Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Thinking about attending our conference? You might want to check out all the opportunities we have for writers, starting with three writing intensives (available as conference add-ons):

When Writing is Building: How to Structure Your Story (and Actually Enjoy Doing It) with  Editorial Director Greg Hunter;

Analyzing the Successes of the Past and Present for Creating Unique Stories of the Future with Agent Vicki Selvaggio

Check the Conference Information Page for more complete information

Then go to Tips, Tidbits and the Inside Scoop where you will find information on Formatting Your Critique Submission and How You Mail and How we Schedule Critiques. 

If this is your first critique or your tenth, you may want to review What Happens in Critique…. to make sure you get the most from your time with an industry professional. 

We have three special conference opportunities for writers.

1. Submit to First Pages and your first 200 words may be read by the moderator and commented on by our editorial faculty. There’s always a chance your page may not be read, but you can listen and learn editors think about when they read your opening page. 

2. Our Red-Eye Critiques are an opportuity to be put into Peer-to-Peer critique groups by category and have new eyes on your manuscipts. Many of our now PAL membership level authors have participated in Red-Eye Critiques. 

3. You might want to ask these questions in the breakout sessions, but The PAL Roundtable  is an aprés-conference opportunity listen to our published and listed authors and get the inside scoop on being published.