Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring Luncheon 2018: Clarity & Joy

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Gift Yourself

Clarity and Joy

Sunday • April 8, 2018 • Sturgeon Bay, Door County

Image by Amy Frances Ward |


Registration Now Open


Join us in picturesque Sturgeon Bay, Door County for our Spring Luncheon on Sunday, April 8, 2018. You’ll hear from Catherine Laudone, an editor from one of the “Big Five” publishers, who will share insight on writing from different points of view. To read more about our editor, visit the Faculty page.

Cost: $50 members, $80 non-members (Diversity Scholarships available, see below)
The cost includes mingling, a plated lunch, keynote speaker, and a raffle.

Lodging is optional and is NOT included in the cost of the luncheon
However, a limited block of rooms are available for those who want to stay overnight at Stone Harbor Resort. SCBWI members can reserve rooms at the special rate of $99 per night. Please call the hotel directly at (920) 746-0700 to reserve. Mention *Write On Door County* for the discounted lodging rate. Additional hotel options can be found on the Lodging page.

Attendees will receive submission guidelines and the opportunity to submit their work to Catherine Laudone as a courtesy. She accepts submissions for picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult. Only registered attendees will receive this information.


Spring Luncheon Diversity Scholarship

SCBWI-WI is a supportive group of writers and illustrators who come together at an annual spring luncheon to hone their craft and network with other writers and illustrators. To help honor the diversity in Wisconsin that should be represented in our children’s and teen literature, the SCBWI-WI Diversity Committee is offering two scholarships to the Spring Luncheon on April 8th. The scholarship will provide financial aid to two individuals that personally identify with what is presently the non-majority experience, and have not yet published a book (picture book, middle grade or young adult) through a traditional PAL-level publisher.

Please include the following information in your application:




Phone number:

Answers to these questions (aim for about 500 words):

  • How you personally identify with the non-majority experience in children’s literature? We define underrepresented voices as people of color, LGBTQIAP+ folks, ethnic, cultural, or religious minorities, people with disabilities, first/native nations people, and immigrants.

  • Why do you want to attend the Spring Luncheon, and what do you hope to get out of it?

  • Describe your financial need. How would this scholarship help you overcome a financial hurdle?

Send your response to Mel Hammond at by the end of the day on March 18th.

*A Weekend of Writing*

SCBWI-Wisconsin’s Spring Luncheon will conclude the 2-day children’s literature conference and workshops being held by Write On, Door County. (Please see their website for more details on that conference, for which separate registration is required.)