Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Saturday Evening Festivities


5:00–6:30 p.m.

Midsouth Cocktail and Autograph Party with Portfolio Showcase (free and open to the public)

Come mingle with us before the gala dinner! Check out illustrator portfolios and purchase that special book you want to have signed by a faculty member or an SCBWI author. Bring your drink coupon, cash, or credit card to use at the cash bar. Friends and family are welcome to attend the autograph party. It’s free and open to the public!

Click HERE for PAL opportunities for this party!

Click HERE for Illustrator opportunities for this party!




7:00–10:00 p.m.

Silver and Steam Gala Dinner (for conference attendees and faculty)

Saturday concludes with the Silver and Steam Gala Dinner for both conference attendees and faculty. The gala will include a full sit-down dinner, as well as a presentation of contest winners (fiction, illustration, social media, portfolio showcase). The theme is “silver and steam,” so dress appropriately. Think dinner attire with a bent toward steampunk—leather, gold, silver, steel, etc. Everything from a top hat or goggles to a leather jacket or a full-on costume. Take your pick and have fun with it! This is a great opportunity to unwind after a long, productive day and socialize with both attendees and faculty. (The cost of dinner is included with your conference tuition.)

If you have any questions regarding dietary restrictions, please email Shauna LaVoy Reynolds at