Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Date(s) - 03/10/2018 - 03/11/2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Spain Park High School (Birmingham)
4700 Jaguar Dr - Hoover, AL 35242


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“Something for Everyone”

Writers, illustrators, beginners, published and not-yet-published – YOU CHOOSE from 32 breakout sessions with industry professionals and there are multiple intensive options this year too!


Friday, March 9, 2018 3:30-5:30 pm Let’s Have Dessert First!   BOOK SIGNING & Faculty Reception

Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8:30-5:30  wik’18

Spain Park High School, Jaguar Drive, Hoover, AL

Sunday, March 11, 2019, 8:30-4:30 Intensives and Optional Activities  Spain Park High School

Illustrators’ Day

Writers’ Intensives

Agent One-on-One sessions


Featured Speakers and Intensive Teachers

Linda Sue Park – Newbery Award Winning Author

Pat Cummings – Corretta Scott King Award winner and instructor at Pratt Institute


Nicki Carmack – Creative Director, Peachtree Publishers

Deborah Shine – Editor, Star Bright Books

John Cusick – Agent, Folio, Jr.

Erica Silverman – Agent, Stimola Literary

Matt Ringler – Editor, Scholastic

Janice Hardy – Author and founder of Fiction University

Kami Kinard – Author

Rebecca Petruck – Author

Heather Montgomery – Author

Jodi Wheeler Toppen, Author


Additional One-on-One Faculty (Sunday Sessions)

Kristy Hunter – Agent, Knight Agency

Claire Easton – Agent, Painted Words



Irene Latham, Author

Jim Baggett, Research Librarian

Cathy Hall, Author

Jaimie Engle, Author

Debbie Dadey, Author

Christina Farley, Author


See our Faculty listing, Schedule of Sessions and our WiK Brochure 2018 for details on programming




Members: $150.00    Non-Members: $185.00

Discount for Early Bird Registration has ended

$25.00 penalty for late registration after March 5!

Illustrators’ Day and Intensives Additional $75.00

Illustrators’ Day Only: $95.00

Note: the “ticket” shows $20, but an additional $75 is accessed when Illustrators’ Day is selected.

Both must be checked for your registration to be approved.


Optional Activities (additional fees may apply):

Sunday Writer’s Intensives:  (Select one morning and one afternoon session) $75.00

Sunday Illustrators’ Day (with Conference): $75.00

Portfolio Shows – FREE!!!

Illustrators’ Day Mentorship $65.00 – Deadline to register extended to Jan. 15, 2018

Quickfire Portfolio Review FREE!!! (must be registered for Illustrators’ Day)

Private Portfolio Critiques $50.00

Face to Face and Written Only Critiques $50.00

Manuscripts are due FEB 4 – see Optional Activities Page

Agent One-on-One Consultations (Sunday) $55.00

Lunches from Urban Cookhouse Saturday and Sunday $8.50 each

Professional Head Shots by Photographer Karim Samshi-Basha $20.00

Informal Critique sessions:No additional charge!!!

Dessert Party and Member Book Signing on Friday with faculty: No additional charge!!!

Published Member Book Launches and Book Signing FREE!!!

February 2, 2018 deadline to complete the book info form

Opportunity to submit to faculty after the conference: No additional charge!!!



Hotel: Country Inn and Suites – to get the discounted rate you will need to phone 205-968-3700 and tell them you are with SCBWI/Southern Breeze. Reserve early! Limited number of rooms available.





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” (Non-Member, Student) 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.


All wik’18 events and activities other than the Friday Book Launches and Dessert Party will be held at Spain Park 

Book Launches, Public Book Signing and the Dessert Party will be held on Friday at the Homewood Public Library


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.


Can’t afford it?

Illustrators may apply for the Liz Conrad Illustration Award for illustrators, now open to all illustrators from all regions. The deadline has been extended to Jan. 15.

First-time attendees may apply for RA scholarships. For more information about the RA scholarships, contact the Regional Advisor, Claudia Pearson, at


SCBWI Anti-Harrassment Policy:

SCBWI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience in its events and activities for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, national origin, age or religion. 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 harassing behavior 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 member who experiences harassment at an SCBWI event can submit a complaint directly to executive director Lin Oliver at


Agreement for protection of Intellectual Property:

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