Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Letters & Lines Conference

Date(s) - 10/12/2019 - 10/13/2019
12:00 am

Marriott Denver West
1717 Denver West Blvd - Golden, CO

The Rocky Mountain Chapter

Annual Letters & Lines Conference

October 12-13, 2019 at Denver Marriott West in Golden, CO

1717 Denver West Boulevard

Art by Gregory Barrington, 2018 Calendar Contest Winner

Come have a hair-raising good time!



This event is SOLD OUT and registration is closed. Please note that we cannot accommodate any registrations on the day of the event and there is no wait list. 


Click here to peruse a list of the many titles available in our conference book store, provided by BookBar!


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

Registrar:  Lindsay Eland

Sylvie Frank, senior editor at Paula Wiseman Books
Tiffany Liao, editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Meredith Mundy, executive editor at Appleseed Books
Molly O’Neill, agent at Root Literary
Jennifer Rofé, senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency via Skype critiques
Devin Ross, agent at New Leaf Literary Agency
Kate Testerman, agent at KT Literary


Elana K Arnold, author
Kim Tomsic, author
Angela Dominguez, author/illustrator
Gregory Barrington, Illustrator 
Teresa Funke, Author
Ebony Glenn, Illustrator
Jenny Goebel, Author
Jean Reidy, Author
Lisa Brown Roberts, Author
Denise Vega, Author
Andrea Wang, Author
Kaz Windness, Author and Illustrator
Stan Yan, Author and Illustrator


New this Year!

Coffee Chat with Kate Testerman (optional, extra fee): During the Sunday afternoon optional intensives, Kate is sitting down with small groups of authors to chat about whatever you want! This is a fantastic opportunity to get face time with a literary agent without the stress of needing to pitch your story, and a chance to have already formed a connection with Kate before you might want to follow up after the conference with your polished query letter. (Optional offering, extra fee – For full information, visit the Intensives Page)


Teresa Funke Writer’s Coaching Sessions (optional, extra fee): Teresa Funke is a successful author and creative entrepreneur and has been a professional writing/publishing coach since 2005. Ask her anything about how to write, how to have a career as a writer; how to pitch to an agent/editor; how to self-publish; how to start thinking about marketing and promotion before your book is even published, or just any ideas that are percolating that you’d like to run by an expert. Sessions are 25 minutes and cost $50. For a more in-depth description, visit:


Saturday Night Social (included with conference tuition): You’ve asked and we’re delivering! This year, we are pleased to offer cheese, crackers, and a few other food options at our Saturday night social. Please note: This won’t be a full dinner, rather appetizers and desserts to help fuel your evening activities.


New from Previous Years and Still Going Strong!

Scholarships: Because of some very generous donors, KT Literary and two anonymous members, the Rocky Mountain Chapter is honored to facilitate two scholarships to be awarded for attendance at the 2019 Letters & Lines conference! For details on the Own Voices scholarship, please click HERE. For details on the Pay it Forward scholarship, please click HERE. Please note the deadline for this offering has passed.

Intensives and Sunday LUNCH:  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 6:15 pm Saturday evening to form groups (facilitated by our coordinator, Andrea Wang). 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 when you register. Faculty members are offering a limited number of critiques and portfolio reviews. Once a faculty member has reached the maximum number of slots, registration for that faculty member will close. To view faculty preferences, please visit the Faculty bios page. Register early and get what you want!

Member Book Sales – Have your book in our conference bookstore! ALL members attending the conference may display and sell ONE title, whether that title is traditionally or independently published. Please CLICK HERE to read instructions on how to have your book in the conference bookstore. 


Opportunities for Illustrators!
See the Illustrator Extras page for full 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 6:15pm-7:30pm

2019 Calendar Image Contest Twelve images will be chosen for the 2020 calendar, voted on by conference attendees and faculty. The 1st place winning image will also be featured on 2020 Fall Conference Material and Merchandise, and receive free tuition to 2020 Letters & Lines.

Individual Portfolio Consultations with esteemed faculty.

Optional lllustrator Intensive with Ebony Glenn.

Juried Portfolio Contest: 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 full information

Golden Pen Award: All manuscripts submitted for critique (in-person and e-critiques) will have the opportunity to be nominated by faculty members for consideration in the RMC SCBWI Golden Pen Award. Finalists will be announced at the conference and final judging will occur after the conference concludes. All nominated manuscripts will be sent for final judging to SCBWI PAL members who live outside the Rocky Mountain Region. In the final round of judging, the author’s name will be removed from the document so judges 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 also receive free tuition to the following year’s Letters and Lines conference!

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 (link coming soon) for more info.

Optional Post-Conference Intensives (see Intensives page) Sunday afternoon with Molly O’Neill, Tiffany Liao, Elana K Arnold, Kate Testerman, and Meredith Mundy.

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 upon registration will help us when assigning sessions to conference rooms. If you have any questions, please email the registrar at

Thank you!

Tips for Registering:

*If you are registering for only one day (Saturday ONLY or Sunday ONLY), please only check the boxes that pertain to that day. For example, if you are registering for Sunday ONLY, do not choose a lunch option on Saturday.

* 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 2019 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 2019 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