Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 8, 2011

NJSCBWI Conference Explained

We have extended the “Early Bird” pricing until March 1st.

At the top of the first page of the registration form you will find the Friday Intensive Workshops.  These take place on Friday afternoon and require additional payment.  Please look at the .pdf on the website for descriptions for these.  Example: Self-Editing is the Intenisve that Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson are conducting on Friday, Illustrators is the Illustrator Day with the Art Directors.  Remember “Early Bird” Registration ends on February 15th.  

Below is the part of the registration you use to sign up for a manuscript critique or a portfolio review.  If you are an illustrator and sign up for a portfolio review, you can also get a manuscript critique for $55, then your second critique would have to be with an author. 

Thus, if you are an author only: after your first critique, you must sign up for a second critique with an author before signing up for a third critique with an editor/author.       

Please remember that author critiques are very valuable and the published authors we have chosen are extremely good at doing critiques.   Everyone must sign up for an author critique before they can get another editor or agent critique.  Harold Underdown, Scott Treimel and Eileen Robinson are only doing the special consultations.  Leeza Hernandez is doing a special Portfolio Review for Illustrator who may not be ready to have an art director view their work.

Notice under Manuscript Information: In my example the first critique, which is numbered 1, is a humorous MG.  Number 2 is a rhyming PB and number 3 is an edgy YA.

Below is the second page of the Registration Form.  I am hoping that seeing one filled out will help everyone. The letters with the numbers by each workshop are for internal use only.

The Mix and Mingle on Friday night is with the faculty, there will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 

Please take a few minutes to read over the information that is in the pdf files on the website.

We tried to answer all your questions in those, but feel free to ask questions. 

Hope this helped.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Sorry Kathy, but I am a real novice and have a couple of questions.

    1) Re: the manuscript critiques — do I need a full manuscripts or are the first three chapters enough? And which date does this take place?

    2) When does the conference actually end? Are there workshops scheduled for Sunday?

    Thank you.


  2. Linda,

    The one-on-one critiques are the first 15 pages for one manuscript. You will find that info and more in the detail conference info .pdf.

    The conference should end around 4:00pm. Workshops and critiques will be scheduled throughout Saturday and Sunday.

    Hope you can join us,



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