EVENTS SCBWI BI Conference 2023 Highlights

We're counting down to the event of the season! Two days, November 4th and 5th, twenty-two events, and loads of professional and social opportunities. You've booked your conference ticket; you've arranged your agent/editor one-to-one, now what? Network News and Events Editor Stephanie Cotela is here to guide you through this year's conference.

In Search of Wonder

First things first

If you haven't already booked your conference ticket; there's still time. Bookings close on 23 October

For those who fancy a one-to-one professional review or would like to apply for a scholarship, please do so by 25 September.

Hands-on craft workshops for writers.

Conference Location

The Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School Building

Click here for venue location and directions   

Illustration inspiration from keynote, Ed Vere.

Preferred Hotel

Discount on offer until 30 September - code to be emailed with conference booking confirmation. 


Now the fun stuff

Friday Fringe

A pre-conference party with drinks and nibbles to kick off the weekend. Meet fellow delegates at BrewDog Manchester Outpost

* This is a ticketed event. 

Fabulous lineup of keynote speakers including 

Robin Stevens, Ed Vere and Hilary Delamere


In addition to morning and afternoon breakouts including, Sleuths and Suspects: Creating a Cast of Characters for Your Mystery Novel with author Penny Joelson and 
Creating a Standout Portfolio with Art Director Tiffany Leeson (Farshore), Ness Wood (DfB) and Emma Layfield (Hachette), don't miss The Hook Pitch-Off for a chance to win a one-to-one with an industry professional. 

Dinner, Party and Mass Book Launch

Catch the Crystal Kite Awards, celebrate SCBWI members with books published this year and enjoy a delicious three-course meal (and cake!) 

Published Creators, learn all about Side Hustles with the Pulse Team


Morning Breakout workshops include World Building with Peter Bunzl and Releasing the Artist with Ed Vere.

Afternoon Breakout workshops include Creating Series Fiction with Paula Harrison
Brainstorming Picture Book ideas with Claire Helen Welsh and book marketing tips from Camilla Chester and Snezana Danilovic. 


Fancy dress is encouraged but of course, optional. No pressure.

Check out the full conference programme here

Thank you to co-chairs, Tracey Guiry and Kate Peridot and to all of the volunteers who made this year's conference possible. 

See you in Manchester! 

*Header: Ed Vere


Stephanie Cotela is the Network News & Events Editor for Words & Pictures online magazine. 

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