Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

wik 2020

Date(s) - 03/13/2020 - 03/14/2020
4:00 pm

Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Road - Homewood, AL 35209

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Writers and Illustrators,

Beginners and Pros,

There’s “Something for Everyone”

YOU CHOOSE your own breakout sessions

with Industry Professionals


Book your hotel room  at the Aloft Hotel early! Only a limited number of rooms available at conference rate and the hotel is only a few blocks from the Homewood Public Library

All wik’20 events and activities other than the Friday Dessert Party will be held at the Homewood Public Library.

The Dessert Party will be held on Friday at the Aloft in downtown Homewood.

NOTE: Aloft has reported that the room block for Saturday is filled – please call for the group rate for Thursday and Friday.

Alternate nearby hotels (we do not have room blocks at these hotels):

Hampton Inn/Mountain Brook

Embassy Suites



Friday, March 13, 2020 – Homewood Public Library

9:00-5:00 Optional Intensives and  Activities (Additional Fees apply)

  • Illustrators’ Day
  • Writers’ Intensives: Pro, Novel, or Picture Book
  • Agent One-on-One sessions

PUBLIC BOOK SIGNING and Portfolio Show 5:00-6:30

Friday March 13, 7:30-9:00 pm  Aloft Hotel Lobby

FREE – Dessert Party & Faculty Reception!


Saturday, March 14, 2020 – Homewood Public Library

8:30-5:30  wik’2020 – See Conference Schedule for more details



Saturday March 14,   Aloft Hotel Lobby

4:00-5:30 pm informal critiques


wik’20 Schedule
wik’20 Brochure
wik’20 FAQ



Featured Speakers, Editors, & Agents

Jane Yolen
Heidi Stemple
Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Janice Hardy
Kurestin Armada
Erin Clyburn
Kait Feldman
Saho Fujii
Rubin Pfeffer
Mekisha Telfer


Rebecca Angus, agent (distance consultations only)



Kara Bietz
Javacia Harris-Bowser
Laynie Bynum
Greg Christie
Lisa Churchill
Sheri Dillard
Jo Kittinger
Heather Montgomery
Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Irene Latham
Randi Pink


See the Faculty listing, Schedule of Sessions and our wik’20 Brochure for details on programming

wik’20 Schedule
wik’20 Brochure
wik’20 Faculty



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wik’20 Conference

Members: $180.00    Non-Members: $215.00

After March 10, 2020 – $25.00 penalty for late registration !


Friday Intensives and Illustrators Day (click for more details)

Members $100.00

Non-Members $140.00


Can’t afford it?

A limited number of opportunities are available for those who need assistance with the cost of attending the conference.

Illustrators may apply for the Liz Conrad Illustration Award, now open to all illustrators from all regions. The application period is from November 15 to Jan. 15. If you register before the Award is made, your registration fee for Illustrators’ Day and the conference will be refunded.

First-time attendees may apply for RA scholarships to attend the conference. For more information about the RA scholarships, contact the Regional Advisor at (applies to conference fees only)

“And-One” Opportunities may be available to encourage first time attendees and underrepresented groups to attend the conference with a friend. It’s a BOGO! Are you a member who knows someone who might want to attend? Not a member but interested and know a member? Don’t know a member, but have a friend who is also interested? Email the Regional Advisor at for more information.

Note: We welcome and encourage individuals from underrepresented communities to apply for these awards and financial assistance opportunities. Please see our Diversity Statement here.


Optional Activities (click for more details – additional fees may apply)

Illustrators’ Day Mentorship additional fee: $55.00

Agent One-on-One Consultations Friday additional fee:  $55.00

Private Portfolio Critiques additional fee: $45.00

Face to Face Manuscript Critiques additional fees: $45.00

Manuscripts are due FEB 10 – see Optional Activities for formatting guidelines

Portfolio Show – FREE!!!

Quickfire Portfolio Review FREE!!! (limited to 1st 25 to register for Illustrators’ Day)

        Pitch Party (Pitch your manuscript to a panel of agents): FREE!!!

Informal Critique sessions: – FREE!!!

Dessert Party and Member Book Signing on Friday with faculty: FREE!!!

Published Member Book Launches and Book Signing FREE!!!

February 10, 2020 deadline to complete the book info form

Opportunity to submit to faculty after the conference: FREE!!!


Book your hotel room  at the Aloft Hotel early! The hotel is only a few blocks from the Homewood Public Library and only a limited number of rooms will be available at the conference rate.

All wik’20 events and activities other than the Friday Dessert Party will be held at the Homewood Public Library.

The Dessert Party will be held on Friday at the Aloft in downtown Homewood.




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).NOTE to member students – there is not a separate student ticket, the member student discount is automatically applied to your registration.

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” before clicking the CONTINUE button at the bottom of the page. Students please bring your student ID card to registration for verification.

To Register you must select the appropriate “ticket” – no registration can be completed without selecting a ticket. Click on the box or circle to the left of the ticket you want to select. If you want to attend both the conference and Friday intensive or Illuatrators’ Day, select the conference ticket and add the intensive in the registration options.

Note: As part of the registration process we will ask you for demographic information. This is completely voluntary, but we hope that you will participate so that we can evaluate our outreach programs. This information will not be used for any other purpose.

NO REFUND FOR CANCELLATIONS: Because space is limited, no refunds are provided, but if attendance must be cancelled due to illness or other similar circumstances, fees may be credited toward a future conference or workshop. Contact the Regional Advisor at for further information.


NOTE: You must click on the box/button beside the activities you are interested in (Lunch, Consultations, Volunteer, Informal crit groups, etc.) for the options to appear so you can make your selections.


SCBWI Anti-Harassment Statement:

SCBWI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience in its events and activities for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, national origin, age, or religion,  deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any behavior deemed to be harassing are expected to comply immediately.

SCBWI reserves the right to require anyone not complying with the above to depart from any event at which any such activity has been perpetrated and to bar them from future SCBWI events.

Any individual who observes or experiences harassment at an SCBWI event can submit a complaint directly to executive director Lin Oliver at In addition to your regional leaders to whom such conduct can always be reported, at the conference, there will also be an individual designated to receive reports of misconduct.

If you witness or experience any behavior that violates the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy, please bring it to our attention.

Agreement for protection of Intellectual Property:

By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that audio taping, videotaping and/or transmitting  of any part of the Conference (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions, and networking events) or aiding in any of the foregoing, is expressly prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, electronically transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder.

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

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Ticket Information

Friday Illustrators Day Only - SCBWI Member - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Friday Intensive only- SCBWI Member - $100.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Friday Illustrators' Day Only - Non-Member - $140.00

Friday Intensive Only - Non-Member - $140.00

Conference - SCBWI Member - $180.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Attendees can select optional Writers intensives and Illustrators Day using this ticket

Conference - Non-Member - $215.00
Attendees can select optional Writers Intensives and Illustrators Day using this ticket

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.