SCBWI-BI CONFERENCE 2019 All about the Booking!

Bookings for this year's conference close in just a few days — and whether you’re a total beginner, an experienced amateur or a published pro, Georgina Lippiett tells us why you won’t want to miss out!


We have a host of workshops to help you hone your craft, lift your work to the next level and push forward towards that next deal.

Geraldine McCaughrean and Mini Grey are our creative keynotes this year.

We’ll also be joined by Piers Torday, Beverley Birch, Jude Evans, Aimee Felone, Isabel Thomas, Natascha Biebow and Sara Grant, to name a few.

On top of that, we have a profundity (that’s the collective noun, right?) of agents and art directors spending the weekend with us, keen to hear story ideas and see promising portfolios.

2019 conference banner, designed by Mini Grey.

Ours is a relaxed conference, so you could easily find yourself queuing for coffee with your next agent — have those sketch books and elevator pitches at the ready! And don’t forget the ever-popular and potentially game-changing session, The Hook, where you can learn technique and style by watching authors and illustrators pitch to a panel of professionals.

And why not check out our brand new sessions for 2019, First Impressions (for illustrators) and First Pages (for writers)? We’ll present a selection of audience members’ work to the panel, who’ll respond exactly as they would if it landed on their desk. It’s a rare chance to sneak a peak into the minds of the people who hold our dreams in their hands and find out just what they’re looking for.


Saturday night is all about the PARTY! Packed full of professionals and like-minded souls, it’s a highlight of the weekend. The theme this year is modern, mythical and magical, so the sky’s the limit! You can go wild with the costumes, the props, the make-up and characterisation — or come as you are, either is fine and there’ll be a mix of both in the room.

The Mass Book Launch is a party highlight...

We’ll celebrate some SCBWI successes, hand out a few well-deserved awards (not to mention competition prizes) and chat to old friends and new.

There will be award-winners… and lots of cake!

Competitions and Raffle

As if all this wasn’t enough, we also have a cracking raffle lined up, with properly good prizes such as meetings with agents and art directors, as well as a couple of fun competitions you can play along with over the weekend.

Bookings close at midnight on Friday 18th October so get booking HERE.

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Georgina Lippiett joined SCBWI a few years ago after enrolling on the MA in Writing for Children at Winchester. SCBWI is such a wonderful, supportive community of like-minded souls, and she is daily amazed by how generous the members are with their time. She loves all things kidslit but mainly writes fiction for 7 to 9 year olds. She also takes real pleasure from watching people develop their skills and confidence, so is thrilled to be part of the conference this year.
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