Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Weekend on the Water 2018 Writers and Illustrators Retreat

Date(s) - 11/02/2018 - 11/04/2018
4:00 pm

4450 Blakely Ave. NE - Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

 In addition to the information below, please view retreat details in the lightly colored menu to the right.

Plus an optional add-on day: Thursday, November 1, through Friday, November 2.





Weekend on the Water 2018 is a craft-focused and community-building retreat. A chance for writers and illustrators to get away from the distractions of daily life and share their passion.

—Attend an inspirational session by Newbery award–winner Kirby Larson

—Learn a new skill from Candlewick illustrator Jennifer K. Mann

—Discover insights on life and art from special guest author Joni Sensel

—Bond with those who are grappling with the same work/life/art issues

—Or just find a cozy nook and let your creativity expand

Make room in your life for this three-day (or an optional FOUR-day) retreat to write, draw, bond, and walk in the woods at IslandWood. This retreat is open to all writers and illustrators at any stage of their creative journey. This retreat will not include marketing tips, agent pitches, or salesmanship. In this weekend, you’ll escape the competitive side of the book industry and focus on your craft and gain peer support. Join us!



Click here for a PDF of the full schedule: WOTW schedule (7-26a)


Keynote Guests

Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson, author

Jennifer K. Mann, illustrator



IslandWood, Bainbridge Island, WA



November 2 – 4, 2018

With an optional add-on day

5 PM Thursday, November 1 to 5 PM Friday, November 2


Prices – You must log into SCBWI.ORG to get Member pricing


(If you register before September 15, 2018)

Main Retreat, Friday Night – Sunday, November 2-4, 2018

Member Single Room $675

Member Shared Room $545

Non-Member Single Room $725

Non-Member Shared Room $595

Add-on Thursday night & Friday, November 1-2, 2018

Single Room +$200

Shared Room +$150

                          REGISTER NOW



(If you register September 15 through October 12, 2018)

Main Retreat, Friday Night – Sunday, November 2-4, 2018

Member Single Room $725

Member Shared Room $595

Non-Member Single Room $775

Non-Member Shared Room $645

Add-on Thursday Night & Friday, November 1-2, 2018

Single Room $250

Shared Room $200

                          REGISTER NOW


Quotes from Last Year’s Retreat:

“Helped me progress with my writing.”

“Felt more connected to everyone than I’ve ever felt!”

“Loved focusing on craft instead of marketing!”

“Food, grounds, rooms were all exceptional.”

“Loved how much nature was included – got the creative juices flowing.”

“I was in full retreat mode so skipped most sessions. Had an amazing Saturday working next to a few fellow authors.”

“Tips, lessons, ideas all intertwine.”

“What a wonderful retreat! I could have stayed all week.” NOTE: That’s why we added the optional extra day on Thursday night and Friday!



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SCBWI Member Shared Room Early Registration - $545.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

You may have up to 4 roommates.

Non-Member Shared Room Early Registration - $595.00
You may have up to 4 roommates

SCBWI Member Single Room Early Registration - $675.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Non-Member Single Room Early Registration - $725.00

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
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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.

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