Our SCBWI-MI fall conference will be in downtown Grand Rapids at the L.V. Eberhard Center. It will kick off Friday afternoon September 15th and run all day September 16th. Novel and picture book intensives are in the works as well as well as many novel and picture book breakout sessions. The Keynote address will be presented by two-time Newbery Honor Award and Printz Award winning recipient Gary Schmidt. See below for our exciting line up and venue highlights.
Gary Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has written over 30 books, most of them for children and young adults. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars. He lives with his family on a 150-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, and feeds the wild cats that drop by.
Denise Fleming won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. She is the author and illustrator of over twenty picture books, including Buster, Lunch, Alphabet Under Construction, and Time to Sleep. Her newest books are Maggie and Michael Get Dressed and 5 Little Ducks.
Andrew Karre is the executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, focusing on YA and MG, fiction and nonfiction. He has published first novels by such noted authors as Maggie Stiefvater, A.S. King, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Blythe Woolston, Carrie Mesrobian, and E.K. Johnston.
Minju Chang is an agent with the BookStop Literary Agency. She is looking for young adult, middle-grade, and picture books in all genres. She’s drawn to magical realism, smart adventure/mystery novels, and literary fiction. Her weakness is for gutsy, clever, funny characters with big attitudes.
Kait Feldmann is a picture book editor at Arthur A. Levine Books which is an imprint of Scholastic, where her focus is on picture books and international publishing. She joined Scholastic in May of 2014 and gained editorial experience assisting Executive Editors Tracy Mack, Michael di Capua, Cheryl Klein, and Andrea Davis Pinkney. A few of the titles she worked on include Newbery Honor-winner Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, The Marvels by Brian Selznick, and Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sís. Kait is a strong advocate for diverse representation and is always looking for meaningful, character-driven stories with humor and heart. Follow her on Twitter @kaitfeldmann.
A limited number of written critiques will be offered by Minju Chang, Kait Feldmann, Andrew Karre, and Leslie Helakoski. Denise Fleming will offer a limited number of onsite portfolio reviews. The deadline for critique submissions (PB and novels) is August 9.
SCBWI Fall Conference Venue Highlights:
L.V. Eberhard Center (Grand Valley State University downtown campus). 301 West Fulton Street Grand Rapids, MI
Our fall program will benefit from award-winning facilities, complimentary parking and a prime downtown location along the banks of the Grand River.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Grand Rapids Public Museum are across the street from the hotel and one block from the Eberhard Center.
Downtown Grand Rapids has much to offer, from boutique shopping and exciting nightlife to fascinating cultural sites. With the world famous Grand Rapids Artprize just one week following our event most of the indoor and outdoor exhibits will already be on display throughout the town.
We recommend exploring the city on foot, as many popular attractions are within walking distance.
If you get in a day early, you might want to explore the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, just a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown:
310 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 ▪ (616) 235-7611
We have rooms blocked for the SCBWI. Be sure to let them know who you are with when booking for a special rate.