Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sat., Oct. 21, 2017 Oktoberfest Fall Regional Conference

Date(s) - 10/21/2017
7:45 am - 5:00 pm

Preservation Park
668 - 13th Street - Oakland, CA 94612

Laura Zarrin 2017 Masthead

SCBWI San Franciso North & East Bay Region

2017 Oktoberfest Fall Conference
Let Your Creativity Soar

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:45 am – 5 pm
Preservation Park, Oakland, CA

Thank You!

General Information | Schedule | Faculty Bios | Cancellation/Refund/Policies | Critique Submission Guidelines | Portfolio Consultation Guidelines | Best in Conference Writers Contest | Portfolio Showcase and Best in Conference Portfolio Judging | SCBWI Published Member Book Signing | Food: Breaks & Lunch Options | FAQs | Regional Conference Team

Want to take your children's book career to the next level? Join us for a power-packed conference on October 21st. We've pulled out all the stops with more editors, agents, award-winning illustrators, award-winning authors, and an art director! Our outstanding faculty presents inspiring, challenging craft workshops and general sessions in the autumn beauty of Preservation Park, Oakland.

Get ready to tackle new heights. Whether you are new to children’s writing and illustration, pre-published or published, come meet new and old friends, mingle with top industry professionals, and be inspired with new creativity, strategies and professional guidance for your path to children's publishing.

Book early. Don't be disappointed. This amazing conference sells out every time! Choose your workshops carefully. No changes can be made prior to the conference.

We congratulate and thank LAURA ZARRIN, winner of our 2017 Conference Masthead contest, for our wonderful conference illustration.


Publishing Faculty

Heather Flaherty, Agent, The Bent AgencyZarrin-Pigeon

Clelia Gore, Agent, Martin Literary and Media Management

Andrew Karre, Executive Editor, Dutton Books

Alvina Ling, Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Maria Middleton, Art Director, Random House

Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Literary Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Traci Todd, Executive Editor, Abrams Appleseed

Offsite Judge for Writers Contest

Thao Le, Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Author/Illustrator Faculty

Alexandra Ballard, AuthorZarrinSnake

Martha Brockenbrough, Award-winning Author, YA, PB & NF

Rose Cooper, Author / Ilustrator

Linda Davick, Author / Illustrator

Katrina Goldsaito, Author / Artist

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

Annemarie O'Brien, YA Author / Marketer

Lee White, Award-winning Illustrator

Conference Highlights

            25 Workshops and General Sessions to choose fromZarrin Frog

            Published SCBWI Members (traditional and self published) Book Signing

            Faculty Book Signing

            Written Manuscript Critiques

            "Best in Conference" Writer's Contest (from manuscripts submitted for written critique)

            Portfolio Showcase and “Best in Conference”  Portfolio Judging

            Personal Portfolio Consultations

            New Member Welcome Early Session

            Marketing Early Session

            Lunchtime Critique Group Meetup/Signup

            Conference Book Store Featuring Faculty & Craft Books

            After-Conference Social

Conference Tuition (includes snacks and drinks throughout the day, plus after conference 'Social' treats)

            SCBWI Member: Early Bird Discount $129 until 8/31 (9/1 on, $159)
            (If you are a member, log into your member profile to enable the discount at registration.)   
            Non-member: $179    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 there is a 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 AFTER OCTOBER 7 – except for exceptional cicumstances.

Conference Add-ons

  • Written manuscript critiques: $45. Electronic Submission Deadline is 8/5. 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 5th, 2017 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 9/5.

  • Personal Portfolio Consultation: $65 for 15 minutes (Register early. There is a limited number of slots.)

  • SCBWI Published Author/Illustrator Book Signing is free with conference registration. Sign up during your registration process. Deadline is 9/5 to sign up. See guidelines in event menu.



            8/5   Manuscript Electronic Submission DeadlineZarrin Mole

            8/31  Member Early Bird Discount Deadline

            9/5  Published Author and/or Illustrator Member Book Signing Sign Up

            9/5  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: #SCBWIOktfest17

Schedule subject to change without notice but we will make every effort to notify you.