Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-IL 2020 Spring Thaw–Pitch Perfect 3

Date(s) - 04/18/2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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


This event has been rescheduled to NEXT YEAR–Saturday, April 17, 2021.  Please look for registration details next February.  Attendees will receive full refunds over the next few weeks.  Be well, stay safe!  QUESTIONS?: Deborah Topolski


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 yet another chance to multiply your opportunities! 



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
























Not pictured, Dan Cramer, Flannery Literary Agency









PANEL: 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.



 —You will “pitch” up to (3) works-in-progress. The industry professional at your table will select the one they think most promising.

—You will read its corresponding, 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 and/or graphic novel illustrations in addition to their first pages as collateral material only. (See PITCH PERFECT 3: SESSIONS, at right)

—Agented attendees may request to be seated with an editor.  Selection made during registration. 

NEW! Log lines and first pages are not submitted in advance. You will indicate the format of your works-in-progress during registration.


CRAFT COACHING: NOVEL & PICTURE BOOK CRAFT INTENSIVES are offered opposite Pitch Perfect Sessions to give you the opportunity to learn trade secrets from our own, award-winning, Illinois PAL “coaches”.  (See CRAFT COACHING INTENSIVES, at right).


MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES provide even MORE opportunity!
Optional Manuscript Critique opportunity is SOLD OUT.

NEW!: Choose your own industry professional to critique your manuscript!

— Every effort will be made to seat you with a different industry professional from that which you selected for your manuscript critique.

—Attendees are responsible for researching industry professionals and selecting the one that is right to critique the format and genre of their submitted work-in-progress.

— A limited number of written manuscript critiques by editors and agents are offered for an additional $45 fee. (See OPTIONAL WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES, at right)



DATES TO REMEMBER:  This event is sold-out.
Email REGISTRAR to join wait list.

Please Note: Opportunities may sell out before their closing dates

February 17                Registration opens on this page at 9AM CST

March 06                      Last day to purchase an optional Written Manuscript Critique 
                                     Optional Written Manuscript Critiques Sold Out 

March 07                      Deadline to upload purchased optional Written Manuscript Critique 

April 03                         Registration Closes at 12PM CST

April 6                           Attendees receive SPRING THAW VIRTUAL FOLDER




SCBWI Member Registration fee:

Not-Yet-a-Member fee (Non-Member Fee) : $125  JOIN SCBWI or RENEW TODAY

Written Manuscript Critiques: Additional $45 each.  Select among our industry professionals.  Spaces are limited. Written Manuscript Critique fees are non-refundable

—No walk-in registration.
—No refunds on optional written critique fees.
—Attendance is non-transferable.
—NEW!  During this period of public health concerns, SCBWI had modified its cancellation/refund policy as follows:  If you are sick and cannot attend this event, you will be able to receive a full attendance fee refund up until the day of the event so that you can stay home, take care of yourself, and prevent the spread of illness.  Be well.

Be Well & Well-Informed: SCBWI-IL Events & COVID-19

Your health and that of our SCBWI-IL  community is important to us!  As we are sure most of you have heard by now, the Novel CoronaVirus has recently emerged in small but growing numbers in the U.S.  While only a handful of cases have been reported in Illinois at this time, we know that could change any day.  Therefore, we are taking great care in prevention!






The Barbara Belding Lodge at Brewster Creek is barrier-free.

If you have a disability and require a support person in order to be able to take advantage of this event, please register yourself AND email the Registrar to ask for assistance in registering your support person. Space limitations require us to register support personnel; however, there is no fee for registration or accompanying meal.  

If you need any special assistance to enjoy the day’s programming, please email the Registrar to ask for assistance for your particular needs. (See DEI at right.)



 —RENEW or JOIN BEFORE registering.

 —DO NOT page backward during registration process.

 —Credit Cards accepted for online payment.

 —Questions about your Online Registration?: Deborah Topolski


Please review PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT & POLICIES, at right, prior to registration.  By registering, you agree to comply with our policies.

This event is sold-out. Email REGISTRAR to join wait list.


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Member Registration - $85.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

You must select this ticket to continue with registration and view WORKSHOPS and EXTRAS.

Non-Member Registration - $125.00
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The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
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You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


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 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, 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.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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, 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 handle 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.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.