Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2014 Spring Retreat WRITING WEEKEND

We are delighted to announce the 2014 SCBWI Carolinas Spring Retreat.


This will be an inspiring weekend of informative talks on storytelling, valuable writing time and group sessions with like-minded children’s writers. Set in the seclusion of a woodland setting at Aqueduct Conference Center, the retreat will be a hardworking event for those writers looking to polish their stories beyond basic craft and hone their manuscript theme, an elevator pitch and a query letter through the pre-assigned Peer Writing groups.

Executive Editor, Jill Santopolo, Philomel/Penguin. Jill, the author of the Alec Flint mystery series published by Scholastic Press and the Sparkle Spa series published by Simon & Schuster will be the weekend presenter.  

WHEN:                       May 2 through 4, 2014

WHERE:                     Aqueduct Conference Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

We encourage our members to experience the retreat as a resident and our goal is to provide an inclusive retreat program.


 We will open to NON-RESIDENT PARTICIPATION as of January 15, 2014. Non-resident participants will be assigned to peer writing groups.   Cost for non-resident  includes retreat tuition, Friday night dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner


Register and SUBMIT by February 7, 2014 and receive a written only critique from Jill Santopolo on the first five pages of your manuscript. Registration form and manuscript submission MUST be received by 10 AM Friday, February 7, 2014.Critiques are limited to the first thirty participants. 

SCBWI members will receive priority placement.


We will have three tracks; picture books, middle grade and young adult. Once a track choice is made on the registration form, it can not be changed.  Click here for Retreat Program.  

Each attendee will submit, by April 3, 2014, via email to Teresa Fannin,  a manuscript, [see] professionally formatted.

For all genres, submit up to ten pages.  Attendees will be grouped by genre and meet during the retreat for peer-to-peer critiques, discussion of manuscript theme, critique of elevator pitch and of a query letter.   See Peer Writing Group Pre-Retreat assignments.

            Registration opens December, 2013.  For more information contact Teresa Fannin or Bonnie Adamson.