SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Brazos Valley 2020 Conference

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 02/29/2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location
Covenant Presbyterian Church
220 Rock Prairie Rd. - College Station, TX 77845

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SCBWI Brazos Valley 2020 Conference
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 29, 2020

Covenant Presbyterian Church
College Station, Texas

Early Bird Registration Oct. 1 through Dec. 15: $135 for SCBWI members; $175 for nonmembers
Regular Registration Dec. 16 through Feb. 28: $160 for SCBWI members; $200 for nonmembers
(Student members, age 18 and older, receive an automatic discount at registration.)

Amplifying Unsung Voices Scholarship submissions are now OPEN. See details here.
SCBWI Brazos Valley is happy to announce the inaugural Amplifying Unsung Voices scholarship for kid lit writers from traditionally underrepresented populations. The winning applicant will receive a full registration scholarship* to attend the conference.

FACULTY INCLUDES:

RUBIN PFEFFER, Agent at Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC
“You and Publishing. Let´s Get Going.”

AMANDA RAMIREZ, Assistant Editor at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
“Bad Writer Habits”

SAHO FUJII, Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
“The Picture Book Process”—a 90-minute break-out session for illustrators

KELLY BENNETT, Author
“What is your Picture Book´s Big Picture?”

SUSAN FLETCHER, Author
“30 Tips/30 Years: What I’ve Learned about Writing Since I Sold my First Book”

PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE
Registration in the Showcase should be confirmed during registration. If you decide to participate in the Showcase after you register, you may sign in at the door. Please contact Liz Mertz, brazosvalley@scbwi.org, to let her know you plan to participate.

The Portfolio Showcase will be held Feb. 29 from 9am-3:45pm. Drop-off will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. Pick-up will be by 4:00 p.m. sharp. Prizes for the winners will be awarded at the end of the conference day.

Remember NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK should be included in your portfolio. Have high-quality color copies of your art in your portfolio instead. Please label all artwork as well as the portfolio case. Promotional materials such as postcards and business cards are permitted, but they must be able to fit in the allotted display place on the showcase tables. 

The portfolio may be leather or vinyl with page sizes from 8”x10” to 11”x14.” It must be no larger than 17 x 26 when opened. It should contain no more than 10 representational pieces of your BEST artwork and any dummies that you may wish to show. If you are bringing a book dummy, remember to attach it to your portfolio. 

If you are preparing an illustration portfolio for the first time, check out the SCBWI Illustrators Guide (page 17) of THE BOOK. 

Still have questions? Contact Liz Mertz, brazosvalley@scbwi.org.

ILLUSTRATOR BREAKOUT SESSION 
For the 2020 SCBWI Brazos Valley conference, we are excited to be able to offer the Illustrator Breakout with Saho Fujii, Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
Saho Fujii
will provide a limited number of face-to-face portfolio reviews at the conference. When registering for the conference, attendees may sign up for a review of up to 10 images, for $40.

CRITIQUES WITH FACULTY
Amanda Ramirez, Kelly Bennett, and Susan Fletcher will each provide a limited number of face-to-face critiques at the conference. When registering for the conference, attendees may sign up for one critique of a single work, up to 10 pages, for $40. Details for formatting the submission and how to send it will be emailed following registration. The deadline for submitting pages for critique will be Jan. 12, 2020. 

Critique Guidelines
For novels, submit 10 pages, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font, with one-inch margins. Include a cover letter and a one-page, single-spaced synopsis, so your document is actually 12 pages. For picture books, submit one complete manuscript (10 pages or less). Critiques will be returned in a 15-minute face-to-face meeting during the conference. Email your submission, attached in one Word document, to brazosvalley+critique@scbwi.org by 11:59 p.m. CST, Jan. 12, 2020. Use the subject line “critique submission.”