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

Bring your Career into 20-20 focus with

wik logoWe Are Sorry But the Conference Has Been Cancelled

More information will be sent to those already registered via email

If you made reservations for a hotel, be sure to contact them as soon as possible to cancel your reservations.


The Aloft has sent this message: Should any of your parties want to cancel their reservations without penalty, they will need to do it today, Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 5:00 PM Central Standard Time. 

Any cancellations that take place after said deadline will result and obligated to one night stay plus tax.   

Please make sure the individuals understand to call the hotel directly at (205) 874-8055.   

We cannot stress enough to please advise your individuals to not send emails or text through their bonvoy apps to have their reservations canceled.    





Novel CoronaVirus Measures

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


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
Ash Parsons
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



Start Registration Now

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.