Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Publishing Bootcamp

Date(s) - 05/12/2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave. W. - Seattle, WA 98119


Join us on Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 – 5:00 for SCBWI Western Washington’s Publishing Bootcamp at Demaray Hall at Seattle Pacific University!

Get behind-the-scenes tips from local industry pros including:

  • Mandy Hubbard from Emerald City Literary Agency
  • Tricia Lawrence from Erin Murphy Literary Agency
  • Clelia Gore from Martin Literary Management
  • Kathleen Ortiz from New Leaf Literary Agency
  • Philip Lee from Readers to Eaters
  • Anna Goldstein from Sasquatch Books

Have your very own Four Minutes of Fame. Each attendee will get face-to-face time with one or more of our faculty in a round-table setting.

Attend break-out sessions on both craft and the business of writing.

Illustrators get a bonus opportunity to show their work to an art director through a Keep-It-Simple-Silly (KISS) Art Show.

Registration is $125 for SCBWI International members and $155 for non-members and includes lunch, coffee/tea, and snacks in addition to a unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals. Sign up today!


Schedule of Events

9:30 – 10:30 – Faculty Q&A

10:45 – 12:00 – Session 1 (Choose one):

  • Breakout A – Mandy Hubbard & Kelly Jones – The Agent-Client Relationship
  • Breakout B – Philip Lee – The Changing Landscape of Publishing
  • Breakout C – Anna Goldstein – How a Picture Book Comes Together: The Collaboration Between Publisher, Illustrator, and Author 

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch,  Choice of:

  • Roasted Turkey & Cheddar Sandwich boxed lunch: Roasted turkey raised without antibiotics, Vermont white cheddar, fresh apple and cabbage slaw, arugula and mustard horseradish sauce on Cranberry Walnut Bread. Served with chips, pickle & a cookie.
  • Mediterranean Sandwich Boxed Lunch (Vegetarian): Zesty sweet Peppadew™ piquant peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions and cilantro-jalapeno hummus with salt and pepper on thin-sliced Tomato Basil bread. Served with chips, pickle & a cookie.
  • Ancient Grain, Arugula, and Chicken Salad Boxed Lunch: Chicken raised without antibiotics, arugula, ancient grain blend, red grapes and fresh apple and cabbage slaw tossed with white sweet balsamic vinaigrette and topped with roasted and salted pumpkin seeds. Served with baguette & a cookie.

1:00 – 2:15 – Session 2 (Choose one):

  • Breakout D – Clelia Gore – Voice in Children’s Literature
  • Breakout E – Kathleen Ortiz – Contracts & Sub Rights – Learning to Speak the Language

2:30 – 4:00 – Four Minutes of Fame 1-on-1 – Four Minutes of Fame is your opportunity to read a pitch, read a page or two of your work, or ask a question of a local faculty member at a roundtable with 10-12 of your peers. Not only do you get to ask that question you’d been dying to ask an industry pro, but you get to learn from what others ask as well.

4:00 – 4:15 – Coffee Break

4:15 – 5:00 – Query or first page reading session with faculty – Please bring seven copies of your query or first page if you would like to participate in this event.

Illustrators also have the option to participate in a Keep It Simple, Silly (KISS) Art Show. Art Director Anna Goldstein will review your work over the course of the day.

Please bring:
* Maximum five samples of tear sheets, printouts, or copies of color or black-and-white work, no larger than 8.5″x11″
* One set of postcards or business cards can be displayed. It can be multiple postcards in a single pile.
* Up to three leave-behinds (postcards or tear sheets) no larger 8.5″x11″

Note: Portfolios, dummies, and original work will not be accepted, this includes any kind of booklets and notebooks.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before April 20, you can receive a refund (less a $25 administrative fee). After April 20, there will be no refunds.