Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Annual Conference – Sept 13-14, 2019


All Systems Go!

Our 2019 Northern Ohio Regional Conference, “All Systems Go,” will be held on September 13-14 at the conference center at Lorain County Community College.

We’ve got fabulous faculty on the roster to help prepare your work for launch!

We will again be offering intensives Friday afternoon as well as critiques, an illustrator, and independent publishing showcase, 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 Art Show
 •  Conference Registration (CLICK HERE) (opens on 7/15 at 7:00pm)


07/15/2019 Early Bird registration begins
08/05/2019 Deadline for manuscript critiques (if you register after this deadline, you can still sign up for a critique)
08/19/2019 Publication celebration deadline (to get books in bookstore)
08/19/2019 Regular registration begins
08/19/2019 Last call for conf volunteers
09/03/2019 Last day for cancellation/refund requests
09/06/2019 Registration closes
09/13/2019 Intensives
09/14/2019 Main conference sessions


Members: Early Bird $150 (through August 19), then $190 (August 20 – September 6)
Non-Members: Early Bird $190 (through August 19), then $210 (August 20 – September 6)

Friday intensives are an additional $65.
Friday dinner and presentation at LCCC is an additional $35 (cash bar for alcoholic 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 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 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 (
— Work must be published between September 2018 and September 2019 (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
— 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


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.

Registrant must contact Mike DeSantis at to request a refund by September 3.
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

All information listed is subject to change without notice.

For conference and registration questions:

Mike DeSantis, Regional Advisor:
Susan Howard, Conference Coordinator: