Annual Conference

Blazing a Trail:Your Creative Journey

We’re back! 

Our 2017 Northern Ohio Regional Conference, "Blazing a Trail: Your Creative Journey," will be held on September 15-16 at the conference center at Lorain County Community College.

Join fellow travelers for a spectacular sendoff on your creative journey at Northern Ohio’s September conference! To guide you on your journey, we’ve lined up an award-winning faculty including editors, agents, an art director, and many talented authors and illustrators.

We will again be offering intensives Friday afternoon as well as critiques, an illustrator showcase, calendar contest, book basket, and publication recognition. Any PAL member published since 2015 is invited to participate. Celebrated members’ books will be available in our wonderful bookstore, run by Mac’s Backs.

Follow the links below to map out your trails for the weekend. All of your selections (conference fee/breakout sessions/food/add-ons) will happen when you register. 

In the meantime, soak up all the conference info! We encourage you to have your selections planned in advance of registration.  Critique slots go quickly, as will intensives, which have a limited number of participants.  Register early for your best options.

We are very excited about this year’s conference and look forward to seeing you in September!

Links to conference details:

 •  Conference Site and Hotel
 •  Faculty
 •  Breakout Sessions and intensives
 •  Critiques
 •  Illustrator Showcase and Calendar Contest
 •  Conference Registration (opens on 7/9 at 9:00am)

 

IMPORTANT DATES

07/09/2017 Early Bird registration begins
07/28/2017 Deadline for manuscript critiques
08/01/2017 Publication celebration deadline (to get books in bookstore)
08/02/2017 Regular registration begins
08/18/2017 Last call for conf volunteers
09/01/2017 Last day for cancellation/refund requests
09/08/2017 Registration closes
09/15/2017 Intensives
09/16/2017 Main conference sessions

 

RATES

Members: Early Bird $150 (through August 1), then $170 (August 2 – September 8)
Non-Members: Early Bird $190 (through August 1), then $210 (August 2 – September 8)

Friday intensives are an additional $65.
Critiques (face-to-face, written-only, portfolio) are an additional $45 (each)

Payment is through PayPal only.

 

VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers will be needed in several areas to keep the conference running smoothly. These areas include such things as being a room host, helping with book signings, transporting faculty from Hopkins Airport, or assisting with any additional needs that may arise as plans are finalized. If you will be registering for the conference and would like to volunteer, please contact Gloria Reichert at g.reichert68@gmail.com by August 18. Job descriptions and details of the assignments will be sent to volunteers prior to the conference.

 

PUBLICATION RECOGNITION
We want to recognize the publication accomplishments within our SCBWI community.

To participate, you must be a PAL-status author and/or illustrator who has or will have published a book, article or other qualifying publication (as per SCBWI National) from September 2015 through and including September 2017. You must be a current SCBWI member with your membership dues paid. A list of qualifying PAL publishers is available at: http://www.scbwi.org/list-of-pal-publishers/

Please contact Jean Daigneau at bjeandaigneau@gmail.com and send along a photo and a one-page copy of your book cover or article opening page (subject line Publication Celebration). A slide show will be created to show off this year’s celebrants.
 
Up to two book titles may also be sold in the bookstore (pending availability), again run by Mac's Backs – Books on Coventry. Please send title(s) and ISBNs to Jean as well.

Celebrants do not need to be in attendance to be part of the publication recognition, but must be in attendance to have books sold in the bookstore, in order to be available for the book signing at the end of the conference.
 
Please respond to Jean no later than August 1st with celebration pictures and titles. And contact her if you have any questions as well.

 

ANNUAL BOOK BASKET RECIPIENT 

Please consider donating a gently-used or new book(s) to the Book Basket for children ages birth – 18.  All genres are welcomed.  Drop off the book(s) at the conference registration table by 11 am Saturday. We greatly appreciate your contributions! 

 

CONFERENCE MEALS 
The conference registration includes continental breakfast and a boxed lunch on Saturday. During online registration, you will choose your boxed lunch option (ham, turkey, chicken salad, tuna salad, vegetarian). 

 

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY:
Registrant must contact Mike DeSantis at ohionorth-ra@scbwi.org to request a refund by August 31.
No refund requests will be accepted after September 1.
Contact the Cambria hotel and Suites for cancellation and refund details for your hotel reservations. SCBWI Ohio North has no control over attendees’ hotel reservations. 

 

MISCELLANEOUS
Attire is casual to business casual. Room temperatures vary so please plan accordingly.

SCBWI Northern Ohio is not responsible for lost, late or missing items. 

Audio taping, videotaping, and/or transmitting any part of this conference is prohibited. The presentations and handouts are copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, tweeted, or reproduced in any way without written permission of the copyright holder. You may share your thoughts about the conference and some brief quotes, but please respect our speakers and the copyright law by not giving away detailed notes. Thank you for your professionalism.

Photos of faculty and attendees may appear on our website. If you have any concerns or question, contact Mike DeSantis at ohionorth-ra@scbwi.org.

All information listed is subject to change without notice.

 

CONTACT
For conference and registration questions:  

Mike DeSantis, Regional Advisor: ohionorth-ra@scbwi.org
Susan Howard, Conference Coordinator: sushoward70@gmail.com