Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sat. Oct 17 – Oktoberfest – Fuel Your Creativity!

Date(s) - 10/17/2015
8:00 am - 5:15 pm

Preservation Park
1233 Preservation Park Way - Oakland, CA 94612




 If you are on the waitlist and you have not heard from us by Thursday morning, October 15th, we are very sorry we could not accommodate you.

Fuel Your Creativity at the Oktoberfest Fall Conference, October 17th. Our extraordinary faculty presents inspiring, challenging craft workshops and general sessions. Whether you are new to children’s writing and illustration, pre-published or published, you’ll have loads of fun as you explore new topics, get inspired, and meet new friends and top industry professionals in the autumn beauty of Preservation Park, Oakland.

We congratulate and thank Pamela Goodman, winner of our 2015 Conference Masthead contest, for our delightful conference illustration.

Our Faculty

Grace Kendall, Editor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (FSG) Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Publishing

Brett Wright, Associate Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing and Young Adult Author

Kelly Sonnack, Agent, Andrea Brown Literary

Minju Chang, Agent, Book Stop Literary

Gennifer Choldenko, Award-winning Middle Grade Author

Megan McDonald, Award-winning Picture Book, Chapter and Middle Grade Author

Lisa Brown, Award-winning Picture Book Author/illustrator and instructor

Maya Gonzalez, Award-winning Author/illustrator

Julie Bayless, Author/illustrator, Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI SF North & East Bay Region

Nanette Heffernan, Writer, CritConnect Critique Group & New Member Welcome Coordinator

Cindy Derby, Award-winning Illustrator – 2014 LA SCBWI Conference Grand Prize

Conference Highlights

           Nineteen Workshops and General Sessions

            PAL Member and Faculty Book Signing

            Written Manuscript Critiques

            Portfolio Showcase and “Best in Conference” Judging

            New Member Welcome Early Session

            Critique Group Meetup/Signup

            Conference Book Store

            Mingle and Celebration Social

Conference Tuition (includes snacks and drinks throughout the day, plus celebration treats)

            SCBWI Member: Early Bird Discount $125 until 8/31 (After 9/1 $145)
            (If you are a member, log into your member profile to enable the discount at registration.)           
            Non-member: $175    Join today and save!          

Refund Policy

Full conference refund minus $25 administrative fee until Saturday, September 5.
After 9/5, there is a 50% refund only if the space can be filled from the wait list.
If your place cannot be filled from the waitlist after 9/5, a refund will only be given in case of military service or a death in the family.

NO CANCELLATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED 72 HRS before the conference – except for exceptional cicumstances.

Conference Add-ons

  • Written manuscript critiques: $45. Electronic Submission Deadline is 8/8. See Submission Guidelines in the event menu (upper right).  The $45 written critique fee is non-refundable and you will not receive a critique if you miss the August 8, 2015 electronic submission deadline or cancel your conference registration.
  • Choose a bag lunch for $12.50 or bring your own lunch. If you have dietary needs or restrictions, please bring your own lunch. See selections on General Information link in the event menu.
  • Portfolio Showcase and participation in the “Best in Conference” judging is free with conference registration. See guidelines in event menu. Sign up during online registration by 8/31.
  • PAL member participation in the Book Signing is free with conference registration. Deadline is 8/31 to sign up. See guidelines in event menu.

BE SURE to visit all links to the right for specific details on:

  • Schedule
  • General Information
  • Faculty
  • PAL Member/Speaker Book Signing and Book Store
  • Manuscript Critique Submission Guidelines
  • Portfolio Showcase & Best in Conference Contest
  • Policies
  • FAQs


            8/8   Manuscript Electronic Submission Deadline

            8/31  Member Early Bird Discount Deadline

            8/31  PAL Member Book Signing Sign Up and Conference Book Store 

            8/31  Illustrator Sign up for Portfolio Showcase & Best in Conference Judging

            9/5    Full refund cancellation deadline minus $25 administrative fee

Use our conference twitter hashtag: #SCBWIOktfest15

Schedule subject to change without notice