The Call for Workshop Proposals: NESCBWI 2016 Spring Conference

Posted on: May 23, 2015

The Power of (RE) INVENTION

April 29th through May 1st, 2016, in Springfield, MA.

Being successful as a writer or illustrator means changing what doesn’t work, and that means reinvention.

That’s why our theme this year is The Power of (RE) INVENTION.

We want to empower our conference attendees to reinvent their brand, their work, or their tools, and leave the conference ready to take the next step in their kidlit career.

We’re looking for workshops that span the gamut from solid craft workshops to workshops that delve into a re-inventive aspect of publishing, writing, or illustrating. For instance, how to reinvent a career by writing in new genres, using inventive technology to pull in reluctant readers, or reinventing brand to start up a stalled career. Be creative and inspire us with your workshop proposals!

We receive hundreds of proposals each year. There are always exceptions, but the majority of workshops we accept are from New England SCBWI members who submit as a single presenter and give more than one workshop at the conference. Feel free to submit three or four workshops so we have choices.

We start building our supportive community now, and we give preference to presenters who have been respectful, honest, and thoughtful to the needs of our conference goers in the past. We also love to bring in some new authors, agents, editors, art directors, and workshop presenters. The job of faculty at the conference is to impart their expertise in a way that attendees can hear it.

  • Submissions open for SCBWI PAL members on June 1, 2015.
  • Submissions open for everyone on July 1, 2015.
  • Submissions close at midnight on August 1, 2015.

We will let people know the status of their submission by the end of October, 2015.

Before you start the submission process, please have the following information handy:

  1. Your bio. We post bios online with our conference information. Your bio must be under 125 words, or we will trim.
  2. A great title and workshop description. These will also be posted online at our registration website. This description must be under 250 words and must convey everything an attendee would need to know to chose your workshop.
  3. Learning outcomes—three or more concrete lessons or tangible tools that attendees can gain from your workshop.
  4. Name and email of your co-presenter, if you have one.
  5. Outline or longer description of your workshop so we have a clear view of what you will be discussing.
  6. Please write and edit this information ahead of time, then copy and paste the answers in our online form so the information is free of typos and mistakes. We pull accepted workshop proposal information from this form and post it online in our registration website.

If you are an agent, editor, or art director who would like to attend our conference, please sign up through the workshop proposal form as well.

See our FAQ through here:

The #NESCBWI16 workshop proposal form is available for SCBWI PAL members at this link.  Submissions open for everyone else on July 1st.

Questions? Please email Heather Kelly, Josh Funk, or Marilyn Salerno at nescbwi16(at)gmail(dot)com.

Got badges?

Posted on: March 12, 2015

Are you ready for NESCBWI 2015?

  • Schedule…check!
  • Manuscript…check!
  • Portfolio…check!
  • Hotel reservation…check!
  • Roommate…check!
  • Business cards…check!
  • Clothes…check! 
  • Transportation…check!
  • Web badges…what?

Oh, yeah. We almost forgot to give you your web badges! Just pop the appropriate one on your website, post it to your wall, and tweet it to the twitterverse!

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See you in Springfield!

2015 Regional Conference registration opens January 28

Posted on: January 13, 2015


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