SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Cost / Location / Dates

The program fees for 2019 are $1350 (This does not include the hotel accommodations at Gold Coast – you must stay at the Gold Coast and use one of the room blocks if participating in the program. The rooms are $110 per night. We are trying to include all meals but it will be dependent on how many mentees are selected for the program. Regardless, if we don’t have banquet style meals, the costs will be reasonable. We’re reviewing all options to convenience (time savings for attendees), cost, and taste to make a decision. Some of the cost of the program is subsidized by the revenue made from the conference that is open to non-mentees in May. The program can not operate financially without the conference.

OPTIONAL Add-on to the NV Mentorship Program:

There is an optional agent program at the end of the mentorship program this year that is different from last year. We will have at least 2 agents at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City, NV.

Date: Nov 8-9, 2019

St. Mary’s Cost: $200 includes shared room in St. Mary’s Art Center plus breakfast & lunch for the stay. We are still calculating the cost of dinners and may decide to include or pay separately depending on our finances. We need to breakeven in costs for this program. (You may opt to stay at a hotel or elsewhere in Virginia City at your own cost if you don’t want to share a room. If we run out of rooms or there is a roommate issue and require attendees to stay elsewhere, we will figure out a subsidy for the extra costs, but it is only if we lack space.)

 

Important Dates

  • December 15, 2019– Application Due date
  • $40 registration fee. If not selected, applicant will receive a critique of first 10 pages and 1 page synopsis by one of the mentors. If selected, the $40 will go towards the program fee.
  • February 15, 2019 – Mentee selection announced.
  • February 20, 1, 2019 – Submit final manuscripts electronically and one paper copy (address for this will be different per mentor)
  • May 3-5, 2019 Mentorship Retreat/in-person meeting with mentors in Las Vegas. This is a mandatory attendance for all Mentees.
  • November 10-11, 2019 (tentative date) St. Mary’s Art Center Retreat in Virginia City, NV (optional)
  • For NV residents: NV Arts Council gives grants of $500 to participate in this program. NV Arts Professional Development Grants are here: https://nevada.gosmart.org/

 

Location:

May 3-5, 2019 Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Optional Program Retreat is at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City, NV

Please go on-line toGoldcoastcasino.com/groups and use group code: A9WBC05 or call into The Gold Coast Hotel Reservations at 888-402-6278  before March 1, 2019. We only blocked 50 rooms total for the entire conference, and it is on a first-come-first-served basis for all mentees and conference attendees.

 

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FEES

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 $1350. 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.

The program below was for 2017-2018. The 2019 program is currently being developed but will be similar except for the addition of Emma Dryden’s Revision Workshop on Sunday.

Sample Conference Schedule

Speaker MENTORSHIP FRIDAY Start Finish
Cynthia Mun Welcome to Nevada Mentorship Program 3:00 3:30
Intros- ice breakers
Agents & Faculty First 500 words – Round Tables with Agents 3:30 4:30
Heather Petty & Axie Oh Query Workshop with Heather Petty & Axie Oh 4:30 6:15
Buffet Dinner 6:30 8:00
Tera Lynn Childs Being at Home Online with Tera Lynn Childs (with Sangria after dinner drinks) 8:15 9:15
Room open until midnight…
Please schedule time to meet with your mentor 1-1
 during Friday
 SATURDAY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 
 Buffet Breakfast – at Main Street Garden Restaurant  7:15  8:15
Cynthia Mun WELCOME 8:20 8:30
Suzanne Morgan Williams KEYNOTE – Voices Together: Finding Your Unique Story and the Perfect People to Help it Sing. 8:30 9:30
Agent – Jill Corcoran What Makes a Book Sell – Agent Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency 9:30 10:30
Break Break Door prize 10:30 10:40
Diana Lopez How to Sound Like a Teen When You’re One (or Four) Decades Older 10:40 11:40
Lunch Buffet Lunch in conference room 11:40 1:00
Agent – Beth Phelan An Agent’s Perspective on Internet Pitching – Agent Beth Phelan, Galt & Zacker Literary Agency 1:00 2:00
All Faculty Speed Pitching Practice – All Faculty 2:00 3:00
Break Break Door Prize 3:00 3:10
Terri Farley Mapping Your Character’s Internal Landscape – Terri Farley 3:10 4:00
Illustrator Workshop: Pictures + Words/ Words + Pictures 4:00 5:15
OPEN TIME FOR WRITER MENTEES 4:00 5:15
All Faculty Book Signing – Faculty 5:15 6:00
Buffet Dinner 6:30 8:00
SUNDAY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Buffet Breakfast  7:15  8:20
SUNDAY 8:30am – 3:00pm
Cynthia Welcome Back 8:30 8:40
Agent – Jen First Pages – Agent Jen Rofé, Andrean Brown Literary Agency 8:40 9:40
OPEN TIME FOR WRITER MENTEES 9:40 10:55
Arree Chung Illustrator Workshop – Powering Through Picture Book Dummies 9:40 12:00
All Faculty Break Door Prize 10:55 11:00
Speed Pitching Day 2 11:00 12:00
Buffet Lunch 12:00 1:15
All Agents Agent Panel – Q&A 1:15 2:15
Participant’s Final Pitch to Agents including Mentees 2:15 3:00
Thank you 3:00 3:10

