Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Creative Weekend in Pokagon State Park

          logo by Sara Kendall

Online registration closes Sunday, September 23rd at 11:30 PM. Don’t dilly dally!    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!   

Do you want to get away from it all this fall and CREATE? How about some time to RECHARGE with your creative buddies? Would you like some inspiring craft sessions to MOVE FORWARD? We hear you!

SCBWI Indiana and Michigan are teaming up to provide a weekend creative retreat in beautiful Pokagon State Park on October 5-7, 2018.

The Park is located in northeast Indiana near Angola and is just off I-69.

The cozy and comfortable Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center within the Park will be the venue for lodging, retreat events, and meals.

This Retreat is designed for writers and illustrators at every level of experience. It will provide a perfect blend of creative time, craft-related sessions, critiques, and socializing/connecting.

Three or four optional craft sessions will be offered on Saturday and Sunday morning. Afternoons will be left open for creating, paid PAL level critiques, and/or optional peer critique groups for writers and illustrators. Optional social events will be held Friday and Saturday evenings.

Fee: $125 SCBWI members, $150 not yet members.

Your investment includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday, all programming, peer critique groups, and socials. Dinner on Friday night and breakfasts both days are available for purchase in the Potawatomi Inn dining room. (Or if you’d rather stay in your pj’s and nibble your own treats in your room, feel free.)

Paid critiques and portfolio reviews by PAL members will be available for purchase in advance of the Retreat.

Lodging: Our negotiated rate for a double room is $89.00 per night plus 12% IN sales tax. Attendees must register by September 4, 2018. After this date, rooms will be released for general sale. All reservations can be made by calling the Inn’s Central Reservations number (877) 563-4371. Use group code 1005SC and/or ask for rooms in our block under SCBWI.  Be sure to tell them how many nights you want to reserve (2 or 3) because they will assume 3 nights. Individuals will be responsible for room and incidental charges. To view rooms, click HERE. Note, no pets allowed. A Gate Fee ($7 in-state, $9 out of state) will be charged to all parties who have overnight rooms per Pokagon State Park policy. 

Schedule: current retreat schedule final (subject to change)

Presenter Bios: Presenter Bios Full session descriptions will be provided at the retreat.

Critiques or portfolio reviews: Limited manuscript critiques and portfolio reviews will be available onsite. Each critique/review will be 10-15 minutes face-to-face. Sign up and pay for critiques/reviews onsite at the SCBWI event check-in table. The fee is $25 payable to the critiquer/reviewer. One critique/review per attendee. Any additional critiquers will be announced prior to the event and any open spots will be announced on Saturday morning. You can use your 10-15 minute critique/review time as you would like; for instance, have your critiquer read a portion of the manuscript or look at one image and give suggestions, or you can focus on a troublesome question about the manuscript as a whole/images and get expert advice on the spot. Be sure to bring an extra copy of your manuscript/sample for your critique since we may not have access to a printer.

Manuscript critiques will be offered by:
Silvia Acevedo (up to 10)
Kelly Bennett (up to 5)
Jennifer Carson (up to 10)
Katherine Gibbs (up to 10)
Leslie Helakoski (up to 5)
Kathy Higgs-Coulthard (up to 5)
Jodi McKay (up to 5)
Heather Shumaker (up to 5)
Lisa Wheeler (up to 5)

Portfolio reviews will be offered by:
Kirbi Fagan (up to 5)
Deb Pilutti (up to 5)

Register HERE Online registration closes Sunday, September 23rd at 11:30 PM.

Art credit: SCBWI MI member Sara Kendall