Though we’re closing in on the end of 2016, there are still a few writing and illustrator events you can attend for inspiration. And if you’re already looking forward to 2017, mark your calendars for a bunch of events in the Mid-Atlantic region.
NY Metro Writer’s Day
Saturday, December 10, 2016
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Chelsea Studios, New York, NY
If you plan a trip to New York every year for some holiday fun, why not add some writing into the mix? The SCBWI NY Metro Chapter is hosting “NY Metro Writer’s Day with Laurie Halse Anderson, Rebecca Behrens, Bess Cozby, T.S. Ferguson, and Carrie Pestritto.”
This half day event offers inspiration, knowledge and practical advice to those committed to improving their craft and careers. Tickets may be purchased here.
Lottery Portfolio Reviews
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Anthroposophical Society, New York, NY
If you’re wondering what art and editorial directors are looking for in illustration portfolios, consider attending the NY Metro chapter’s “Lottery Portfolio Reviews with Maria Modugno and Nicole De Las Heras.”
Random House Children’s Books’ team Maria Modugno (Art Director) and Nicole De Las Heras (Editorial Director, Picture Books) will spend the evening reviewing illustrator portfolios (chosen by lottery) in real-time. Tickets may be purchased here.
SCBWI 18th Annual Winter Conference
February 10-12, 2017
Grand Hyatt New York
SCBWI offers members a full weekend with top editors, agents, art directors, authors and illustrators in the children’s publishing world. The Annual Winter Conference in New York is an excellent opportunity to learn, get inspired and network with others in the children’s book industry. Information and registration are available on the conference home page.
SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Chapter Annual Conference
March 18 – 19, 2017
Bishop Claggett Center, Buckeystown, MD
Our friends at the SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia chapter will host their 2017 Conference with the theme of “From Dreaming to Doing.” With a full faculty of agents, art directors, authors, and illustrators, this is a great local conference to keep on your radar. More information is available on the MD/DE/WV website. Registration opens in early January.
The New York Pitch Conference
December 8 – 11, 2016
Ripley-Grier Studios, New York, NY
Held four times a year, this conference focuses on writer’s workshops and pitching to publishing house editors to improve your manuscript. The conference is geared toward writers who have a finished or close-to-finished manuscript in young adult, middle grade, and YA/MG fantasy/science fiction (as well as other genres in the adult market). For more information and the application to attend, please visit The New York Pitch Conference home page.
Philadelphia Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:30 am to 5 pm
The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). For more information and registration, visit the workshop website.
Highlights Foundation Workshops
Ongoing Events in 2017
The Highlights Foundation hosts a line-up of excellent workshops and retreats at their conference center in the Pocono mountains, close to their Honesdale office. Please see the list of their upcoming workshops throughout 2017.