Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sydney Conference 2016


The Sydney SCBWI Conference—September 4-6, 2016

If you’re serious about the business of children’s books, book your spot at the SCBWI Biennial Conference!  This is an exciting opportunity to network with local and international industry professionals and take your work to the next level.  The keynote speaker for 2016 is Tara Weikum, Vice President of HarperCollins Children's Books USA, and as a very special feature there will be international skype sessions with: Suzanne Murphy, President & Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books USA;  Mallory Kass, Commissioning editor for Scholastic Children's Books USA; and Caldecott award winning US illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.


The conference program includes publisher panels, pitch sessions, craft sessions, masterclasses, and book launches. In addition to face-to-face manuscript and portfolio critiques, this year we will be offering delegates the opportunity to book International distance critiques with commissioning editors and agents from high profile publishing houses in the US. It’s not all about work, of course! There’s lots of chatting, celebrating, sharing and networking throughout the conference, and a chance to let your hair down at the fabulous SCBWI dinner dance party on the Monday night.


The Illustrator Showcase is an exclusive event, displaying SCBWI talent to leading professionals in the children's book industry. At the 2014 SCBWI showcase more than fifty publishers, editors, designers and other industry professionals viewed the exhibition resulting in contracts for new and established illustrators. It's an unprecedented opportunity for illustrators to get their work seen by publishers.


The conference has limited tickets and sells out fast, but if you aren't able to make it, our Roving Reporters do a fabulous job recording everything that happens on our website, Facebook page and blog.



This year we are delighted to be able to offer the following Conference awards:


For illustrators:
Illustrator Showcase Awards to two outstanding portfolios (as judged by attending publishers)
The HarperCollins Portfolio Award—an in-house meeting with a publisher at the Sydney or Melbourne offices
The Penguin Random House Portfolio Award—an in-house meeting with a publisher or commissioning editor in the Sydney offices.


For writers:
The Andrea Pinkney Writer Award—a personal Skype critique from Andrea Pinkney, Vice-President Scholastic USA and New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books. CLICK HERE to enter!



Dates and Times

Sunday 4th September
6pm to 11pm
Opening dinner with welcome drink

Monday 5 September
8.45am to 5.30pm
Full Day Conference Events
Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques (in dedicated room)
Illustrator Showcase (in dedicated room) 9am to 11am viewing for invited industry professionals only. 11am to 12pm open to delegates.

7pm to 11.30pm
SCBWI dinner dance party

Tuesday 6 September
8.45am to 5pm
Full Day Conference Events
including breakout sessions for illustrators and Masterclasses for authors and illustrators
Manuscript Critiques (in dedicated room)




This year we have a new venue:

The Menzies Sydney Hotel,
14 Carrington Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Located just ten kilometers from Sydney Airport and across the street from Wynyard Station, The Menzies is the ideal setting for exploring all that Sydney has to offer. Enjoy one of the best locations in the city — in the heart of the CBD, near iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour Precinct and The Royal Botanic Gardens.



Conference Fees and Bookings

Sunday 4th September
Opening dinner with welcome drink —SOLD OUT!

Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September
Two Day Conference including Monday night Dinner Dance— SOLD OUT!







Thank you to our Sponors and Partners



Room to Read, DenzoMedia, The Children's Bookshop Beecroft, The Story Crowd, Australian Writer's Centre, Australian Society of Authors, Christmas Press, HarperCollins Australia/USA, Scholastic USA, PenguinRandomHouse Australia, The Hughenden Hotel.​



Terms and Conditions

SCBWI is a not-for-profit volunteer run organisation and all proceeds from these tickets are committed to Event expenses. Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds, but we will allow transfer of Conference ticket to another eligible SCBWI member.

 Illustrator Showcase and Critique tickets are non-transferable.