Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Prairie Writer’s & Illustrator’s Day 2018

Date(s) - 10/27/2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd. - Palatine, IL 60067

Take flight on October 27th! 


Registration opens here (homepage) August 15

$165.00 SCBWI members / $205.00 non-members




Russell Busse, Associate Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Michael Joosten, Associate Editor at Random House Children’s Books

Weslie Turner,  Associate Editor, Imprint/Macmillan


Adriana Domínguez, Agent at Full Circle Literary

Deborah Warren, Founder and Agent at East-West Literary

Art Directors:

Jim Hoover, Associate Art Director at Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Randon House

John Sanford, Senior Art Director at Cricket Media

Marketing and Publicity Consultants:

Barbara Fisch & Sarah Shealy, Co-Principals of Blue Slip Media

Faculty Authors and Illustrators:

Kelly Light, PAL Author-Illustrator: 

Esther Hershenhorn, Illinois PAL Author & SCBWI-IL RAE

Claudia Guadalupe Martínez, Illinois PAL Author

Eileen Meyer, Illinois PAL Author

Sherri Rinker, Illinois PAL Author


CONFERENCE DETAILS TO THE RIGHT (above, in the upper box)

If you have trouble making your payment and finalizing your registration, please be aware that you can easily complete the transaction by going to your <home> page, <event history> and using the <pay now> button.



August 15 Registration opens here, on this page of the website, on Wednesday at noon.
September 15 Deadline for manuscript critiques and manuscript contest. Please see the Guidelines for details (note new guidelines for graphic novels)
September 15 Illustration Contest Deadline to e-mail. See the Guidelines for details.
October 1 Cancellation deadline to get a refund. A $50 cancellation fee will be charged on all cancellations. Fees for Extras are non-refundable. 
October 15 Registration ends
October 20 Illustrator postcard should be received. See Extras page for details.                

*Please be aware, Prairie Writer’s & Illustrator’s Day has traditionally been a sellout event, and many of our Extra opportunities also fill before their deadlines.