Wild Wild Midwest SCBWI Conference 2016

Naperville, Illinois
Friday, April 29, 2016
Wild Wild Midwest SCBWI Conference 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016 - Sunday, May 01, 2016

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 Naper Blvd.
Naperville, Illinois 60563
United States

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 Days, 35 Speakers,
600 of your fellow authors and illustrators

You do the math! Wild Wild Midwest is going to be another wild SCBWI ride!

REGISTRATION is online and payment is by credit card only, starting February 1 for members, and February 8 for non-members. Early bird rates available through March 25. The registration form can be accessed from this website after February 1st.
Members: Early Bird $295, then $310*
Non-Member: Early Bird $335, then $350 *

not including service fees from our registration provider.

02/04/16 If you are registered for WWMW2016, you will no longer be able to log in to change your registration. Click here to request a change by e-mail.

INTENSIVES Three hour sessions allow for a deep dive into craft, revision, and business topics for SCBWI members only. A limited number of spaces are available. See the DETAILS tab for descriptions.

BREAKOUTS to suit all levels and interests. See the DETAILS tab for descriptions.

SPEAKERS Be sure to check out our wonderful speakers. Their photos and bios are listed on the SPEAKER tab.

KEYNOTES by Linda Sue Park, Candace Fleming, Lisa Cron, and Sarah Aronson
UPDATE on diversity initiatives by Miranda Paul, Marietta Zacker, and Linda Sue Park 

Don your glad rags and get a wiggle on to the Wild Wild Midwest Costume Party on Friday night! Flappers and fellas, you’re invited to dance the Charleston and Lindy Hop until your dogs are beefin’.  If you’re an Oliver Twist who likes puttin’ on the Ritz, this is the rub for you. You may even win a prize if your get-up is the cat’s pajamas!

ART SHOW SCBWI member illustrators attending the conference are invited to exhibit one unpublished illustration suitable for children’s books on their own small tabletop easel (or book stand) along with postcards or business cards. There is no extra charge, but you must register for this when you register for the conference. Each illustrator is limited to a tabletop space 18” wide. The displayed illustrations will be judged by the faculty and a winner will be announced at 8:30 pm during the Art Show and again during lunch on Sunday. The winner receives an onsite face-to-face portfolio review by the two art directors at the conference.

When you arrive at the conference, you will be directed when and where to drop off your mounted illustration, your own small tabletop easel labeled with your name, and postcards (optional). Bring a color copy of your illustration - not the original - as we cannot guarantee the safety of your work. Art Show questions: 

BOOKSTORE Anderson's Bookstore will offer opportunities at various times during the conference to buy books by our speakers, by P.A.L. members, and by independently published attendees. The bookstore will accept Visa, MasterCard and cash - no checks.
If you are a P.A.L. (Published And Listed) or an independently published member of SCBWI attending the conference, you may enter one book title to be available in our conference bookstore. All titles must be provided through this registration system by April 1st, 2016. 

BLOGGING/RECORDING Audio taping, videotaping, and/or transmitting any part of this conference is prohibited. The presentations and handouts are copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, tweeted, or reproduced in any way without written permission of the copyright holder. You may share your thoughts about the conference and some brief quotes, but please respect our speakers and the copyright law by not giving away detailed notes. Thank you for your professionalism.

HOTEL  Special conference rates are available at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, (the conference hotel) through April 7. Rate:  $114.00 per night (plus state/local taxes). To make overnight reservations, call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the “Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators” rate. Reservations must be received on or before 4/7/16 for the conference rate. 

Double queen rooms are available, accommodating up to four people. Standard king rooms are also available, to accommodate up to two guests. All reservations will be held until 10 p.m. on the day of arrival. If your travel plans deem that you will be arriving after 10 p.m., please reach out to the reservation hotline at 1-800-228-9290 directly to inform them of your late arrival.  They will make a note on your reservation for the request. The Chicago Marriott Naperville is a smoke free environment.  This includes all guest rooms, meeting rooms, public areas, pool, and restaurant. Complimentary parking is available for registered guests. Here is the registration link:  Chicago Marriott Naperville

Thank you from your Conference Coordinators
Illinois: Co-Regional Advisors Alice McGinty and Deborah Topolski and Assistant Regional Advisor, Sara Shacter 
Indiana: Regional Advisor Shannon Anderson, Illustrator Coordinator Sharon Vargo
Iowa: Regional Advisor Connie Heckert, Assistant Regional Advisor Linda Morlock, and Illustrator Coordinator Dorothia Rohner
Michigan: Co-Regional Advisors Carrie Pearson and Leslie Helakoski and Illustrator Coordinator Ruth McNally Barshaw
Wisconsin: Co-Regional Advisors Miranda Paul and Michael Kress-Russick


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