Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

What to Bring

Remember to bring the following:


10 COPIES EACH OF YOUR FIRST PAGES (for up to 3 works-in-progress), formatted per the Guidelines (at RIGHT).  There is no copier available at the Barbara Belding Lodge. You may write your contact information on back to maximize your first page content.


Your LOG LINES (corresponding to your first pages) to pitch to the industry professional at your table in your Pitch Perfect Session, formatted per the Guidelines.


Author-Illustrators may bring dummys to show fellow round-table attendees as collateral material ONLY.  The dummy does NOT take the place of your first page.


If you are attending the PICTURE BOOK INTENSIVE: Bring paper/pens and (2) hard copies of a wip picture book mss to work with during the session. How do I know if I’m in the Picture Book Intensive?  Click here.


Bring business cards, pitch cards or post cards for connecting with fellow attendees. Illustrators may leave post cards on the Check-in table after lunch.


NEW: If you registered for an optional Written Manuscript Critique, pick it up at the Registration Table during lunch.


Your OPTIONAL donation of a NEW book for upcoming SCBWI-IL booth giveaways and prizes.  Please consider a diverse book or one by a diverse creator.


SCBWI-IL will accept donations ($1 minimum) for the Diversity Has Many Voices button available at Check-in.


Check-in begins at 8:30 AM.  The program begins at 9 AM: Please plan your travel route ahead of time.  Some GPS devices have trouble locating the event location (6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles).  Please refer to the event map or click on this link:


Questions?:Deborah Topolski or Jennifer Wagh