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.