Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Sydney Conference 2019

Date(s) - 24/Feb/2019 - 26/Feb/2019
12:00 am

Novotel Sydney Central
169-179 Thomas Street - Sydney, NSW 2000

It’s finally here! The program for the Sydney SCBWI International Conference and we’re very excited! You’ll have the chance to meet and network with local and international professionals, to hear from agents, editors and publishers, to have your artwork seen by the very best in the kids’ book world.

Here are some highlights:

• Keynote speech by US Agent Essie White and Australian author, Rachel Noble.

• Julia Marshall from Gecko, NZ Best Publisher of the Year and Bologna Best publisher of the Year

• US editor and art director, Mira Reisberg, Vivian Kirkfield, acclaimed US blogger

• Face-to-face manuscript and portfolio critiques

• Illustrator Showcase including the HarperCollins Illustrator Showcase Award and the Penguin Random House Illustrator Showcase Award

• International distance critiques with commissioning editors and agents from high profile US publishing houses

• Pitch to Publisher Panel

A unique aspect of this conference is the chance to build your own program. Alongside the main program, you can also choose an author or illustrator lunch session, local and international manuscript critiques, an optional dinner dance and Master Classes.

We’re also very pleased to bring back the Illustrator Showcase, an exclusive event, where SCBWI members showcase their artwork to leading professionals from the children’s book industry. At the 2016 SCBWI showcase, more than fifty publishers, editors, designers and other industry professionals viewed the exhibition resulting in contracts for new and established illustrators.

It’s not all about work, of course! There’ll be lots of chatting, celebrating, networking and a chance to let your hair down at the fabulous SCBWI dinner dance party on the Monday night.

Tickets are limited and sell fast, so book early, but if you aren’t able to make it, our Roving Reporters do a fabulous job recording everything that happens on our website, Facebook page and blog, so you wont miss out.



Dates and Times

Sunday 24 February (free optional social events)
Celebrating Books with Paul MacDonald at the Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft. Feel free to join us in the Novotel foyer at 1:30pm and we’ll take the train together.

Drinks at the Novotel (First Floor Function area)


Monday 25 February (the main conference event)
8.00am to 5.45pm
Full Day Conference Events including your choice of an author or illustrator lunch break out session

Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques (in dedicated room)
Illustrator Showcase (in dedicated room) 9.00am to 5.00pm viewing for invited industry professionals only. 5.00pm to 5.45pm open to delegates.

7.00pm to 11.30pm
SCBWI dinner dance party (optional)


Tuesday 26 February (optional)
9.30am to 4.00pm
Master Classes at the State Library of NSW
Choose from six masterclasses for authors and illustrators

Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques (in dedicated room)




The Conference events will be spread out over three venues.

The main conference events and accommodation:

Novotel Sydney Central
169-179 Thomas Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Master Classes on Tuesday:

State Library of NSW
Corner of Macquarie Street and Shakespeare Place
Sydney, NSW 2000

Pre-Conference Social Event:

The Children’s Bookshop
6 Hannah Street
Beecroft, NSW 2119

(we will be meeting in the lobby of the Novotel and taking the train to Beecroft)



Conference Fees and Bookings

The Conference is a “build your own” program with a selection of an illustrator or author lunch stream, an optional dinner dance, optional masterclasses and optional pre-conference social events.


Pre-Conference Sunday Social Events
Free (drinks at own expense)

Main Conference Event on Monday (including lunch and morning and afternoon tea)
SCBWI Members $250
Non-SCBWI Members $350 SOLD OUT!

Optional Dinner Dance Monday Night
$80 (Conference delegates only) SOLD OUT!

Tickets for Monday Conference and optional Dinner Dance:  SOLD OUT



Optional Master Classes on Tuesday
$80 per 2 hour class. (Delegates of the Monday conference only)
Limit 2 classes per delegate.

Tickets for Tuesday Master Classes:  SOLD OUT



Illustrator Showcase
$70 Attending Conference
$80 Not Attending Conference (Australia East & New Zealand SCBWI Members only)
There are only a very limited number of tickets available for illustrators who are not attending the conference so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets for Illustrator Showcase:  SOLD OUT!



Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques  
$80 per critique
There will be a selection of face to face or international distance critiques available and selection can be made of the available assessors and times at the time of booking. Tickets sell quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment!

For more information and for Bookings: SOLD OUT!







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Terms and Conditions

SCBWI is a not-for-profit volunteer run organisation and all proceeds from these tickets are committed to Event expenses. Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds, but we will allow transfer of Conference ticket to another eligible SCBWI member.

 Illustrator Showcase and Critique tickets are non-transferable.