Reconnect - Recharge - Renew: N. Ohio SCBWI 11th Annual Conference

Cleveland, Ohio
Friday, September 20, 2013


If you are interested in attending, please contact Vicki Selvaggio at .

Reconnect - Recharge - Renew: N. Ohio SCBWI 11th Annual Conference
Friday, September 20, 2013 2:00 PM -
Saturday, September 21, 2013 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Cleveland Airport Sheraton
(216) 267-1500
5300 Riverside Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
United States

Map and Directions


Our theme:
Reconnect, Recharge, Renew.

Our goal for attendees (and faculty who gain from conference experiences, too):

Reconnect with old friends and make some new friends.  You can never have enough acquaintances in this industry.  The networking opportunities are AMAZING!!!
Recharge and become motivated, educated and inspired with the presentations from experts in the field.
Renew leaving the conference with new ideas or goals on making old ideas successful.  Feel refreshed and ready to jump into your career of writing and/or illustrating for today's youth.

We have an amazing lineup and conference planned for you!  All of our faculty can be viewed in the AGENDA/FACULTY tab at the top of this website by downloading or printing the conference brochure.  Here is a quick peek:

  • Linda Epstein, Associate Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
  • Erica Finkel, Assistant Editor, Abrams Books for Young Readers and Amulet Books
  • Karen Grencik, Agent, Red Fox Literary
  • Merideth Harte, Art Director, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Andrea Welch, Senior Editor, Beach Lane Books
  • Rebecca Barnhouse, Author
  • Mary Kay Carson, Author
  • Leslie Helakoski, Author/Illustrator
  • Judith Irvin-Kuns, Author
  • Nancy Roe Pimm, Author
  • Mary Ryan, Author
  • Linda Stanek, Author
  • Lisa Wheeler, Author
         2K13 Panelists:
  • Kelly Barson, Author
  • Geoffrey Girard, Author
  • Demitria Lunetta, Author
  • Mindy McGinnis, Author
  • Jennifer McGowan, Author
  • Kate Karyus Quinn, Author
         N. Ohio SCBWI Board Members Presenting:
  • Sophie Cayless, Illustrator
  • Denise Parsons, N. Ohio SCBWI Events & Marketing Coordinator

Intensives are continued this year.  These interactive sessions fill quickly and have limited space.  Don't delay in registering.

  • Picture Book  - Lisa Wheeler, Author
  • Picture Book  - Leslie Helakoski, Author/Illustrator
  • MG/YA - Rebecca Barnhouse, Author
  • Nonfiction/Biography - Mary Kay Carson, Author
Illustrators can take advantage of an Illustrator Promotional Consultation with Merideth Harte, Art Director, Sterling Publishing, Co., Inc.  Consultation slots will fill quickly and have limited space.  Don't delay in registering.

Our Friday schedule includes General Sessions and Panel Sessions:
  • Conference 101
  • Self-edit and Revisions Tips
  • 2K13 YA-Debut Author Panelists:  From Finished Manuscript to First Book:  A YA Debut-Author Tells All
  • Erica Finkel and Andrea Welch - Editor Panel: Q&A
  • Linda Epstein and Karen Grencik - Agent Panel:  Q&A
  • Denise Parsons - Twitter 101
  • Sophie Cayless - Yes, Authors Can Draw Too and Why They Should!
Critiques are offered on Friday and Saturday this year.  Register early, as time slots fill quickly! In an effort to accommodate more of our attendees, we are offering both a face-to-face critique (meet one on one with a faculty to discuss your manuscript) and a written-only critique (no face-to-face).  We've also adjusted the number of critiques allowed.  Read all information carefully on manuscript critiques and submission guidelines throughout the registration.  Manuscript will be returned if directions are not followed.

We're continuing our Annual Publication Celebration on Friday evening.  Such accomplishments should be shared with as many peers and fans as possible! 

Our Saturday Schedule continues with Keynotes, Breakouts, Critiques and our Book Basket Donation presentation. There is something for everyone! Remember to review all TABS above before moving forward with the registration process and during the registration process, review all 'details' where provided. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

~ Vicki Selvaggio, Northern Ohio SCBWI Regional Advisor

Northern Ohio SCBWI Executive Board:
Emily Levin, Assistant Regional Advisor
Gloria Reichert, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator
Sophie Cayless, Illustrator Coordinator
Denise Parsons, Events & Marketing Coordinator
Lisa Amstutz, Website Editor & Coordinator
Carole Calladine, Photograph Coordinator
Jean Daigneau, Active Past Regional Advisor
Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, Regional Advisor Emeritus
Michael Toth, Conference Coordinator

All information listed is subject to change without notice.


Payment Instructions

  • Conference Fees
    DISCOUNT thru AUG. 15 -

    SCBWI Members:
    • Friday only - $70
    • Saturday only - $135
    • Friday/Saturday - $175
    Non SCBWI Members:
    • Friday only - $80
    • Saturday only - $145
    • Friday/Saturday - $185
    FULL PRICE begins AUG. 16 -
    SCBWI Members:
    • Friday only - $80
    • Saturday only - $145
    • Friday/Saturday - $185
    Non SCBWI Members:
    • Friday only - $90
    • Saturday only - $155
    • Friday/Saturday - $195

    Prices are the same for SCBWI members and non-members.  No early registration discounts apply:
    • Face-to-Face Manuscript       Critique - $45
    • Written-only Manuscript       Critique - $45
    • Illustrator Promotional Consultation - $45
    • Portfolio Critique - $45
    • Intensive - $55
    • CEU - $30
    Payments can be made by Credit Card, Check or Paypal.

    Make check payable to:
    SCBWI Northern Ohio Region

    Mailing address for manuscript/checks:
    Vicki Selvaggio, RA
    2954 Cannon Road
    Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
    Ref: SCBWI Northern Ohio Conference

    Manuscript for critique: 
    Must be received
    by August 2, 2013.
    Formatting guidelines for manuscript submission:
    click here

    Pre-order Books:
    August 15, 2013.

    2013 Calendar Contest:
    BY EMAIL ONLY: Sept. 17, 2013.
    No conference drop-offs.

    Registration ENDS:
    Sept. 16, 2013.

    After Aug. 2, 2013 for manuscript or portfolio critique.

    After Sept. 10, 2013 for registration.

    On book pre-orders.

    If paying by check:
    For manuscript critique, check must be received by Aug. 2, 2013.

    All others, check must be received by Sept 16, 2013.

    NOTE: We suggest sending your check via Certified Mail or via Fedex for tracking and proof of postmark purposes.

    Northern Ohio SCBWI is not responsible for lost, late or non-received items.

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