February 8-9, 2014, Austin writers and illustrators will have the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by talented professionals in the children’s book industry at the 2014 Children’s Writers and Illustrators Working Conference. The event is presented by the Austin Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lectures, manuscript critiques, a portfolio showcase and contest, the presentation of the inaugural Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award and writer and illustrator intensives will give attendees a multitude of options in furthering their passion.
Speakers at the conference include author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Kelly Murphy. Writers Liz Garton Scanlon, Bethany Hegedus and P.J. Hoover are but a few of the authors in attendance, and many editors and literary agents will be featured as well.
The conference will be held at the Marriott Austin South, with early bird rates and student discounts available. The Austin chapter of the Society is a vibrant, dedicated and welcoming community of children’s book writers and illustrators ranging from people thinking about writing their first book to seasoned professionals with several books in print. To find out more about the Society of Children’s Book Writers or to register for the conference, please visit austin.scbwi.org.