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


Download the full conference schedule HERE

Download a list of titles offered in the book store HERE


Registration is now closed


♥♥♥♥Questions? Contact the conference registrar♥♥♥♥

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, Transatlantic 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 click here to print your own copies or open this link on your device. 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