SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Annual Conference – Sept 14-15, 2018

Upping Your Game

Our 2018 Northern Ohio Regional Conference, “Upping Your Game,” will be held on September 14-15 at the conference center at Lorain County Community College.

We’ve got fabulous faculty on the roster to help bring your work to the next level!

We will again be offering intensives Friday afternoon as well as critiques, an illustrator, and independent publishing showcase, calendar contest, book basket, and publication recognition on Saturday.

Follow the links below for more information about the weekend schedule. 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 (CLICK HERE) (opens on 7/8 at 2:00pm)

IMPORTANT DATES

07/08/2018 Early Bird registration begins
07/29/2018 Deadline for manuscript critiques
08/01/2018 Publication celebration deadline (to get books in bookstore)
08/02/2018 Regular registration begins
08/19/2018 Last call for conf volunteers
09/01/2018 Last day for cancellation/refund requests
09/08/2018 Registration closes and calendar contest entries due
09/14/2018 Intensives
09/15/2018 Main conference sessions

RATES

Members: Early Bird $140 (through August 1), then $180 (August 2 – September 8)
Non-Members: Early Bird $170 (through August 1), then $210 (August 2 – September 8)

Friday intensives are an additional $65.
Friday buffet dinner at hotel is an additional $30 (cash bar for all beverages).
Critiques (face-to-face, written-only, portfolio) are an additional $45 (each)

PayPal is the preferred payment option. Please, please, please use PayPal. If this option will not work for you, select “Offline Payment” from the dropdown in the confirmation/payment screen (the PayPal option will display by default). Offline payment instructions will be displayed after you submit.

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 19. Job descriptions and details of the assignments will be sent to volunteers prior to the conference.

PUBLICATION RECOGNITION

We want to recognize the accomplishments of our members! This year we are looking to recognize both PAL members and independently published authors. We’re still working through the details, but additional information will be posted here when it is available.

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.

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