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2018 Houston SCBWI Conference

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Join us for the 2018 Houston SCBWI Conference

September 29, 2018 8am-6:15pm and September 30, 2018 9am-3pm at The Marriott Houston Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042


Linda Sue Park Keynote to Open

Registration for our 2018 Houston SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Conference is now open! Click the link to the registration form either above or at the end of this page. SCBWI members, LOG IN 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 difference between the non-member ticket price and the member price is equivalent to roughly half a year’s membership.)
To see all the pricing, look at FAQ and INFORMATION below.

This year we are offering more critiques than ever!

You will have multiple opportunities with EDITORS, AGENTS and AUTHORS to review your manuscripts.

You can choose one Faculty Agent or Editor or Art Director (face to face). In addition, you can choose multiple critiques with Local Authors (face to face) and also choose multiple e-critiques with Agents and Editors (written critique only, not face to face). Please read the bios or each critiquer before you register to ensure your manuscript fits the genre and age group that they are critiquing.



The Saturday conference will be all day and will be organized with Keynote addresses, panels, and choice of four interest tracks in breakout sessions. On Sunday, you will have your choice of morning 3 hour intensives and afternoon 2 hour intensives based on genre. On Saturday, there will be a Keynote address given by Linda Sue Park, panels of information by two editors and four agents, a First Look Writing and Illustration Panel, Silent Auction, Portfolio Showcase, and multiple tracks of craft and professional information presentations. 

Lunch is provided both days. Breakfast is not included.

You can choose a 12-minute face to face critique with one of the editors or agents, multiple author faculty critiques as well as multiple e-critiques. Saturday critiques include the opportunity to win the Joan Lowery Nixon Award for one year of mentoring. Blue Willow Bookstore will be on the premises. There will be door prizes all day and Book Signings. Join us Saturday night for Dinner with Game Night and Dancing.

Sunday Intensive Workshops Will Have Morning and Afternoon Sessions

Picture Book Intensives will be presented by Jennifer Hamburg and Sandra J. Howatt  

Illustrator Intensives will presented by Kelly Light and Nancy Brennan

Novel Intensives will be presented by Linda Sue Park and Crystal Allen

You may register for the FULL SATURDAY AND SUNDAY CONFERENCE or either SATURDAY or SUNDAY exclusively.

Click here to see the list and bios of our Faculty Speakers and critique faculty.  Read carefully to choose the editor or agent that most closely reads the type of manuscript you wish to submit for critique. You may select one Faculty Editor or Agent, multiple e-critiques and multiple author/illustrator critiques. Fees for critiques are paid in addition to the conference registration fee.


Houston SCBWI Diversity Scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of agent Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services and Steven Salpeter literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd., the Houston SCBWI is able to offer two full conference scholarships to members from a marginalized/underrepresented population. Writers and illustrators whose race, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, disabilities, etc., are underrepresented in children’s/YA literature may apply.
UPDATE: We are pleased to announce there are TWO winners for our first Diversity Scholarships. Congratulations to Alda Dobbs and Sanjeevi Adhihetty! Thanks to all who submitted. “It’s exciting to see such talent and I am sure we will see much success from all of you in the future. Good luck to everyone and thank you for your participation. It was an honor to read your work.” Vicki Sansum, RA Houston.