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, J. Scott Savage

   *Author/Illustrator, Manelle Oliphant

   *Author, Carol Lynch Williams


Alyson will kick off the event with an opening presentation 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 June 4th.) Instructions will be sent after registration.


In addition, author J. Scott Savage 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.


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.


 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.



J. Scott Savage is the author of 18 published novels including the Farworld series, the Case File 13 series, the Mysteries of Cove series, the Shandra Covington mystery series, and others.

His books have received recognition including: Kirkus and PW starred reviews, Junior Library Guild selection, a Whitney award, Amazon Book of the Month, B&N Select book, Young Hoosier Award finalist, and others. He has taught hundreds of writing classes and many conferences.





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.


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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, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying or coercion of any kind, in particular forcing another to accept your beliefs.

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.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


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