Society of
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It’s Your Business: 2017 North Texas SCBWI Conference

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Date(s) - 09/23/2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Addison Conference & Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road - Addison, Texas 75001





September 23, 2017 * 8 am- 5 pm * Addison Conference & Theatre Centre * 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Conference Schedule | Speaker & Faculty Bios Illustrator Portfolio Showcase Guidelines | Silent Auction Information Manuscript Critique Guidelines & Pitch Pro Tips | Hotel Accommodations | Registration


Kid lit creators are fun, zany, and creative folk, but we must also be business savvy if we expect to make a career through our craft. It's your business, make it a success!

Throughout 2017 the North Texas chapter has been focusing on the business aspects of writing. Our 2017 conference will continue that theme with an amazing lineup of professionals ready to offer their expertise.  Our full-day conference will be held at the Addison Conference Center on September 23rd from 8 am- 5 pm and will feature a full day of keynote speakers, workshops, pitches, critiques, and a host of new exciting features. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Our conference will provide opportunities to network, perfect your craft, build your business, interface with industry professionals, and make new friendships.

 We hope you will make it YOUR business to join us this year!


Our 2017 Conference All-Star Faculty Includes: 


Jamie Weiss Chilton, Agent – Andrea Brown Literary Agency 

jamie chilton 

Brett Duquette, Editor – Sterling Publishing 

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Melissa Edwards, Agent – Stonesong Literary Agency 

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Julie Hedlund – Picture Book Author and 12X12 Picture Book Challenge Founder

Julie Hedlund Head Shot

Susanna Hill – Picture Book Author and Making Picture Book Magic Founder

Susanna Hill

Callie Metler-Smith – Owner and Editor of Clear Fork Publishing

Callie Metler Smith

Kayla Olson – Young Adult Author 

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Carolyn Wyman – Nonfiction Author

carolyn wyman

Salina Yoon – Picture Book Author/Illustrator 

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 2017 Conference Schedule

(click to access detailed agenda)





Illustrator Portfolio Showcase 


We are excited to offer our illustrator attendees an opportunity to showcase their work in a professional Illustrators Portfolio Showcase. Illustrators who register for the showcase will be able to display their portfolio in the main hallway of the building. Portfolios must be dropped off between 8:00 – 8:30 during registration. Displays will follow the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase guidelines. 

Portfolios will be judged by conference attendee popular vote and a panel selected from our professional faculty. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the showcase, as follows:


1st place prize Free SCBWI membership for one year. Winner will also have the opportunity to create a new banner for our chapter website that will remain up for an entire year, PLUS the banner will also appear on our monthly newsletter, be featured on our public Facebook page, and the illustrator's name will be credited and linked. 

2nd place prize Free SCBWI membership for one year. 

3rd place prize Free webinars for one year.


Conference attendees are encouraged to browse the showcase throughout the day to look at art displayed, leave encouraging comments, and vote for your favorite!

Silent Auction 

This year we are offering members a chance to bid on items donated by authors, illlustrators, local businesses, and more to help fund future North Texas SCBWI programs. Items will be displayed in the main conference area. Please take time to browse and bid on items thoughout the day. Items will go to the highest bidders at time of closing. Winners will need to purchase and pick up item(s) by 5 p.m. on the day of the conference. For details on how, what, and where to submit auction items, please visit our Silent Auction Information Page.

Payment for silent auction items will be accepted in the form of cash, credit/debit, and checks.


Pitch Sessions & Professional Critiques


We are pleased to offer professional pitch sessions and critique sessions to conference attendees. Attendees may register for a pitch session with one of our featured editors and agents from our conference faculty. Pitch sessions will be 5 minutes in length. Please research the individual with whom you wish to pitch before registering, and make sure they represent your genre. Manuscript critiques will be offered by Salina Yoon, and five of our own North Texas published authors and illustrators. Click here for more guidelines on pitches & critiques and information on our professional conference critique faculty.


Conference Bookstore


Our conference will feature a faculty and member bookstore throughout the day, provided by Express Booksellers. If you have a book(s) you would like to be available for purchase through the store, please select this option at registration. Book titles will be collected by  PAL Coordinator Korey Scott at Titles must be submitted by August 1, 2017. Only 2 books per person will be permitted. All authors/illustrators participating in our bookstore should make themselves available at the end of the conference for our post-conference book signing.


Our leadership team has worked hard to ensure that our members receive the most out of this conference. If you have any questions, please contact Regional Advisor Jackie Kruzie at

We look forward to seeing each of you there!