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:
07/08/2018 Early Bird registration begins
07/29/2018 Deadline for manuscript critiques (if you register after this deadline, you can still sign up for a critique)
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED THROUGH 8/12!
08/12/2018 Publication celebration deadline (to get books in bookstore)
08/13/2018 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
09/15/2018 Main conference sessions
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)
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university in the US or internationally (no high school students)
- Verification of student status may be requested
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by August 19. Job descriptions and details of the assignments will be sent to volunteers prior to the conference.
Have you had a book, article, or illustration published in a children’s publication in the last year? We want to recognize your accomplishment! This year we are looking to recognize both PAL members and independently published authors and illustrators.
— PAL members will be showered with acclaim at the conference
— Their books will be available through the conference bookstore
— They will be invited to participate in the autograph session at the end of the conference
INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED MEMBERS
— Independently published members will be enthusiastically lauded at the conference
— There will be space for one promotional piece per work to be hung on display (i.e., flyer – max 11″X17″), plus table space for other promotional items (i.e., postcards, bookmarks, business cards).
— They will be invited to participate in the autograph session at the end of the conference (and will handle their own sales)
— SCBWI membership status must be current
— To be recognized for PAL status, the publisher of the work must be on the list of SCBWI PAL publishers (https://www.scbwi.org/list-of-pal-publishers/)
— Work must be published between September 2017 and September 2018 (applies to PAL and independently published works)
— You do not need to attend the conference to be recognized, but you need to attend the conference to participate in the bookstore and autograph session
PLEASE SEND the following information to Jean Daigneau (email@example.com):
— Use “Publication Celebration” as the subject line
— The name of the book(s), or the title(s) of the article and name/issue of the magazine
— The name of the publisher (or “independent”)
— The ISBN number
— The publication date
— A headshot and up to two pictures of books/articles to be included in slide show
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
All information listed is subject to change without notice.
For conference and registration questions: