Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Arkansas SCBWI Conference 2018

Date(s) - 06/22/2018 - 06/23/2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

The Arkansas SCBWI Conference is June 22-23, 2018 in Central Arkansas.

Conference faculty includes Sarah Jane Abbott, assistant editor at Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster); Jessica Anderson, assistant editor at Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt & Company/Macmillan Children’s Group); and Natascha Morris, literary agent at BookEnds Literary Agency.

The conference will offer dinner, genre meetings and pitch sessions on June 22 (North Little Rock Community Center, North Little Rock). Conference sessions, lunch and consultations are on June 23 (Butler Center, Little Rock).

Online registration is closed. Registration will be available at the door on Friday night only.

Manuscript and Portfolio consultations are available to SCBWI members. Pitch sessions are open to all attendees. Spots are limited. If there are any remaining spots, they will be available at the door on June 22.

See 2018 Conference Policies for guidelines for consultations & pitches.

The last day to pay by check is June 11 (postmark). Registration via PayPal (credit card) closes on June 18. After these dates, registration is available at the door only on June 22 (at an increased price).

For questions, contact

2018 Conference Policies (A listing of fees, deadlines and guidelines for consultations and pitches)

2018 Conference Faculty (Bios for the speakers)

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

Friday, June 22 (North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow St, North Little Rock, AR 72114)
4:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration, Dinner, Pitches

Saturday, June 23 (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:
Sarah Jane Abbott
A Bird’s Eye View: Using Storyboards to Develop Visual Narrative: As an author/illustrator, once you’ve developed a manuscript and character, it’s time to delve into the visuals of your story. This workshop will cover how a storyboard can be used to develop a visual storyline, as well as provide a bird’s-eye view of your manuscript to check for pacing, composition, and visual rhythms. We’ll also discuss other important considerations for developing visuals for your story like page turns, white space, scale, and more.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Revise, Revise Again: As a picture book writer, sometimes you’ll have a character or a story you love, but the manuscript just isn’t working. Instead of abandoning the idea, delve into intensive revisions! This workshop will provide tips and tricks for overhauling your manuscript. We’ll cover topics like strengthening character and plot and focusing the heart of the story, as well as various revision exercises like blind rewrites, changing the POV, making a dummy to check pacing, and more.

Jessica Anderson
Behind the Scenes of a Middle Grade Novel: From Submission to Finished Book: This session explores an editor’s role, with a comprehensive look at the life cycle of a middle grade novel–from submission through acquisition, early editorial development, copyediting, design, proofing, and selecting final production specifications. A detailed behind-the-scenes perfect for children’s book creators seeking to know more about the journey to a finished book.

First Impressions: The Art of Effective Positioning: This session explores strategies in pitching and positioning through a series of case studies, from picture books through YA, fiction and nonfiction. An insightful exercise for children’s book creators eager to command readers’ attention–from agents to editors and beyond–and make a memorable first impression with their work.

Natascha Morris
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This event is fully booked.