Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Marvelous Midwest 2019

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Date(s) - 05/03/2019 - 05/05/2019
12:00 am

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Blvd - Naperville, IL 60563


Art by Dorothia Rohner

Please note: the name of our SCBWI Midwestern conference was changed to ‘Marvelous Midwest’ after learning the original reference to ‘wild west’ is offensive. The conference planning team is working on plans to discuss the issue as a source of learning at the conference.

This is a 3-day professional conference for authors and illustrators of children’s books hosted by six regions within the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. Professional editors, agents, art directors, industry experts, and prominent authors and illustrators will present intensives and breakouts on the industry and artistry of children’s book publishing.




To link to our Facebook page for news and to connect with other attendees, click here.


Conference Fee Schedule:

Members: Early Bird (Feb 2 to Mar 26) $295.00
Regular (Mar 27 to Apr 24) $315.00
Not Yet Members Early Bird (Feb 9 to March 26) $315.00
Regular (Mar 27 to Apr 24) $335.00
Intensives (members only) $  50.00
Portfolio Reviews (members only) $  45.00
Manuscript Critiques (members only) $  45.00
Manuscript Contest (members only) $  15.00


Dates to Remember:

February 2: Member Early Bird Registration begins at 8am CST (9am EST).

February 9: Not Yet-Member Early Bird Registration begins

March 13: Optional manuscripts due for critiques (see guidelines)

March 1 – March 31: Optional First Pages due (see guidelines)

March 13th: Optional manuscripts for entry in the contest due (see guidelines)

March 15th: Book information due for the bookstore (see the Bookstore tab, upper right menu)

March 26: Regular Registration begins

April 1: Optional First Look deadline for art to be sent in (see guidelines). Also the deadline for cancellations.

April 24: Registration ends


Click here for details on:

General Information


Keynotes & Breakouts

Member Intensives

Member Extras & Guidelines


Hotel Information



Tips before you begin registration:

PREPARE: Read through the descriptions and note your choices, so you don’t have to leave the page in the middle of registering. Breakouts are open to all attendees and you do not need to sign up for them at registration.

JOIN: If you want to take advantage of the reduced fees and Member Extras, you must join SCBWI BEFORE you register.

PAYMENT: When making your payment you will see the PayPal prompt only. Click on this and it will give you the option to pay through PayPal or with a credit card. Checks are not accepted.

INCOMPLETE: If you are a member and accidentally do not complete your registration, you will need to:

Log in to
Click on your EVENT HISTORY (left side menu)
Click on the right side of the Marvelous Midwest listing, your confirmation.
Click on the PAY NOW prompt at the top of the page.

If you are not a member and accidentally do not complete your registration, contact the registrar


2/2/19 The Manuscript Contest is full

2/2/19 Intensive with Cheryl Klein is full

2/4/19 Intensive with Stephen Fraser is full



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Ticket Information

Not Yet Members Early Bird - $315.00

Members Early Bird - $295.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
Scroll to the bottom to read the policy.

You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Abusive verbal comments.
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.


Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.