Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Oktoberfest 2019

Date(s) - 10/19/2019
7:45 am - 5:00 pm

Bishop Ranch Roundhouse Market and Conference Center
2600 Camino Ramon - San Ramon, CA 94583

*** Oktoberfest 2019 is SOLD OUT. If you are joining us, please see the sidebar on your right for general conference information and for ATTENDEES ONLINE FOLDER added October, 2019. On the day of the event, you will also receive a physical folder with more specific information. ***



Keynote Speaker announced: Charlie Price!
Charlie Price is the Edgar Award Winning-Author of The Interrogation of Gabriel James, Dead Connection, Dead Investigation, Desert Angel, Lizard People, and Dead Girl Moon. In addition to writing, Mr. Price also provides Coaching and Consulting for private companies and non-profit agencies looking to provide leadership projects that include strategic planning, team building, conflict resolution, and executive coaching.


Don’t miss the conference sidebar on the top right side for more information.  →


Experience a full day of craft and inspiration on October 19th at the elegant Bishop Ranch Roundhouse Conference Center. This year’s conference is bigger and bolder than ever, featuring top-notch experts in the children’s writing and illustrating industry. Be immersed and inspired by a diverse faculty of talented editors and agents, award-winning authors and illustrators, professionals of craft, and one of New York’s top art directors.

Whether you are new to children’s writing and illustration–pre-published or published–come meet new and old friends, learn from experienced industry professionals, and walk away with the creative tools to take your work to the next level in this competitive industry of children’s publishing.

Meet Our Faculty!
  •     • Jessica Dandino Garrison: Executive Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers
  •     • Mekisha Telfer: Associate Editor, Roaring Brook Press
  •     • Stephen Fraser: Senior Agent, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
  •     • Ann Rose: Agent, Prospect Agency
  •     • Mary Kole: Book Editor and Author
  •     • Nancy Brennan: Art Director, Penguin Random House
  •     • Jessixa Bagley: Award-winning Author/Illustrator
  •     • Jessica Brody: Author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel and More


Meet Our Author Panel!

  •     • Alexis Fajardo: Award-winning Graphic Novelist of Kid Beowulf
  •     • Arree Chung: Picture Book Author/Illustrator of Mixed, A Colorful Story
  •     • Lisa Ramee: Middle Grade Author of A Good Kind of Trouble
  •     • Randy Ribay: Young Adult Author of After the Shot Drops


 Don’t miss these deadlines
  •     • 7/13 — Manuscript electronic submission deadline
  •     • 7/13 — Illustration Web Portfolio submission deadline
  •     • 7/13 — Illustrator sign up for Portfolio Slideshow & Best in Conference contest
  •     • 8/1 —   PAL and self-published members submit book information to bookstore
  •     • 8/31 — Early Bird discount deadline ends
  •     • 7/31 — Full refund cancellation deadline minus $25 administrative fee


Conference Tuition

SCBWI Member: Early Bird Discount $159 until 8/31 (on 9/1 $179).  You must be logged in to your SCBWI site to receive your member discount.

SCBWI Non-member: Early Bird Discount $189 until 8/31 (on 9/1 $209)

Join SCBWI today and save on this conference!


Conference Add-Ons

For important information regarding conference add-ons, contest guidelines, bookstore participation, included lunch buffet, and more, see the sidebar for information. Both critiques and headshots are limited in availability and will fill up very fast. You must sign up for all add-ons when you register!


SCBWI Refund Policy

  •     • Full refund for conference fee (minus $25 administrative fee) until July 31st.
  •     • No refunds will be given on the optional manuscript and/or illustration critiques.
  •     • After July 31st, refunds will only be given in case of military service or a death in the family.
  •     • We do not give credit toward future events for cancellations.
  •     • No one under the age of 18 is permitted to attend any conference events.


Use our conference twitter hashtag: #SCBWIOktfest19

Schedule subject to change without notice.


Thank you to John Ledda for our gorgeous conference masthead!