Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Annual Nevada Writers and Illustrators Conference

Date(s) - 05/02/2020
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Park Towers Luxury Condo (home of Mary Jo Wilen)
1 Hughes Center Drive - Las Vegas, NV 89169


Space will be limited to 85 attendees due to venue size.


$155 early registration begins Jan 31 – Feb 29

$185 regular registration from Mar 1

$200 for non-member registration from Mar 1

Critiques: $51

If you do not see a listing for critiques, that means it is sold out.


Click on this link for detailed FACULTY BIOS.


Keynote: Daria Peoples, Author-Illustrator


Art Director: Laurent Linn, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Sr. Exec. Editor: Krista Marino, Delacorte, an imprint of PenguinRandomHouse – acquires MG & YA


Agent: Claire Draper, The Bent Agency – accepts nonfiction, PB, MG, YA

How to Write a Query
Have you ever struggled with writing a pitch? Couldn’t find the right words? We’re going to be talking about how to write a query. What to include, where, and why. I’ll be sharing some examples and we’ll walk through what works and what doesn’t.


Agent: Tricia Lawrence, Erin Murphy Literary Agency – accepts nonfiction, PB, MG, YA


Agent: Janna Morishima, Janna Co. Literary and Illustration agency – accepts PB, graphic novels, visual stories.

Insider Secrets on How to Build a Successful Career
Curious to learn more about how agents and editors choose authors and illustrators to work with? Want to understand what it takes to stand out, and how to strategically build your career? In this presentation, get the scoop on how to find mentors, improve your work, and build a following so you have the best chance for success as a published writer or artist.




Critique pages are due by March 25, 2020 at 5pm PST. Please follow the formatting guidelines. For those receiving portfolio reviews, please bring your portfolio to the event.

Submit 10 pages plus a title page for written critiques for novels. If you are submitting a picture book, you may submit up to two PB text with a total word count of fewer than 1,000 words together; HOWEVER, you will only receive feedback on one of them.

Written critiques will also have and a 10-minute in-person meeting. Portfolio reviews are 15 minutes in-person. (Make sure to bring your portfolio to the conference.)



8:00 Registration Checkin

8:15 Welcome

8:30 Keynote

9:30 Krista Marino, Sr. Exec. Editor

10:30 Break

10:45 Agent Claire Draper

11:45 Lunch

1:00 Laurent Linn, Art Director

2:00 Agent Janna Morishima

3:00 Agent Tricia Lawrence

4:00 Break

4:15 Publishing Industry Panel

5:00 Pitch to Panel

6:00 End of Conference

Individual Critique schedule will be posted.



There will be a section for portfolio display for those that want to show their work.



There is NO parking at Park Towers at Hughes Center; however, there is free parking all around the area that is less than 1 minute walk. (Do not park at Lawry’s). You must walk to the Park Tower. There is an elevator at Park Towers, but again, we will not have parking at the location.


370 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89169

 Phone(702) 650-0040

We have 50 rooms blocked for the event. You must make a reservation BEFORE April 1, 2020. The hotel is four minutes’ walking distance from the conference location. It’s less than a block away. To receive the rate, you’ll need to tell them you’re with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (the full name, not the acronym).

The room rate is $129 per night plus tax. There is no resort fee. The rate is the same from April 29 – May 5. The special rate includes:

  1. Guest room Wi-Fi
  2. Complimentary self-parking
  3. Complimentary breakfast