 

Due Date Schedule:

  • Sep. 1 – Dec. 15, 2018 – Open application process.
  • Oct 28, 2019 – General program informational session.
  • February 15, 2019 – Announcement of Mentee Selection
  • February 20, 2019 – Selected mentees must email or mail manuscripts to mentors
  • Program Fee due in whole or in payments starting Feb. 20, 2019 by check. If making payments, additional fees will be due Mar 1 & Apr 1. All fees must be paid by April. All decision to participate must be made by February 20.

If mentee does not submit by 2/20/19, they forfeit and an alternate will be selected

  • May 3-5, 2019 – Kick-off for the Mentorship Program at Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas in conjunction with NV SCBWI conference.
  • November 8-10, 2019 – Optional 2nd meeting for mentees in Virginia City, Nevada (end of program). Agents will also attend this event.
  • If you’ve been selected, please make sure you make reservations at the Gold Coast Hotel for your hotel rooms using the room block since the price is better. Please go on-line toGoldcoastcasino.com/groups and use group code: A9WBC05 or call into The Gold Coast Hotel Reservations at 888-402-6278  before March 1, 2019. We only blocked 50 rooms total for the entire conference, and it is on a first-come-first-served basis for all mentees and conference attendees.

You must first register for the Mentorship Program. The fee to register is $50. Every applicant will receive a critique of their pages by a mentor or agent regardless of being selected for the program as part of the application process. You will submit 20 pages for the program application for the application, but only the first ten pages will receive a written critique. Applicants can not choose if their pages are critiqued by an agent or mentor.

The program fees for 2019 are $1350 (This does not include the hotel accommodations at Gold Coast – you must stay at the Gold Coast and use one of the room blocks if participating in the program. The rooms are $110 per night. We are trying to include all meals but it will be dependent on how many mentees are selected for the program. Regardless, if we don’t have banquet style meals, the costs will be reasonable. We’re reviewing all options to convenience (time savings for attendees), cost, and taste to make a decision. Some of the cost of the program is subsidized by the revenue made from the conference that is open to non-mentees in May. The program can not operate financially without the conference.

OPTIONAL Add-on to the NV Mentorship Program:

There is an optional agent program at the end of the mentorship program this year that is different from last year. We will have at least 2 agents at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City, NV.

Date: Nov 8-9, 2019

St. Mary’s Cost: $200 includes shared room in St. Mary’s Art Center plus breakfast & lunch for the stay. We are still calculating the cost of dinners and may decide to include or pay separately depending on our finances. We need to breakeven in costs for this program. (You may opt to stay at a hotel or elsewhere in Virginia City at your own cost if you don’t want to share a room. If we run out of rooms or there is a roommate issue and require attendees to stay elsewhere, we will figure out a subsidy for the extra costs, but it is only if we lack space.)

 

 

 

INFO SESSION: There will be a free Zoom online informational meeting about the NV Mentorship Program on October 28, 2019 at 9:45am for 30 minutes or so. Register here for the free meeting:

Due Date Schedule:

  • Sep. 1 – Dec. 15, 2018 – Open application process.
  • Oct 28, 2019 – General program informational session.
  • February 15, 2019 – Announcement of Mentee Selection
  • February 20, 2019 – Selected mentees must email or mail manuscripts to mentors
  • Program Fee due in whole or in payments starting Feb. 20, 2019 by check. If making payments, additional fees will be due Mar 1 & Apr 1. All fees must be paid by April. All decision to participate must be made by February 20.