Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Your Story, Your World: 23rd Annual SCBWI C Conference

Date(s) - 09/25/2015 - 09/27/2015
12:00 AM

Crowne Plaza Hotel
5700 WestPark Drive - Charlotte, North Carolina 28217

Your Story, Your World: A Celebration of Diversity in Children’s Lit.

Our 2015 SCBWI Carolinas fall conference celebrates children’s lit in all its diversity while providing opportunities for every participant to find important take-aways to the art and craft of writing, illustrating and publishing for children.

Event Registration for the 23rd Annual SCBWI Conference is Closed.

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This year’s faculty includes four editors, three agents, an art director and fifteen authors and illustrators eager to share their expertise on subjects ranging from what hooks an editor, navigating the ever-changing waters of gender identity, creating page turners, working more efficiently, creative play, landing an agent and grounding your work (literally) with appropriate settings.  

Looking for where you might fit in this conference? We have MUTIPLE TRACKS from which you can choose. It will be hard. We've put together suggested tracks whether you are a new writer, a seasoned writer, a PAL member, or an illustrator.

Check out Find Your Conference Groove


Intensive programs [ Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM] include

  • picture book author Linda Ashman—WORKING WITH LIMITS—LIMITLESS CHOICES
  • young adult thriller author Lamar Giles—DEVELOP THE PERFECT PITCH
  • Senior Designer/Art Director John Hansen—YOU ARE THE ART DIRECTOR.   

Our conference begins

Friday at 4:00 PM with four breakout sessions covering craft, diversity, illustrating and a question and answer session if you are new to SCBWI.  A moderated Agent Panel, from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM ends our formal programming, so look for our après-conference events including Team Trivia and Red Eye Critiques.

We have a full schedule Saturday of beginning with an awesome keynote, five presentations per breakout session covering industry insights, craft workshops and diversity information and finishes with First Pages/First Impressions.

Don’t miss our Saturday Social—a time to mix with faculty and other attendees, browse the Portfolio Showcase and get your favorite books autographed by our faculty and attending PAL members, followed by our famous Author’s Roundtable and Red Eye Critiques.

Sunday continues the fast-paced schedule with five amazing breakout sessions before we meet for a final keynote and the opportunity to award our conference tuition door prize, The William Hooks Conference Scholarship.

We look forward to seeing you in Charlotte September 25-27, 2015 for a jam-packed weekend!

Looking for hotel accommodations? Call 888 233 9450 direct line for reservations @ $99.00 rate. Or use the online link  Soc of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators [rate effective to 9/3/2015] 


  • $175.00           Early Bird SCBWI Member through July 10, 2015
  • $185.00           SCBWI Member from July 11, 2015 to registration close.
  • $195.00           Early Bird Non Member through July 10, 2015
  • $205.00           Non-Member from July 11, 2015 to registration close.

Intensive Programs: [add-on programs and participation limits may apply]

  • $80.00             SCBWI Member
  • $100.00           Non-Member

PLEASE NOTE: Critique and review sessions are scheduled ONLY for Friday September 25, 2015 between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. You must check in at the registration desk before checking in at the Critique/Review desk.

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES [register by July 17, submit by July 22 @ 10AM]

  • $50.00             SCBWI Member           $100.00           SCBWI Member (2)
  • $65.00             Non-Member                $130.00           Non-Member (2)

[Limit two manuscript critiques per attendee]

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS [register by August 14, 2015]

  • $50.00             SCBWI Member
  • $65.00             Non-Member

Online registration only. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay online. Scroll down the page at PayPal and pay as a guest.

Or you may register online, continue to the PayPal page and close it. Then download the Pay By Check form from the 2015 Conference Brochure

Have questions, concerns? Contact Teresa Fannin @


  • Conference registration is required for all programs and activities
  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds are subject to a 5% handling fee
  • Please Note: Intensive Programs, Critiques and Reviews are priced separately and may have participation limits
  • No tuition, portfolio review fees or intensive fees will be refunded after July 31, 2015
  • No critique fees will be refunded after July 17, 2015


We do not issue tickets. This is to assist in speaker room assignments.