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

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Join us in Atlanta/Decatur for our annual spring conference!


Spring to Success!


March 15 to March 16, 2019



Early Registration opens January 5, 2019

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

Illustrators’ Day 

Writers’ Intensives

Spring Mingle Conference

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

Alexandra Penfold, Agent

Kevin Lewis, Agent

Monica Odom, Agent 

Anne Moore Armstrong, Agent (Liz Conrad Award Judge)

Aubrey Poole, Editor

Jessica Anderson, Editor

Maria Middleton, Art Director

Ellen Hopkins, Award winning author

Lori Nichols, Author-Illustrator and SCBWI Portfolio Competition Winner

Mark Braught, Illustrator

Indie Published Panel: Miles & Merissa Davis, Sucheta Rawal

Librarian Panel headed by Joe Davich


Springmingle Brochure 2019

Conference Weekend Schedule (under construction)

Optional Activities – Submissions Guidelines

Critique Guidelines

Hotel Reservations


Click here to book your room online for the SCBWI Southern Breeze conference

Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory  Group discounted rate: 159.00 USD  per night

You may also phone the hotel and mention the SCBWI Southern Breeze room block when making reservations over the phone.

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.

Marriott Central Reservations:  1888-236-2427

Courtyard Decatur Front Desk:  404-371-0204

Start date for Conference Rates: 3/14/19
End date for Conference Rates: 3/17/19
Last day to book at the group rate: 2/21/19



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


Members $200

Non-Members $245

Non-Member Students $225


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

(Picture Book, Novel and PRO Tracks, you may select different tracks for morning and afternoon sessions)

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


There are three intensive tracks available, and each track will include multiple topics and faculty. Participants register for the full day and may choose different tracks in the morning and afternoon but may not select individual sessions from different tracks. 


Please check the conference schedule and brochure for specific topics and faculty featured in each track.


Springmingle with Illustrators’ Day or Writers’ Intensives, 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!)


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES – click for details and deadlines

Illustration Mentorship with Maria Middleton, Candlewick Press SOLD OUT !!!

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

(NOTE: even though this activity is sold out you can do the exercises!)


Face-to-Face critiques Additional $45  fee


One-on-One Consultation with an Agent Additional $55  fee

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


Gala Saturday NightAdditional $25 each (you may bring a guest)

Dinner and cash bar at the conference hotel restaurant



Intensive Round Tables (for intensive attendees)

Informal Critiques – FREE!!!

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

NEW!!! Start with a Pitch session – FREE!!! (register and be ready – participants will be selected by lottery at the conference)

Friday Reception and Portfolio Show – FREE!!!




Illustrators Day, Writers’ Intensives and Spring Mingle Conference

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.

You must read and confirm that you have read the SCBWI Anti-harassment policy (there is a button to click) to continue to the payment portal. If you have any problems, please contact the Regional Advisor 

NOTE: Some versions of Safari browser do not work with the payment portal. If you have followed the steps above and do not reach the PayPal page, try switching to a Firefox or Chrome browser or use another computer.


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 registering for this event, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the SCBWI Anti-Harrassment Policy and Code of Conduct. You must click on the required box to complete your registration.

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.


Are you a member of SCBWI?

Did you know that SCBWI members always receive a discount on events?

Whether Regional events or the International Conference, all members receive a discount.

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If not, please consider becoming a member.  Click here to learn about membership benefits.

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Ticket Information

Illustrators' Day Only - SCBWI Member - $95.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Writers Intensive Only - SCBWI Member - $95.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Illustrators' Day Only - Non-member Student - $115.00

Writers Intensive Only - Non-member Student - $115.00

Illustrators' Day Only - Nonmember - $135.00

Writers Intensive Only - Non-member - $135.00

Springmingle - SCBWI Member - $190.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Springmingle - Non-member Student - $200.00

Springmingle - Nonmember - $225.00

Springmingle + ID - SCBWI Member - $285.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Springmingle + Writers Intensive SCBWI Member - $285.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Springmingle + ID - Non-member Student - $300.00

Springmingle + Writers Intensive Non-member Student - $300.00

Springmingle + ID - Nonmember - $320.00

Springmingle + Writers' Intensive - Nonmember - $320.00

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
Scroll to the bottom to read the policy.

You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Abusive verbal comments.
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.


Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.