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Oktoberfest 2023

Oct 21, 2023

Roundhouse Conference Center in San Ramon, California

REGISTRATION CLOSED. Welcome to the ultimate gathering for children's book writers and illustrators! We’re back in-person for the Oktoberfest Conference! Immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere of creativity and learning, with a lineup featuring renowned authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who will inspire and guide you on your artistic journey. Engage in riveting talks and panels, fine-tune your manuscripts and portfolios through insightful critiques, and unleash your pitch prowess in the Agent Pitch Speed Dating. Don’t miss Oktoberfest for your chance to learn, create, and connect.

Conference Details

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October 21, 2023, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Roundhouse Market & Conference Center, San Ramon, CA

Don't miss out on...

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Schedule Details

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Faculty Page


Ask an Agent Sessions

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Pitch Speed Dating

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Manuscript Critique Details

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Illustrator Portfolio Critique Details

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Masthead Contest Details

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Professional Headshots

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History of Oktoberfest

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Conference Bookstore

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Services and Artist Showcase

Conference Registration Costs

NOTE: You must be logged in to your SCBWI account to receive your member discount.

Early Bird Discount – Must register by September 22

SCBWI Member:  $159

Non-member:  $189 

Standard Registration – All registrations after September 22

SCBWI Member:  $189

Non-member:  $209

Conference Add-Ons

There are a number of incredible add-ons you can choose to participate in! Some items are an additional cost and have specific deadlines. 

--Manuscript Critiques and Illustrator Portfolio Critiques by agents, editors, authors, and illustrators

--Professional Headshots by Di Starr

--Pitch Speed Dating with agents

--Illustrator Masthead Artwork Contest

Visit the links above for important information about these conference add-ons. Both critiques and headshots are limited in availability and will fill up VERY fast. Paid add-ons must be purchased when you register!

SCBWI Refund Policy

--Full refund for conference fee (minus $25 administrative fee) until Sept 22.

--After Sept 22, refunds will only be given in case of military service or a death in the family.

--No refunds will be given on the optional manuscript and/or illustration critiques. In the event of cancellation of your conference registration, any add-on critiques will also be terminated and no critique will be provided.

--We do not give credit toward future events for cancellations.

--No one under the age of 18 is permitted to attend any conference events.