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This year’s spectacular schedule featured top agents, editors, art directors and publishers from the children’s book industry, providing insider information about the market.  The SCBWI conference is a rare opportunity to meet and network with such an influential group of the key decision makers in children’s publishing.

A brilliant array of children’s book authors and illustrators will inspire you with their knowledge and vision, and help you bring your craft to a new level.

Keynotes include:

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Kwame Alexander Mem Fox Stephen Fraser Shannon Hale Molly Idle
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Varian Johnson Jane O’Connor Adam Rex Dan Santat Meg Wolitzer

Panels Include:

Agents' Panel: Inside the Children's Book Market with Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency, Brenda Bowen, Greenburger Associates, Barry Goldblatt,  Barry Goldblatt Literary, Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, Alex Penfold, Upstart Crow Literary, and Jodi Reamer, Writers House

Editors' Panel: What Hooks Me with Jordan Brown, Balzer + Bray/Waldon Pond Press/HarperCollins, Julie Strauss-Gabel, Dutton/Penguin Random House, Allyn Johnston, Beach Lane Books/Simon and Schuster, Rotem Moscovich, Disney-Hyperion, Sara Sargent, Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster, Alison Weiss, Sky Pony Press, Moderated by Wendy Loggia, Delacorte/Penguin Random House           

SCBWI Success Stories with Martha Brockenbrough, Anna Shinoda, Mike Curato, Lori Nichols, and Stacey Lee. Moderated by Lee Wind.

Diversity Panel with Joe Cepeda, Brandy Colbert, I.W. Gregorio, Varian Johnson, and Nicola Yoon. Moderated by Miranda Paul.


Small group targeted breakout workshops will give you take-away skills and concrete tips on all aspects of the field.

Optional classroom-sized intensives with our keynotes and panelists on the final day give you an opportunity to dig into your work-in-progress, and make it the best it can be.

Optional manuscript and portfolio critiques, a twenty-minute, one-on-one critique with a publishing professional.

Whether you are an author or illustrator, published or unpublished, creator of picture books or young adult novels or nonfiction, you won't want to miss the SCBWI Summer Conference!

The Summer Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.