Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Announcing The Big Fifty Summer Conference


Clear your schedules because there’s a BIG EVENT coming your way.

This summer, the SCBWI will be celebrating the beginning of its 50th anniversary year!  We’ll kick off the occasion by presenting a gala 50th Summer Conference, to be held  virtually on July 30, 31 and August 1.  The historic event….dubbed THE BIG FIVE-OH… will feature 50 speakers presenting 50 different topics, ranging from 15 minutes to half hour presentations.  All sessions, which will come fast and furious, are open to all attendees over the three day span.  It will be a cornucopia of topics….everything from craft to process to inspiration to marketing to business practices to new technologies.  Each presentation will be accompanied by a handout which summarizes the key points, tips and advice.  You will leave with answers to your most pressing and fascinating questions.  Intermingled with the sessions will be lots of opportunity to hang out with fellow attendees via several themed mingles every day along with fun socials, contests, conversations and networking opportunities.

In addition to the core three day event, there will be an optional Pre-Conference Day on July 29, featuring a unique program for Published/Pal members, and another program for pre-published members who are launching their careers and need an overview of the field.  And that’s not all.  Another optional day will be added at the end, Monday, August 2, and will be free to all conference attendees. This day will have an intensive for illustrators plus a full day of peer round table critiques.   

Stay tuned for program details.  Registration will open in mid-May.   You won’t want to miss this.