Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Arkansas SCBWI Conference 2017

Date(s) - 06/16/2017 - 06/17/2017
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
401 President Clinton Avenue - Little Rock, AR 72201

The Arkansas SCBWI Conference is June 16-17, 2017 in Central Arkansas.

Conference faculty includes Kait Feldmann, associate editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Molly O'Neill, literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; and Nick Thomas, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic).

The conference will offer dinner, publishing panel and pitch sessions on June 16 (North Little Rock Community Center, North Little Rock). Conference sessions, lunch and consultations are on June 17 (Butler Center, Little Rock).

Registration is now closed. You can register at the door on June 16 only. *Note: Errors are possible with this system, so please be patient with any errors. Contact with any problems you encounter.

Manuscript and Portfolio consultations are available to SCBWI members. Pitch sessions are also offered to all attendees if the schedule allows. If there are any remaining spots, they will be available at the door on June 16.

 See 2017 Conference Policies for guidelines for consultations & pitches.

The last day to pay by check is May 27 (postmark). Registration via PayPal (credit card) closes on June 12. After these dates, registration is available at the door only on June 16 (at an increased price).

For questions, contact

2017 Conference Policies (A listing of fees, deadlines and guidelines for consultations and pitches)

2017 Conference Faculty (Bios for the speakers)

Conference Schedule (NOTE: Sessions are not listed in order.)

Friday, June 16 (North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow St, North Little Rock, AR 72114)
4:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration, Dinner, Pitches

Saturday, June 17 (Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 401 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201)
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Conference Sessions, Lunch, Consultations

Conference sessions include:
Kait Feldmann
Kill Your Darlings: Lessons in Revising
Reading Images: Different Components of Visual Storytelling

Molly O'Neill
In-Between Submission and Success: Navigating Rejection: We talk a lot about the how-tos of submission, and we cheer when others get an agent or land a contract, but what about all of the complex possibilities in-between? From tips for coping with rejection to decoding common editor/agent-speak in rejection letters, this session will arm you with understandings that will help you transform these moments of uncertainty or disappointment into opportunities for revision and forward momentum in your career.
Character Boot Camp: Building Memorable and Dynamic Characters: At the heart of every story is character. Character influences a story's voice; character drives the choices that shape a story's plot; and character gives a reader reasons to care about and connect to a book. In this hands-on workshop, we'll build fledgling characters while discussing techniques that will both empower your creativity and originality as a creator, and enhance your characters' resonance and impact on readers.

Nick Thomas
Killer First Chapters: How to Hook Your Reader
Emotional Stakes vs. Action Stakes, And How to Weave Them Together


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