Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Date(s) - 09/21/2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa (Formerly Marriot)
200 North Centenniel Way - Mesa,

Lean, Mean Story Machine – Becoming your best in 2019!



Sarah Jane Abbott, Editor—Beach Lane, Simon & Schuster (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture Books, Middle Grade)

Linda Camacho, Agent— Gallt & Zacker Literary (Fiction, Historical Fiction, Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy)

Allison Moore, Editor—Bloomsbury – (Fiction, Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult)

Rebecca Sherman, Agent—Writers  House – ( Fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Biography/Memoir)

Janni Lee Simner, Author— (Young Adult)

Additional Faculty for overflow critiques:

Telephonic Portfolio Critiques: Martha Rago – Random House Children’s Books

Naomi Kirsten – Chronicle (Off-Site)

Bobi Martin

Dianne White

Laura Ellen


Phoenix Marriott Mesa

200 North Centenniel Way

Mesa, AZ 85201


SCBWI Arizona Conference Hotel Discounted Room Rate: $129 per night (single or double occupancy).

When registering, ask for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators group rate.

Book your group rate for Children’s Book Writing Conference 2019



SCBWI Member Early Bird (Through August 16, 2019)   

Conference Only: $169

Non-Member Early Bird (Through August 16, 2019)   

Conference Only: $199

SCBWI Member Regular (Beginning August 17, 2019)  

Conference Only: $199

Non-Member Regular (Beginning August 17, 2019)   

Conference Only: $229

Buffet Lunch Included



Friday Night Pre-Conference Dinner with Faculty: LIMITED SEATING!

(Only open to registered conference attendees)

Enjoy an intimate pre-conference dinner with faculty on Friday night, September 20, 2019

SCBWI Member: $55 (Sold Out)

Non-Member: $70 (Sold Out)

* Written Portfolio Critique Feedback –  (Portfolio Critique Guidelines Click Here)

(Only open to registered conference attendees)

SCBWI Member: $45

Non-Member: $60


*Written Manuscript Critique Feedback – (Manuscript Critique Guidelines Click Here)

(Only open to registered conference attendees)

SCBWI Member: $45 (Sold Out)

Non-Member: $60 (Sold Out)


*NOTE: Each on-site faculty member will select one submission for a special 15-minute face-to-face critique meeting, which will take place at the end of the conference. Those who are selected for the face-to-face critique will be notified when they pick up their registration packet. All other written critiques will be ready for pick up at the end of the conference.

Critiques will be assigned on a first come, first serve, pre-paid basis and a limited number of critiques with conference faculty are available. Once these slots are filled, additional critiques will be assigned to a qualified & published author in the appropriate genre.



7:30 am                                Registration

8:00 am – 4:40 pm             Conference Activities

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm              Faculty Selected Face-to-Face Manuscript Feedback Sessions

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm             Informal Peer Signings & Mingle in Hotel Lobby



Registered participants for the SCBWI- AZ 2019 Regional Conference, “Lean, Mean Story Machine–” will have three opportunities to receive feedback:

  • Paid (written) Manuscript Critique in the following categories:

* Picture Book

* Early Reader

* Chapter Book

* Middle Grade

* Young Adult

  • Paid Written Portfolio Consultation
  • Submission of work for possible selection as part of the “First Page, First Look” portion of the conference.


* You must register for the conference and pay for a written critique or portfolio consultation. Manuscripts and portfolios must be received electronically.

* You may submit only ONE manuscript for paid critique.

* Due dates are located on the information pages linked below.

Please READ and FOLLOW submission guidelines carefully!





SUBMISSIONS Email Subject: Please begin your subject line with the category of your submission: (Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, First Page, First Look), followed by your name.  ex. Picture Book_Mary Ford; First Look_Mary Ford





*CONFERENCE REGISTRATION is required for all programs and activities.

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*There are no partial refunds for failure to log in.

*Critiques are priced separately and may have participation limits.

*Due to editor/agent time constraints, critique/portfolios fees are non-transferable and nonrefundable.

*Substitutions for conference attendance should be made 48 hours prior to the event. Regional Advisor must be notified in writing at

*Refunds (Tuition Only):

*Before August 16, 2019 conference tuition only subject to a $30 handling fee.

*Before September 6, 2019—50% of conference tuition

*No refunds after September 6, 2019.

*No credits will be issued.

*We are not responsible for any technical difficulties that may arise during registration.

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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 will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, 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:

  • 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 appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy 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:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, 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 submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. 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 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 through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note 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. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



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 under this policy. 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. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


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 a particular 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; and/or
  • 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 a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



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 and witnesses. 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.



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


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