Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PWID 2016: The Day

Super Schedule for November 5, 2016 

8:00 – 9:00         Check-in (Early-Bird Ask Anything Session)

9:00 – 9:15         Welcome

9:15 – 9:45         Keynote: Don Tate

9:45 – 10:20       Faculty Panel: Castellano, Garcia, Levin, Pratt, Todd

Passing Period

10:30 – 11:30     Breakout #1

Passing Period

11:40 – 12:30     PB Panel: Castellano, Todd, Tate

         MG/YA Panel: Garcia, Levin, Pratt

12:30 – 1:30       Lunch

1:30 – 1:45         Announcements

1:45 – 2:15         Keynote Skype: Kirsten Cappy

Passing Period

2:25 – 3:25         Breakout #2

Passing Period

3:35 – 4:35         Breakout #3

Passing Period

4:45 – 5:15         Closing remarks, door prizes, etc.

5:15 – 6:00         Mix 'n Mingle


Registration fees for PWID2016: $165.00 SCBWI members / $190.00 non-members


Superheroes are trying to save the world and you can help!

We are excited to be trying something new with the folders this year in an effort to be more eco-friendly. Before the conference, we will be sending a link with the speakers’ profiles and submission instructions, as well as other information that is usually in the folders.  You may print and bring the handouts you feel are pertinent to the conference.

At the conference itself, you will be receiving the day's schedule and an SCBWI folder. If you purchased a written critique, it will be passed out at the conference separately. 



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.

Lunch & Learn: We will also again be offering Lunch & Learn tables with organized discussion. Space is limited, so there will be a sign-up at the check-in desk when you pick up your folder. Topics will be posted at the conference when you arrive.  


It’s an early-bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super-Esther!

Whether you are you a first-time conference go-er or a veteran, our own Illinois superhero, Esther Hershenhorn, can teach you a lot. Click on the article below for tips to maximize your conference experience.

Confessions and Secrets of a Veteran SCBWI Conference Go-er

If you have more questions or are looking for a post-conference strategy, arrive November 5 on the early side and attend her ask-anything session described below.

A Few More Confessions of a First-Time Conference – and Post-Conference – Go-er

Your pre-Conference preparations are about to pay off!  But what about after?  How might you further maximize your newly-gained knowledge, focus, connections and opportunities so you keep moving forward on your Children’s Book Creator’s Plotline? Learn the limitless possibilities in this resource-rich Q & A session.


Don’t be a Clark Kent, let the world know your achievements

Maybe Superman didn’t need to self-promote, but no children’s book author or illustrator should let an opportunity fly by. Help us create a colorful clothesline of book covers to decorate the Wojcik Center foyer and promote your work to conference faculty and attendees at the same time! Anyone with a published book (PAL or independently published) may showcase up to three titles. Bring a postcard or printout (no larger than 5 x 8) of your book cover to join in the celebration.


Coming From another planet?

If you need lodging during the conference, the Courtyard Hotel offers a discounted rate for conference attendees of $94.95 plus taxes, if you book by October 3. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel. Contact Roberta Smith, Director of Sales, at (847) 908-2653 for the discount.

Schaumburg Courtyard Hotel

1311 American Lane

Schaumburg, IL

(847) 619-8100

Map and Directions


Worse than Kryptonite for your career…

Professional and Courteous Conduct Expected

By signing up for PWID 2016, you acknowledge that audio taping, video taping, and/or transmitting or aiding in any of the foregoing, of any part of the event (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions and networking events) is prohibited. Additionally, the content of materials, including but not limited to, all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, tweeted, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder.

We think it is great when bloggers and tweeters share their thoughts about their overall experience, offer a personal anecdote, and/or briefly talk about something that resonated with them. However, it is equally important that they 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. Thank you in advance for taking this policy into account. 

Your professionalism is greatly appreciated.


"Holy conference conundrum, Batman! What more could there be?"

Additional information:

You must be 18 years of age or older to attend Prairie Writer's & Illustrator's Day.

Cancellation requests must be made by e-mail by October 29. There will be a $50 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds issued after October 29. Registration is nontransferable.

There are no refunds for Extras.

If you have a disability and require a support person in order to be able to take advantage of some or all of this event, please register AND email the Registrar to ask for assistance in registering your support person. Support Personnel attend the event for free but are asked to pay a nominal lunch fee.

Harper College is a smoke-free campus.  PWID attendees must refrain from smoking while on campus.  Please direct all questions about this policy to Harper College. For more information go to:



Member Manuscript Extras: Natalie Rompella,

Member Illustration Extras: Janet McDonnell,

PAL Member Extra:Sara Shacter,

Virtual Folder:Natalie Rompella,

Cancellation request: Darcy Zoells,

Registration: Darcy Zoells,

Event Location: Suzanne Slade,

Accommodation: Terri Murphy,

Lunch & Learn: Deborah Topolski,

Diversity Initiative: Deborah Topolski,

Volunteers: Patty Toht,