SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Getting an Editor, Art Director or Agent to Say I Do

Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/26/2022 - 08/28/2022
1:00 pm

Location
Prairiewoods Retreat Center
120 Boyson Rd - Hiawatha, IA 52233


Getting an Editor, Art Director or Agents to Say ‘I Do’

Prairie Woods Retreat Center Hiawatha IA, August 26-28, 2022

Registration Opens June 11, 2022, 9:00 AM and Ends August 24, 2022, 5:00 PM

Art by Jane Metcalf

Registration Information:

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required for all attendees. If an attendee feels ill in any way prior to the retreat, they should stay home and will receive a full refund. If there is an increase in Covid cases near the time of the retreat, these requirements may change.

  • Cost for SCBWI members single room with a shared bathroom: $350.00
  • Cost for SCBWI Members with a hermitage (single room with their own bathroom): $350.00
  • Cost for SCBWI members off-site: $250.00

Payment:

Payment can be made online during registration with a major credit card or sent by check to Iowa SCBWI, 6732 Northview Drive, Urbandale, IA 50322

Meals: 

All meals are included in the cost of registration and feature primarily locally grown, organic ingredients, and can accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free and health-related diets. Meals are eaten in the Center and are served buffet style, including beverages and freshly made desserts.

On-Site Critiques:

Critiques are assigned as first-come-first-served basis and are $50.00 per critique. 

Submit the first 10 pages and a synopsis (for MG/YA) or full PB manuscript in standard format to iowa-ra@scbwi.org by 5:00 PM on July 15, 2022. Late submissions will be charged, but not critiqued. Your email subject line should include your first and last name and the title of your manuscript. (Example: Eileen Boggess, The Best Novel Ever Written). 

 

On-Site Portfolio Reviews:

Portfolio reviews are assigned first-come-first served basis and are $50.00 per review

 

Tentative Retreat Schedule

W is for writers

I is for illustrators

A is for all attendees

 

Friday, August 26

A 1:00-1:30 PM Registration

A 1:45 PM Large Group Welcome/Introductions Conference Room

W 2:00-3:00 PM Round Table Critiques 

Round Table Group A Critiques (Wendy McClure) Lounge at Retreat Center

Round Table Group B Critiques (Daniel Cramer) Conference Room

I 2:00-3:00 PM Illustrator Q&A with Rick DeMonico Art Room 

A 3:00-3:30 PM Check into Rooms for People Staying On-Site

W 3:30-5:15 PM Continue Round Table Critiques for Writers

Round Table Group A Critiques (Wendy McClure) Lounge 

Round Table Group B Critiques (Daniel Cramer) Conference Room

I 3:30-5:15 PM Illustrator Workshop (Rick DeMonico) Art Room
Illustrators share and discuss their dummy books or storyboards with Rick and other illustrators

A 5:30 PM Dinner Dining Room

A 6:15-7:00 PM Walking Tour around Prairiewoods

A 7:15-8:00 PM Team Trivia Conference Room

 

Saturday, August 27

A 8:00 AM Breakfast Dining Room

W 8:45-9:45 AM Daniel Cramer: Red and Green flags in Queries and First Pages

(Conference Room) 

I 8:45-11:45 AM Illustrator Workshop (Rick DeMonico) Art Room
Illustrators share and discuss their dummy books or storyboards with Rick and other illustrators. Work time to redraw and problem areas and make edits.

W 10:00-11:45 AM Round Table Critiques 

Round Table Group B Critiques (Wendy McClure) Conference Room

Round Table Group A Critiques (Daniel Cramer) Lounge 

A 12:00 PM Lunch Dining Room

W 12:45-2:00 Continue Round Table Critiques 

Round Table Group B Critiques (Wendy McClure) Conference Room

Round Table Group A Critiques (Daniel Cramer) Lounge 

I 1:00-5:00 Illustrator Work Time Art Room

I 1:00-5:00 PM 15 Minute Portfolio Reviews with Art Director Meditation Room

W 2:15-5:15 PM Creative Time/Face-to-Face Critiques for Writers

  • Wendy McClure Conference Room
  • Daniel Cramer Conference Room

A 5:30 PM Dinner Dining Room

A 6:15-7:15 PM I Would Read That Book Pitch Party Conference Room

A 7:30-8:30 PM Pictionary Conference Room

 

Sunday, August 28

A 8:00 AM Breakfast Dining Room

A 9:00-10:00 AM Wendy McClure: (Conference Room)

Marketplace Positioning

A 10:30 AM Good-Byes

 

Faculty

Daniel Cramer – Page Turner Literary Agency

Some of Daniel Cramer’s best friends and greatest loves have been fictional characters. They have inspired and motivated him in almost every facet of his life, from his first career as a Forensic Scientist with the FBI to owning and operating Page Turner Literary Agency.

 

 

 

Rick DeMonico – Art Director at Albert Whitman & Company

For over 25 years, Rick DeMonico has provided his imagination and creativity in children’s publishing and the entertainment industry. He is currently the Senior Art Director at Albert Whitman & Company where he oversees the design and production of over 100 children’s books per year. 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy McClure – Senior Editor at Sourcebooks Kids and Sourcebook Fire

Wendy McClure is a Senior Editor at Sourcebooks Kids and Sourcebook Fire.  She started out wanting to write books, and received her MFA in creative writing at the University of Iowa. She is the author of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, I’m Not the New Me, and The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS ONLY: This is an onsite event in Hiawatha, Iowa, USA. However, if you are planning to attend and our payment system isn’t processing your credit card payment, please email Cindy Johnson at iascbwi.registrar@gmail.com to request an alternate method of payment. Please include your name and address in your request.

If you have any issues with or questions about registration, please email Cindy Johnson at iascbwi.registrar@gmail.com.

 

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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 Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, 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, www.scbwi.org. 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, volunteers, 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;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
  • 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;.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
  • Doxing
  • 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.

We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.

 

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: https://www.scbwi.org/anti-harassment-report-form/. 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.

 

Non-Retaliation

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.

 

Sanctions

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, volunteers, 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 utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.

 

Confidentiality

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.

    

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