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).

Registration is open. To register, you need to select a registration ticket and and optional extras below. SCBWI members: Be sure you are logged into to see member options and pricing. *Note: Errors are possible with this system, so please be patient with any errors. Contact with any problems you encounter.

Register by April 30 to participate in consultations and pitches (checks must be received by that date). Spaces for all of these are limited. See policies for instructions on deadlines, what to send and bring for consultations/pitches.

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 2 (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 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:
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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Non-Member Registration - $165.00
Non-Member Registration for the 2018 Conference June 22-23 includes Friday dinner, Saturday Conference sessions & lunch (select choice in workshop & extras)

Non-Member Student Registration - $145.00
Student Registration for the 2018 Conference June 22-23 includes Friday dinner, Saturday Conference sessions & lunch (select choice in workshop & extras)

SCBWI Member Registration - $145.00

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SCBWI Member Registration for the 2018 Conference June 22-23 includes Friday dinner, Saturday Conference sessions & lunch (select choice in workshop & extras)

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. This includes all harassment, intimidation, and discrimination made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity. Harassment includes verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as deliberate intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying or coercion of any kind, in particular forcing another to accept your beliefs.

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination at SCBWI programs and activities and is applicable to all SCBWI events and all SCBWI venues, including but not limited to SCBWI events, conferences, meetings, meet-ups, critique groups, and online interactions. Harassment, intimidation, and discrimination at any SCBWI event, any one of the foregoing events, or on-line is prohibited.


Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI events and activities, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:


-Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.


-Sustained disruption of talks or other events.


-Inappropriate physical contact.


-Unwelcome sexual attention.


-Abusive verbal comments.


-Quid pro quo – sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.


Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.



Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:


-All SCBWI conferences will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.


-A complainant may request assistance from any SCBWI officer, employee, or regional team member.


-SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any incident of harassment. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports can be filled out anonymously or with identifying information. Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred online. Emails will be monitored at all times, including during SCBWI events. SCBWI will fully investigate all complaints, including those made anonymously, and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence. Please note however, that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.




The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.




SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Every report will be investigated by a panel consisting of independent consultants specializing in issues of harassment. The results of the investigation and the recommendations of the panel will be reported to the officers of SCBWI, who will determine, in conjunction with the panel or, when appropriate, in consultation with an independent arbiter, the appropriate sanction.

Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


-warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;


-immediate removal from the event;


-denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;


-withholding of a contracted honorarium;


-prohibition from future speaking engagements;


-prohibition from future faculty appointments;


-expulsion from SCBWI;


-removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate




Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:


-warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;


-immediate removal from the event, without refund;


-denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;


-termination of SCBWI membership, without refund;


-prohibition future SCBWI membership





SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.


* SCBWI acknowledges the contributions of Geek Feminism, Science Fiction Writers of America, and WisCon for their work in developing anti-harassment policies.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

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