promptly refunded.


Questions? Contact Jerilyn Patterson at


Anti-Harrassment Policy:

 SCBWI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience in its events and activities for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion . We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion,  deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. SCBWI reserves the right to require anyone not complying with the above to depart from any event at which any such activity has been perpetrated and to bar them from future SCBWI events.

 Any member who experiences harassment at an SCBWI event can issue a complaint to executive director Lin Oliver at

This event is fully booked.