Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 SCBWI/WIFYR Professional Day

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Date(s) - 06/16/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Best Western Plus Cottontree Inn
10695 Auto Mall Dr, - Sandy, Utah 84070


SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho’s

5th Annual


*Open for the first time to all members

(Previously a PAL only event)

Saturday, June 16th



SCBWI Members Cost:  $59.00 without in person critique.

                                           $99.00 with in person critique.

                     *Critique available as an add on option to base package for $40.00 ($99.00 total)



Non Member Cost: $69 without in person critique.

                                   $109 with in person critique.

                                 *Critique available as an add on option to base package for $40.00 ($109.00 total)                                                                 


For the 5th year we’ve teamed up with Carol Lynch Williams and Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers Conference to bring you this one-day intimate workshop.


Faculty includes:

   *Alyson Heller Senior Editor at Aladdin, Simon and Schuster

   *Author Christian McKay Heidicker

   *Author/Illustrator, Manelle Oliphant

   *Author, Carol Lynch Williams


Alyson will kick off the event with an opening presentation on, “Trends in the Marketplace (PB/MG/YA)” followed by a Q&A Session at the end of the conference. Participants will have the option to sign up for a critique of 5 pages of their work plus a cover letter with Alyson.

(Work needs to be submitted by Friday, June 1st.) Instructions will be sent after registration.


In addition, author Christian McKay Heidicker will run a 2 hour hands on session on, “How To Do a Effective Manuscript Pitch”. This will include instruction, time to create your pitch, followed by a chance to practice your pitch.


Author/Illustrator Manelle Oliphant, and our region’s Illustrator Coordinator, will do an hour and a half hands on session on “Building Your Personal Brand”. This will include instruction, and hands on activities.


“Killer First Pages” instruction, then peer critiques on your first page of work.


As this is a small, select group there will be plenty of time to network and mingle during these & other writing activities, and during the potluck lunch.


Space is limited to 26 attendees, Only 16 critiques are available. Register now to ensure you have a spot. (The 16 critiques have sold out. However, there are still a few non critique spots left.)


 Faculty Bios


Alyson Heller joined the Aladdin team in 2008 after a 2 year stint in the S&S Associate’s Program. She acquires picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and the occasional YA, but her heart is in contemporary middle grade.

As an only child, she is drawn to stories that explore the nuances of siblings and interesting family dynamics. She is also proud to have many debuts on her list, and she is actively looking for own voices, strong female characters who kick butt and take names, and stories that represent the under-represented in our world today.

Some recent and upcoming books she’s edited range from nonfiction projects (Life in Motion YR Edition by Misty Copeland, The Distance Between Us YR Edition by Reyna Grande) and picture books (Way Past Bedtime by Tara Lazar, illustrated by Rich Wake), to series (Goddess Girls and Thunder Girls, both by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams) to contemporary MG reads (Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee, Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen). Tweet her @EditorAlysonH.



Christian McKay Heidicker is an aspiring wizard. He has one book on the shelf (Cure for the Common Universe) and seven books forthcoming. Some of them are about foxes and some are about magical manors and some of them are about fifty-foot fifteen-year-olds who have to fight their way through a monster movie marathon (okay, just one is about that). If you need Christian, he’ll be at home, sipping tea and reading comics and waiting for his cat Lucifer Morningstar to get off his keyboard so he can keep writing.



Manelle Oliphant’s love of stories, like many of yours, began with the books and movies she enjoyed as a child. It was a happy day when her mom finally let her get her own library card. (Then she accidentally ran it through the washing machine, but that’s another story.) Her love of stories had only grown as she found ways to create her own stories through illustration and writing. She received a bachelor’s degree in illustration from BYU-Idaho and since then has illustrated many children’s books. Her most recent book “In The Snow” received a Kirkus starred review, “The illustrations and their subject matter have a beauty, realism, and simplicity that evoke another era and will surely make caregivers nostalgic for the pleasures of their youths.”

She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two cats named after the weather. See Manelle’s work at and



Carol Lynch Williams is the author of more than 30 books for middle grade and young adult readers. She runs Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers, has an MFA in Writing for Children and Adolescents from Vermont College, and contributes to an active blog with fellow writers Ann Dee Ellis and Kyra Leigh ( She teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. Her books include The Chosen One, Miles from Ordinary, Waiting, Signed, Skye Harper, and The Haven. Her newest book, Never That Far, will be released in April of this year. Carol is proudest of her five daughters who are her most perfect creative effort, ever.


We encourage you to register for the entire WIFYR conference. Though not an SCBWI event, it is an amazing conference with several options available to meet any budget. For details visit


Note: If you experience registration issues, contact us at


CANCELLATION POLICY: There is a $20 administrative fee for any cancellation on or before May 31, 2018. Manuscript consultations/critique fees are non-refundable.