Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Mid Atlantic Virtual Fall Conference with Hollins University

Date(s) - 10/23/2020 - 10/24/2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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SCBWI Mid Atlantic’s Virtual Fall Conference with Hollins University 


Join us for our first ever virtual fall conference! We are excited to collaborate with Hollins University for this event and bring some amazing programming to our members that is usually only offered to Hollins MFA students. Come for a weekend of publishing and craft talks, socials and roundtables, and opportunities to receive feedback from our esteemed faculty through manuscript and portfolio consultations!


Important links:

Consultation information

Apply for a scholarship! 

Faculty bios


Schedule of Events

** All events in Eastern Time


Free Pre-conference Events and Socials: Friday, October 23 **included with a Saturday ticket

6:00-7:00pm Meet-and-Greet Social. A chance to make friends, play a few games, and meet some of our faculty before Saturday!

7:00 – 8:00pm PAL Roundtable. Meet your fellow PAL members and welcome our new PAL Coordinator!

7:00-8:00pm Illustrator Roundtable. Come meet our new Illustrator Coordinator!

7:00-8:00pm New Member and First-Timer Welcome hosted by Angele McQuade


Saturday , October 24 (all Saturday sessions will be recorded and available for replay)

10:00 Welcome and How to Have a Joyous Creative Career in an Hour a Day with Claudia Mills

11:00 Black Lives Matter in Children’s Literature with authors Sharon Dennis Wyeth, and Dhonielle Clayton, scholar Karen Chandler,  and literary agent Quressa Robinson

1:00 Keynote Address by Meg Medina, Never Letting Go: Growing Merci Suárez from a short story to an award-winning trilogy

2:00  Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Picture Book Panel with authors Anika Aldamuy Denise, Maryann Macias, and Fernando Gonzales, Creative Director for Make  Way for Books
  • Structure and Sparkle: Writing the Transitional Chapter Book with Claudia Mills
  • Anatomy of a Query Letter with literary agent Erin Clyburn

3:00 Agent Panel with Quressa Robinson (Nelson Literary Agency), Erin Clyburn (Jennifer DeChiara), and Danielle Burby (Nelson Literary)

4:00 Editor Panel with Courtney Stevenson (Harper Collins) & Aneeka Kalia (Viking)




Optional Intensives: Friday, October 23 (extra fee required)

Limited to the first 25 participants for each. Intensives are small-group classes that encourage attendee participation and because of this they will not be recorded for future replay. **Please do not sign up if you can not attend your class live. ** To register for an intensive, you must register for the Saturday portion of the conference as well.

10:30 – 12:30  Morning intensives. Choose One.

  • Author track.
    1. Danielle Burby, Nelson Literary, Writing to Your Strengths
    2. Ashley Wolff, The Picture Book Only YOU Can Write 
  • Illustrator track.
    1. John Steven Gurney, Story Concept and Thumbnail Sketch Improv Workshop

1:30 – 3:30  Afternoon intensives. Choose one.

  • Author track.
    1. Hillary Homzie, Make ‘Em Laugh: Ten Tips and Techniques
    2. Quressa Robinson, Nelson Literary, Plot and Characterization
  • Illustrator Track.
    1. Mary Jane Begin, Character Development: A Visual Storytelling Workshop


Manuscript and Portfolio Consultations:

A limited number of 10 minute phone consultations will be available with faculty members. This is a unique opportunity to receive feedback from some of the experts in our field including agents, editors, authors, and Hollins University faculty. When you register, please select your reviewer and one ten-minute slot. You will only be able to see reviewers and time slots that are still available. Phone consultations are being offered on Friday, 10/23 from 4 – 7 pm, Saturday 10/24 from 6 – 9 pm, or Sunday, 10/25 from 1 – 4 pm. You may choose one manuscript/PB dummy or one portfolio consultation. Please read the guidelines HERE.




Friday Intensives (Each): $25 Members, $40 Non-Members

Saturday ticket: $60 Members, $75 Non-Members

Manuscript and Portfolio Consultations: $45 for Members and Non-Members

**We are offering a special discount for our friends at Hollins University! Make sure to check the box that you are a student or on the faculty of Hollins University and register with your Hollins email address. Please email us here if you have any questions.



For registration questions, contact Linda

For questions about consultations, contact Jess and Debra

For general questions, contact Erin and Valerie


** Please note: Our popular Friday night pre-conference Peer Critique Session has been moved to Friday, Oct 16, at 6 pm and does not require a ticket to the conference to attend. Please go HERE for more details and to register.