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Spring Fever Annual Conference

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Date(s) - 03/24/2018 - 03/25/2018
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Embassy Suites-Destiny USA
311 Hiawatha Blvd. West - Syracuse, NY 13204


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Come celebrate Spring with us at our new venue, the newly built Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse-Destiny USA, 311 Hiawatha Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204 for our Annual Conference. Also new is our two-day event packed with presentations, workshops, critiques, open mic night, social hour, bookstore, and more. Don’t forget to check out the third new this year: Our traveling sketchbook will be on display!

Registration includes one or two-day conference with Continental breakfast (coffee/bagels), lunch, afternoon snacks, and endless cups of coffee, tea, and water.

If you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or have other dietary restrictions please send Kim an email to after you register.

Critique information is located after the bio of each faculty member offering them. 

Spring Fever Annual Conference:

Linda Sue Park – Keynote Speaker 

Linda Sue Park is the author of several novels and picture books, including A SINGLE SHARD, the 2002 Newbery Medal winner, and the New York Times bestseller A LONG WALK TO WATER. Her most recent titles are the Wing & Claw series, a middle-grade fantasy trilogy, and YAKS YAK, a wordplay picture book. Forthcoming in May 2018 is a collaborative YA novel, FATAL THRONE: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All. Linda Sue is honored to serve on the Board of Advisors for SCBWI and WNDB. She knows very well that she will never be able to read every great book ever written, but she keeps trying anyway. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @LindaSuePark.


Jim Hoover is the Associate Art Director at Viking Children’s Books. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Illustration, Jim has been in publishing now for nearly twenty years. He speaks regularly at SCBWI and has designed and art directed hundreds of books including: PICTURE BOOKS: (Tea Party Rules with K. G. Campbell, Shy with Deborah Freedman, Ella with Marcos Chin, Bus! Stop! with James Yang) NOVELS: (Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch books, Max Brallier’s New York Times best-selling series The Last Kids On Earth) NONFICTION: (National Book Award Finalist Elizabeth Partridge’s,Marching For Freedom, Printz Award-winning John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth and the up-coming Boots On the Ground, and the children’s book adaptation of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

Jim lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

Jim Hoover will be offering 15 minute in-person illustrator critiques on Sunday. Register for your spot today. Please bring one to three of your best illustrations the day of the event.


Jennifer March Soloway is an associate agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She represents authors and illustrators of picture book, middle grade, and young adult stories. She enjoys all genres and categories, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures, but her sweet spot is young adult. A suspense junkie, she adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. Jennifer is actively building her client list and welcomes queries to To learn more about Jennifer, follow her on Twitter, @marchsoloway, and find her full wish list at

NEW! Story Doctor with Jennifer March Soloway

Use 15-minutes to discuss your idea, story or dummy book with Jennifer March Soloway! You could pitch your work, share a query letter, talk about an issue you’re having with craft, discuss a sticking point in a particular story, go over your submission process to date, or discuss how to find an agent. To make the session even more useful, come with questions or notes on the content you wish to discuss. Come ready to talk! No need to send anything in advance. Register for your spot today.


Arianne Lewin is an Executive Editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House USA.

Since joining Penguin Random House in 2010, Arianne has acquired and published the work of the Geisel Award-winning picture book author/illustrator Ethan Long; middle-grade and young adult fiction from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins; and Rick Yancey’s #1 New York Times and USA Todaybestselling 5th Wave series.

Arianne Lewin will be handling both in-person and written critiques. You can send in 10 double spaced pages, 12 size font no later than February 24, 2018 to Kim at Register for your written or 15 minute in-person critique today.


Sue Heavenrich is an environmental journalist and children’s author with a master’s degree in biology. Her articles for children have been published in Ranger Rick, Highlights, Boy’s Quest, Cobblestone, Wild Outdoor World and Odyssey, and she write the science column, “Archimedes Notebook” for the Ithaca Child newspaper. She is co-author of Diet for a Changing Climate (Lerner Twenty-First Century Books, Aug. 2018),  and her debut picture book, Thirteen Ways to Eat a Fly, will be released by Charlesbridge in fall of 2019.

