Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Spring Fiction and Nonfiction Writers Conference

Date(s) - 04/13/2019
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Boulder Hyatt
2280 Junction Pl - Boulder, CO 80301

2019 Spring Fiction and Nonfiction Writers Conference

April 13, 2019, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


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Calling all kidlit writers, picture book through young adult! The Rocky Mountain Chapter SCBWI is hosting a one-day mini-conference featuring a plethora of informative breakout sessions! There will be tracks for picture book authors, novelists, and nonfiction authors, as well as bonus professional sessions. Visit the schedule page for detailed descriptions on all the breakouts. Faculty includes senior editor Sylvie Frank (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster), agent Laurel Symonds (The Bent Agency), and a dozen fabulous, talented authors from our home region. There will be a pop-up bookstore featuring books from our faculty, provided by local indie bookseller, BookBar


Bonus Offering: Optional 10-page manuscript e-critiques are available for an additional fee of $50.00. E-critiques require advance submission; all feedback is sent via email and there is no one-on-one contact with your critiquer. See e-critique page for full information, including submission instructions. Before registering for this offering, be sure to peruse the faculty page to learn about faculty members’ tastes and what categories and genres they critique in. PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS WITH ANY CRITIQUER FOR THE SPRING CONFERENCE. ALL FEEDBACK, WHETHER FROM FACULTY IN ATTENDANCE OR E-FACULTY, WILL BE RECEIVED VIA ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION.


This event is limited to 135 participants, so reserve your spot early! 


Date: April 13, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Place in Boulder, CO (Click here for venue information.)

Cost: $150 for members, $185 for non-members. Advance registration required.


Registration includes all-day access to the event, all-day tea and coffee, lunch, and an afternoon cookie break. Breakfast is not included, so please do enjoy your breakfast at home or at the Wholefoods across the street before the event.


Lunch is a delicious Quinoa bowl bar with assorted toppings and has the option to be gluten free, dairy free, or vegetarian. 


For more details about the schedule, faculty, and manuscript critiques, please click on the tabs on the top right-hand side of this page.


For questions, contact Sally Spear at




Sylvie Frank, senior editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster

Laurel Symonds, agent, The Bent Agency

Bonnie Auslander, author

Juie Danneberg, author

Darby Karchut, author

Jenna Lincoln, author

Christine Liu Perkins, author

Linda L. Osmondson, author

Laura Mitzner Paletz, author

Stel Pavlou, author

Lisa Brown Roberts, author

Kim Tomsic, author

Lisa Trank, author

Denise Vega, author


E-Faculty (offering e-critiques, but not in attendance at the event):

Sarah Jane Abbott, editor, Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, Simon and Schuster

Kat Brzozowski, editor, Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends, MacMillan

Peter Knapp, agent, Park Literary & Media

Melissa Manlove, senior editor, Chronicle Books

Alexa Pastor, editor, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Jennifer Rofé, agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency


Cancellation/Refund Policy:

**We wish we could offer Nordstrom’s refund policy, but alas we are a non-profit organization, and we take a financial risk when planning these sorts of events (placing deposits down for meeting space, meals, flights, etc.) Thank you for understanding our cancellation policy as follows:

  • *You may receive a full refund on tuition minus a $15.00 administration fee up until February 13, 2019
  • *You may receive a 50% refund if canceled between February 14 and March 13, 2019
  • *No refunds are available after March 13, 2019
  • *No refunds or cancellations are available for the e-critique option. If you are unable to meet the submission deadline for the critique, you also forfeit the option and the e-critique fee.
  • *No part of registration is transferable to another party.



For questions, please contact Sally Spear at


Tips for Registering:

*If you are a member of SCBWI, make sure you are logged into your member account so you can take advantage of the member discount. (To become a member, click here.)

*Please indicate which breakouts you plan to attend during the day. This will help us to get a feel for how to situate rooms and spacing within the Hyatt.

*We accept payments through PayPal 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 debit/credit card. Once the system takes you to 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 have successfully registered, you may view and print your registration confirmation (including the breakouts you registered for) by completing the following steps:

  1. 1) Log into your SCBWI account on and go to your profile page.
  2. 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 “Spring Fiction and Nonfiction Writers Conference” near the top.
  3. 3) Click on “View Registration Confirmation” on the “2019 Spring Conference” line. This will take you to a page that lists the breakouts you signed up for, as well as an e-critique (if you signed up for one). You may want to print out the page and keep for your records.
  4. 4) If you navigate away from registration without completing payment, you can complete payment by following steps 1 and 2 above. Then, on the line that says “2019 Spring Writers Fiction and Nonfiction Conference” there will be a status that says “Awaiting PayPal Payment.” Clicking on that link will take you to PayPal and allow you to complete payment. Please note: your registration is not confirmed until payment has been received!

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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.

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