Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Digging Deeper: Unearthing Your Literary Treasures SCBWI-MI Conference


Please join us for our first in-person conference since 2020!

Seats are limited, so begin preparations now to register on February 14, 2023! Full event website and registration will be linked HERE soon.

Where: VisTaTech Center, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI 

When: Saturday, April 1, 2023

What: Digging Deeper: Unearthing Your Literary Treasures, a one-day, roll-up-your-sleeves opportunity to focus on your work in progress and move it forward! 

Four tracks — choose one for the day! 

  1. Pre-Published Picture Book People
  2. Published Picture Book People
  3. Novelists
  4. Author/Illustrators

One faculty member per track and the same group of colleagues will provide a safe space to learn and grow together. 


(subject to unforeseen changes)







Light Breakfast



Intro (Auditorium)



Session 1



Session 2



Lunch on your own



Afternoon Workshop



Panel Discussion



Conclusion (Auditorium)




Early Bird SCBWI members $130.00

Regular price SCBWI members $140.00

Early Bird not yet members $160.00

Regular Price not yet members $180.00

Fee includes all conference content and handouts delivered in registrant’s track, panel, and group programming, plus a virtual Inspirational Keynote on Thursday (will be recorded for later viewing if necessary), light breakfast on Saturday, AND the opportunity to purchase a critique from faculty members after the event (limited availability).

Registration opens February 14, 2023!

***  Covid safety protocols will be adhered to as determined by HQ and the city of Livonia. We will continue to monitor these policies in an effort to follow the most up-to-date practices. More information will be outlined during registration.


We are also offering two scholarships for this conference.

To affirm the need for increased representation in the children’s and YA book industry, we are offering a full scholarship to the 2023 SCBWI MI Spring Conference. The scholarship is open to a current SCBWI Michigan member or not yet-member for the cost of tuition to the conference.

This scholarship will be awarded to an attendee who identifies as a member of a community that has been traditionally marginalized by the publishing industry, as shown in this description by We Need Diverse Books: Our Definition of Diversity: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. 


SCBWI-MI is thrilled to welcome everyone to our first in-person conference since 2020! We realize that due to the pandemic, many of our newer members have not experienced an IN-PERSON conference hosted by our kidlit community. The First Timer Scholarship offers a full conference registration to a member who has not yet attended an SCBWI-MI in-person conference. 


For both scholarships:
Application window: February 1, 2023 – February 12th, 2023. Awardees will be notified on or before February 13th by email. 
Questions should be directed to SCBWI-MI’s Scholarship Coordinator, Arjun Yetukuri at

* We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.