In addition to writing, Sue develops family STEM programs for her local library and reviews children’s STEM books for print and online. She also volunteers as a citizen scientist for the Great Sunflower Project and the Community Science Institute in Ithaca and is a co-leader for the Ithaca area SCBWI Shop Talks.



Saturday, March 24, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast, bookstore, networking


9:00 – 9:50 Keynote: Linda Sue Park –

The Power of Passion


10:00 – 10:50 Jim Hoover


11:15 – 12:05 Arianne Lewin


12:05 – 1:30 Lunch, bookstore open


1:30 – 3:00 1.   Illustrator Roundtable (Jim Hoover)

2.   Workshop with Linda Sue Park:  The Search for Authenticity

3.   First Pages with Arianne Lewin



3:15 – 4:35 Jennifer March Soloway


Free Time Bookstore will be open


6:00 – 7:00 Social hour with cash bar
7:00 – 9:00 Dinner on your own at Destiny, Hotel, or other


9:00 – 10:30 Open mic: Read from your own work – win a prize!


Sunday, March 25, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast, bookstore open


9:00-2:45 Critiques and Story Doctor sessions running concurrently with workshops


9:00 – 11:00 Linda Sue Park Workshop: revision for novelists. Participants should bring at least 50 pages of a novel-in-progress on a laptop.




11:00 – 12:30 PAL-Led Roundtable; participants broken up into tables of 6-8, with one PAL at each table representing: Writer/Illustrator/Writer-Illustrator. Participants bring up to 250 words, each read, get feedback from PAL and other participants (4 min. ea.), bookstore open


12:30 – 1:30 Lunch, bookstore open


1:30 – 2:45 Sue Heavenrich – Workshop: “Finding STEM in Unexpected Places”


2:45 – 3:00 Goodbyes and door prizes


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Ticket Information

In-person illustrator critique with Jim Hoover - $216.58

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Critique and both day conference registration

Spring Fever Annual Conference - $216.48
Both days, non-member

Written critique with Arianne Lewin - $211.43

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Both days, member

Spring Fever Annual Conference - $175.39

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Both days, member

Spring Fever Annual Conference - $144.49
Saturday Only, non-member

Spring Fever Annual Conference - $144.49
Sunday Only, non-member

Written critique with Arianne Lewin - $139.34

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Written critique and Saturday conference registration.

Spring Fever Annual Conference - $103.30

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Saturday Only, member

Spring Fever Annual Conference - $103.30

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Sunday Only, member

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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 has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. This includes all harassment, intimidation, and discrimination made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity. Harassment includes verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as deliberate intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination at SCBWI programs and activities and is applicable to all SCBWI events and all SCBWI venues, including but not limited to SCBWI events, conferences, meetings, meet-ups, critique groups, and online interactions. Harassment, intimidation, and discrimination at any SCBWI event, any one of the foregoing events, or on-line is prohibited.


Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI events and activities, 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:


-Deliberate 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 controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct 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:


-All SCBWI conferences 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 request assistance from any SCBWI officer, employee, or regional team member.


-SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any incident of harassment. 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 can be filled out anonymously or with identifying information. 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 online. Emails will be monitored at all times, including during SCBWI events. SCBWI will fully investigate all complaints, including those made anonymously, and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence. Please note however, 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. SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.




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. 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. Every report will be investigated by a panel consisting of independent consultants specializing in issues of harassment. The results of the investigation and the recommendations of the panel will be reported to the officers of SCBWI, who will determine, in conjunction with the panel or, when appropriate, in consultation with an independent arbiter, the appropriate sanction.

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 the 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;


-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 the event, without refund;


-denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;


-termination of SCBWI membership, without refund;


-prohibition future SCBWI membership





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. 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.


* SCBWI acknowledges the contributions of Geek Feminism, Science Fiction Writers of America, and WisCon for their work in developing anti-harassment policies.



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