Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PWID 2019: Schedule

Schedule for November 2, 2019 

8:00 – 9:00 Check-in (Early-Bird Ask Anything Session)
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 9:45 Keynote: Vashti Harrison:
8 Lessons I learned from SCBWI, Leonardo DaVinci and Beyonce: a crash course in launching your kid lit career
9:45 – 10:05 Faculty Panel:
Adriana Domínguez, Kait Feldmann, Christopher Hernandez,  Connie Hsu, Jasmin Rubero, Laurel Symonds
10:05 -10:10 Announcements
Passing Period
10:20 – 11:20 Breakout Session I (A-D, choice of Breakout OR Intensive)
Passing Period
11:30 – 12:20 2 Panels: (choose one on the day of the event—NO pre-registration is required)
Picture Book Panel: Adriana Domínguez, Kait Feldmann, Angie Hodges, Jasmin Rubero  (amphitheater)
Novel Panel: Christopher Hernandez, Connie Hsu, Laurel Symonds (cafeteria) 
Please note that if you are registered for the Intensive, you will not be able to attend this panel session.
12:20 – 1:20 Lunch
1:20 – 1:45 Announcements
1:45 – 2:15 Keynote: Bill Konigsberg
Passing Period
2:25 – 3:25 Breakout II (choice of E-H)
Passing Period
3:35 – 4:35 Breakout III (choice I-M)
Passing Period
4:45 – 5:15 Closing remarks, door prizes, etc.
5:15 – 6:00 Mix ‘n Mingle


Virtual Folders are REAL!

    • For our fourth consecutive year, we are excited to be saving trees…
    • At the conference itself, you will be receiving the day’s schedule, an evaluation, and an SCBWI folder. If you purchased a written critique or a dialogue critique, your SCBWI Gold Form Evaluation will be included in your folder.
    • Questions about the virtual folder should be directed to:

There will be an option on the registration form to purchase a fully printed out folder, the cost will be $5.00



When you register, you will be asked to choose a box lunch from the selections below. All lunches come with chips or pretzels, a cookie and a drink.

1.    Turkey Sandwich

2.    Tuna Sandwich

3.    Roasted Vegetable Wrap

4.    Chef’s Salad with fruit cup (this is gluten/peanut free but does contain meat)

If you are looking for additional nibbles, there are vending machines at the Wojcik Center and there will be snacks at the end of the day during the Mix n’ Mingle. Note that coffee, tea, and water will be available all day.


Lunchtime Socials

During lunch, various areas of the Wojcik Center will be designated as Social Spots for attendees to meet and eat with others with similar goals. Areas are planned for PAL members, Illustrators, those interested in promoting Diversity in SCBWI and publishing, and those interested in getting involved with the Prairie Wind. Locations will be posted at the conference when you arrive.


Early Bird Session (30 minutes)

Oh, the Opportunities for Writers and Illustrators!

Whether you are a first-time conference go-er or a veteran, Esther Hershenhorn can teach you a lot. Arrive on the early side and learn the limitless possibilities of SCBWI and your local Illinois Chapter in this resource-rich Q & A session.

Click on the article below for tips on how to prepare for the conference and maximize your experience.

The Early Bird Session is free and open to all.


Member Manuscript Critiques: Rachel Ruiz
Member Manuscript Contest: Sara Shacter
Member Illustration Extras: Cedric Gliane
Virtual Folder: Deborah Topolski
Cancellation request: Darcy Zoells
Registration: Darcy Zoells
Event Location: Cedric Gliane
Accommodation: Rich Green
Volunteers: Sarah Hammond