Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Springmingle ’19 and Illustrators’ Day

Date(s) - 03/15/2019 - 03/16/2019
12:00 am

Dekalb County Public Library
215 Sycamore Street - Decatur, GA 30030

Springmingle Logo

Join us in Atlanta for our annual spring conference!


Celebrating March!

March 15 to March 16, 2019



Illustrators’ Day & MentorshipRegistration opens December 1, 2018

Writers’ Intensive and Spring Mingle ConferenceEarly Registration opens January 5, 2019

$25 Early Bird Discount for Springmingle registration prior to January 15, 2019

JUMP  to the bottom of the page to skip details and start registration

SPEAKING FACULTY INCLUDE: (Click on the faculty member name for more information)

Alexandra Penfold, Agent

Jessica Anderson, Editor

Maria Middleton, Art Director

Lori Nichols, Author-Illustrator and SCBWI Portfolio Competition Winner



Springmingle Brochure 2019

Conference Weekend Schedule

Optional Activities – Submissions Guidelines

Critique Guidelines


Hotel Reservations

Make hotel reservations on the hotel web site  by using the special group codes: SCBSCBA for king rooms and  SCBSCBB for double queen rooms. 

If the hotel reservation link does not work, you can call one of the following numbers and mention SCBWI and use the codes when making reservations over the phone

Marriott Central Reservations: 1888-236-2427

Courtyard Decatur Front Desk: 404-371-0204

NOTE: The Thursday night room block is more limited than Friday and Saturday. If you cannot complete your reservation and are trying to book a Thursday night room, this may be the reason. Please call the hotel to book your room for Thursday and get the conference rate for Friday and Saturday.



Springmingle Only – Saturday, March 16, 2019

Early Registration

SCBWI MEMBERS $165 (Not an SCBWI member? JOIN NOW!)

After January 15

MEMBERS $190 (Not an SCBWI member? JOIN NOW!)

After March 13



Illustrators’ Day Only – Friday, March 15, 2019

SCBWI MEMBERS $95 (Not an SCBWI member? JOIN NOW!)

First 25 to register eligible for FREE “Quickfire” portfolio review by Illustrator Day faculty.



Writers’ Intensives Only  Friday, March 15, 2016

SCBWI MEMBERS $95 (Not an SCBWI member? JOIN NOW!)


Springmingle with Illustrators’ Day or Writers’ Intensive, March 15-16, 2019

Early Registration

SCBWI MEMBERS $260 (Not an SCBWI member? JOIN NOW!)

After January 15

SCBWI MEMBERS $285 (Not an SCBWI member? JOIN NOW!)

 After March 7



OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES – click for details and deadlines

Illustration Mentorship with Maria Middleton, Candlewick Press Additional $55 fee 

Limited to 10 participants – REGISTRATION OPENS FOR THIS DECEMBER 1, 2018

This is a pre-conference activity for individuals registered to attend Illustrators Day.

Projects will be presented at ID in a general session for discussion and comments

(Not available to those registered for Writers’ Intensives)


Face-to-Face and Written-Only critiques Additional $55 fee


Informal Critiques – FREE!!!


Book Sales and Book Launches – FREE!!! (Limited registration due to space and time requirements)


One-on-One Consultation with an Agent Additional $60 fee

NOTE: You may have to miss portions of Illustrators’ Day, the Writers Intensive OR conference sessions to participate in consultations and critiques.


Illustrators’ Day & MentorshipRegistration opens December 1 

Writers’ Intensive and Spring Mingle Conference – Early Registration opens January 5, 2019


To Register:

SCBWI Members, you must log in before beginning your registration. This is the only way the member “ticket” will appear beneath your personal information on the registration form which should be automatically filled in after you have logged in to the SCBWI website.

SCBWI Student member discounts are automatically applied by the registration system when they register using SCBWI Member tickets. There is not a separate ticket for SCBWI Student members.

Non-members and Non-member Students, please fill in the personal information form. After your personal information is entered, click on the circle beside the appropriate “ticket” (Non-Member, Non-Member Student) before clicking the CONTINUE button at the bottom of the page. Non-Member Students, please bring your student ID card to registration for verification.

Can’t afford it?

An RA scholarship is available for a first time attendee. For more information, contact the Regional Advisor at Deadline for consideration is January 30.

The Liz Conrad Illustration Award is also available for illustrators. Submission deadline is January 1. Click here for more information.

You may apply for both scholarships.



SCBWI Anti-Harrassment Policy

By signing up for this event, that you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the SCBWI Anti-Harrassment Policy and Code of Conduct

SCBWI Weapons Policy

It is the policy of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to maintain an environment that is safe for all persons.  To achieve this objective, it is the SCBWI’s policy to maintain a firearms and weapons free environment at all of our events and prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons regardless of any license or permit that an individual may have which would otherwise authorize the individual to carry firearms or weapons. Weapons are defined as anything that is intended to cause harm to another person.

SCBWI Agreement for Protection of Intellectual Property:

 By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that audio taping, videotaping, and/or transmitting any part of the conference or optional activities, including, but not limited to, presentations, handouts, and conference sessions, is prohibited. The material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, copied, visually or orally transmitted, or reproduced in any form without written permission of the copyright holder.