Annual Events

From large global conferences to small, intimate retreats, events are a key benefit of SCBWI membership. Award-winning authors, esteemed illustrators, editors, agents, and publishers present lectures, conduct workshops, and give individual manuscript and art consultations at SCBWI events. These gatherings are excellent networking opportunities for those both already established in and new to the fantastic, demanding world of children’s book writing, illustrating, and translating.

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Annual Summer Conference

Held every year in late July/early August. The Summer Conference is held virtually so members from all over the world can participate without leaving home! This event features breakout sessions with tracks for illustrators, picture book writers, nonfiction writers, self-published writers and traditionally published authors plus keynote addresses from kidlit icons and industry panels. There is also an online Portfolio Showcase and the opportunity to pitch your book to acquiring agents and editors. Registration opens June 15, 2023 at 10 AM PST.

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Annual Winter Conference

Held every year in February, the Winter Conference is an opportunity to meet IN PERSON with industry professionals and fellow children’s book creators! Traditionally held in New York City, this event features deep-dive craft intensives, keynote addresses from kidlit icons, industry panels, one-on-one manuscript and portfolio consultations and an in-person Portfolio Showcase.


Piranha Pit winner Eric Rosewood and judges at the 2023 Winter Conference


Faculty and attendees view portfolios at the Portfolio Showcase


Jason Chin demonstrating art techniques at the 2023 Winter Conference


A conference attendee receives a portfolio review at the 2023 Winter Conference


Marketing expert Avery Silverberg gives social media advice at the 2023 Winter Conference