The SCBWI-BI Conference 2017 organisers are busy planning an exciting program for you. With scholarships, manuscript 1-2-1s and portfolio reviews available, there are many dates to scribble in to your diary to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity. Here, R M Tudor, Co-Chair of the Conference Committee shares the dates you’ll need to look out for before November 2017.

The conference is coming! There’s always so much going on at the conference, but in order to be included in some of it, there are pre-conference deadlines that you need to be aware of. We wanted to give you plenty of warning so you can put the dates in your diary and be as prepared as possible.

By the end of July:

The conference website goes live and the programme is announced! Keep an eye on the SCBWI Facebook page and the SCBWI website to make sure you’re there as soon as the conference website goes live. The website will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about the conference! Oh, and watch this space – there may be information about our fabulous keynotes a little bit before this time…

Friday 4th August by 5pm:

Every year, we host a Mass Book Launch Party at the conference which celebrates those members who have had a book published in the last year. Make sure your information is updated on your SCBWI profile page by this day, and then prepare to celebrate in November!

Midnight, Saturday 26th August:

We have scholarships available for people who would like to go to the conference but may not be able to afford to go. Please keep an eye on the website for more information on this because we have some exciting extra news this year! More details to follow…

Saturday 30th September:

This is the deadline for submitting manuscripts for author one-to-ones. This is your opportunity to have your work read by an agent or an editor and for them to meet you face-to-face to offer personalised feedback.

Saturday 30th September:

For those of you who haven’t seen it before, 'The Hook' is the Dragons’ Den of the conference! It’s an opportunity for up to five delegates to pitch their work in front of very supportive agents (and an audience!) with an opportunity for a one-to-one at the end of it. Please submit your applications by this deadline.

Tuesday 31st October:

Bookings close! But don’t miss out – book early. A few of our sessions have limited places so it’s important you snap up the sessions that you want early.

1st November:

This is an opportunity for illustrators to get feedback on their work. Let Paul Morton, our Portfolio Review Co-ordinator, know that you would like a portfolio review by 1st November and we’ll sort out the rest!

Sunday 12th November:

The Friday Night Critique is a wonderful opportunity to meet other delegates and get talking about your work! Submit your manuscripts and extracts by 12th November 2017 so that everybody has time to read them before the conference, and then you will benefit from reading others’ work and getting feedback on your own.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November:

The conference! We can’t wait to see you there!

*Feature image: Mass Book Launch at the 2012 Conference. Image Credit: Candy Gourlay

RM Tudor is the Co-chair of the Conference Committee. Becky became a member of SCBWI after meeting Candy Gourlay at the Oxford Literary Festival, and she has never looked back. Following the publication of Becky’s first children’s book, Box 1571, she volunteered to be on the conference committee, where she has been print materials and university liaison, speakers’ co-ordinator for writers, and co-chair. After being a teacher for nine years, Becky now spends most of her time writing geographical resources, as well as children’s fiction. She loves latin and ballroom dancing.
Twitter: @RM_Tudor


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1 comment:

  1. What a great idea to post this heads up! Now nobody's got any excuse ...


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