Annual Conference

In the Heart of it All – SCBWI: Northern Ohio’s 12th Annual Conference DSC_0074_001

September 19-20, 2014

The SCBWI: Northern Ohio IN THE HEART OF IT ALL 2014 fall conference was a smashing success!

As always, the conference featured Keynotes, Breakout sessions, Intensives, and Critiques (Friday and Saturday times) with both face-to-face critique meetings and written offered. The conference schedule continues to sport well received instructional sessions while adding a few new things and some past events to the weekend. New this year was the “Meet and Greet” – a great opportunity for networking! Our Publication Celebration continues as a highlight as we celebrate our members' publishing successes.


This year's Stellar Faculty

  • Louise Borden, AuthorDSC_0061

  • Jody Casella, Author

  • Jeffrey Ebbeler, Author/Illustrator

  • Emily Feinberg, Assistant Editor, Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press

  • Trudy Krisher, Author

  • Laurent Linn, Art Director, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

  • Matt Ringler, Editor, Scholastic Book Group

  • Danielle Smith, Literary Agent, Red Fox Literary

  • Kerry Sparks, Agent & eBook Manager, Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.

  • Carol Topp, CPA/Author

  • Alison Weiss, Associate Editor, Egmont USA

General Session Presenters:

  • Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, Author/SCBWI: NOH Regional Advisor Emeritus

  • Denise Parsons, Author/SCBWI: NOH Events & Marketing Coordinator


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Other SCBWI regions have inquired about our Calendars!  Our 4th Annual CALENDAR CONTEST drew more entries than ever. Congratulations to our 12 winners! See our Calendar page for details on how to order your copy of the 2015 Northern Ohio SCBWI calendar.






Annual Book Basket RecipientDSC_0112

Thank you all for your generous book donations! This year's book basket donation went to Frontline Service. Frontline Service provides immediate assistance to people in need when crisis disrupts family life. Unfortunately, many of those in need are children who have witnessed violence or who have suffered the sudden loss of a loved one. Our donation of books to this amazing organization will give kids the constant friend of a book at a time when their lives are in uproar. As we know, books can be a diversion from difficult times or a reflection of the trials we all face at different times in our lives. The books we donate will serve in both of these capacities. Every year, Frontline's Crisis and Trauma programs support 14,000 children and adults.