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!


Registration is open! Last day for Early Registration rate is August 9!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for registration fields.


♥♥♥♥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
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
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

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Ticket Information

Regular Registration - Non-Member - $345.00
Saturday and Sunday

Regular Registration - Non-Member - $295.00
Saturday ONLY

Regular Registration - SCBWI Member - $270.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Saturday and Sunday

Regular Registration - Non-Member - $235.00
Sunday ONLY

Regular Registration - SCBWI Member - $220.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Saturday ONLY

Regular Registration - SCBWI Member - $160.00

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Sunday ONLY

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our 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 will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, 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:

  • 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 appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy 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:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, 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 submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. 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 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 through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note 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. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



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 under this policy. 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. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


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 a particular 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; and/or
  • 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 a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



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 and witnesses. 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.



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.

I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.