Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Program Info


Finding your Art/Life Balance at IslandWood



Optional add-on day Thursday, November 1 – Friday, November 2
We are pleased to offer an extra add-on day for attendees who can arrive on Thursday night or early Friday morning. This day is intentionally free of programming to allow for a pure “retreat” experience. Use this time in this natural setting to create and find inspiration, or just unwind and connect with fellow children’s literature writers and illustrators.

Main weekend: All-attendees
The theme of this weekend is Art/Life Balance. Keynotes by Jennifer K. Mann and Kirby Larson. All programming is optional to provide time for free writing / illustrating.

Main weekend: Artists’ Program
Illustrators break out to participate in a hands-on creativity workshop.

Main weekend: Writers’ Program
Writers break out to attend programs concerning the craft & process of writing.

Nature Walks
Get inspired and refresh your inner artist with a guided walk of IslandWood’s 250-acre forest. Hone your sense of observation as you explore the woods, ponds, meadows and trails. Use all your senses and discover something new about yourself or your art. During the guided tour we will also be introduced to two tree houses, a suspension bridge, and other inspiring spots to write and draw during the weekend.

Open Mic Campfire
Community and connections are an important part of nurturing our creative selves. The Open Mic campfire allows us to all share our work. Bring a manuscript that’s in progress, a finished piece, or share what you’ve created during the retreat. Everyone gets five minutes to share their work in a fun, warm, supportive, outdoor campfire setting. Includes s’mores, snacks and drinks.

Book Sales
All attendees who are authors may sell up to three titles during the weekend. Sales are transacted by Eagle Harbor Bookstore. You may bring your books with you to the retreat and fill out a consignment form ( to sell the books on consignment.

Or, if you are a PAL author, Eagle Harbor Books can order your books for you in advance. We will contact you with specific instructions. NOTE: We can order PAL books up to Sept 30, 2018. After this date, the bookstore cannot order your books and you must bring books yourself for consignment. If you are not sure if you are a PAL author, please visit:


Note all content subject to change

Please click the following link for details on retreat schedules and events: WOTW schedule (7-26a)