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Illustrator’s Conference FAQ’s

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Got questions about the Utah/ South Idaho Illustrator’s conference? We try to answer them below.

Click here for the conference schedule and to register for the conference.

Where is the conference being held?
The Utah/South Idaho Illustrator’s Conference is being held at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers Building located 3301 E Louise Ave, Millcreek, UT 84109. There is plenty of parking in the Sons of the Utah Pioneers parking lot in front of the building.

Is there an anti-harassment policy for the conference?
Yes! SCBWI has an anti-harassment policy that ALL attendees, volunteers, and faculty must agree to before they can attend. The anti-harassment policy is given in the registration form, and you can read it here. Additionally, if you have any issues during the conference, please see Regional Advisor Travis Rawlings, Assistant Regional Annie Bailey, or Illustrator Coordinator Manelle Oliphant, and they will help.

I’m coming from out of town. Where should I stay?
We’re thrilled to have you join us in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. To help you schedule your trip, we’ve put together this short list of helpful tips and links for reserving your accommodations:

  • The conference will be held at The Sons of the Utah Pioneers building at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. It’s easily accessible from downtown Salt Lake City and there are many hotels along the way. This Google Map link will display options for hotels throughout the city
  • Salt Lake City has a variety of transportation options; however, the location of the conference is best reached through sharing a ride with friends or using Ride Sharing apps such as Uber or Lyft.

How should I dress for the conference
This conference is business casual dress. However, our conference this year is being held on March 7th, which for Utah means there’s still plenty of time for cold weather and snow. Be sure to check the forecast before you come and dress accordingly.

How much does the conference cost?
Utah/South Idaho Illustrator’s Conference is a full-day conference that begins at 8:30 am on March 7th and ends at 5:30 pm. You get a bigger discount with early-bird pricing if you register before February 1, 2020. The price of the conference includes breakfast and lunch.

Prices are:

Members Non-Member Student ** Non-Member*
Early Bird (Before Feb. 1, 2020) $80 $90 $105
Regular Price (after Feb 1, 2020) $90 $105  $115

*The difference between the non-member ticket price and the member price is equivalent to roughly a quarter year’s SCBWI membership. If you would like to become a member before registering, you can do so at

**SCBWI has a Student membership. If you are a Student SCBWI member, you can login to the website and get a discount that’s lower than the Member rate. For more information about Student member, go to

Is Food included?
Yes, breakfast and lunch on the day of the conference are included in the price. Coffee and water also will be provided.

What are my payment options?
You may pay via credit card with PayPal. If paying with pay pal presents a problem email Manelle at illustration(at)manelleoliphant(dot)com for details on how to pay with a check.

What if my online payment didn’t go through?
Payment instructions are in your registration confirmation email. If you can’t find your email, you may mail a check via the instructions in the question above, or you may pay with credit card using PayPal’s Send Money option. Send the correct payment to the account at the email address and put your name and “For Illustrators Conference SCBWI 2020” in the message.
If you’re not sure of your payment amount, log in to our website, click on the My Home button in the top right corner, then click Event History in the menu on the left side of the page. A list with all the SCBWI events that you have registered for in the past 2 years will appear. Choose Illustrator’s Conference 2020 “Elevate Your Art” to view your registration details.
I’m registered. How can I access my registration?
After you have logged in to our website, you can access your registration details by clicking on the My Home button in the top right corner, then clicking Event History in the menu on the left side of the page. A list with all the SCBWI events that you have registered for in the past 2 years will appear. Choose the Illustrator’s Conference 2020 “Elevate Your Art” to view your registration details.

What if I have to cancel?
We understand that situations change and things come up. If you have to cancel your reservation for the conference after you’re registered, you may get a full refund up to February 8, 2020. After that, you may receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for portfolio review or display after February 8. 2020. If you cancel a portfolio review or display prior to February 8, you will get a refund ONLY if there’s a waitlist and your spot is filled. Portfolio reviews will be refunded in full ONLY if the spot is filled prior to March 7, 2020. No refunds will be issued for critiques or reviews that were missed during the conference unless the faculty member performing them has to cancel.

What should I do if I have special dietary needs?
Utah/South Idaho SCBWI wants you to be as healthy and comfortable as possible, however, we can not be responsible for providing special meals. If you have stringent dietary needs, feel free to bring your own lunch and snacks.

How do the critiques and portfolio reviews work?
Critiques cost $50 for a 10-minute one-on-one portfolio review or picture book dummy critique with Jim Hoover. There are 10 spots available
In addition, to your review, there will be a 45 min breakout session where Jim will talk about common portfolio pitfalls.

There will be an additional 10 spots open for the breakout session which don’t include the one on one portfolio review. Those that sign up for the breakout session without a portfolio review will pay a fee of $15. For More Information visit the critiques page. 

For illustrator portfolio reviews, bring your portfolio on the day of the conference. For more information on general portfolio guidelines, visit the Portfolio Showcase page.
Please note: If you sign up for a critique/review, you will miss part of the session or keynote going on at that time. Unfortunately, that is unavoidable due to a very busy schedule.

Are there promotional opportunities for illustrators?
Yes! In addition to our visiting faculty being able to view your portfolios, we invite many local art directors and designers to view the portfolio showcase and eat lunch with us. You are welcome to have one stack of promotional postcards for them to take.

This does not answer all my questions. Who can I ask for more information?
If you have any other questions, please email Utah/south Idaho Illustrator Coordinator Manelle Oliphant at illustration(at)manelleoliphant(dot)com

Important dates:
February 1, 2020 – Last day for discounted early-bird pricing
February 8, 2020 – Last day for full refund
February 29, 2020 – Last day to submit an illustration for first look illustrator critique
March 6, 2020 – Last day for online registration
March 7, 2020 – Conference!

To register for the conference click here.
We look forward to seeing you in March!