Golden Gate Day 2024 Virtual Livestream

Sep 28, 2024

Online event

“Choose Your Own Adventure” and join us as the Golden Gate Conference returns as a one-day event! If you can't attend in person on Saturday, September 28th, 2024 at the Farallon Room at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA, never fear - a virtual option is here! Select presentations from the main room will be live-streamed via Zoom. Recordings will be available to registrants following the event and available for 30 days. Registration opens August 1st.

Virtual Livestream Schedule

Sunday, September 28th, 2024

This schedule is tentative and may change.

All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. WELCOME

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. “The Lady or the Tiger?” Keynote Speech,  LeUyen Pham, author/illustrator

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break 

10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Craft Sessions 1: (Illustration/Picture Book) “Tips From an Art Director: How to Get Your Foot in the Door”, Tracy Shaw, art director

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break 

11:15 - 12:00 p.m. Craft Sessions 2: (Novel) “Let’s Fall in Love: Crafting a Compelling Romantic Arc”, Jennifer March Soloway, agent

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch 

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. “Guided Tour of Children's Book Marketing & Publicity”, Sally Kim, agent

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Break 

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Faculty Panel: "Lessons Learned From Publishing Career Failures"

with agents: Jennifer March Soloway, Sally Kim, and Ian Lendler and editors: Sydnee Monday, Ian Tseng, and Tracy Shaw

Program Descriptions

LeUyen Pham - “The Lady or the Tiger?” Keynote

In a literary career, you are often faced with many paths to travel without understanding what it means to make that choice.  From deciding to write or illustrate a book, to getting an agent or going solo, to quitting your job or writing after the kids go to sleep, down to the types of stories you choose to make, it’s often hard and scary to predict where the path will take you.  In this speech, I’ll offer up my own stories, some of my friends’ choices, and advice after having traveled down many of those paths myself.

Tracy Shaw - “Tips from an Art Director: How to Get Your Foot in the Door of Children’s Book Publishing” 

Knowing more about the business side of picture books – how we function, what we expect, and best practices – will help you navigate how best to get noticed and achieve your publishing goals. Learn about what really goes on behind the scenes of book production, hear some uplifting success stories, and take notes on my best advice for both new and experienced authors/illustrators.

Jennifer March Soloway - “Let’s Fall in Love: Crafting a compelling romantic arc”

Ah, romance. Whether it’s the main plot or a secondary element threaded through your novel, romance is a wonderful way to hook your readers--and for teens hoping to have a first love, romance can be everything. In this session, we will discuss classic romance tropes—enemies to lovers, the love triangle, just to mention a few—as well as ways to create fun twists on readers’ expectations to keep them guessing and turning the page. Whether it’s a hot and heavy bad romance or a slow burn happily ever after, the best romance is full of tension. Get ready to make your characters (and your readers) swoon!

Sally Kim - “A Guided Tour of Children's Book Marketing & Publicity”

Whether you're looking for an agent or already have several published books under your belt, it's never too soon to think about marketing and publicity. This presentation will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how children's book publishers approach marketing, where it fits into the bigger picture alongside editorial and sales, and how YOU, as an author or illustrator, can build your brand and position your future book(s) for a successful launch. 


Faculty Bios

Read more about the faculty participating in the Golden Gate Day Conference.


In-Person Conference Info

Learn more about our in-person event on September 28th!

Registration and Pricing


Registration will be available Thursday, August 1st at 10am.

You must be logged onto your SCBWI account to register for member pricing. 

For questions regarding registration, please contact


Standard Premium Member - $75.00

Standard Non-Member/Preview Plan - $100

Registrants of the in-person Golden Gate Day Conference - $5

(Please select this as an add-on when you register at the Golden Gate Day website.)


The SCBWI registration system accepts VISA or MasterCard.


If you need to cancel your registration:

By September 15th - 100% refund for registration, less a $25 administration fee.

After September 15th - NO REFUNDS.

SCBWI Policies for Events

Before you register for our Golden Gate Day Livestream, please read the SCBWI policies on Anti-Harassment and the policy prohibiting recording and distribution of conference materials:

Additional Information

After you register for this event, you can find the Zoom link under Member Home > My Events > [This Event] > Meeting Info.

While it is helpful if you have Zoom installed on your device, you do not need a Zoom account to view the meeting. You can simply click on the link and view in a browser. Functionality may be limited without a Zoom account or the Zoom app.

Registrants of the livestream event will be able to send queries and submissions to the participating agents and editors from our main Golden Gate Day Conference. Details will be emailed to the registrants, along with the Zoom recordings, a few days after the event.

Questions? Email