Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-IL 2018 Spring Thaw–Pitch Perfect 2

Date(s) - 04/21/2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Barbara Belding Lodge at Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25 - St. Charles, IL 60174

The Barbara Belding Lodge has free parking for all attendees.

Have you been writing and illustrating diligently the past several years? Submitting to publishing houses? Going to conferences? Do you feel like you’re on the cusp of publication? If so here’s another chance to multiply your opportunities!



of local industry professionals for ANOTHER day of pitching practice and craft breakouts that will help you get in the game!
(See FACULTY bios in navigation pane, at right.)


Jacqueline Alcántara, Author-Illustrator and Illinois PAL

Crystal Chan, Author and Illinois PAL

Carolyn Crimi, Author and Illinois PAL

Annie Nybo, Editor, Albert Whitman & Co.

Marcy Posner, Agent, Folio Literary Management

Alex Weiss, Associate Agent, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Jonathan Westmark, Associate Editor, Albert Whitman & Co.

Special pre-recorded appearance by the 2018 Many Voices Outstanding Manuscript Prize Judge:

Linda Camacho, Agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency




An informal interview with SCBWI-IL PAL author-illustrator Jacqueline Alcantara, who will discuss her debut year.

A panel, during which our local industry professionals will “pitch” their house or agency and tell you why they should have your next work-in-progress. SCBWI-IL PAL professionals will join them to discuss the art of pitching their work.

Pitch Perfect Sessions during which YOU will have up to (3) minutes TO PITCH up to (3) projects to an agent or editor seated at your table. This local industry professional will select the most promising of the (3) and you will read its first page and receive instant, professional feedback on that work-in-progress.  Attendees will bring hard copies of their log lines and (10) copies of each of their first pages.  Illustrators are invited to bring dummys in addition to their first pages as collateral material only. (See PITCH PERFECT SESSIONS, at right)

Novel or Picture Book Craft Breakouts are offered opposite Pitch Perfect Sessions to give you the opportunity to learn trade secrets from our own, award-winning, Illinois PAL teachers.  (See CRAFT BREAKOUTS, at right).

A special appearance by Linda Camacho, agent with Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, during which she will announce the winner of the 2018 SCBWI-IL Many Voices Outstanding Manuscript Prize.  Application opens February 09. (See DIVERSITY INITIATIVES, at right)

Optional Written Manuscript Critiques provide even more opportunity!  A limited number of written manuscript critiques by editors and agents are offered for an additional $40 fee. (See OPTIONAL WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES, at right)


DATES TO REMEMBER:  SPRING THAW IS SOLD OUT.  To be placed on a waiting list, email Deborah Topolski

Please Note: Opportunities may sell out before their closing dates

February 17              Registration opens on this page at noon CST

March 09                    Last day to purchase optional Written Manuscript Critique–mail within 24 hours registration.

April 07                       Registration Closes at 12PM CST


SCBWI Member Registration fee: $75 

Not-Yet-a-Member fee (Non-Member Fee) : $115  JOIN SCBWI or RENEW TODAY

Optional Written Manuscript  Critiques: Additional $40 each.

Attendance and Written Manuscript Critique fees are non-refundable.  Attendance is non-transferable.  If you cannot attend, please email the registrar, Deborah Topolski , so that someone may be removed from the Wait List.  No walk-in registration.

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  Deborah Topolski to ask for assistance in registering your support person.


Tips for Online Registration:

RENEW or JOIN BEFORE registering.

DO NOT page backward during registration process.

PayPal or Credit Cards accepted for online payment.

Questions about your Online Registration?: Deborah Topolski


Please review PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT & POLICIES, at right, prior to registration. This includes the updated SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. By registering, you agree to comply with our policies.