NESCBWI 2011 Conference: Celebrating Milestones

Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Friday, May 13, 2011

* Illustration by Melinda Beavers
NESCBWI 2011 Conference: Celebrating Milestones
Friday, May 13, 2011 11:00 AM -
Sunday, May 15, 2011 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Courtyard Marriott
150 Royal Plaza Drive
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
United States

Map and Directions
Online registration for the 2011 NESCBWI Conference, "Celebrating Milestones," is now unavailable. But.....Registration for both days is day-to-day depending upon last-minute cancellations. We are working from a constantly-evolving wait list. Please contact to see if there is currently an opening for either or both days, or to add your name to the waitlist.  Thanks!

[General Registration Pricing]

SCBWI Members:
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: $225 Waiting List
  • Friday & Saturday Day Only: $145 Waiting List
  • Saturday Night & Sunday Only: $120 Waiting List
  • Manuscript/Portfolio Critique: $45 (with Fri/Sat/Sun or Fri/Sat registration)
  • Marketing Consultation: $45 (with Fri/Sat/Sun or Fri/Sat registration)
  • Agent Quick Query: $25 
  • Poster Showcase: $25
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: $275 Waiting List
  • Friday & Saturday Day Only: $170 Waiting List
  • Saturday Night & Sunday Only: $140 Waiting List
  • Manuscript/Portfolio Critique: $50 (with Fri/Sat/Sun or Fri/Sat registration)
  • Marketing Consultation: $50 (with Fri/Sat/Sun or Fri/Sat registration) 
  • Agent Quick Query: $25 
  • Poster Showcase: $25
[Schedule and Workshop Information]
[Manuscript/Portfolio Critiques]

Manuscript and Portfolio Critique registration is happening off-line this year. Once you have registered for Friday/Saturday/Sunday or Friday/Saturday Day, you will be able to fill out and mail a Manuscript/Portfolio Critique Application Form with your submission and check. Critiques are slotted on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed. We're asking people not to use any shipping service that requires a signature, since this can delay receipt since the critique registrar may not be home when the delivery is made.

This year's critique staff includes:

Authors' Agents:

  • Stephen Fraser - Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
  • Jennifer Laughran - Andrea Brown Literary Agency
  • Ammi-Joan Paquette - Erin Murphy Literary Agency
  • Linda Pratt - Wernick & Pratt Agency
  • Lauren MacLeod - The Strothman Agency
  • Chris Richman - Upstart Crow Literary

Illustrators' Agents:

  • Nicole Tugeau - Tugeau 2 Inc.


  • Jenne Abramowitz - Scholastic
  • Anna Bloom - Scholastic
  • Katie Cunningham - Candlewick Press
  • Kate DePalma - Barefoot Books
  • Pam Gruber - Little Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group
  • Jordan Hamessley - Grossett & Dunlap/Penguin Young Readers
  • Alyson Heller - Aladdin Books, /Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
  • Julia Maguire - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Leila Sales - Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Young Readers
  • Yolanda Scott - Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Emily Seife - Schwartz & Wade Books/Random House Children’s Books
  • Kari Sutherland - HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Julie Tibbot - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Harold Underdown - Freelance Editorial Consultant
  • Stacy Whitman - Tu Books/Lee & Low Books

Art Directors:

  • Ann Bobco - Atheneum, Beach Lane, & Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster
  • Kerry Martin - Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

[Special Interest Groups]

SIGs, or Special Interest Groups, are moderated conversations on a topic of interest to a group of like-minded conference goers. The topic might be a genre, a format, an area of writing or illustrating craft, an area of professional development, or a notable publishing trend. To nominate a conversation topic for this year's conference, visit the New England SCBWI website for detailed information.         

[New: Saturday Night Film and Panel]

Included with Saturday Night/Sunday or Friday/Saturday/Sunday registration.

[Hotel Conference Rate]

All rooms in the hotel for the weekend of our conference are blocked off for conference attendees. You will need to call the hotel directly and tell them you are with the SCBWI conference. The conference rate is $105 per night.

[Cancellation Policy]

Cancellations before April 1, 2011 will be refunded in full. Cancellations between April 1 and April 8, 2011 will be refunded at 50% of the total. After April 8, 2011, refunds will only be given in case of military service or a death in the family.

[Book Donations]

This year, 2011 NESCBWI Conference faculty member Laya Steinberg has undertaken a volunteer project to gather books for a new library at a school in Kenya that serves girls orphaned by AIDS. We will have a drop box for book donations at the registration desk and thank you in advance for your donation.

[More Information Coming Soon]

  • Critique Faculty Bios
  • Peer Critiques, Silver Anniversary Ball, Conference Podcast, New England SCBWI History Panel

Contact Information

  • Email:
    Hotel Phone: 

Payment Instructions

  • We welcome payment either by credit card or by check. If you prefer to submit a check, please print your registration invoice and mail it along with a check for the total to:

    New England
    19 Francine Drive
    Holliston, MA 01746

    You will receive an email confirmation of payment receipt.

    Your registration can only be confirmed once payment is received.

    If you are registering for a manuscript critique, please send a separate check for the critique along with your manuscript and application form to:

    SCBWI NE Conference 2011 Critiques
    c/o Valarie Giogas, Critique Coordinator
    1 Buckman Drive
    Burlington, MA 01803

    The manuscript critique check should be payable to
    SCBWI New England.
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