Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators



Virtual New York Conference


4pm – 5:30pm PACIFIC/7pm -8:30pm EASTERN
Golden Kite Awards Ceremony


* Pre-recorded session from the in-person conference in New York,
February 11–12, 2023

8:00 – 8:15am PACIFIC /11:00 – 11:15am EASTERN
Sarah Baker – SCBWI Executive Director
8:15 – 9:00am PACIFIC /11:15am – 12:00pm EASTERN
Marla Frazee – Author/Illustrator
9:15 – 10:00pm PACIFIC /12:15 – 1:00pm EASTERN
Aisha Saeed
10:15 – 11:30am PACIFIC / 1:15 – 2:30pm EASTERN
Welcome to the Piranha Pit: A Book Marketing PitchFest*
11:30am – 12:30pm PACIFIC / 2:30 – 3:15pm EASTERN
Break and optional socials for Spanish language speakers (speaker TBD) and children’s book translators (with speaker Lawrence Schimel)
12:30 – 1:45pm PACIFIC / 3:30 – 4:45pm EASTERN
Panel: The Outlook for Children’s Publishing in 2023 *
  • Regina Brooks – Agent, Serendipity Literary Agency
  • Linda Camacho – Agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
  • Kate Egan – Editor, Kids Can Press
  • Arthur A. Levine – Founder and Publisher, Levine Querido
  • Patricia O’Campo – Senior Editor, Kids Can Press
2:00 – 4:00pm PACIFIC / 5:00 – 7:00pm EASTERN
Creative labs (choose one)
  1. Creating Picture Books that Soar
    Andrea Welch – Senior Editor, Beach Lane Books
    In this session, Beach Lane Books Executive Editor Andrea Welch will walk participants through the key elements of picture books, including voice, language, pacing, page turns, and so much more. Please bring a work-in-progress and all of your picture book questions!
  2. Character Development for Novelists
    Jill Santopolo – Associate Publisher, Philomel Books
    There’s a writing saying that plot builds character. But so do many other things! In this workshop we’ll come at character from different angles, talk about how character is connected to voice, and even—yes—to plot. Get ready for exercises galore and a chance to really dive into the imaginary people you’ve created.
  3. Illustrator Creative Lab: Creating Believable and Lovable Characters Readers Will Root For
    Aram Kim – Art Director, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
    How do you create characters that are well-built, believable, and so lovable that readers fall in love and root for their journey? It’s much more than coming up with a cute character you think your readers will like. It’s all about building an entire world for your character. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll practice building a world around our characters. Bring the characters you created to develop deeper or create one during the workshop to practice. We will have several short practices throughout and have time to review a few volunteers’ works.
4:30 – 5:30pm PACIFIC/ 7:30 – 8:30pm EASTERN
Online Socials and Peer Critiques