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.


***This event is SOLD OUT and the wait list is full.***

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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. The deadline for this extra option has passed, but you can still register for the conference!



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

Julie Danneberg, author

Lija Fisher, author

Darby Karchut, author

Jenna Lincoln, author

Christine Liu Perkins, author

Linda L. Osmondson, author

Laura Mitzner Paletz, 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!

This event is fully booked.