Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 Letters & Lines Conference

Date(s) - 09/22/2018 - 09/23/2018
12:00 am

Marriott Denver West
1717 Denver West Blvd - Golden, CO

Art by Luke Flowers, 2017 Calendar Contest Winner

The Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual

Letters & Lines Conference

September 22-23, 2018 in Golden, CO

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Registrar:  Lindsay Eland


Laurie Halse Anderson, author
Claudia Mills, author
Denise Vega, author
Sylvie Frank  Editor, Paula Wiseman Books – Simon & Schuster
Peter Knapp – Agent, Park Literary & Media
Alvina Ling – VP and Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Laurent Linn – Art Director, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Kristin Nelson – Agent, Nelson Literary
Ammi-Joan Paquette – Senior Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency 
Tim Travaglini – Agent, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
 Sara Jade Alan, Writer
Brooke Boynton Hughes, Illustrator
Ana Crespo, Writer
Nancy Bo Flood, Writer
Luke Flowers, Illustrator
Will James Limón, Writer
Jeannie Mobley, Writer
Wendi Silvano, Writer
Lily Williams, Illustrator 
Karen “Kaz” Windness, Illustrator

New this Year!

Because of two very generous donors, KT Literary and Laurie Halse Anderson, the Rocky Mountain Chapter is honored to facilitate two scholarships to be awarded for attendance at the 2018 Letters & Lines conference! For details on each scholarship, please click HERE. Please note, the submission window for this offering has passed.

New from Previous Years and Still Going Strong!

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. For further details, please visit our Intensives Page.

Critique Connect: Takes place after the autograph party and social hour. Our Critique Connect is run the same way as it is at the national conferences. Participants will gather at 6:00 pm Saturday evening to form groups (facilitated by our coordinator, Judith Snyder). This offering is for all writers and Illustrators! For full details, please see the Author Extras PageWHAT TO BRING:  Writers, bring five copies of five pages of your manuscript; illustrators, bring your portfolio.

Critique selection:  You’re in the driver’s seat!  You get to select who critiques your manuscript or reviews your portfolio. 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. Please visit the Faculty Page for bios to decide whom you would like a critique or review from. Register early and get what you want!

Self and Indie Published Book Sales: ALL members attending the conference may display and sell ONE title, whether that title is traditionally or independently 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 2019 calendar, voted on by conference attendees and faculty. The 1st place winning image will also be featured on 2019 Fall Conference Material and Merchandise, and receive free tuition to 2019 Letters & Lines.

Individual Portfolio Consultations with editors Sylvie Frank, or Alvina Ling; art director Laurent Linn; illustrators Brooke Boynton-Hughes, Luke Flowers, Lily Williams, or Karen “Kaz” Windness.

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

Optional lllustrator Intensive with Laurent Linn.

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 a one-on-one Skype consultation with a to-be-announced publishing house art director.

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

Manuscript critiques are available to SCBWI members. These opportunities with editors, 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. 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 Kristin Nelson (Novel Roundtable); Tim Travaglini (PB Roundtable); and Laurie Halse Anderson (Novel Craft)

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 (link coming soon), 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 email the registrar at

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 2018 Fall Conference schedule in a new window for more details while making your session selections below.

* We accept payments through PayPal, either with a PayPal account, 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 2018 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

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Early Registration - Non-Member - $310.00
Saturday and Sunday

Early Registration - Non-Member - $260.00
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Early Registration - SCBWI Member - $235.00

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Early Registration - Non-Member - $200.00
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The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. This includes all harassment, intimidation, and discrimination made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity. Harassment includes verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as deliberate intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying or coercion of any kind, in particular forcing another to accept your beliefs.

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination at SCBWI programs and activities and is applicable to all SCBWI events and all SCBWI venues, including but not limited to SCBWI events, conferences, meetings, meet-ups, critique groups, and online interactions. Harassment, intimidation, and discrimination at any SCBWI event, any one of the foregoing events, or on-line is prohibited.


Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI events and activities, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:


-Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.


-Sustained disruption of talks or other events.


-Inappropriate physical contact.


-Unwelcome sexual attention.


-Abusive verbal comments.


-Quid pro quo – sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.


Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.



Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:


-All SCBWI conferences will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.


-A complainant may request assistance from any SCBWI officer, employee, or regional team member.


-SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any incident of harassment. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports can be filled out anonymously or with identifying information. Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred online. Emails will be monitored at all times, including during SCBWI events. SCBWI will fully investigate all complaints, including those made anonymously, and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence. Please note however, that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.




The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.




SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Every report will be investigated by a panel consisting of independent consultants specializing in issues of harassment. The results of the investigation and the recommendations of the panel will be reported to the officers of SCBWI, who will determine, in conjunction with the panel or, when appropriate, in consultation with an independent arbiter, the appropriate sanction.

Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


-warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;


-immediate removal from the event;


-denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;


-withholding of a contracted honorarium;


-prohibition from future speaking engagements;


-prohibition from future faculty appointments;


-expulsion from SCBWI;


-removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate




Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:


-warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;


-immediate removal from the event, without refund;


-denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;


-termination of SCBWI membership, without refund;


-prohibition future SCBWI membership





SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.


* SCBWI acknowledges the contributions of Geek Feminism, Science Fiction Writers of America, and WisCon for their work in developing anti-harassment policies.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

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