SCBWI MI Gathering on the Grand – September 15 & 16, 2017

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Date(s) - 09/15/2017 - 09/16/2017
12:00 am

L.V. Eberhard Center
301 West Fulton Street - Grand Rapids, MI ‎


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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.


$135 for Saturday only. 
An additional $40 for Friday which includes a 2 hour intensive and dinner with the gang. (A particularly great deal!)
(Non-member rates, Friday only rates and late reg. rates will be higher)



Our Fall Conference Speakers:

Gary Schmidt:

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:

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:

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:

Minju Chang is an agent with the BookStop Literary Agency. She is looking for young adult and middle grade projects 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.


Natalia Remis:

Natalia Remis is an Assistant Editor at Scholastic Press and the Blue Sky Press, imprints of Scholastic Inc. One of her favorite projects has been working on Rivers of Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, and How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague. She is looking for picture books, middle grade, and nonfiction at any level.


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.