Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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


Manuscript Critique Slots still available

Register by August 11. Submit by August 14

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.

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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 identitycreating page turnersworking more efficientlycreative playlanding 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
  • Cricket Senior Art Director Karen Kohn—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