Cost / Location / Dates

Important Dates

  • April 30, 2017 – Submission for 2018 Mentorship Program opens.
  • $22 registration fee. If not selected, applicant will receive a critique of first 10 pages and 1 page synopsis. ($1500 for program)
  • July 1 – Last day to submit for consideration in the program
  • August 31 – Admitted mentees announced
  • September 1 – Submit final manuscripts electronically and one paper copy (addres for this will be different per mentor)
  • Jan 26-28, 2018 Mentorship Retreat/inperson meeting with mentors in Las Vegas. This is a mandatory attendance for all Mentees.
  • Application registration is
  • For NV residents: NV Arts Council gives grants of $500 to participate in this program. NV Arts Professional Development Grants are here:

The NV SCBWI Mentorship Program is held in Las Vegas every year ending in an even number. In 2018, the retreat will be held in Main Street Hotel in downtown, Las Vegas on January 26 to 28, 2018. Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel has a charming Victorian-era theme, dozens of rare antiques and curiosities, award-winning restaurants – and even a slab of the Berlin Wall. Soak in the vibe of Vegas's glitzy of Freemont Street that's only a block away. It's a writer's retreat but we want you to have fun too.

Specific workshops and agents/editors will be announced once we have selected our mentees.


Program Fee & Location



Please note that we are an all-volunteer organization. None of us are paid to create this mentorship program. We do it because we believe it will help writers perfect their manuscripts. We hear often from published authors that they wished they had a program like this when they started writing. The mentors are paid per mentee; however, their honorarium does not truly cover the cost of their time.

We have tried our best to keep the costs down. As a nonprofit, we do not need to make a profit unlike many of the other programs; however, we do need to break even and cover our expenses.

The cost of the Mentorship Program is $1500 including all meals and lodging. If you live in Las Vegas, and do not need a hotel room, the cost of the program is $1300. This is for a 6 month mentorship program. Please check other programs to better understand how affordable this program is comparatively. Nevada residents are encouraged to apply for a Professional Development Grant with Nevada Arts Council which gives $500 in grants for such programs.

* We will allow for mentees to make 3 separate payments of $500 or one lump sum.

Here is the transparency of costs associated with holding this event. We need to provide air travel, hotel, and meals for all of the faculty to attend the retreat in addition to paying for their honoarium for the program. There will be 12 members in the faculty. There is a cost of $500 per day to rent the meeting space. We are required to have one catered meal per day for the retreat to be able to have the meeting and keep costs down for the hotel rooms. (I've investigated 17 properties and calculated all possible combinations to get this price.) The cost of having a catered meal is much higher than if we went to one of the restaurants because there is the cost of labor for the service and setup etc. The our total expenses are about $27,000.

The faculty is in the process of creating the craft program. In addition to meeting with your mentors, we will have presentation by the faculty. We will have at least 2 agents at the event. We are aiming for more, but it will be dependent on how many mentees we select for the program. We do not want to compromise the quality of the program.

Meals included in this retreat are: Fri dinner, Saturday – 3 meals, Sunday brunch.


FRIDAY, 1/26/18

Attendees arrive in Las Vegas by 3pm. Our first group meeting with be at 4pm. 

4-6pm Program Kickoff. Meet Mentors and Faculty. Program session.

6:30pm Seafood dinner buffet. There will be many choices so, if you do not eat seafood, there will be numerous items at the buffet. Get to know you mentor and fellow attendees.

8:00 – 9:00 pm Wrap up for night. Program TBD.

SATURDAY, 1/27/18

Full day of workshops, meeting with mentors 

7:00 – 9:00 am Full breakfast buffet at the restaurant. It is included in your program cost.

9:15 am – 12::30 pm Program, with a break.

12:30 – 2:00 pm Catered lunch

2:00 – 5:00 pm Program with breaks

6:30 pm Prime rib dinner buffet at the restaurant. Again, there will be many choices if you do not eat meat  etc. 

8:30 pm – Program TBD… 

SUNDAY, 1/28/18

10:00 am – 11:30 am We will have a full breakfast brunch catered. Meeting wrap ups with your mentors in the morning with coffee. We'll have a Program with the agents after brunch. Everyone will check out of the hotel and meet back in the meeting room for the final programs with agents and mentors. The program will be over by about 2-3pm.

We may have a writer's retreat in May 2018 for any of the mentees interested in meeting up as a group. We will have to check availability but that retreat is $250 and space is limited due to accommodations at St. Mary's Art Center in Virginia City, NV