Arkansas SCBWI Retreat 2017

Date(s) - 10/13/2017 - 10/15/2017
12:00 am

St. Scholastica Retreat Center
1205 South Albert Pike - Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903

The 21st annual Arkansas Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Retreat is Oct. 13-15, 2017 at the St. Scholastica Retreat Center in Fort Smith.

The retreat will will feature hands-on workshops led by Victoria A. Selvaggio, associate agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency; and Kari Sutherland, agent at Bradford Literary Agency; writing time; and private manuscript consultations with Selvaggio and Sutherland. At the retreat, writers will learn techniques to strengthen their works-in-progress, submissions and writing skills and improve their manuscripts positively.

Registered attendees will submit pages from a manuscript in advance (via email) and receive in-depth feedback from the publishing professionals at the retreat. Instructions will be emailed to those who register.

Cost is all-inclusive: private rooms with shared bath, meals, snacks, all workshops and consultations with the agents. For questions regarding registration, email

Registration opens July 29. It is online with the option to pay online through PayPal or by check (mail to Arkansas SCBWI, P.O. Box 94109, North Little Rock, AR 72190). To register, you will select a registration ticket. SCBWI members: Be sure you are logged into to see member options and pricing.

Reservations are on a first come, first served basis for SCBWI members. If you are a not a member of SCBWI, but have attended one of our previous events, contact to confirm if space is available and how to register.

Space is limited for the retreat, so register early!

Registration opens: July 29
To participate in the Advance Manuscript Consultation, register by:
– Payment by check (received by): Aug. 30
– Payment online: Aug. 30
– No full refunds after Aug. 30

Accommodations are retreat-like with no phone, internet or television in rooms. Television and phone service are available in the lounge area.

Victoria A. Selvaggio
Victoria A. SelvaggioBusiness owner turned Associate Agent, Victoria A. Selvaggio comes to the The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as a prior Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Northern Ohio, with over 10 years of actively working on the executive board. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an Author, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done.
Agency website:
Twitter: @vselvaggio1

Kari Sutherland
Kari SutherlandKari Sutherland joined the Bradford Literary Agency in 2017 after a decade of experience in publishing from the editorial side. Previously a Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, she has worked with bestselling and critically acclaimed authors on projects such as the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. With her editorial insight and experience with the entire publishing process, Kari is passionate about helping to polish each manuscript and equip her clients for success.
Agency website:
Twitter: @KariSutherland


Sample Schedule:

3 p.m. Check-in
5 p.m. Welcome
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Workshop
9 p.m. Shop Talk/Socializing/Snacks
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Workshop
12 p.m. Lunch
1-5 p.m. Manuscript Feedback (Individual appointments)
  Writing/Personal Time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Workshop
9 p.m. Socializing/Ghost Stories/Snacks
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Workshop
11 a.m. Evaluation/Farewell


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SCBWI Member Registration - $355.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

SCBWI Member Registration for the 2017 Retreat October 13-15 (includes private room with shared bath, meals, snacks, all sessions and a consultations with the agents)