Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 Biannual Spring Conference

Date(s) - 05/19/2018 - 05/20/2018
12:00 am

Holiday Inn Portland South (Wilsonville)
25425 SW 95th Ave - Wilsonville, OR 97070

logo by Susan Boase

Join us for our Biannual Spring 2018 Conference, Over the Rainbow,

Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, 2018


REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 5th at 8:30 a.m. PST. Please mark your choices carefully when you register; it makes more work for us if we have to make changes manually. The system will not let you make changes once you go to the pay screen.

Guide to Portland


Saturday – 8:15 to 5:45 (opening session at 9:15, final session ends at 5:45), PARTY (optional) – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday – 8:00 to 5:05 (opening session at 9:15, final session ends at 5:05)

You may book your reservation for one day or for both. No matter which day you come, you’re invited to attend Saturday night’s party!

Detailed schedules in pdf format:

2018-Conference-SAT-Schedule.pdf or 2018-Conference-SUN-Schedule.pdf

Bookstore will open both days – see the schedule for times. We take checks and cash only. No credit cards, sorry.


Natascha Morris (BookEnds Literary)
Molly O’Neill (Root Literary)
Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel (Full Circle Literary)
Kheryn Callender (Little, Brown)
Tiffany Liao (Henry Holt)
Nicholas Thomas (Scholastic)
Maria Middleton (Random House)
Vanessa Brantley Newton
Lauren Castillo
Martha Brockenbrough
Gennifer Choldenko
Lin Oliver
Laurel Gale
Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan
Ruth A. Musgrave
Sheryl Scarborough

Click on Faculty Bios here or in the tan box in the upper right corner to see pictures and bios.

Special Opportunities

One-on-One Manuscript Consultations* – $50 – deadline to submit is March 19th. See the link for Consultations in the tan box on the top right. REGISTRATION CLOSED for this opportunity.

Picture Book Dummy Consultations* – $60 – deadline to submit is March 19th. See the link for Consultations in the tan box on the top right. REGISTRATION CLOSED for this opportunity.

One-on-One Portfolio Consultations* – $50. See the link for Consultations in the tan box on the top right.

Juried Art Show* – $35 for members and $45 for non-members. See the link for Juried Art Show in the tan box on the top right.

Special Sessions*First Page Critiques for picture books and novels and Roundtable Critiques for writers, and First Glance Critiques, Foam Printing Techniques, and How to Create Diverse Characters that Stand Out and Celebrate Ethnicity for illustrators – free with registration, although all require preregistration. See the link for First Pages, First Glance & Roundtable Critiques in the tan box on the top right. For details about Maria Middleton’s homework assignment for her workshops and also Lauren Castillo’s and Vanessa Brantley Newton’s hands-on workshops, please see the link for Homework Assignments in the tan box on the top right.

2017-2018 PAL Celebration Power Point Show*deadline to submit is April 22nd. See the link for Other Special Opportunities in the tan box on the top right.

Book Sales at our Bookstore* – see the link for Other Special Opportunities in the tan box on the top right.

Continuing Education credits through PSU* – must attend one of the early morning sessions on Saturday or Sunday at the conference. Contact Kim Kasch with questions:

And new this yearBlue Skies and Book Dreams” Silent Auction – see the link for Bookstore and Silent Auction in the tan box on the top right or click here.

*MUST PREREGISTER for any of these opportunities.



Expires March 16th

Members – registration opens February 5, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. PST.




Non-members – no early bird rate













Note: Pay online with a debit or credit card. If you do not want to pay online, send a check asap to: SCBWI Oregon, PO Box 990, Mulino, OR 97024-0990. Your registration will be complete once we receive your check. Until then you could lose your spot for special opportunities.

Special Notice: There may be issues with the new anti-harassment (AHM) policy window with certain internet browsers. Please contact Sue Ford if you have any issues. She will need to know whether you are on a PC or a Mac or a mobile devise. Which browser you are using and what version of the browser. (Usually you can find that by going to the browser name in the browser window, click on it, then click on “about” and a window will pop up which will show the version number.)


ONCE YOU’VE REGISTERED: You can see the details of what you selected by going to your PROFILE, clicking on EVENT HISTORY on the left, and choosing VIEW REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION on this conference.

REFUNDS: Consultation fees are nonrefundable. No refunds for the conference after May 1st. A $15.00 handling fee will be retained on all refunds.See complete POLICIES & PERMISSIONS.

HOTEL INFORMATION: If you want to stay overnight, make your reservations directly with the hotel itself.

Hotel reservations will be made by individual attendees directly with Holiday Inn reservations by clicking this link or calling 1-800-HOLIDAY (800-465-4329). Ask for the SCBWI Oregon Annual Conference 2018 group rate if calling by phone. Reservations must be made by April 30, 2018. Rates are $109 for Single and Double rooms.

*Don’t forget to check the deadlines for any special opportunities! Also, some sessions may require homework. (You can get to the Special Opportunities or see Faculty Bios, etc. in the tan menu box on the top right.)

Problems registering? Contact Sue Ford at