Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2022 Boutique Critique

Date(s) - 10/21/2022 - 10/22/2022
12:00 am

Shopping for an agent or editor?
Join Us For Boutique Critique

Receive boutique feedback on your work-in-progress
Industry professionals will size up your manuscript in virtual small-group settings and critique 

Limited Attendees for maximum feedback opportunities.

Industry professionals provide tailor-made advice and feedback to get you on the runway to publication! 

Navair Gabriel

Eileen Robinson


Kortney Price

More to Faculty to be announced…




Attend Friday Evening in-person at Piano Forte in Chicago or watch live stream and enjoy unlimited viewings of both for one month.

Get inspired with a crafted keynote followed by an industry chat where you can ask your questions to get tailored advice.


DJ Corchin is an author and illustrator who grew up outside of Chicago, IL. He attended DePaul University and received his Bachelors of Music Education.

After graduating, he was cast as a feature performer in the Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Broadway show, “BLAST” to play multiple instruments including riding a unicycle while playing the trombone.
It was talking to kids as part of the show’s educational promotional group and becoming a high school band director that he gathered stories from all over the country which evolved into The Band Nerds Book Series.
DJ, with a life-long love of kid lit, began writing and self-publishing picture books after an encounter with writer, John Hughes who taught him he was a writer the moment he put pen to paper.
In 2019, Sourcebooks acquired DJ’s entire self-published library. The deal was featured in Publishers Weekly. His debut picture book with Sourcebooks, A Thousand NO’s, illustrated by Dan Dougherty launched to wonderful reviews and won the Eric Hoffer Award Winner for Best Children’s Book. Since then Sourcebooks has published The I Feel… Children’s Series, The Band Nerds Book Series, Do You Speak Fish?, and If You See A Unicorn, It Is Not Yours To Keep with many more to come.
He writes and draws from his home in Chicago, IL where he lives with family. 



ZOOM CRITIQUE SESSIONS With Industry Professional
Read your log line or 2 sentence synopsis and corresponding first page up to 250 words.  Our industry professionals give immediate feedback to help you tailor your story.

Our Agent will choose one pre-submitted pitch for a post event 1:1 zoom critique

Insider information to submit your manuscripts/portfolios to our faculty members. You may submit to all live event faculty per their guidelines.

Information provided to attendees in the Boutique Critique VIRTUAL FOLDER 

EVENT EXTRA: Optional, Added Fee

Receive written feedback on your tailored manuscript. Select critique professional during registration.


This is a HYBRID event and may sell-out before registration close date! Please register EARLY..

— Registration opens on this page at 12 PM CST

October 1
— Pitch Contest Submissions Due

October 17
— Registration Closes at 12 PM CST


— LAST DAY for full attendance fee refund.
— Registration is non-transferable.
— No refunds on Written Critiques.
— After this date, refunds are at the discretion of the Regional Advisor, less $30 cancellation fee.


OCTOBER 18: VIRTUAL FOLDERS Didn’t receive yours? Email Jenny Wagh, Co-RA Illinois 
— Attendees receive BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE VIRTUAL FOLDER with all event details.
— Add to your Safe Senders list to make sure you receive our event emails.
— Unfamiliar with Virtual Folders? Click here for our Virtual Folder Policy.


OCTOBER 21, 6:00 PM CST – 8:00 PM CST      
— CRAFTED KEYNOTE 6:00 PM CST in person at PianoForte & Live Streamed

— INDUSTRY CHAT  7:00 PM CST in person at PianoForte & Live Streamed (Industry Faculty joining via zoom on large screen)


October 22, 9:00 AM CST — 12:30 PM CST   
— CRITIQUE SESSIONS with Industry Professionals (LIVE via ZOOM attendance mandatory; Includes Intro, 15-minutes per each of 10 attendees, Break, & Wrap Up)
— Pitch Contest Winner Announced


— WRITTEN CRITIQUE submissions due (optional extra, added-fee)

November 22

— Last day for unlimited viewings of recorded CRAFTED KEYNOTE & INDUSTRY CHAT


BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE Event Questions?: Email Jenny Wagh, Co-RA Illinois



SCBWI Member Registration fee: $95.00 USD

Non-Member Fee: $150 USD


BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE Attendance Fee includes:

— CRAFT Keynote In Person & Streaming options
— INDUSTRY CHAT with peers & industry professionals In Person & Streaming options
— Online ROUNDTABLE CRITIQUE SESSION with peers & selected industry professional
— PITCH CONTEST (No added fee; all participants who attend CRITIQUE SESSION are eligible)


—WRITTEN CRITIQUES are $65 each; Limit based on availability.




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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. 

The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, volunteers, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • Intimidation, stalking, or following;
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
  • Abusive verbal comments;
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors;.
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  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
  • Doxing
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

Sanctions for faculty, speakers, volunteers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.


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