Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Conference Schedule



Time Event Location
7:45 a.m.

Registration — Your selected workshops will be listed inside your conference folder. During the conference, if you wish to trade sessions, check with the Information Desk for any available spots.

Front Entrance to Bishop Ranch Roundhouse Conf. Center
8:10 – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome & Particulars — All Attendees

Tahoe Auditorium
8:40 – 9:10 a.m.

Keynote — Charlie Price

Tahoe Auditorium
9:10 – 9:25 a.m.

Break & Schedule Photo Shoots

Flashlight Books Bookstore Open for Business

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Workshop 1: MG/YA Emotion with Jessica Dandino Garrison

(75 min session overlaps breaks.)

Shasta Room
9:25 – 10:20 a.m.

Workshop 1: 

      Save the Cat Writes a Novel — Jessica Brody

Tenaya Room

      Perfect Elevator Pitch — Stephen Fraser

Tahoe Auditorium

      Pictures with Words — Nancy Brennan

Trinity Hall
10:20 – 10:30 a.m.

Break & Scheduled Photo Shoot

10:35 – 11:30 a.m.

Workshop 2:

      Finding Your Voice — Mekisha Telfer

Tahoe Auditorium

      Writing for Illustrators — Jessixa Bagley

Tenaya Room

      Query Conundrums — Ann Rose

Shasta Hall

      Crafting Dynamic Characters — Mary Kole

Trinity Hall
11:35 – 12:25 p.m.

Author Panel — All Attendees
Craft Secrets with Arree Chung, Alexis Fajardo, Lisa Ramee, and Randy Ribay

Tahoe Auditorium
12:25 p.m.

Break for Lunch

Luncheon buffet upstairs in the Juniper Atrium
12:55 p.m.

Author Book Signing at Flashlight Books Bookstore 

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Workshop 3: MG/YA Emotion with Jessica Dandino Garrison (75 min session overlaps breaks.)

Shasta Hall
1:40 – 2:35 p.m.

Workshop 3: 

      Save the Cat Writes a Novel — Jessica Brody

Tahoe Auditorium

      Four-color Printing and Special Effects — Nancy Brennan

Tenaya Room

      Synopsis Conundrums — Ann Rose

Trinity Hall
2:35 – 2:50 p.m.

Break & Scheduled Photo Shoots

2:50 – 3:45 p.m.

Workshop 4:

      Raising the Stakes — Mekisha Telfer

Tenaya Room

      Knowing your Characters for Illustrators — Jessixa Bagley

Trinity Hall

      Crafting Dynamic Characters — Mary Kole

Shasta Hall

      First Page Symposium — Stephen Fraser

Tahoe Auditorium
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Break & Scheduled Photo Shoot

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Editor/Agent Panel — All Attendees
Mekisha Telfer, Ann Rose, Stephen Fraser, & Jessica Dandino Garrison

Tahoe Auditorium
5:00 p.m.

Wrap Up & Critique Pick Up at Registration Table


Attendees, please retrieve any free materials you brought to share on our Free Table. Self-published authors, don’t forget to pick up any unsold books you brought for consignment.