Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 10, 2011

Conference Update

For those of you not attending the conference, please scroll to bottom of this post.

All signs point to an incredible conference in June.  We have people from all over the country attending.  The conference will be three jam-packed, fun-filled days of more than 300 one-on-one critiques; craft-based intensives; workshops; book fair; art exhibit; agent pitches; first page sessions; contests; raffles; a feature children’s documentary film; networking opportunities, and more.  Hope you registered. 

Since the conference is right around the corner, I want to update you on a few things you need to know.

1.  If you signed up to do the Group Critiques on Saturday night and you have not received an e-mail from Connie Colon, please e-mail

2.  If you signed up for the art exhibit and have not received instructions from Cathleen Daniels, please e-mail

3.  If you are an author/illustrator or illustrator who wishes to display your portfolio at the Conference, please e-mail .

4.  If you want to sign up for the First Timers Workshop taking place at 4:00pm on Friday, please e-mail

5.  If you want to sign up for an Intensive and think you are too late, you can still get into Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson’s Editing Without An Editor Intensive.  Please e-mail if you are interested in attending this or any writing intensive – Illustrators’ Intensive is full.

6.  If you are starting to feel sorry about not signing up for a critique, there are a few spots open with editor, Heather Alexander from Dial Books for Young Readers.  She does picture books through young adult books.  Please e-mail me if you want to snag a spot.

7.  If you are on a gluten-free diet, please e-mail  Please note: Lunches and dinners are buffet, so there will be plenty of choices for vegetarians.  The hotel does not serve Kosher food.

8.  You need to enter the hotel entrance to check into the hotel.  We will have signs directing you to the conference registration desk from there.

9.   If you signed up for the bookfair to sell your books and did not receive an e-mail from me over the weekend or if you did receive my e-mail and didn’t get back to me, please so so right away.

DONATE: We conduct an auction at the conference to benefit our scholarship fund. You can donate anything—books, equipment, theater tickets, critiques, services, baskets of writing tools, food, toys—whatever you like. Help us help your fellow writers attend NJ SCBWI events. Email with a subject line of NJ SCBWI – Donation


Email Connie at with a subject line of NJ SCBWI – Questions.

For all readers of this blog:  If you have a book trailer that you think is good, please e-mail me a link.  I may use it as an example in the workshop I am teaching at the conference.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I am getting more and more excited every day, about this conference! This happens every year; the closer it gets, the more excited I get! lol


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