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2017 Houston SCBWI Conference

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Join us for the 2017 Houston SCBWI Conference

October 7, 2017 8am-6:15pm and October 8, 2017 9am-12pm at The Marriott Houston Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042


Bruce Coville Keynote to Open

Registration for our 2017 Houston SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Conference is now open! Scroll down for the registration form. SCBWI members, login to this website to get the discounted member pricing. Non-members, if you’d like to become a member before you register, click here.

The Saturday conference includes great talks by two editors, three agents, and an art director who is an Executive Creative Director. Enjoy a continental breakfast, luncheon buffet with vegan and gluten-free options, a cookie break and coffee and tea during the day. You can choose a 12-minute face to face critique with one of the speakers, a 15-minute one-on-one portfolio critique, or multiple local faculty critiques as well as one e-critique. A local panel of authors will discuss What Keeps Me Going.

Also on Saturday we will offer First Look Writing and Art pages, an Illustrator Breakout session with Executive Creative Director Martha Rago, a Nonfiction Breakout led by Pat Miller, networking buffet lunch, a 3-minute window to pitch to an editor or agent of your choice, Portfolio Showcase, Silent Auction, the opportunity to win the Joan Lowery Nixon award for one year of mentoring, Blue Willow Bookstore on the premises, door prizes and Book Signings. Join us Saturday night for a Tex-Mex dinner with Game Night and Dancing.

For the Sunday conference, you choose between three Intensives from 9AM to 12PM. For writers, we have a three hour intensive led by the amazing Bruce Coville, “At the Corner of Plot and Character” or for Picture Book authors, Jennifer Hamburg will lead “Finding the Funny”. For Illustrators, the talented Martha Rago who is the Creative Director for Random House Young Readers will speak on “Developing Characters”.


The Houston SCBWI 2017 Conference has tiered pricing so that even those on a budget can afford a part of it.* Visit the Faculty & Speakers page above for full bios. The full conference runs Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 7:30am to 5:45pm and Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 9:00am to 12pm. You can choose to come either day or come both days, but must register for each day separately. Get a bigger discount with early-bird pricing if you register before August 1, 2017. The price for Saturday includes breakfast and lunch.
Dinner and dancing is Saturday night and must be paid separately. 

*The difference between the non-member ticket price and the member price is equivalent to roughly half a year’s membership.
If you would like to become a member before registering, you can do so at

Six speakers including 3 agents, 2 editors and an art director

Plus extra opportunities for E-critiques with 2 additional agents and 2 editors

One-on-one 12 minute manuscript critique sessions with speakers and local authors

A 3-minute window to pitch to an editor or agent of your choice

One-on-one 15 minute portfolio critiques and showcase

Joan Lowery Nixon finalist (winner mentored by authors Joy Preble or Kathy Duval)

Selling of books by Blue Willow Bookstore plus book signings at the end of the day

TexMex dinner social celebrating the end of the first day of the 2017 Houston Chapter Conference

Silent Auction of many prizes, including the Art Auction of original art and decorative items

Door prizes

Opportunities to network

Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon cookie break

The Marriott Westchase will provide FREE wifi throughout the hotel.



Conference Cancellations

Cancellations for the conference on or after August 3will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations for the conference after September 30 will not be refunded. Contact Vicki Sansum. If you cannot send your manuscript, CONTACT immediately. If another person can fill the critique, a refund will be given.
There can be no refunds after August 26.







By registering for this conference, you acknowledge that audio taping, video taping and/or transmitting or aiding in
any of the foregoing of any part of the conference (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions and networking events) is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and
may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the
copyright holder only. If you are found in violation of the above, SCBWI reserves the right to remove you
from the conference and bar you from attending future conferences.
While we think it’s great when bloggers share thoughts about their overall experience, offer a personal anecdote, and/or briefly talk about something that resonated with them, it is equally important that bloggers not give away that which is not theirs to give. The fair use policy issued by SCBWI above refers to speakers’ rights, authors’ rights, and illustrators’ rights, under any circumstances, and it pertains to the content of our speakers’ talks, workshops, and/or handouts. This falls into the category of protecting intellectual property. Again, personal impressions, a quote that is cited, and/or a general overview would be considerate. However, it would be a breach of copyright law to give away a detailed report of a presenter’s material.
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