Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2016 SCBWI-Hawaii Conference Schedule

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8:30-9:00 a.m.



9:00-9:45 a.m.

 GENERAL SESSION          Classroom 2







The Best Advice Publishers Won’t Give You—Suzie Townsend
Suzie Townsend, literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, will share a candid look at today's current publishing landscape. Her perspective on the market will include practical advice on how to make sure your manuscript—and you—stand out in the slush pile, get a publishing deal, and jumpstart a long and successful writing career.










9:45-10:30 a.m. MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose one)




  1. Author Track: Naomi Long Eagleson          Classroom 2
    Success Lies in Revision: Tips from an Editor

    Revising a book can be a daunting task. Sometimes we can't see what the problems are, so we send out our book too soon or we just give up. Naomi will cover some common mistakes made in young adult fiction and how to fix them. She'll also discuss the steps you'll need to take to go from rough draft to print.
  2. Illustrator Track: Kirsten Carlson          Seminar Room 2
    Get That Portfolio Shipshape!

    A portfolio isn’t just a folder with your art stuck inside that you hand to an art director and say, “Here, have a look.” Today, your work might be viewed in person, but it can be viewed online, or in a promotional piece. Kirsten will share tips on how to make your portfolio shine.
10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45-11:45 a.m.

First Pages/First Look          Classroom 2

A great first page or illustration is a must to gain the attention of an editor or agent. Our panelists will share their reactions to first pages/illustrations submitted anonymously by participants. No extra cost, no advance sign-up. Pages are selected at random and no commitment can be made that any particular page will be critiqued during the time allotted. You may collect your submission at the end of the day.


  • Only one first page/illustration sample may be submitted.

  • Format: double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one-inch margins, title okay.

  • At the top of the page, note whether the manuscript is a picture book, middle grade fiction, young

    adult fiction, or nonfiction. Do not include your name or any other information

  • Artwork: post cards or illustrations that fit on one page (un-crowded please). No original artwork.







11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45-1:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION          Classroom 2

All It Takes is a Little Taste: How SCBWI Helped Me and How I Grew as an Author When I Wasn't at the Conference—Dan Santat


1:30-3:00 p.m. AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose one)




  1. Suzie Townsend: Making the Right First Impression
    Classroom 2
    First impressions are everything—particularly in publishing! The first pages of a manuscript need to grab an agent and convince them to request more. Then they need to stand out to an editor so they are interested to read (rather than let your manuscript languish in their inbox). They also need to grip the publicist and the sales and marketing team, then the buyer for the major accounts, and finally the reader who picks up the book trying to decide if they want to buy it. We'll cover tips, tricks, and examples so that you'll have shiny first pages.
  2. Dan Santat: Writing from an Illustrator's Perspective
    Seminar Room 2
    Writing a picture book in reverse—crafting a wordless picture book first, and then adding text—can bring more subtext and emotion into a manuscript.
3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-3:45 p.m.

Q&A and Closing

*Throughout the day and from 3:45-4:15 p.m., our faculty will conduct one-on-one critiques.