Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Arkansas SCBWI “Choose Your Own Adventure®” Fall Event

Date(s) - 11/15/2019 - 11/17/2019
12:00 am

Mt. Sequoyah Conference Center
150 N. Skyline Dr. - Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

Is it a retreat, a deep-dive craft intensive, a member social, or a networking event? The answer is YES! This event can be whatever YOU want it to be! CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE®! It will take place November 15-17, at the Mount Sequoyah Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If you want retreat and Friday night social only, all you have to do is secure a room on your own at the center under our room block. (You can join us for lunch, too, with an additional small meal charge.) If you want the intensives, contests, and Saturday sessions, register for the the whole shebang! You can stay overnight or not–rooms aren’t part of the event fee, so locals can save money by heading back home.

Registration and Schedule below!

Event highlights include:

*Keynote Speaker: Crescent Dragonwagon, writing teacher and author to 29 children’s books. Called by the Chicago Tribune, “An earthy, red-headed yarn-spinning woman,” Crescent Dragonwagon is the much-published author of fifty books in five genres, including 29 children’s books. She is the developer and leader of the Fearless Writing™ family of on- and off-line workshops and courses, which have helped hundreds of writers write (and in many cases publish) with greater ease, more authenticity of voice, and less angst.

*Fantastic literary agent Saba Sulaiman will lead us in a live webinar and Q and A about rejections: how to navigate them, use them, and write past them. She will also be available for  a limited number of critiques.

*Intensives with Darcy Pattison and Crescent Dragonwagon:

–Crescent will lead a two-hour version of her “Fearless Writing” workshop. Her most famous student of this class is none other than Julia Child, who was preparing to write her memoir.

–Darcy will lead a two-hour indie and self-publishing intensive. Storyteller, writing teacher, Queen of Revisions, children’s book author and founder of Mims House publisher, her books have been translated into nine languages. Although she is best known for her work in children’s literature, she is also a writing teacher traveling across the nation presenting her Novel Revision Retreat. She has been featured as a writer and writing teacher in prestigious publications such as Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, and 2012 Writer’s Market.

*The weekend will kick off with a free Friday night social and kidlit game night! This is available to members and non-members and will be a fun night to talk, get to know each other, and play some kidlit-themed party games. Light appetizers and beverages. You don’t need to register for the event to come to this.

*Saturday sessions will include topics for beginners and professionals and everyone in-between. Illustrators will always have a session that applies to their work. Local professionals will lead workshops in topics like Self-editing, Idea Generation and Evaluation, How to Get Real and Get an Agent, Developing Your Own Illustration Style, and Building Your Illustration Portfolio.

*First Pages genre-specific contest and Illustration Portfolio contest.

*Published Author and Illustrator Panel for Q and A.

*Conference bookstore featuring member and faculty books, along with some “Choose Your Own Adventure™” titles.

*Sunday morning critique circles for those staying over Saturday night.


The event will be $130 for members during the early registration, which begins September 16. Non-members are $150 during the early registration, and $165 during the regular registration. Members will be $145 during the regular registration period. Critiques, intensives, and contests will be available for small additional fees. If you sign up for a critique with Saba Sualaiman, it will be due by October 21st. First pages contest entries are due by November 4. Email submissions to Illustration contest entries should be brought to the conference and turned in to the registration desk by Saturday morning at 9am.

You may choose to pay with Paypal or the “Pay Later” choice. If you choose the latter, please contact our regional advisor within two days for mailing instructions. Her email is

ACCOMMODATIONS: There’s a room block available at the Mount Sequoyah center for between $75-100 a night, and you can share a room, if you like! We’re doing our best to make this affordable for everyone. Please contact Mount Sequoyah and request a room in the Arkansas SCBWI block. Here’s their contact info:

P: 479.443.4531 | 800.760.8126

Finally, introducing something new: Event SCHOLARSHIPS! There are two available: one that is strictly need-based, and one that is a diversity scholarship that is available for an attendee identifying as a marginalized category including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, and disability status. To apply for either of these scholarships, please fill out registration, choose “Pay later,” and click the box saying that you wish to apply for a scholarship. Leadership will reach out to you when we receive it!