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New England SCBWI 2020

Finding Joy in the Journey


Friday, May 1, 2020 3:00 PM – Sunday, May 3, 2020 3:00 PM (EST)





Unfortunately, due to COVID19-related limitations imposed by the State of Massachusetts limiting the size of public gatherings over the next 8 weeks, we must cancel the New England SCBWI Spring Regional Conference on May 1-3, 2020 in Springfield, MA.  

We explored many alternatives, including virtual learning, but feel that the best course of action is to move as much of our “Finding Joy in the Journey” programming and faculty as possible to #NESCBWI21, which will be April 30-May 2, 2021 in Springfield, MA.
At this time, we are still planning to offer as many of the individual critiques and consultations as we can as virtual sessions, for those who registered for Manuscript Critiques, Portfolio Critiques, Agent Quick Queries, Career Consultations and Social Media Consultations. Fees for these bonus activities will remain the same. Due to their group format, PAL Roundtable Critiques are canceled. If you registered for a critique or consultation, you will be receiving more information in a few weeks regarding the logistics of your virtual session. We ask for your patience while our critique team works out the many details necessary to make this happen!
Over the next 21 days, the Registrar Team will be automatically processing refunds for conference registration fees. PAL Roundtable Critique fees will also automatically be refunded. You do not need to contact the Registrar Team during this time. If, after 21 days, you do not see a credit for your conference fees, please contact
If you booked a hotel reservation, you must contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. Click here for hotel contact information. Keep in mind, most hotels ask that you cancel by 48 hrs prior to your reservation date to avoid being charged.
We appreciate everyone’s understanding and flexibility. We are as disappointed as you are in this turn of events, but we hope to celebrate our SCBWI community in person with you next year. In the meantime, be safe and stay well.
All our best,

Casey, Juliana & Kris


To select your workshops, please click on this button and go to your “Registration Selections” form.


If you have already registered for PART 1, please do NOT create another account – just click LOGIN. Enter your email address and password you used for PART 1 registration and proceed to your “Registration Selections” form;

if you have NOT yet registered at all, you WILL need to create a RegPack account.

Because we are using new software, the form will look different from what you may be accustomed to, and the process has changed. In the hopes of proactively addressing problems, PLEASE READ






If you select these items you will automatically be put on the waitlist.


The following workshops are FULL, but you may contact the registrar at to be added to the waitlist:
K2, P3, R1, S3


From the Conference Registrars
Gina Neuman, Christina Uss, Lexi Donahue, Shirley Pearson

We will be using new registration software this year, as well as a slightly different registration process than in prior years. All conference information is available on the REGIONAL CONFERENCE page on the UPCOMING PROGRAMS tab of the NESCBWI website. Check out the Latest Conference News tab at the top of the conference page for all conference-related updates.

Unlike past years, you WILL be able to re-access your registration information for VIEWING purposes -AND you will be able to make changes to your workshop selections UNTIL April 13, 2020. If you wish to make any other changes, you must contact the registrar at

This year, you will register in TWO steps, on TWO different dates:

PART 1 of registration will ask for basic information, critique/consultation interest, and payment. Your unique identifier is your EMAIL ADDRESS, and you will also be asked to create a password. You must use this same email and password whenever you wish to access your registration information.

PART 2 of registration will require you to use the same EMAIL and PASSWORD (that you created in Part 1) in order to sign up for workshops.

As with past years, if you have indicated interest in critiques/consultations in PART 1, you’ll then receive a separate link in your CRITIQUE/CONSULTATION confirmation email to schedule your critique/consultation.

We hope this registration structure will remove some of the stress in selecting critiques and workshops. We will be posting detailed instructions on the new registration process, complete with screen prints, prior to February 16th. Check back for updates!

Sunday, February 16, 2:00 pm:
        Conference Registration Part 1
*Sunday, March 1, 2:00 pm:       
        Conference Registration Part 2
Sunday, March 1, 2:00 pm:                             
        Critique/Consultation signups (access through confirmation email link)
Sunday, March 15, midnight:       
        Critique (MS/PF) materials submission deadline
**Sunday, April 12, midnight:
        Online Registration closes for both new registrants and changes to existing data.
*Faculty members do NOT have to complete Part 2.
*If you register March 1 or later, you will be able to complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of your registration at the same time if you wish.
**After April 12, you will still be able to register and/or make changes to your registration details by contacting the registrar.