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Prairie Writers & Illustrators Day

Nov 11, 2023

Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College, Palatine, IL

Come for a full day, in-person conference for writers, illustrators, and translators of children's literature. It will be a wonderful time to reconnect with your colleagues in Kidlit and hear from professionals about craft and the publishing industry! 2023 CLOSE UP image by member Matt Atkins.

Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day is back—CLOSE UP and in-person at the Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College.

CLOSE UP Attendance Includes:

—ALL 9 BREAKOUTS: All breakouts will be recorded and available for viewing by all attendees for one month for no additional charge. Attend 3 live, in-person and view all again after the event!

—2 KEYNOTES, FACULTY PANEL & awards ceremonies

—ASK ME ANYTHING with Esther Hershenshorn

—MIX N' MINGLE with onsite faculty to ask your questions at the end of our day

—SUBMISSION INFORMATION: Attendees may submit their work to ALL onsite industry professionals suited to their format/genre per directions given in the VIRTUAL FOLDER.

—NO ADDED COST OPPORTUNITIES Manuscript Contest | Illustrator Contest | Illustrator Portfolio Showcase | Illustrator Postcard Distribution to Faculty (Limited opportunities for all) and luncheon in community.

ATTENDANCE FEES: $195 Premium Member attendance fee | $290 Registered User & Non-Member Attendance

DATE: November 11, 8:30AM to 5:30PM | LOCATION: Wojcik Center, Harper College, Palatine, IL

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2023 PWID Faculty

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2023 PWID Breakouts

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2023 Conference Extras

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2023 Round Table Critique Extra

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2023 Contests

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2023 Guidelines

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2023 Professional Policies & Conduct

EXTRAS (Optional)

Open to all attendees

$60 Round table first pages or first look or dummy critique (60 minutes / 6 attendees & 1 PAL professional per table)

$60 Written Critique of Manuscript, Dummy, or Online Portfolio with Offsite Industry Professional

$60 1:1 Portfolio Review with onsite AD (10 minutes with industry professional / in-person / no written feedback)

$85 1:1 Manuscript or Dummy Critique + Written Feedback (10 minutes with industry professional /in-person/ written feedback)

Dates to Remember

September 2nd Registration opens here, on this page of the website.

October 8th Deadline to upload items for professional feedback and contests. Please see the Guidelines for details.

October 28th Illustrator postcards should be received. *new date*

October 28th Cancellation deadline to get a refund, minus a $75 cancellation fee. After this date there will be no refunds. Fees for Extras are non-refundable.

October 28th: Registration closes.*

November 4th Virtual Folder will be emailed to attendees.

 *Please be aware, Prairie Writer's & Illustrator's Day has traditionally been a sellout event, and many of our Extra opportunities also fill before their deadlines.


Manuscript Extras & Contest: Cedric Gliane

Illustration Extras, Contest & Postcards for Faculty: Denise Holmes

Virtual Folder & Celebrations: Deborah Topolski

Registration Questions & Cancellation Requests: Darcy Zoells

Volunteers & Accommodations: Sarah Hammond

Scholarships Cathy Velasco

Faculty Hospitality: Lisa Bierman

PWID Chair & Event Venue: Jenny Wagh